2010 Subaru Outback Review


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4.65 stars

Based on 17 reviews

You Will Have A Hard Time Finding A Better Deal Than An Outback! by wilwrk4bandwidth
 — If you want a dependable car, great mileage, versatility, fantastic on ice, rain, snow, and with the highest safety rating available, you will have a hard time finding a better deal than an Outback. T... Read More
Not As Handsome As An Audi, But I'll Keep The $15k. by Jay
 — Very solid and effecient. An excellent four season performer. Aside from the speed, it does not feel much different than Audis I have driven. It is not nearly as beautiful as an Audi, but it cost f... Read More
This Is Probable The Best "bang For The Buck" That I Have Had In 40 Years. by Tim_1
 — I bought a black 2010 Outback Limited-no navigation but just about everything else.So far I am getting about 27-28 mpg in town and about 31-32 on the road.The 172 horsepower engine is more than adequa... Read More

2010 Subaru Outback Overview

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Based on 17 reviews

2010 Subaru Outback

The 2010 Subaru Outback gets the model’s first redesign in five years, adding height, decreasing length, increasing room in the back seat, and, according to Subaru, reducing the mileage of the outgoing model. But this is still the same vehicle that can serve as a fantastic accessory for owners who are active and need a vehicle that can haul equipment, but don’t want the size or cost of an SUV.

The Outback comes in 2.5i and 3.6R lines, with Base, Premium, and Limited trims available for both. The 2.5i is powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine with 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of available torque that’s mated to either a six-speed manual (standard) or Subaru’s new continuously variable automatic transmission, which includes a manual mode and shift paddles on the steering wheel and gets 21 city/27 highway mpg. The 3.6R is powered by a 3.6-liter, inline six-cylinder engine with 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque that’s paired only with a five-speed automatic and gets 17/23 mpg.

All-wheel drive is standard on both lines, though the AWD technology gets more complex with the 3.6R. Stability and traction control systems are also standard on all models, as is an all-new suspension with double wishbone control arms in the rear. Subaru claims the improved suspension and higher-profile tires have enhanced the Outback’s ride.

The 2010 Outback’s 105.4 cubic feet of passenger volume is about 7% more than the previous model had, which translates into 3.5 inches more hiproom in the front and 4 inches of extra legroom in the rear. Plus, the doors are 11 inches wider than the 2009 model's, which greatly eases entry and exit.

The built-in roof rack is a major selling point for most Outback owners, and this feature gets an upgrade for 2010 as well. The crossbars can be stored in the side rails when not needed, which improves aerodynamics and therefore reduces wind noise and fuel consumption.

The interior gets a makeover for 2010 and has a much higher-quality feel than the outgoing model's. The instruments are stylish, and materials like metallic trim, leather accents, and either cloth or leather upholstery add to the cabin's refined quality. Cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a CD player with audio input jack are standard on all models. An impressive Harman Kardon stereo is available, as are Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a navigation system, rearview camera, a moonroof, and an all-weather package that includes heated front seats and side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The Outback’s safety features include frontal, front-seat side-impact and side curtain air bags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, brake assist, and an electronic stability control system.


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Subaru Outback Questions


2010 Subaru Outback Electric Seats Stopped Moving Up/down/back/forward, Cou...

Manual for Outback does not address electric seats, what could cause them to stop working? Would it be possible for something to come unplugged?

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Ripped 2010 Leather Seats On Outback

Anyone had problems with the leather seats?? Mine are ripped from very minor use (child's seat) and Subaru is basically telling me to get lost. I owned an accord for almost a decade and put everythi...

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Reversed Polarity On 2010 Outback. Replaced Marin 120 Amp Fuse. Will Anyth...

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Oil Overfill?

I accidentally ovefilled my 6-cylinder Outback with too much oil--probably about a quart too much. Will that do any harm? Do I need to drain it off (a pain for me to do)?

460 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)

Hear A "whistle" When Accelerating?

I test-drove two 2010 Outback Ltds and heard a more pronounced whistle in one than the other - though it existed in both. I'm wondering if this is normal/a problem/ related to the CVT? The sound is ...

240 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)