Used Car: 2013 Subaru Outback Review
The all-wheel drive Subaru Outback gained a number of updates for 2013, and automotive journalists appreciated its cavernous cargo area and spacious back seat.
A new four-cylinder engine debuted in the base 2013 Subaru Outback, and some critics said it strains a little during initial acceleration, while others found its performance to be satisfactory. By contrast, they noted that the six-cylinder Outback has lively acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive come standard in the base Outback, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. According to the EPA, the 2013 Subaru Outback gets up to 24/30 mpg city/highway, which is very good for an all-wheel drive wagon. The Outback delivers a comfortable ride, according to reviewers, as well as composed handling, accurate steering and powerful brakes.
The 2013 Subaru Outback has an attractive interior design, critics said, with materials that are appropriate for the class. Test drivers reported that both rows of seats are comfortable for 6-foot-tall occupants, and the 2013 Outback has one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class. The 2013 Subaru Outback comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Some automotive critics recommended avoiding the standard four-speaker stereo because of its poor sound quality. Available features include a Harman Kardon audio system, navigation and Subaru’s camera-based EyeSight system, which includes pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
Other Wagons to Consider
Reviewers liked the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen’s upscale, well-built interior, and it’s available as a diesel model that gets great fuel economy for the class. The Jetta SportWagen also has a smooth ride, said test drivers, as well as precise steering and strong brakes.
The 2013 Toyota Prius v impressed critics with large rear seats that slide and recline and a spacious, versatile cargo area. The Prius v achieves remarkable fuel economy for a wagon, and reviewers said it has a serene highway ride.