2012 Subaru Outback Review
We drive the 2012 Subaru OutbackNo Comments
After all, not all Outback buyers will be hitting the trails--most will be trucking to Whole Foods.
Subaru is known for being quirky and outfitting just about all of its cars with horizontally-opposed 'boxer' engines and all-wheel drive. It's also become known for its Outback, a raised wagon/crossover, which still holds a strong appeal among the active lifestyle set.
Our idea of an 'active lifestyle' seems to involve the sofa and pizza more than the great outdoors, but hey, isn't making a beer run an activity? When an Outback showed up at our offices, we knew we weren't going to be loading it with skis and snowboards, so instead we set about attacking the suburban jungle of Chicago's North Shore. After all, not all Outback buyers will be hitting the trails--most will be trucking to Whole Foods.
Push the Outback on a twisty road and it's a bit heavy and floppy, with more body roll than we'd like. It's not terrible, by any means, but it's clear that winding roads aren't the Outback's natural environment. This is a car that might be more suited for a gravel road somewhere in New England than it is for our favorite stretch of curves.
Back it down to normal speeds, though, and the Outback shines with reliable competency. Its ride is well-suited to around-town driving, and it's comfortable enough on the freeway.
Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Plenty of Outback buyers will take their tall wagons to points distant, laden with snowboards and surfboard and whatever other detritus that young, active adults take with them. For those Outback buyers who's most exotic cargo includes the ingredients for a spicy curry dish (purchased at Trader Joe's), the Outback will do just fine in the suburban outback.
As for us, we'll be on the couch, pizza in hand.