2008 Subaru Outback Overview


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2.5 i
Avg. Price: $11,084
2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition
Avg. Price: $10,161
2.5 i Limited
Avg. Price: $12,240
2.5 i Limited L.L. Bean Edition
Avg. Price: $11,433
2.5 XT Limited
Avg. Price: $13,375
3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition
Avg. Price: $13,232
Avg. Price: $10,092

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4.75 stars

Based on 20 reviews

"if I Give This Car A Rope It Will Probably Climb A Tree", Another Subaru Owner Quoted Me! by jtablan
 — It's been a while since I had my Outback and this is my third review, I have since added a set of General Altimax Artic winter tires with its own dedicated set of rims, this was a wise decision; for t... Read More
Subaru Is The Best. by Anton
 — First I was sceptical about getting an Outback, but once I got it I love it. It is very spacious, when it comes to performace the four cilynder engine does it's job, it is powerful. Build quality is v... Read More
2nd Review Of This Car by jtablan
 — September 2011 hurricane Irene was fast approaching the eastern states, worried about losing power altogether, I therefore purchased an electric start generator on line thru Costco, the carrier canno... Read More

2008 Subaru Outback Overview

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Based on 19 reviews

2008 Subaru Outback

Subaru has always done its own thing in the automotive world. In the mid-1990s, when SUVs were the rage in the U.S., Subaru built a car-based SUV and dubbed it the Outback, the first "sport utility wagon."

The 2008 model year brings only minor changes to this third-generation Outback. The interior receives a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and an upgraded automatic transmission, featuring steering-wheel paddle shifters, on six-cylinder versions. For the exterior, changes include the grille, hood, headlights, and bumpers.

All Outbacks - all Subarus for that matter - come standard with all-wheel drive. There are three engines available, depending on trim line: a normally aspirated, 170-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four; a turbocharged version producing 243 hp and an amazing 250 foot-pounds of torque; and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder boxer with the same output as the turbocharged four.

The XT trim (which features the high-performance turbo engine) and the 3.0 R L.L. Bean models feature the SI-Drive option. This piece of electronics allows the driver to choose one of three driving modes: Intelligent (economy), Sport (middle range), and Sport Sharp (performance). Each mode corresponds to a specific engine management map: Intelligent mode minds the gas, while the "wilder" Sport Sharp mode lets it all hang out. Does it work? One reviewer found that Intelligent mode produced 0-60 in 8.32 seconds while Sport Sharp took 7.10 seconds. As for gas mileage, Intelligent management averaged 29.7 mpg and Sport Sharp hit 27 mpg. These numbers are both better than the EPA estimates of 18 mpg city and 24 on the highway.

Although the Outback is equipped with a well-appointed interior, some reviewers found the back seat a bit small. But when the back seats fold down, the car offers more than 65 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Outback comes with side-impact and side curtain airbags as well as ABS, while six-cylinder and turbo Outbacks include electronic stability control. This results in five-star NHTSA safety ratings.

Walking its own path, Subaru has managed to keep the Outback a viable choice for those who need SVU-like capacity but prefer to drive a car.


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Subaru Outback Questions

Sean McCaffrey

My "check Engine", (s), And "cruise Control" Lights Are Blinking In My 2008...

Dear Car Guru team- my 2008 Subaru outback yesterday had its "Check Engine" light go on steadily, and the "S" Drive and "Cruise Control" lights are blinking. The vehicle passed it's state emissions t...

6,472 views with 4 answers (last answer about a year ago)

2008 Subaru Outback

My car lights are staying on, security light blinking on dash and my key will not start engine now. I have tried locking and unlocking with remote and that does not do anything.

255 views with 9 answers (last answer 2 years ago)

Has Anyone Had A Driver's Seat Frame Break?

the frame of the driver's seat in my 2008 Outback has just broken - 2 spot welds have failed apparently - the car is 5 years old and has done only 45,000 miles - has anyone else suffered this?

242 views with 5 answers (last answer 9 months ago)
Jasper Rosenberg

Loud When Starts

Ever since it was new, our outback when cold makes a lot of noise when it first starts up and is idle, Anyone else seen this? Thanks!

786 views with 4 answers (last answer 6 years ago)

Do I Have To Replace Tpms Sensors Every Time I Buy New Set Of Tires, And If...

gentlemen, I have a vehicle with TPMS, the sensors do they have to be replaced everytime I put on a new set of tires and if not; what if the tire store screws it up are they liable?

1,587 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 years ago)