2008 Subaru Outback Review | The Truth About Cars

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2008 Subaru Outback

Station wagons with transmissions are quickly going the way of the In fact, there are more hybrids for sale stateside row-your-boat wagons. If you want an model, the number plummets.

makes me wonder: what#39;s the of the Subaru Outback five-speed?

I can#39;t speak for Subie#39;s fans, … appeal is NOT the raison d#39;etre. Oh, it#39;s enough; in a stern, trim, no affectations sticking you in the eye sort of Subaru#39;s raised the beltline (to the Popemobile effect), added new (there was a sale on Japanese eyes) and stuck a Chrysler logo on the snout.

While the Outback now looks expensive than it is, it#39;s as quirky as an accountant wearing colored socks.

The interior is enthralling and twice as sensible. down the Outback#39;s rear and lifestyle load luggers almost as much schlepitude as V70. Although Subaru#39;s the Outback#39;s instrument panel, the interior fabrics, added a wheel (yay!) and numbered the buttons from one to five, the remains very much of a

There#39;s nothing tasteless, tasty. Well, except for the steering wheel#8230;

The helm you in charge of Subaru#39;s 170hp SOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve opposed four-cylinder engine. If went all Jaguar on us and tried to dip market, this is the kind of I#39;d expect: smooth, and just about as gutsy as a can be. But Outback drivers are never in any that they#39;re lugging a couple hundred extra of all wheel-drive (AWD) gear.

The Outback#39;s ride is comfortable the slightest hint of refinement. Dry handling is exemplary, with body roll and enough feel to tell you when to (early and often). Try to accelerate out of a of turns and the Outback#39;s architecture you that the vehicle could another 80 horses#8211; and the rest.

The factor might be considered a in a wagon full and kids and and things to be inflated, but it#39;s a drawback when you#39;re all and late for work. And then#8230;

I was fortunate enough to test our Outback on fresh powder and snow. The worse the conditions, the it got.

Needless to say, I an immediate and intimate respect for time-honed Symmetrical AWD system. other drivetrain layouts all kinds of 90 degree kinks to sap and response, the Outback#39;s in-line allows more direct transfer to all the wheels. At the same the low-slung boxer engine a lower center of gravity, bending your knees you#39;re skiing.

The Outback#39;s four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake-force over each wheel, highly effective on the white More to the point (of the vehicle#39;s when traction is iffy, nice to have more than merely stop and go. The manual transmission gives the set up feel.

Sure, you can crank the lever back and forth, but not the same as feathering the clutch, up the revs or using the engine as a

Taken as a whole, the Outback rather than slides on, the it felt like I had an invisible slicing through an unseen in the road. Although it doesn#39;t all the toys and [much of any] the entry level Outback has got the bad weather integrity that it an entirely justifiable for people who in the#8230; wait for it#8230;

Again, if you live in those of the country where you can get to grandma#39;s sans icy winds and … drifts, and you#39;re not likely to for hours on unpaved roads, the is a different beast. Well, beast is the wrong word. A animal: one of those zoo dwellers odd but not terribly attractive.

Though still adept at negotiating wet large puddles and the occasional curb, the Outback#39;s charms in direct proportion to the civility of driving environment.

The number of American drivers who a manual transmission is in the single and falling fast. But Subaru#39;s to continue offering a stick low frills, Outback with a anemic engine.

What#39;s the of a halo car? You know: a car shows that a brand is in touch with the austere that endeared its products to its financially-challenged, mechanically savvy The five-speed manual base is it.

Well done to Subaru for not its roots. Now, if they just strip and flip the

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