2007 Subaru Outback Interior
This interior review was written when the 2007 Subaru Outback was new.
The interior of the Outback can haul cargo and transport passengers in comfort and, in higher trim levels, a degree of luxury. Forbes reports, "The Subaru Outback wagon's interior is well designed and offers reasonable room and comfort no matter which model you choose."
BusinessWeek agrees that the five-passenger interior "is spacious and comfortable," but cautions against filling the three-person backseat to capacity with larger riders, writing, "I would make sure you aren't the one stuck in the middle." Edmunds finds that "materials quality is excellent" and "the dash and door tops have an upscale grain and feel soft to the touch." The is not alone in deciding that -- especially at higher trim levels -- the "sophisticated cabin looks like it belongs in a more expensive vehicle."
The five-passenger Outback seats two in front and three in the rear. "The four-door Outback can seat five, but four will fit more comfortably," contends Forbes. Consumer Guide deems "all seats comfortable," and says that the front seat has "plenty of leg room," but finds "head room tight for taller riders." The agrees that "the front seats were comfortable, firm and supportive," and particularly likes the driver's seat, finding it "easily adjustable." Edmunds reports, "The seats are well shaped and offer an optimum blend of soft cushioning and firm support."
The back seat, says Consumer Guide, offers "good leg room" unless the front seats are "pushed far back," but the reviewer warns that toe space is "cramped if front seats aren't raised." Forbes says, "A 5-foot-10-inch passenger said the second row offered plenty of legroom and headroom." More representative of reviewer consensus, however, is Edmunds, saying that rear-seat room is the Outback's "primary weakness, as there's considerably less shoulder room, legroom and foot room than in competing wagons and SUVs."
Reviewers generally find the Outback to be generously equipped. "The wagon is loaded with standard equipment," says the, "at a price substantially lower than those of comparably equipped SUVs." Even the base model comes equipped with power windows and door locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, an MP3 compatible stereo with a CD player and air conditioning. The concludes that the Outback "makes the first Subarus sold here in the early 1970s seem like Ford Model Ts."
The Outback's straightforward dash layout draws good reviews. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls it "understated and spare, with minimal clutter." As Kelley Blue Book puts it, "Like most aspects of the Outback, its dashboard and control layout convey a down-to-business personality." Cars.com points out one design flaw: "For the love of all that's right in the world, can't Subaru do something about its cabin lighting? My test car's large moonroof, which is hardly a new feature for Subaru, results in a dome light that's way behind the front seats. The result is a dark, shadowy front seat and dashboard."
Optional for the first time is XM satellite radio. New last year and carried over to this year is the optional navigation system. Forbes calls it "easier to use than systems with over-sensitive toggles," but dislikes the way the system shows "every exit in which an alternative route could be taken during a straight-line trip."
As the Edmunds isn't as impressed by the space as by the ease of accessing it, writing, "Pop the rear hatch, and it's amazing how light the Subaru Outback's door is to lift open. After a few open-close repetitions, we realized it was an equally light 'two-finger' closer -- a welcome relief to package- or kid-burdened drivers."points out, "Because the Outback is basically a four-wheel-drive station wagon, its cargo area is somewhat limited" compared to SUVs. With the seats up, the Outback has 33.5 cubic feet of storage space. But, as the points out, "The back seats are split and easily fold forward to create more space" -- 65.4 cubic feet, to be exact -- "and Subaru includes a heavy-duty vinyl bed cover in back. Under that are storage bins, a nice touch."