Since its introduction for the last model year, Outback has garnered many awards based on delivering a total package: outstanding fuel economy, innovative technology, convenience features specifically designed for traditional Outback owners, and a comfortable and spacious interior.
Mechanical features and systems enable the Outback 2.5i to reach an EPA-rated 29 miles per gallon highway4 (equipped with optional Lineartronic CVT [Continuously Variable Transmission] with 6-speed manual mode). Other mechanicals that enable traditional Outback capabilities include the standard 6-speed manual transmission for the 2.5i, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and SUBARU BOXER engines. The top-of-the line Outback 3.6R has a 5-speed adaptive electronic automatic transmission with manual mode paddle shifters.
Convenience features include the standard roof rails with integrated cross bars. With a capacity of up to 150 pounds, the cross bars stow along the rails when not in use, thereby reducing wind noise. Most Subaru accessories from previous years fit these cross bars.
The 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback and myriad of storage compartments and holders also improve the vehicle's convenience. Storage includes the provision for the cargo area's retractable cover to be stashed under the cargo floor when not in use.
Expanded interior space from the previous model adds to occupant comfort. The host of comfort features include reclining rear seatback, enhanced electronics such as Bluetooth®5 wireless phone and audio capability, and improved audio systems.
For more about the 2011 Subaru Outback, go to www.subaru.com.
Also, find more detail in Drive's coverage of the 2010 Outback in the Summer 2009 issue.
1 XM is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
2 harman/kardon is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
3 HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls.
4 2011 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage may vary.
5 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.