2011 Subaru Outback User Reviews

2011 Subaru Outback Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"awd" 3 reviews
CONS
"paddle" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 13 2011 Subaru Outback reviews.

Lgberrios writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Review
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5

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AWD & handling

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Odd cup holder and arm rest layout

Lgberrios
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Standard Awd , Good Fuel Economy And Low Maintenance Costs — The handing is more than acceptable. The 2.5i Is visually appealing. It has a sporty look yet makes a great family car without having the "minivan look". There is ample cargo space and a spacious area for back seat passengers

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ZigZagMatt writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium Review
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5

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It's a Subaru. If you own, you know. If you buy, you will.

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Traction Control: excellent when encountering black ice/unknown traction changes. Awkward when driving on known poor-friction surface. (FIX: Just turn Trac Control OFF).

TRANSMISSION OPTIONS: No manual. The "paddle-shift" attempt at "Manual" is disappointing. Also, the shifters are on the wheel, not the column which makes downshifting say in a corner ridiculous. One of the VERY few design flaws I can find. But if I wanted a rocket with total control I'd have bought a WRX STi (and I did).

ZigZagMatt
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Not A Porche, But With The 3.6l It Might As Well Be... — Overall - worth EVERY single penny. They wish me to say more about the car before I can save. There's not a whole lot more to say. Exceedingly dependable, fairly sleek, huge cargo room (even with rear seats up), incredibly safe and reliable - and FAST.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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OldMoparNut writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Review
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5

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Deep snow traction like no other vehicle out there.  15" of heavy slush won't even stop it.  
YouTube "Subaru Traction Test" to see absolute proof.  Economy is much improved now with CVT transmission, we get a lot of 29 to 31 even 32 mpg's with the all time AWD always there, which could've been a drain.

Cons

Wind noise and heater fan noise.  Could user a wee bit more power, but if one uses flipper paddle to keep engine rpm's up around 4000 +, it is snappier.  That only seems needed up in a large metro area.

OldMoparNut
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Good. Just Reduce The Wind And Heater Fan Noise. — Comfortable ride, lots of room inside. Probably excellent reliability for 200,ooo + miles. Good economy. Highly recommended. It is my wife's 4th Subaru, she must get to work in northern snowy area, from gravel and rural roads, she will not drive any other brand. It may need 20" of fresh snow to stop it ??? We know it does 15" for twenty miles, unplowed. We love our Subaru's and don't understand why we don't see more on the roads. Traction tests on the likes of Honda CRV is a joke in deep snow. Not many come even close to Subaru symmetrical AWD traction.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Vital writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Review
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It's a Subaru

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Nothing so far

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Awd Makes It Great For Me. — So far it's exceeded my expectations. Gas mileage has been exceptional for such a good size SUV (it's as good or a little better than my 2005 Honda Accord 4 cylinder). The CVT has been great so far. The Outback is very quiet and very comfortable for long trips (trip to Ottawa in 12 hours was not a problem). Handling is again better than I expected for an SUV...it's actually great for any vehicle (it's as stable as my Honda Accord was unless I really push it which is still within 90% of what the Accord could do).

Primary Use: Family transportation

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FHI4 writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Review
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More interior room, better gas mileage

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Continental Tires, interior plastic can scratch easily

FHI4
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Best Value On The Market Currently — The expert reviewer of the 2010 model called the 2.5 engine and CVT engine terrible. Did he even drive the car? I am getting 31 MPG on the highway and the 2.5 engine has plenty of power for 95% of driving situations. The CVT does not operate like a traditional transmission. It feels like the acceleration is slower than it really is. The speedometer doesn't lie though. The 2.5 engine has been around for years. It isn't uncharted territory for Subaru. The engine is smoother and more refined than any other 4 cylinder I have owned. Sure you can get an Outback with the 3.6 engine if you can live with the additional fuel cost. The new re-design is head and shoulders above the older Outbacks. More rear legroom, better ground clearance, better styling while still retaining some of the quirkiness that Subaru is famous for. The handling and ride quality is great for this class of vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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photomel writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Review
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comfort

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common car

photomel
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Very Positive — I like how it handles in the snow. I also like the reliability of this car. This is my second Subaru Outback and this one was better than my 2007. I would buy this car again and would recommend to anyone who like reliability, cargo space and needs a utility car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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SJFinanceGuy writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium Review
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Safety, reliability, resale value. Well designed vehicle.

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Poor gas mileage, maintenance is expensive.

SJFinanceGuy
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Overall Great Family Car. — Definitively a good family car for those who don't want the typical family car stigma. Safety is obviously one the primary concerns in a family vehicle and this meets or exceeds it. Looks should be last, but its not bad considering its a family car. Better than driving a mini-van, and that says a lot.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Chance writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Review
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very smooth and sleek

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spacing inside awkward

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Very Nice Car All Around. — very nice car it has good power considering only the 4 cylinder. it is very smooth. the space in the car is very awkward your very close to the ceiling. thats the only down side to it id have to say.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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David writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Review
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Great vehicle that gets excellent fuel economy.

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Nothing

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Subaru Outback — Love this car and would suggest it to friends and family. Very pleased with fuel economy and overall drive ability of the vehicle. It is very nice having the all wheel drive option and the leather is very comfortable. Buy It.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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brn2skifst writes:
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium Review
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Great power with the 3.6R. Very comfortable for highway travel. Good gas mileage for a car this size. Reliable. Fantastic in bad weather/snow. Good cargo capacity.

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Soft suspension

brn2skifst
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Love It. — I really like everything about it except for the soft suspension. It could be a little firmer. The car has great acceleration. It is a great highway cruiser. Set the cruise to 75 and you just go. It gets 26 mpg on the highway

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2000 Subaru Outback Reviews

Love This Car For Its Ability And Cargo Space. By AWDSuby

Hands down one of the best vehicles I've ever driven. Easy to see out all windows for backing and switching lanes. Lots of cargo space with back seats folding down flat. Sleep in it and view the stars... Read More

Subaru Outbacks Are Rock Solid Cars For The Outdoor Enthusiast. By AWDSuby

Fun car to drive, good acceleration and braking. Not as sporty as the smaller sport version, but definitely more reliable. Roof rack very nice for strapping gear down. The fold down flat back seats ma... Read More

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2001 Subaru Outback Reviews

2001 Sohc 2.5 Wagon By theelements23

So far so good a few things I need to fix, I did purchase a warranty so things should be good. Subaru definitely builds a solid car. I see so many on the road. But not many with the double sun roofs. Read More

Great Family Car By harris_42

I love my Subaru Outback. I bought this car new in 2001 when my son was born. I plan to give it to him when he gets his drivers license. It has been very reliable and now has 130,000 miles on it. ... Read More

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2002 Subaru Outback Reviews

2002 Subaru Outback By Bobby

This is the best AWD car I have ever owned,.If you are looking for something that you can travel in and never let you down, this would be the car for you! It has automatic everything and alloy rims. Read More

It's Just An Awesome Car. By Olcountry

Love the reliability and functionality of the car. Not expensive to maintain it. It is expensive to fix if not handled properly. Let the right people fix your car. All the accessories on it work... Read More

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2003 Subaru Outback Reviews

This Is Our Second Outback That We Purchased Used And It Has Proven To Be Another Quality Car. By T_J_Fries

This is our sixth Subaru and it continues to meet the quality and dependability that we have come to expect from the brand. We were pleasantly surprised that with 60-65 mph highway speeds it can prov... Read More

Great All Around Car. By DzemoJedi

Great car for all around driving, lots of room for passangers and cargo. Full time AWD makes it not so sporty handling while it works great on snow and ice. Trailer hitch is the best option on this ca... Read More

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2004 Subaru Outback Reviews

Great College Car By Saunder

I bought this car in college. It has been a great and reliable vehicle. Has over 225k miles and I haven't had one major or really minor repair (just standard maintenance). I imagine the engine will re... Read More

Generally Good, Repairs Affordable, Good, Safe Family Car By robbrown99

This is a good car generally - good size for a family of 4 and a dog. Has been quite reliable up to 100K miles, but after that repairs are trending upwards. If you live in a snowy area, have kids and ... Read More

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