Review: 2010 Subaru Outback

In our 2015 SUV of the Year competition, we said, “The Outback remains the easy-to-recommend, highly capable vehicle that won in 2010.” Not to spoil the surprise, but that’s what we found in our year with a 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited. This verdict will be a revelation only to folks who despise practical, family-friendly SUVs in favor of those vehicles with extreme off-road capability.

Our AWD wagon, equipped with Subaru’s latest tech, proved to be a dependable companion on rough streets of Los Angeles, in the mountains and desert, and on at least one long trip to Portland.

At a base price of $31,545, our top-of-the-line Limited came with a leather-trimmed interior, dual-zone AC, heated front/rear seats, keyless entry, and a sometimes-cantankerous power hatch. For $3,090, we added a power moonroof, navigation, and the EyeSight driver-assist system, which we came to love despite a few shortcomings. A price of $354 covered all-weather floormats ($81), a rear bumper cover ($105), a cargo net ($78), and a rear seatback protector ($90), bringing the bottom line up to $34,989.

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