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Subaru Outback 2005-2009: engine, AWD system, fuel economy, problems
Updated: May 01, 2019
During the increased interest in SUVs in the 90s, Subaru had no SUV in its lineup. Subaru came up with the Outback, which is essentially a modified Subaru Legacy with added ground clearance and more rugged styling. The name "Outback" means Australian backcountry. The 2005-2009 Outback comes with standard full-time all-wheel drive and a horizontally opposed 4- or 6-cylinder "boxer" engine. It offers an upscale, feature-rich interior, competitive handling, fairly smooth ride and good crash test scores.
For the 2005 model year, the Outback was available as a 5-door wagon or 4-door sedan (only 5-door wagon in Canada). In the US, the Outback sedan didn't sell well and was later discontinued. The Outback was offered in three basic models: 2.5i, 2.5XT, 3.0R and each model was available with different equipment levels. A manual transmission is available only in 4-cylinder models. In the Outback wagon, the roof rails can be outfitted with one of the accessory mounts to carry a bike, canoe or skis. The Subaru all-wheel drive system is one of the best out there.
The base 2.5-liter non-turbo SOHC engine offers a simple design, decent power and reasonable fuel economy. The i-Active Valve Lift System, which was added for 2006, has increased the engine power to 176 horsepower.
The turbo-charged intercooled 2.5-liter DOHC engine is quick, however, as with any car, the turbo adds more stress on the engine. The turbocharged engine is more expensive to maintain and requires premium gasoline. Both 2.5L 4-cylinder engines have a timing belt that must be replaced at recommended intervals. The advanced 3.0L H6 DOHC is a good motor, but the 3.0R Outback is rare.
Read also: Pros and cons of buying a car with a turbocharger
The Outback uses Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. See how it works on Subaru website: Subaru Engineering. To distribute the torque between front and rear axles, the Outback models with manual transmission use a viscous-type locking center differential, while the 4-speed automatic models utilize an electronically controlled variable transfer clutch. Models with 5-speed automatic transmission use an electronically controlled variable transfer clutch in conjunction with a planetary-type center differential. A limited-slip rear differential is included with each setup.
The Outback's interior is well designed with excellent fit and finish, and luxury feel. The controls are simple and well laid out. The center stack is tilted towards the driver. Front seats are comfortable, with good support. Large side mirrors and tall windows offer a good visibility. The fit and finish is very good. Even the base models are well equipped. The split rear seat folds down almost flat, giving the Outback plenty of cargo space. On the downside, the rear seat space is tight and the steering telescopic adjustment was only available from 2008.
|EPA Fuel Economy:||mpg|
|2005-2009 Outback 2.5L auto||20/26||11.8/9.0|
|2005-2007 Outback 2.5L manual||20/26||11.8/9.0|
|2008 Outback 2.5L manual||19/26||12.4/9.0|
|2009 Outback 2.5L manual||20/27||11.8/8.7|
|2005-2006 Outback 2.5L turbo, auto, manual||17/23||13.8/10.2|
|2007-2009 Outback 2.5L turbo, auto, manual||18/24||13.1/9.8|
|2005, 2007 Outback 3.0L H6||17/23||13.8/10.2|
|2006, 2008 Outback 3.0L H6||17/24||13.8/9.8|
The non-turbo 2.5L 4-cylinder Outback is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles with all-wheel drive. It also can run on regular gasoline. Turbocharged and H6 models are rated for premium gasoline.
The Outback handles well with a tight turning radius. The long-travel suspension absorbs even the large road bumps well, but as a trade-off, the body roll is pronounced during cornering. The ride is smooth and quiet.
Anti-Lock brakes (ABS), side and side curtain airbags are standard. Vehicle stability control is only available on 3.0R VDC models. The 2005-2009 Subaru Outback received 5 stars out of 5 in the NHTSA front and side impact crash tests.
RELATED:Subaru Outback 2010-2014 review: reliability, common problems, maintenance and more.
Capable AWD system, upscale interior, smooth ride, tight turning radius, crash-test scores, visibility, decent ground clearance, low center of gravity, standard integrated roof rails
Fuel economy could be better, tight rear seat space, lack of the steering wheel telescopic adjustment in early models, body roll during cornering, handling when fully loaded, engine problems.
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The 2.5L non-turbo Outback is easier to maintain can run on regular gasoline. Overall, the Outback is a solidly-built vehicle, although Consumer Reports rates the 4-cylinder engine in 2005-2007 models poorly. For this review, we test-drove the 6-year old Outback with 66K miles and it didn't have any issues. The Outback holds its value well, but with mileage, repair and maintenance costs could be higher than average, especially for turbocharged models.
Torn CV-boots, noisy wheel bearings and rattling exhaust heat shields are common. See YouTube videos on exhaust heat shield repair. Check Engine light issues are fairly common too. There are quite a few complaints, including on the NHTSA website about the rear suspension-related handling issues on icy or rough roads with a full load. This thread looks closely into this issue. Leaking head gaskets and oil consumption complaints are not uncommon at higher mileage. Replacing head gaskets is expensive.
Unevenly worn tires may indicate a problem with the wheel alignment. A low oil level may indicate that the engine consumes oil. Watch out for a coolant smell under the hood or low coolant level, as it might point to a coolant leak, possible even from one of the head gaskets. For a manual transmission, check the clutch operation. During the test drive, if you feel that the wheels are "binding" during turns, there is a problem with a 4WD system. Check if the timing belt has been replaced on a 4-cylinder engine. A humming or growling noise coming from one of the wheels could indicate a bad wheel bearing. If you notice a blue smoke from the exhaust at startup, avoid the car. Watch out for the "Check Engine" or any other warning light coming on after the engine is started; this indicates a problem. Read more tips: How to inspect a used car - illustrated guide. Before making a final decision, have the car inspected by a mechanic.
To keep your motor in good shape, have your oil changed regularly. A turbocharged engine is more sensitive to the oil quality; use only a good-quality oil. Regularly check the tire pressure. The Outback's handling is sensitive to the problems with the wheel alignment, so it might be a good idea to have the four-wheel alignment done once in a while. Overheating the engine may cause serious damage. Check the coolant level periodically and keep it topped up. The 2008 Subaru Outback's owner's manual recommends using the genuine Subaru coolant. It says: Use of improper coolants may result in corrosion in the cooling system. In the 2.5L engine, the drive belt tension needs to be checked periodically and adjusted if needed. If any of the belts is loose, it will produce a squealing noise at a start-up or when turning the steering wheel to the limit. For repairs take your Subaru to a dealer or a mechanic closely familiar with Subaru products; there are many specifics.
Recalls: Safety Recalls - NHTSA or Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls.
Subaru For Owners - Owner's Manuals and downloads, warranties and more. Subaru of America.
2009 Subaru Outback Specifications
| Overall length: |
| 189.0 in (4,800 mm)|
69.7 in (1,770 mm)
63.2 in (1,605 mm)
105.1 in (2,670 mm)
| 2.5L Non-turbo: |
| 8.5 in (215 mm)|
8.7 in (220 mm)
8.5 in (215 mm)
|Turning circle:|| 35.4 ft (10.8 m)|
|Cargo volume:||65.4 cu. ft (1,851L) /with rear seats down/|
| 2.5-liter SOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve|
horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine
with i-Active Valve Lift System.
170 hp @ 6,400 rpm
170 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
2.5-liter DOHC intercooled, turbocharged
aluminum-alloy 16-valve 4-cylinder
horizontally opposed engine
with Active Valve Control System.
243 hp @ 6,000 rpm
241 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
3.0-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 24-valve 6-cylinder
horizontally opposed engine
with Active Valve Control System
and Active Valve Lift System.
245 hp @ 6,600 rpm
215 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
| 2.5i non-turbo: |
| Unleaded gasoline (87 octane)|
Premium unleaded gasoline (91 octane) required
Premium unleaded gasoline (91 octane) recommended
|Fuel Tank Capacity:|| 16.9 US gallons (64.0 liters)|
|Engine oil capacity:|
4.2 US qt (4.0 liters)
5.8 US qt (5.5 liters)
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2009 Subaru Outback
Experts at TheCarConnection.com know that your next car-buying decision is sure to be an important one. For this reason, editors have scoured the Web to bring you highlights of some of the Web's most thorough reviews of the 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback. Editors also include their own driving opinions, along with their no-nonsense Bottom Line take, so that you can make the best decision possible.
The 2009 Subaru Outback lineup includes several versions, including a wagon body style. All receive the rugged treatment, picking up a raised heavy-duty suspension and body-side cladding that hints at greater brawn. The Outback is otherwise mechanically similar to the Legacy sedan, which is covered by a separate review.
The Outback is offered in a wide range of models, now ranging from the basic 2.5i up to the sporty XT Limited and luxurious 3.0R Limited. The 2.5i and 2.5i Limited models get a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ("flat") four, while the 2.5 XT and XT Limited upgrade to a high-performance turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four making 243 hp. And at the top there's a 245-hp, 3.0-liter flat-six powering the 3.0R.
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With the base engine, the 2009 Subaru Outback has adequate power with a light load, but if you plan on hauling a lot of stuff or driving in the mountains, the engine can feel taxed. It's made worse by the four-speed automatic, which can shift abruptly and has rather widely spaced gears. The turbocharged engine in the XT is the most responsive, with none of the lag that sometimes plagues turbos, but the six is the smoothest and most refined.
Across the line, the Outback models get all-wheel drive and have up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which may prove very useful in deep snow or mud. Subaru models with the base engine have either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, while XT models get either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, which includes Sportshift paddle shifters. At the top, the six-cylinder engine comes with just the five-speed automatic.
Models with the turbocharged four or the six-cylinder engine get SI-Drive, a system that has three different modes allowing throttle response, transmission shift, and other characteristics to change from smooth to sharp as desired in the 2009 Subaru Outback.
Despite having the heavy-duty suspension, Outback models handle very well on the road, with crisp, rather communicative steering and not much body lean; ride comfort is quite good as well, but road noise can be an issue inside.
Overall, the interior is rather basic but attractive with matte-metallic materials and mid-grade plastics. There are no overt luxury pretenses here, except in the top models, which pile on the convenience features and upgrades. Seating in the 2009 Subaru Outback is comfortable for five normal-sized adults, though front-seat occupants might find headroom tight with the available moonroof. A 440-watt Harman-Kardon premium audio system is standard across the line for 2009.
Anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and active front head restraints are all included. For 2009, Subaru's electronic stability system is standard across the line. The Subaru Outback receives top five-star results from the federal government in both frontal and side impact tests.
Top 2009 3.0R Limited models get a navigation system, upgraded heated seats, dual-zone climate control, leather trim, and a six-speaker sound system. Some of the latest expected tech features, such as a Bluetooth interface, an iPod interface, and live traffic updates, aren't available.
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2020 Subaru Outback
|Also called||Subaru Legacy Outback|
The Subaru Outback, also sold as Subaru Legacy Outback (Japanese: スバル・レガシィアウトバック, Hepburn: Subaru Regashi Autobakku) in some markets, is an automotive nameplate used by the Japanese automaker Subaru for two different vehicles: a Legacy-based station wagon, the Outback (1994–present), and an Impreza-derived hatchback, the Outback Sport (1994–2011).
Most versions of the Outback wagon and Outback Sport have had all-wheel drive as either an option or standard equipment.
The original Outback station wagon was derived from the wagon variant of the second-generation Subaru Legacy. The first-generation Legacy, which made its debut in 1989, did not receive the cosmetic and suspension modifications to create an Outback version, although Subaru offered an Outdoor option package for the 1994 model year Legacy L all-wheel drive model, which added an compressed air strut height adjustable suspension, a luggage rack, a skidplate, and mud flaps.
Earlier, a raised-roof "Touring Wagon" variant had been offered on the preceding Subaru Leone for the 1988 and 1989 model years. Subaru also sold a raised-roof variant (chassis code BF) of the first-generation Legacy wagon outside the United States. North American Legacy wagons were only offered as the flat-roof variant (chassis code BJ) until a special "GT" model was marketed for the 1994 model year.
The second-generation Legacy wagon became the first generation of the Outback wagon series, called the "Legacy Grand Wagon" in Japan in 1995, and the "Legacy Outback" in most other markets. Compared to the existing Legacy wagon, the "Outback" variant added partial protective plastic side body cladding for off-road conditions, used a raised roof, and would later raise the suspension to provide additional ground clearance. It was introduced at the 1994 New York Auto Show. Aside from other small differences in trim, the Outback shares almost all of its components with the Legacy donor model.
When launched in Australia in 1996, the name "Legacy Outback" was shortened to "Outback", followed in other markets afterwards. In the United States, Subaru also retailed the Legacy SUS sedan between the 1997 and 2007 model years, with similar modifications to distinguish it from the equivalent Legacy model sedan. The Impreza Outback Sport was introduced at the 1996 New York Auto Show, but for the 1997 model year, the donor model names were dropped, and the cars were known as the "Outback" and "Outback Sport".
First generation (BD/BG; 1994-1998)
Main article: Subaru Outback (Legacy second generation)
In 1994 Subaru used the second generation of the Legacy wagon as the basis for the first generation of the Outback wagon, which came equipped with the same 2.2L EJ22 engine used in the Legacy. The 1995 model year Legacy Outback wagon was largely limited to cosmetic changes, featuring two-tone paint, larger wheels and tires, mud flaps, a roof rack, and upgraded upholstery, similar to the modifications on the previous 1994 model year Legacy Outdoor trim. Production of the Outback was approved by Fuji Heavy Industries CEO Isamu Kawai.
The 1996 model year Outback, released in September 1995, incorporated more substantial mechanical changes, including a raised suspension increasing ground clearance to 7.3 in (190 mm), a raised roof borrowed from the Legacy Touring Wagon variant, and an optional 2.5L 155 hp (116 kW; 157 PS) EJ25 engine (the EJ22 remained standard). This change was brought about in response to changing consumer tastes for a more durable and utility based wagon. It was marketed as the world's first sport-utility wagon. In Japan, the Legacy Grand Wagon was the equivalent of the Outback, released almost simultaneously in August 1995.
Encapsulating the sport theme of the Outback wagon, Subaru hired Paul Hogan, star of the movie Crocodile Dundee, as a pitchman for the vehicle. The ad campaign, which debuted in fall 1995 for the 1996 model year, cost an estimated $20–22 million and included TV ads in which Hogan and an unnamed female companion outrun competing sport-utility vehicles by virtue of the Outback's superior stability, handling, braking, and fuel economy. The advertisements successfully raised sales, with nearly 20,000 Outbacks sold in the nine months following the start of the campaign. Hogan, a former car salesman, reportedly warned Subaru "You better be able to build a lot of these [Outbacks] because I'm going to sell the hell out of them."
The sedan version of the Outback was initially marketed as an experimental limited run of 300 in New England as the Legacy SUS (Sport Utility Sedan) for the 1997 model year at the urging of Ernie Boch Jr., the owner of the independent distributor for those states, moving to nationwide availability for the 1998 model year.
Second generation (BE/BH; 1999-2003)
Main article: Subaru Outback (Legacy third generation)
Subaru released a similarly altered second generation Outback as part of the third generation Legacy lineup in 1998. The second generation Outbacks were longer and wider than their predecessors.
In North America, the new Outback and Legacy were introduced in 1999 for model year 2000. The Legacy SUS became the Outback sedan.
Although most markets used the Outback nameplate, the raised-suspension version was called the Legacy Lancaster in Japan. The new Legacy family was released in Japan in December 1998.
This generation also saw the introduction of the 3.0-liter EZ30, the first Subaru six-cylinder engine outside of the sporty Alcyone and SVX lines. The EZ30 was introduced at the New York Auto Show in April 2000, equipped in two separate models, including one that was co-branded with the Maine-based retailer L.L.Bean. The equivalent Lancaster 6 was marketed in Japan starting in May 2000.
Third generation (BL/BP; 2003-2009)
Main article: Subaru Outback (Legacy fourth generation)
The fourth generation Legacy formed the basis for a third-generation Outback. The third-generation Outback was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2003, offered with either the 2.5-liter EJ25 or 3.0-liter EZ30 engine.
Introduction was delayed in North America until January 2004 for the 2005 model year. A turbocharged 2.5-liter EJ25 was added to the range in North America. The 2.5XT trim was sold as a limited edition in Japan starting in 2008 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Subaru. Wheelbase and overall length grew for the new generation.
The interior and exterior styling of the entire Legacy series, including the Outback, was updated in mid-2006. The Outback sedan, which had been limited to the North American market, was discontinued after the 2007 model year. At the same time, the Legacy wagon was dropped, leaving Subaru with only a single sedan (Legacy) and wagon (Outback) for the mid-size car market in North America.
Fourth generation (BR/BM; 2009-2014)
Main article: Subaru Outback (Legacy fifth generation)
The fourth-generation Outback arrived with the 2009 debut of the fifth generation Legacy, marketed as 2010 model year vehicles in North America, and called the Outback worldwide. The fourth-generation Outback was introduced at the New York International Auto Show in April 2009. A concept Legacy previewing size, styling, and the new EZ36 flat-6 had been shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit three months earlier, in January 2009.
Compared to the third generation, the new Outback was 50 mm (2.0 in) wider and 105 mm (4.1 in) taller, but overall length was reduced by 20 mm (0.79 in). The wheels were pushed out towards the corners of the car, with reductions in front and rear overhangs by 90 mm (3.5 in) and a longer wheelbase, by 70 mm (2.8 in), primarily realized as increased rear passenger legroom.
The EZ30 was replaced with a new 3.6-liter EZ36, offering increased displacement with the same exterior dimensions. The EZ36 also provided increased power using regular unleaded fuel. The 2.5-liter EJ25 flat-4 was retained for the base model. In Europe, the Outback was also available with the 2.0-liter EE20 turbodiesel. The turbocharged EJ25 was dropped from the line.
Japanese dealers began selling the new Outback in May 2009. The European debut of the Outback in August 2009 was accompanied by a press release billing the model as a pioneer in the crossover segment.
The styling was refreshed for the 2013 model year and base models switched to the 2.5-liter FB25 engine, as announced at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The 2013 model year was also the first time Subaru's advanced driver-assistance system, a stereoscopic camera-based system branded EyeSight, was available in North America.
One of the more interesting features introduced from 2016 was tailgate PIN access. Found only on push-button start models, the tailgate features an extra button to the right of the tailgate release button that can be used to enter a PIN, morse-code style, to unlock the car in the lieu of having the fob. The promoted purpose is to allow access to the car where you have deliberately locked the fob inside the car (e.g.: when going to the beach), or if a child or pet has locked themselves inside the car (saves breaking a window). This feature is now available across all Subaru models (including sedans) across all year models that feature push-button start.
Fifth generation (BS; 2014-2019)
Main article: Subaru Outback (Legacy sixth generation)
The fifth-generation Outback appeared in 2014 for the 2015 year model with the sixth generation Legacy, still badged the Legacy Outback for Japan. The sixth-generation Legacy was previewed as a concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2013; the Legacy sedan was premiered at Chicago in February 2014, with the Outback following at New York in April. An unrelated Legacy-based "sports tourer" wagon, the Subaru Levorg, was shown in 2013 and first sold in 2014. Elsewhere, the Outback became a free-standing model line of its own, independent of the Legacy, thus bringing greater product differentiation between the two.
Subaru billed the exterior styling evolution as being shaped by the concept of 'more Outback', claiming to combine the strengths of passenger cars and sport-utility vehicles and capitalizing on the brand recognition gained from selling the Outback since 1995. EyeSight was offered for the first time in the European market on the new Outback. Chassis stiffness was improved for the fifth-generation Outback.
From 2018, some world markets also offered Subaru Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) that allow a driver to leave their high beam switched on at all times, and in combination with EyeSight, adjust a series of shutters that cover portions of the high beam light projection to prevent dazzling oncoming drivers whilst maintaining visibility of the rest of the road, or to "draw a box" of low beam around a lead vehicle that adjusts left and right working with SRH in line with that vehicle's movement. Other additions include front and side cameras along with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and the ability to change the colour of the combination meter illuminated rings to one of eleven different colours.
The fifth-generation Subaru Outback is now classified as a 'crossover', with the body and wheelbase set larger than previous models. Other technical changes such as the larger 256 hp (191 kW) 3.6L EZ36 engine have pushed it into this classification. The Outback received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, an ASV+ rating from JNCAP, and five stars from NHTSA.
The fifth-generation Outback retained the same 2.5-liter FB25 and 3.6-liter EZ36 engines from the 2013 refresh; the FB25 was slightly revised to improve mid-range torque. In China, the uplevel engine was a turbocharged 2.0-liter FA20F instead of the EZ36. In the United States, the Outback was only offered with a single transmission choice, Subaru's continuously-variable transmission branded Lineartronic. In Canada, a manual transmission was available with the 2.5-litre Base and Touring models until 2017.
Sixth generation (BT; 2020)
Main article: Subaru Outback (Legacy seventh generation)
The sixth-generation Subaru Outback was unveiled at the New York Auto Show on April 17, 2019. Full production started from July 29, 2019. This redesigned Outback keeps the same body style (wagon/crossover SUV), while still receiving a few changes, such as new taillights (similar to the ones on the Forester and upcoming Legacy) and an updated, modern interior.
Internally, the 2020 Outback moves to the Subaru Global Platform, which is stiffer and offers a common base to allow use of alternative powertrains, such as hybrid or all-electric. The base model sixth-generation Outback was offered with the 2.5-liter FB25; a turbocharged 2.4-liter FA24 that was first used on the Subaru Ascent was offered as the uplevel engine, providing improved power, torque, and consumption compared to the discontinued EZ36.
In addition to all-wheel drive coming standard on every trim, the 2021 model year also added adaptive LED headlights with SRH on premium variants (some world markets also receive SRH and ADP) and a seat-belt reminder standard for all passengers.
World markets outside of North America, including Japan, did not launch the sixth generation Outback until 2021.
Australia launched on the 20th February 2021 with a number of differences over the North American version including updated LED headlights with combined Day Running Light and direction indicator with SRH and ADP standard across all variants, as is keyless start with tailgate PIN access. There is improved camera resolution for rear, side and front driver assistance cameras, EyeSight 4.0 with roadside speed sign reading, adjustable speed limiting, and intersection crash avoidance utilising new EyeSight cameras with a wider field of view and a lower profile inside the cabin. Subaru claim that the engine is made of 90% new components compared to the Gen5 engine as well.
In September 2021, the European variant received a five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) 2021.
Main article: Subaru Impreza
Subaru also released the first generation Impreza-based Outback Sport in 1994 to North America only for the 1995 model year. Derived from the Impreza hatchback, the Outback Sport initially featured an off-road appearance package with two-tone paint; otherwise, the mechanics of the platform were unchanged.
First generation (1994–2001)
Main article: Impreza (first generation)
The first Impreza Outback Sport was introduced for the 1995 model year as a trim line based on the "L Active Safety Group", which included all-wheel-drive and front and rear disc anti-lock brakes. The standard engine was a 1.8-liter EJ18 with a manual transmission, but an automatic transmission was available exclusively with the larger 2.2-liter EJ22 from the Legacy. In addition, the Outback Sport received a roof rack and mud flaps, but ground clearance was unchanged from the Impreza wagon on which it was based at 6.3 in (160 mm). The 1997 model year Outback Sport had larger tires than the Impreza and an increased ground clearance of 6.4 to 6.5 in (160 to 170 mm).
The Outback Sport was priced lower and aimed at a younger buyer than the Legacy-based Outback. Advertisements for the Outback Sport featured an actor who referred to Paul Hogan as his "uncle".
Second generation (2001–2007)
Main article: Subaru Impreza (second generation)
Subaru in North America launched the subsequent generation in 2001 for the 2002 model year based on the second generation Impreza. In Australia, the Impreza RV incorporated similar styling changes.
Third generation (2007–2011)
Main article: Impreza (third generation)
Subaru in North America launched the subsequent generation in 2007 for model year 2008 based on the third generation Impreza.
Subaru introduced the Impreza XV exclusively for the European market at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The XV adopted the same changes that were made for the USDM Outback Sport, but the concept XV used the 2.0-liter turbodiesel EE20 or 2.0-liter turbo EJ20 engines available in other European Impreza variants. In Australia, the XV replaced the RV line, equipped with the naturally aspirated EJ20. It is succeeded by the Subaru XV/Crosstrek.
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2009 Subaru Outback
Model strengths:Refined exterior styling with rough-road all-weather capability, confident handling and a roomy interior.
Model changes:For 2009, the Subaru Outback concentrates on improving safety with its standard VDC stability control system, enhancing style with an expanded exterior color palette and tinted privacy glass and increasing comfort with steering wheel mounted audio controls for the premium Harman Kardon sound system. Also, Subaru introduces another trim level with the 2.5i Special Edition and says goodbye to the L.L. Bean Moniker.
Model value:The 2009 Subaru Outback rides on a heavy-duty suspension with higher ground clearance, making it particularly adept at traversing rough roads, deep snow or anything else the outdoor adventurer may come across. True to its name, the Outback stands ready to face the elements both in form and function with exterior protective cladding and rugged styling cues. The Outback remains a compelling alternative to most wagons or sport-utility vehicles, with a low center of mass for safer handling and better maneuverability, while the interior is quite spacious and flexible enough to suit a small family.
Model overview:Versatility abounds with Subaru's 2009 Outback. It starts with the expansive exterior color palette and extends to the myriad of interior comfort and convenience options available. In addition, it also boasts 3 different engine types based on trim level. The 2.5i and 2.5i Special Edition are powered by a 169-horsepower, 2.5L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. The automatic comes with Subaru's SPORTSHIFT manual control. The 2.5i Limited edition is powered by the same 4-cylinder engine but is only available in the automatic transmission. The sporty 2.5 XT Limited gets a 243-horsepower, 2.5L turbocharged flat-four with 5-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic transmission and the 3.0 R gets a smooth, 245-horsepower 3.0L flat 6-cylinder with 5 speed automatic transmission. All Outback models come with all-wheel drive. Automatic editions use systems that can actively manage power to send it toward the wheels where it's most needed, while manual-transmission cars get a viscous-coupling system that sends power equally to front and rear wheels until slippage occurs, then to the wheels with more traction. The Outback has a heavy-duty, raised 4-wheel independent suspension that has up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance, especially useful in deep snow or rutted forest trails. Turbo and 6-cylinder models now both get the SI-DRIVE system, which enables 3 different modes or performance characteristics by fine-tuning the electronic throttle and transmission shift pattern. Sport mode yields quick throttle response and linear acceleration, Sport Sharp mode delivers quick throttle response, and Intelligent mode reduces maximum engine power and torque and allows smoother throttle response so as to also improve fuel efficiency by up to ten percent. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution return as standard equipment along with front-seat side air bags, side-curtain air bags and active front head restraints. For 2009 Subaru's VDC electronic stability control system is also standard on all but the base 2.5i.From the base model to the top 3.0R, the Outback offers a wide range of equipment. The base 2.5i is quite simply equipped with expected features like air conditioning, cruise control, roof rails and remote keyless entry; 2.5i Special Edition and Limited add alloy wheels, heated front seats and outside mirrors, 8-way power driver seat and 9-speaker Harman/Kardon premium sound system. Top-of-the-range models get dual-zone climate control, a dual-panel power moonroof, leather upholstery, touch-screen navigation, and LED turn signals.With its "ready for anything" capability and "take everything" versatility, the 2009 Subaru Outback embraces all things rugged and adventurous.
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2009 Subaru Outback
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|MPG||20 City / 27 Hwy|
|Transmission||5-spd man w/OD|
|Power||170 @ 6000 rpm|
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