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2014 Subaru Outback Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE CAR by cochitin



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I have never owned a Subaru before. After this car I will never own a Subaru again. What a piece of crap this car is. The only good things about this car are the generous cargo space, the (so far) lack of repair bills and the resale value. That is it. Everything else BLOWS. The acceleration is abysmal. The braking is ridiculously soft and bad. The handling, well, there is no handling on this car and good luck taking it on road trips; you will spend 75% of the time fighting with the steering wheel to keep the car from wandering all over the road. Oh and don't even think about taking a corner fast with this car! The A/C is adequate, but god forbid you step on the gas, IT WILL STOP COOLING! The CVT transmission hesitates, is jerky and Subaru says that's perfectly normal! The sound system and entertainment screen is just an embarrassment. The backup camera of course is very LOW-RES. The MPG on the sticker is a BIG LIE; I have never gotten anything over 24 miles per gallon with this car. I won't even keep typing, as Subaru doesn't deserve for me to spend another second writing about this substandard vehicle. Make sure you test drive this vehicle many, many times before you buy it, and for the love of god do not even think about buying the 4 cylinder, unless you like to be blown off the interstate by trucks since your car will not be able to accelerate enough to merge. This car is for people who are not drivers. At this point I am just waiting for the car to start burning through oil, as 99.9% of the Outbacks are doing. The car is only good for hauling stuff in the snow. It gets two overall stars from me for that. That's about it.

Reviewed: 2014 Subaru Outback

4dr Wagon 173-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

2014 Subaru Outback Horror Story

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Response from Member5278

8:13 am August 31, 2015

Ummm... that's what a test drive is for. A few years ago I test drove a 2012 Outback and found it too "floaty boaty" for me. It was easy to cross off my list, even though I'm in the northeast snow belt.

I see the reviewer is in Florida, so a fun ride for drivers would make more sense for him/her.


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Response from Member5052

6:25 pm September 7, 2015

Thanks for the review, it reminded me when I had a neighbors Outback (2012), for a week while she was away. She is selling it soon and my wife and I were thinking of buying it, but we are going to pass on it. Idrove this car in city and highway traffic and found similiar results.The outback is a solid vechicle with excellent crash results and is very reliable. The engine will go well over 100,000 miles if you follow the maintenance schedule. Lots of cargo space and you sit high, but that's about it. No handling what so ever, gas miliage well lets just say my 1998 Crown Victoria gets better miliage in highway driving. I found the controls a bit confusing and there is just nojoy in driving this car. FinallySubaru's are more expensive to insure according to my insurance company because they are expensive to repair.


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Response from Member1375

12:42 pm October 1, 2015

I think Subarus have their place in the Snow Belt, but the AWD really just turns me off on Subarus, they are more complex, have more repairs down the road, and HELLO, more moving parts means Subarus will NEVER get really good gas mileage !

Finally, I am not sure the Boxer engine Subarus use ( makes AWD easy) , I don't think the Boxer engine is the high MPG layout. Subaru is a niche car for niche-minded people, and that's that.


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Response from 052516sm

9:42 am February 12, 2016

Have 50K miles on my 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon. 5+ hour long trips to visit family are comfortable and relaxed. Great in the snow. Plenty of cargo room and reasonable gas mileage for a fully loaded all-wheel drive. No repair problems to-date. Honest car. Very good value for the money paid.


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