2009 Subaru Outback
There are 3 user reviews for the 2.5i trim shown below
- Fuel economy--way better than expected.
- For the category and price---non
Purchased As New
I drive about abour 40,000 miles in the snow belt and need something that can get me "there and Back" everyday. I ve had the car a little over 6 months and 20,000 mi. on the clock so far with no hick ups at all.
The seats are firm but this suits me well as I have a bad lower back. Many note that the seats are uncomfortable. Well, they definitely are firm but they work well for me.
The reputation of the all wheel drive system speaks for itself and is why I bought this car. There are many, many videos on youtube that compare the system to others and it wins hands down. Some are real world offroading and some are controlled tests on ramps with rollers...the Subey outshines them all.
I do most of my own basic maintanance and love that everything in the engine bay is accessible. Oil changes are a snap, starter and alternator are in reach, and plugs/wires are easy to get to. I feel this is important for those that plan on keeping the vehicle long term. I plan on giving this to my son for his first car in 3 years. By that time it will have 130,000 miles on it. If this care lives up to Subey's reliable reputation, this thing could get him through college! But, when things do wear out, you can get to them to fix them.
The flat four engine really does a nice job. Even my base model with only 170 hp gets onto the highway fine. I definitely notice the lack of vibration compared to inline 4's and V engines. It's a nice smooth ride.
Fuel economy...Depends on your driving habits. I am rarely drive 5 miles over the speed limit, don't do late braking, and accelerate easy. Highway is 31 mpg and after 20,000 miles, I m averaging 28.1 city and Highway. That is really unbelievable considering it's an Automatic and All wheel Drive. Accelerate hard, brake late, and do over 67 and you' ll see those numbers decrease.
Ok, what don't I like...the manual running light switch on top of the steering colomn is retarded. A hazard light switch already exists. When wiping down the dash, I ve hit the running light switch a couple times and left my running lights on all day ( the switch allows running lights to stay on with out keys in the ignition!).
I don't know if it's a good thing or bad but the tire pressure sensor is really sensitive. The dummy light comes on after a small drop in pressure...When the weather changes, the tire pressure changes. Good for a reminder but, the light continues to come on. The dealer said "They're that sensitive". So , I put 33 pounds in each tire instead of the recommended 32....seams to have helped. No a Con, but certainly annoying. I can't imagine the extra pound will add any additional heat/wear on the tires. We ll see.
Maybe it's becuase I have a base model, but I was dissappointed to find no 12 volt outlet in the cargo area out back. A rear outlet comes in real handy for so many things.
I guess that's it. I have been very impressed with the car's overall performance and can't wait for the snow to come to try out the AWD system ( when's the last time you heard someone say they can't wait for the roads to get bad!).
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- Good utilitarian AWD station wagon
- Seats are uncomfortable
Purchased As New
This is my fifth Outback since 1995. I need an AWD in New Hampshire. I bought the 2009 new in late July 2009. I had a choice of going with the 2010 or the 2009. I did not like the look of the 2010 with the big bumps on the top for the rack and the black "trim" on the bottom. The two tone 2009 (not available on the 2010) is better looking. Fuel economy is okay - the RPM seems to rev up to 2500 on a slight hill. The road noise is very bad - I also have wind leaks in the front dash - dealer says it's normal. The black interior looks great new but it's a nit picker's dream when in use. Seats are very uncomfortable. Odd item: when I put on my polarized sun glasses the dials on the dash disappear - I can't see how fast I am going, etc....read morehide
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- Plenty of power, fun to drive, very good fuel economy
- driver seat could be more comfortable, a little tight for a fat guy like me
Purchased As New
I traded in my 05 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 on an new 08 Outback last spring when diesel costs became unbearable and couldn't be happier ( I loved the Dodge, just didn't love filling the tank).
I do such a mix of city and highway driving that I can't really separate the two mileage-wise, but I typically get 28-29 mpg with the 5 speed. I live in ski country and need either 4WD or AWD and this car has been super in the snow this winter.
Other than that the driver seat could be a bit more comfortable, I am pretty much completely pleased with this car....read morehide
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