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08 Outback 2.5i is a great snow car! by Scott on 10/30/2009. Trim: 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 i, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Symemetrical AWD. My primary AWD use is for driving to ski resorts with an occasional camping trip. Other 4X4 / AWD vehicles drive systems have a tendency to “walk” to the left or right in deep snow especially from a parked position. The Subaru AWD feels fantastic. It grips and goes, period. I love not having to engage a transfer case or anything else. Just go. Heated windshield. side mirrior defrost, big bright backup lightes, heated seats and rubber floormats make it a great snow car. The headlights are amazing! Performance and handling is better than expected for a car of this type.
Cons: Thin sheet metal seems to dent and scratch easy. Doors don't have window frames. More road noise than I would like. A little bit of transmission lag and unpredictability. I think it should get better gas mileage. I average 23.5mpg with a mix of city and highway. Hit 30mpg once on a long roadtrip but don't expect to get more than 25mpg. Interior parts are cheap and break kind of easy.
Overall review: Happy with the car. I paid $25k with tax and licensing + after market leather. Leather seats should be an option without having to go aftermarket. I bought it new and waited to write the review until I felt like I really knew the car. If got 29k miles on it and not one problem other than interior visor latch breaking. The styling is really nice, it handles great, and AWD performance in the snow is the best made, period. For the price you can't go wrong.
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2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 I Limited by Deb Woodland Park, CO on 03/03/2013. Trim: 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Limited, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Handles great in the snow, seat warmers, 6 CD player, average gas mileage.
Overall review: To date the best car I have owned for maneuvering in the snow.
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Drive one you'll like it. by JJ Indy on 10/14/2012. Trim: 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 i, Owned 4 years.
Pros: I like everything.! Getting 29.5 mpg.
Cons: Interior is a little small.
Overall review: This is my 7th Subaru in the past 27yrs. They all have been very good to me.
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Great All-arounder by Joel on 09/09/2012. Trim: 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited, Owned 4 years.
Pros: I have the 5-speed manual with the 2.5L turbo motor. It is very quick for a wagon and handles quite well once you throw a larger rear sway bar on the back. The cargo space and versatility is great.
Cons: Highway mileage is pretty poor at 23.5 mpg. The front seats are not too comfortable on long trips and the rear passenger leg room is not that great. No bluetooth for phone integration.
Overall review: I've had the car for 4 years without a single problem. I got the bug for a new car recently and spent the last 2-3 weeks looking at new cars but after numerous test drives realized that there is nothing out there right now that combines the sportiness of my XT with its versatility so I'm keeping it.
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Great with asterick by Ellly's mom on 01/12/2011. Trim: 2008 Subaru Outback Basic, Owned 2 years.
Pros: This car has been absolutely wonderful, especially in the New England weather. We have had NO issues at all. If reliability is the main reason you are debating with this car, your search is over. Buy it.
Cons: The ONLY reason I am writing a review is to warn parents with rear facing infant car seats. We had a baby 8/2010 and the perfect car went to "How quick can I get out of it?". I ride as the passenger and am short--I still ride with the seat pushed up so my knees are almost touching the dashboard and the seat back is at an angle like I am leaning forward. I have to turn the headrest around or remove because it pushes my head forward. I feel like I am almost in the "emergency pose" when an airplane is going to crash--my husband most certainly could never be a passenger with my daughter riding with us. Installing seat in middle is not an option either--both front seats would then be affected.
Overall review: If you have no children, or if their seat is forward facing/booster seat etc, great car. Interior storage space is horrible though, but it might help a cluttered person not be so cluttered--nowhere to place anything. Tons of trunk space! If you live in New England or a snowy climate, a must have!
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