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Crossover or SUV with 6 cylinder engine and factory tow hitch and tow wiring harness. Am looking at Subaru Outback 3.5R Limited and Lexus RX350. Long time, very well satisfied Lexsus ES owners. No history/experience with Subaru.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Cargo capacity / Materials & workmanship

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Wagon / SUV

Car Needs: Errands about town / Long trips / Towing or hauling

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 20000
Maximum age: 3 years

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Response from jasonmreece

10:46 am August 28, 2016

Since you've had good luck with Lexus, what about the Toyota Highlander? It's definitely a great vehicle and the towing hitch/harness are availabile as an option.

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Toyota Highlander

Response from mbmaniac

9:26 pm August 30, 2016

  • I LOVE my Subaru!
I bought a 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R with 38,000 miles on it in January and runs like brand new. Best car I've owned in my 40 years of driving experience. Service at dealership is very resonable. Not only are they the safest vehicles on the road but one insurance company gives you a discount for insuring one and free new car replacement for the first two years.

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Response from sandhu

11:54 am September 2, 2016

Even I am interested in buying Subaru Outback but while doing my seach, I found so many reviews/feedbacks about oil burning/consumption issues. Even some owners who bought new subaru have faced oil consumption issue. This is the only reason I might not consider subaru.

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Response from mbmaniac

7:44 am March 1, 2017

I ALSO LOVE MY SUBARU!
This is my second Subaru Outback. My first was a 2013 Outback 3.6R limited. I just purchased a 2017 Outback 3.6R Trouring. These are the best, safest, most reliable and comfortable cars I've owned in my 40+ years of driving. You see the commericials on TV about the love of a Subaru. I thought it was a bunch of bunk until I owned one. I now have a better understanding of the love of the vehicle shown in the commericial. I would recommend the Subaru Outback to eveyone. Subaru's may be a little more expensive than other vehicles, but this truely proves you get what you pay for.

With response to the post about Subaru's burning oil, I believe that is linked to older 2.5 models and may no longer an issue.

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Response from NormT

10:14 am July 19, 2017

Oil consumption may still be an issue with the 2.0 and 2.5l engines due to the pcv system or low tension piston ring lands as Subaru tried to cook EPA fuel economy standards. They were sued and warranties remedied, but head gasket failure is still an issue due to the boxer style engine.

As Subaru and others try to beat EPA fuel economy standards cost cutting and general robustness of their cars has been lowered. The CVT transmissions are not rated to tow like they n used too, nor are the brakes and cooling systems as robust and the need for a trailer brake almost a must under exteeme operating range of 3,000 lbs or 1,350 without trailer brakes

Today's 2.0T are much quicker than the 2.4/2.5l and require larger cooling system and brakes to keep up. Even towing 4,000 lbs with a 2000 Saab 9-5 2.3T in 90? F degree heat at highway speeds it never found a hillside it couldn't maintain 65 mph and not overheat with plenty of braking left with new fluid.

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Saab 9-5
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