2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited review notes – Autoweek

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2013 Subaru Outback Limited review notes

The interior of the 2013 Subaru 2.5i Limited seems up to par the tested sticker price of Photo by Subaru.

The continuously transmission is not well matched for the Subaru Outback 2.5i Photo by Subaru.

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SENIOR EDITOR RORY CARROLL At I#8217;d have a hard calling this 2013 Outback 2.5i Limited a but the price doesn#8217;t seem Especially when you consider if you want a station wagon four driven wheels, have to go to Audi. Mercedes-Benz or and you aren#8217;t touching any of those for

Besides, what would the shoppers at the organic food think if you pulled up in a Cadillac? Can you imagine?

The seats are supportive and and the leather trim is high-quality The rest of the interior is standard plastic. It#8217;s not quite as inside as the aforementioned lux-wagons but again it#8217;s a good cheaper.

Subaru#8217;s venerable 2.5-liter four is once again into duty under the of the Outback. It#8217;s a good but it#8217;s let down by the CVT, is miserable. Buyers would be advised to step down a and check the box for the six-speed manual

Around town, the Subaru solid and composed, but on the highway winds can easily blow it off It#8217;s on the highway where the CVT most overmatched. Other that, the driving experience is unremarkable.

It offers tons of cred without subjecting or passenger to discomfort. There#8217;s of space for four ex-hippies and fair-trade groceries.

The Outback is compelling as an alternative to the inexplicably crossover.

DIGITAL EDITOR STOY: The 2013 Subaru 2.5i Limited offers a lot of car for the even with our tester#8217;s of nearly $34,000. Consider it offers: All-wheel drive, a leather-trimmed interior, a full infotainment system, heated and power everything, all in a convenient package that fits everything a compact crossover can without blocking everyone view.

The Outback drives nicely, its main flaw being the engine note delivered to its continuously variable transmission. the CVT didn#8217;t interfere with much, and the flat-four in the Outback felt more powerful its 173 hp would suggest. I never the need for more though I have the Outback loaded cargo either.

My wife and I the Outback before purchasing our Jetta Sportwagen. so it was interesting to the two cars in our driveway. The Outback is a larger wagon, but the cargo actually feels smaller that in the Volkswagen — in it#8217;s about 2 cubic larger, but the higher load due to the Outback#8217;s AWD equipment does an affect on cargo convenience.

The is also about $4,000 expensive than our diesel and gets about 10 mpg less, but undoubtedly a more opulent I suspect they#8217;re cross-shopped often given the eccentricities of Volkswagen and Subaru buyers. The makes a compelling case for and should be a contender for anyone a small SUV or crossover.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: In trim, this well-equipped and Outback puts to rest the that Subarus are too plasticky and inside. With this stitched-leather interior and right-feel throughout the cabin, this is an that at least comes as upscale enough to command its And then you get into things the steady flat four and all-wheel-drive, instead of using features as primary selling to justify the higher cost.

I the way this model is equipped, a good navigation system and but with highly functional and knobs for things like tuning, etc. Subaru to make smart decisions on everyday items, which to make buyers look smart people. Compared to a expensive Ford Escape I a day earlier, I#8217;d opt for the Subaru on every measure — and I the new Escape quite a bit.

If there#8217;s a drawback, it#8217;s the This one isn#8217;t that bad it does mimic an actual when you push for power, but it stays there until it to dial down the ratios. In the there#8217;s a certain amount of and whine, but at least it produces

I#8217;d be much happier a nice six-speed auto or in this car though.

NEWS GREG MIGLIORE: I#8217;ve a fan of the Outback since we had a long-termer a few back. There really many all-wheeling wagons on the with this kind and character. It plays to the loyal base, and the looks and driving are pleasing for the core followers.

For this wagon might be a bit in appearance and on-road feel, but it is a machine.

I had an uneventful commuter lap in the going home and then to the office. I liked the steering, makes for direct maneuvers this is fairly lengthy The boxer four is fine, and adequately powered.

Passing and jockeying for lane is no problem, though a touch juice underhood would be for enthusiasts. The all-wheel drive is an Subaru signature trait, I had no reason to make full use of it on a dry night.

The cargo hold in is healthy-sized, and having used our to haul speakers back to from Chicago, I#8217;ve just how much this can stow. The Outback plays to a small market, but it#8217;s and comfortable.

2013 Subaru 2.5i Limited

Base $29,890

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter H4; AWD, variable transmission

Output: 173 hp @ rpm, 174 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

Weight: 3,538 lb

Fuel (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 24/30/26 mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: mpg

Options: Option package 23 keyless access and start, moonroof, two-position memory seat, navigation system voice-activated control, 440-watt Harmon/Kardon premium audio auto-dimming rearview mirror Homelink, XM Satellite radio and NavTraffic, Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio connectivity, stereo with one-CD rear vision camera, audio USB/iPod port, alloy wheels with finish, exterior door with gray finish and access button, exterior signal mirrors with finish, black inner headlights, rear bumper Outback logo floor saddle brown leather-trimmed unique matte-finish wood trim ($3,645); four floor mats ($72)

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