Totally redesigned, the 2010 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger wagon that comes standard with Symmetrical AWD. A 2.5L four-cylinder or a brand-new 3.6L six-cylinder are the available engines. The smaller engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT, while the larger engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. New features on the standard items list include audio controls on the steering wheel and an electric parking brake.Read more Read less
The Subaru Outback created the crossover category in the mid-nineties, and it continues to ride the line between family wagon and off-road vehicle. The biggest news for 2010 is the upgrade to the Outback's engine lineup, a 3.6-liter that replaces the previous generation's 3.0-liter. There are also three trim levels for 2010: base, Premium and Limited. It also has Subaru's available CVT (continuously variable transmission) that gets an impressive 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Also new for 2010 are the roof rails that snap into place when needed and swing out of the way when not, decreasing drag and wind noise. And like all Subaru's vehicles, the Outback is all wheel drive, all the time.
New stylish makeover; roomier interior; powerful engine lineup; great gas mileage with CVT transmission
The base level 2.5i Outback with the CVT is made for outdoorsy drivers, with a starting price under $23,000 and great gas mileage. Even the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited, with its larger engine, leather seats and standard harman/kardon stereo system, starts at just over $30,000. All Outbacks, regardless of trim level, include ABS, traction control and air bags, and niceties such as power mirrors and cruise control. Best of all, unlike the previous 3.0-liter engines, the 2010 Outbacks do not require premium fuel.