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2006 Subaru Outback Trims

2.5 XT Limited Wagon

Avg. Price: $13,453

The 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited is a rugged all-wheel drive wagon with cargo capacity of up to 66 cubic feet (with the seats down) and towing capability of 2700 pounds. But it is also a sporty ride, with a turbo 2.5-liter, 250-hp H4 engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2006 Outback 2.5 XT Limited adds a large dual-pane sunroof, perforated leather seats, and a 4-way passenger seat along with the 8-way power driver's seat of the regular XT. Traction control is optional, but the XT does feature ABS brakes, dual front-side and head airbags, foglights, mirror turn signals, and 17-inch all-season tires.

A hood scoop, rear spoiler, sports seats, stronger brakes, and a Momo steering wheel add to the sporty feel of the 2006 Outback 2.5 XT Limited. Full power features, cruise control, heated front seats, a trip computer, intermittent front and rear wipers, 6-CD changer, and overhead and front consoles. A roof rack and cargo cover are standard, and options add on crossbars, cargo nets, and bike and ski attachments. Turbo lag, low fuel economy, a small backseat, and lack of MP3 compatibility are some complaints about the2006 Outback 2.5 XT Limited. But drivers love the sporty feel, AWD performance, and extra power.

2.5 XT Wagon

Avg. Price: $12,483

Available only as an all-wheel drive wagon, the 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT is a turbo version of the 2.5-liter flat 4 engine, producing 250-hp (75 more than the non-turbo). A 5-speed manual is standard, with an option for a 5-speed automatic transmission. The XT comes with a rear spoiler, 17-inch all-season wheels and tires, all-wheel drive with limited slip differential, dual front-side and head airbags, foglights, daytime running lights, mirror turn signals, and ABS brakes. Unlike the other 2.5i models, traction control is optional.

Other standard features include sport seats, a Momo steering wheel, and bigger brakes, in keeping with the extra turbo power and sport handling. An 8-way power driver's seat, heated seats, trip computer, 6-CD changer, remote entry, cruise control, leather trim, wiper de-icer, and dual-zone climate control are also included. A sunroof is not offered with the 2006 Outback 2.5 XT Wagon. A garage opener, short-throw shifter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, crossbars and bike attachments, and trailer hitch are options. Drivers praise the turbo power, though report some lag, and like the combination of sports performance with safety and reliability. Gas mileage is noticeably worse than in the non-turbos.

2.5i Limited

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $11,465

There are not many Subaru Outback sedans out there, but the 2006 Outback 2.5i Limited is one of them. It comes with a 175-hp, 2.5-liter H4 engine and only a 4-speed automatic. The wagon's 5-speed manual tranny is not offered. Otherwise, the sedan is much like the wagon, minus the roof rails, rear spoiler, cargo cover, and split-fold rear seats. There is, however, an armrest/trunk pass-through. ABS brakes, dual front-side and head airbags, foglights, mirror turn signals, daytime running lights, all-wheel drive with a rear limited slip differential, and 16-inch all-season tires are standard.

Inside, you'll get an 8-way power driver's seat, heated leather seats and heated mirrors, a trip computer, CD player, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, windshield de-icer, cruise control, keyless entry, intermittent wipers, and full power features. There is also leather and wood trim on the console, wheel, and shifter. There are few options on the 2006 Outback 2.5i Limited Sedan, but you can get the rear spoiler, electrochromatic mirror, and garage opener remote. Gas mileage is a respectable 21/28 mpg.

2.5i Limited Wagon

Avg. Price: $11,647

The 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon adds leather upholstery, a CD-changer, dual-zone climate control, and a sunroof to the standard equipment of the 2.5i Wagon. A 2.5-liter, 175-hp flat-4 engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic power the all-wheel drive wagon. Heated front seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, cruise control, a trip computer, front and overhead console, keyless entry, intermittent front and rear wipers, heated mirrors, and full power windows, locks, and mirrors are all standard.

Rear seats fold 60/40 for different seating and cargo options. A cargo cover, tie-downs, bag holders, and a roof rack are part of the wagon package. Crossbars and attachments for bikes and skis are extra. ABS brakes, dual front-side and head airbags, limited slip differential, foglights, daytime running lights, 16-inch all-season tires are some safety features. A rear spoiler decorates the top of the hatch. A trailer hitch is extra, for towing up to 2700 pounds. Other options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage opener, and a security system. The 2006 Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon gets complaints for soft brakes, uncomfortable seats, and limited rear legroom. But drivers love that it's safe, reliable, with great handling and power.

2.5i Special Edition Wagon

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $11,465

A limited edition Outback wagon is offered in 2006, the Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition. Available in two colors, the 2.5i SE Wagon adds dual-zone climate control and a 6-CD changer to the 2.5i offerings. It also is the only 2.5i model to come standard with a navigation system. 17-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, ABS brakes, foglights, and dual front-side and head airbags are some safety features on the 2006 Outback 2.5i Special Edition. It is powered by a 2.5-liter, 175-hp H4 engine and 4-speed shiftable automatic only. A roof rack, cargo cover, and rear spoiler are also included.

Aside from the upgrades, the 2.5i SE features heated seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, full power features, keyless entry, cruise control, intermittent front and rear wipers, a trip computer, and 60/40 split-fold rear seats for a maximum 66 cubic feet of trunk space. Options add on leather trim, a trailer hitch for up to 2700 pounds, remote garage opener, and electrochromatic mirror. Drivers of the 2006 Outback 2.5i Special Edition Wagon love its AWD handling in rough weather and the powerful engine. More rear legroom would be appreciated.

2.5i Wagon

Avg. Price: $10,142

Based on the Legacy platform, the 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Wagon is the base model for this lineup. The 2.5i comes only in wagon form, with a roof rack, rear spoiler, cargo tie-downs, a cargo cover, and 16-inch all-season tires. AWD is standard, combined with a rear limited slip differential. ABS is also included, as are dual front-side and front and rear head airbags, fog lights, and daytime running lights. A 2.5-liter, 175-hp H4 with choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto train powers the 2006 Outback 2.5i Wagon.

Inside, you'll find an 8-way power driver's seat, cruise control, full power features, a trip computer, keyless entry, CD player, heated front seats and heated mirrors, and overhead and front consoles. Rear seats split-fold 60/40 for 66 cubic feet of cargo space. Options add a security system, a short-throw shifter, leather trim, crossbars and bike attachments, and a trailer hitch. Owners like the reliability, handling, AWD performance, and cargo capacity of the 2006 Outback 2.5i Wagon. Biggest complaint is a small backseat and uncomfortable seats in general.

3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition

Avg. Price: $12,487

New this year is the 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0R L.L. Bean Edition sedan, joining its wagon counterpart. The L.L. Bean sedan is both a more upscale and outdoor-oriented wagon, with its standard compass and temperature display, real wood trim, audio controls on the steering wheel, electrochromatic rearview mirror, and optional navigation system. It also features perforated leather seats like the XT Limited. The all-wheel drive sedan comes with a 3.0-liter, 250-hp H6 engine and 5-speed shiftable automatic. It sits on 17-inch all-season tires and features ABS brakes, traction control, daytime running lights, foglights, mirror turn signals, and dual front-side and head airbags. A tire pressure monitor is also standard on the 2006 Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition.

Also included are heated seats, 8-way and 4-way power front seats, cruise control, intermittent front and rear wipers, leather shifter and wheel trim, a 6-CD changer, leather trim, and a sunroof. Back seats do not fold, but feature a trunk-pass-through. Roof rails and a cargo cover are standard, and you can add a trailer hitch, crossbar, and bike and ski attachments for more storage options. A rear spoiler and garage remote are other add-ons. Though drivers always want more power, 2006 Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition owners like the H6 engine, the smooth ride, and expert handling and AWD. Fuel economy, at 19/26 mpg, could be improved, and most wish the backseat was bigger.

3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition Wagon

Avg. Price: $14,005

Upscale ruggedness is the theme of the 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Wagon, an all-wheel drive vehicle that sits on 17-inch all-season tires and features a compass and temperature display, optional navigation system, real wood and leather trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, audio controls on the steering wheel, and perforated leather seats. It also comes standard with traction control, along with the ABS brakes, tire monitor, foglights, mirror turn signals, daytime running lights, and dual front-side and head airbags.

Powered by a 3.0-liter, 250-hp DOHC H6 and 5-speed automatic with Sport shift mode, the 2006 Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition comes with full power features, 8-way and 4-way power front seats, cruise control, a 6-CD changer, trip computer, heated seats, sunroof, intermittent front and rear wipers, and dual-zone climate control. A roof spoiler sits on top of the hatch, and roof rails and a cargo cover for the expandable trunk. (With rear seats folded, it can carry up to 62 cubic feet). Options add rail attachments for bikes and skis, a trailer hitch, and a remote garage opener. Sporty handling, a quiet ride, and the all-wheel drive receive top marks from 2006 Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean drivers, but they would like better gas mileage and a more comfortable backseat and front passenger seat.

3.0 R VDC Wagon

2 national listings
Avg. Price: $13,994

The top-line Outback is the 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC. Available as a wagon only, the 3.0 R VDC features the same 3.0-liter, 250-hp flat-6 engine and 5-speed Sport shift automatic as the other 3.0 models, but it comes standard with both traction and stability control (Vehicle Dynamics Control -- VDC). This is in addition to the ABS brakes, foglights, mirror turn signals, daytime running lights, tire monitor, and dual front-side and front and rear head airbags. Other upgrades include a standard navigation system and an upgraded audio system with 6-CD changer with MP3 compatibility.

The all-wheel drive wagon features 60/40 split-fold rear seats, a roof rack, various storage compartments, tie-downs, and grocery holders, to carry a wide range of cargo. Standard equipment includes 8-way and 4-way power leather seats that are also heated, heated mirrors, cruise control, a sunroof, rear spoiler, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a garage opener remote, and mahogany and leather trim. Few options are left, but you can get bike and ski rack attachments for the roof, a Momo shifter, and a trailer hitch.

3.0 R Wagon

Avg. Price: $12,582

A boxer H6 engine is featured in the 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0R Wagon. Only available as a wagon (the sedan counterpart is now the L.L. Bean sedan), the 3.0-liter H6 gets 250-hp and is paired with a 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The 2006 Outback 3.0R adds standard traction control and a tire monitor to the ABS brakes, dual front-side and head airbags, foglights, mirror turn signals, 17-inch all-season tires, and all-wheel drive with limited slip differential. A hatch rear spoiler, roof rack, cargo cover and tie-downs, and split-fold 60/40 rear seats are standard characteristics of all Outback wagons.

The 2006 Outback 3.0R is similar to the XT in terms of equipment. An 8-way power driver's seat, keyless entry, trip computer, heated front seats, power accessories, intermittent front and rear wipers, cruise control, a trip computer, 6-CD changer, and dual-zone climate control are all standard. You can add a trailer hitch (to tow up to 2700 pounds), a garage opener, leather shifter, skid plates, and roof rack attachments for bikes and skis. AWD performance, a quiet ride, easy car-like handling that surpasses bulky SUVs, and power are high points for drivers. Low points include gas mileage and the small backseat.

Sport

The 2006 Subaru Outback Sport Wagon is a sporty base model Outback, also sold under the Impreza name. It comes with basic standard features and a 2.5-liter, 173-hp H4 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed auto tran is also available. ABS brakes, all-wheel drive with limited slip differential, 16-inch all-season tires, foglights, daytime running lights, and dual front and side airbags are all standard.

The 2006 Outback Sport comes with full power features, except for power seats. It does have steering-wheel mounted cruise control, CD player, keyless entry, intermittent front and rear wipers, and an external temperature display. Front sport seats offer added support, and rear seats split-fold 60/40. The 2006 Outback Sport also has roof rails, a cargo cover, tie-downs, and a tow hook. A trailer hitch is optional, and the wagon can tow up to 2000 pounds. Other options include a short-throw shifter, an auto-dimming mirror, cargo bins, garage opener, a rear spoiler, 6-CD changer, or a leather, carbon fiber, or titanium shifter. Drivers like the handling, but say the seats are uncomfortable.