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Old 07-19-2011, 11:30 AM
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2005 Subaru Outback

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

Back in 2006, my wife and I were looking for a car that got better gas mileage than our 2000 Chevy Tahoe. Gas prices had been creeping up, and very quickly it was becoming almost unaffordable to own such a fuel guzzler. While we needed a four-wheel drive vehicle, and since we had two children we needed something to fit four comfortably, we wanted something that was very fuel efficient and wouldn't cost much to maintain. We looked around for about a week, visiting the Chevy, Honda, and Subaru dealerships in our small town in the Cascades mountain range of Oregon. Finally we had the opportunity to drive a 2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited, and from the moment we both got behind the wheel we were sold.
The 2005 Subaru Outback we purchased had leather interior, a very large sun / moonroof, and a five-speed standard transmission. The all-time all-wheel-drive car was perfect for navigating the blustery snowstorms of the high desert in Oregon, and with the sunroof perfect for the cool summer evenings. In the snow the car handled on all fours much more nimbly than the Tahoe. We would drive seventy miles each way to go to the airport through mountain passes, and the Subaru held its own on the ice and snowpack mountain highways. We would never even so much as slip as we drove through the treacherous icy switchbacks of the mountains of southern Oregon. The 2.5 liter "boxer" engine also held its own, providing more than enough power to get us up even the steepest hills at highway speeds.
One of the greatest features of our 2005 Outback, however, was the gas mileage. There aren't many four wheel drive or all wheel drive cars that can muster a better than 30 mile per gallon performance, but on numerous occasions our Outback did better than 30 miles per gallon getting down the highway. Maybe this can be attributed to the fact that it was a stick shift, or maybe it can be attributed to my driving style, or a combination of both. Long story short our Subaru got us there, and got us there economically with great gas mileage. It's sporty looks weren't the only thing going for this car - it was truly an all-around performer from gas mileage to its nimble performance on snow and icy roads. If I have the opportunity to purchase another car, it's definitely going to be an all-wheel-drive Subaru.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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