Subaru Outback – station wagon with crossover power
The overwhelming majority of domestic motorists are committed to sedans, but being faced with a choice between Legacy and Outback, they prefer the latter.
Nowadays, when many seek to classify even hatchbacks into the crossover segment, Subaru marketers are not in a hurry to do this, introducing Outback, not only as a station wagon, albeit with increased power. Indeed, having a lot in common with a real crossover: cross-country ability, power, this station wagon is solidly kept apart, not showing intentions to change its segment of ownership.
Paying attention to the opinions that have developed over the years of acquaintance with the cars of this popular company, Subaru means: unshakable quality of powertrains, lines without asymmetry, more often all-wheel drive, conservative interior trim, dynamics bordering on aggressiveness, reinforced by rigid suspension dampers that make the car stand on the roadway in any situation.
Which of the following is in the Outback wagon and what is missing? Not enough room in the cabin? Well, this is observed, but many will disagree with its utilitarianism. It is difficult to call the interior decoration luxurious, but in some generations it contains metal components, expensive wood, and genuine leather that can satisfy even biased critics. The suspension may be stiff, but this fact does not affect the comfort of being in the cabin, such a level of softness and smoothness is inherent only to cars of the highest price category (premium, business).
The car was delivered to the territory of the post-Soviet space with gasoline ICEs (2.5 and 3.6). Less “displacement” works with manual transmission or CVT, the second with automatic transmission. Due to the power and some technical nuances, the station wagon with the installation of 2.5 liters is much cheaper than the 2nd representative of the model. At the same time, it is much more economical (almost 3 liters).
By the way, the car, having such an important and convincing appearance, initially does not have a sports drive. Although she demonstrates her aggressive disposition with lightning speed, gaining acceleration to 100 km in less than 8 seconds, and this with a mass of 1.5 tons. And the clearance and all-wheel drive, in general, bring control on difficult road sections to the level of a powerful SUV, although the developers of Subaru Outback ignore this fact. Apparently, the versatility of the car and its working qualities provided it with such a high popularity, which was not slow to affect sales ratings, which are several times higher than those of the Subaru Legacy, although the cars share a common platform.
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