Handling, acceleration, engine noise, complicated radio with navigation.
The quasi-SUV Outback has an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that now produces 173 hp. Paired with a CVT it got 24 mpg overall in our tests. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic are also available. Suspension tweaks made the ride considerably stiffer, but did tidy up the sloppy on-limit handling a bit. The Outback showcases Subaru's new EyeSight driver-assist system, with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning. The base trim now has an upgraded audio system with Bluetooth capability, but the optional navigation system is not very intuitive.
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