Last post on Dec 05, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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Subaru Outback, Subaru Legacy, Sedan, Wagon
#161 of 249 2013 Outback vs the 2008 XT turbo
Sep 24, 2012 (12:12 pm)
I have a 2008 2.5 XT turbo Outback. great car but terrible gas mileage! Starting to look for a new car, considering a sedan, but since I like the Subarus I think I should at least consider them.
For those who drove earlier Subarus (before the new design) how do you like the 2013 model in comparison? Having more room in the backseat would be nice for my kids. What about the ride, the mileage, the features? I'm not all that hot on the styling, but it seems to be growing on me.
#162 of 249 Re: 2013 Outback vs the 2008 XT turbo [budrew]
Sep 24, 2012 (12:52 pm)
I had a 2012 2.5i Premium and now have the 2013 2.5i Limited, Special Appearence Package. Im averaging 24mph after 2000 miles, a majority of it in town so its right on the mark for city milage. I've averaged 29mph on a few 110 mile round trip highway, at 80mph.
There are some changes from the previous models to the 2013---mostly with a 2nd generation CVT, suspension, styling, and a few other misc. things. The 2013's have air vents in the back seat and my 6 year old complained on the 2012 that he got hot a lot. No issues with the 2013 because of the vent in the back seat for heat/air condition.
#163 of 249 Re: Road Noise on 2013 Legacy 3.6 ? [xwesx]
Sep 24, 2012 (12:55 pm)
I have a 10 year old Sienna minivan which I love for comfort and cargo and heated seats.. However, it doesn't have side impact airbags. 2 of my kids drive a Prius... it is an early model and the seat really isn't comfortable for me.. also not automatic seat position which I need due to arthritis.
I am very irritated that the keyless ignition only comes with the "special appearance package" on the subaru as I love not having to get the key out of my purse or pocket... it's nothing to do with appearance to me!
#164 of 249 Re: Road Noise on 2013 Legacy 3.6 ? [sarawelder]
Sep 24, 2012 (1:10 pm)
I have keyless entry on my Fiesta. I admit that I'm beginning to get spoiled by it and like it for now (I find myself forgetting to take the key to the Forester out of my pocket until after I sit down in it!), but I can also see the many pitfalls of having such a system as the car ages. The jury is still out on this one, but I think overall I will find it to be better in the long run to have a keyed ignition system.
The Outback will be a good downsize move from a minivan. We went from a Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD) to our Forester. It was a massive downsize, but wasn't the system shock that going to something like a Prius might be (just from the perspective of seating position alone!). Cost aside, the good news on the Special Appearance Package is that those seats are fabulous.
#165 of 249 Re: Road Noise on 2013 Legacy 3.6 ? [xwesx]
Sep 25, 2012 (10:13 am)
thanks for your input
#166 of 249 Re: Major revision in 2014? [bbmd]
Sep 25, 2012 (10:15 am)
that will be the 5th year, 2010,11,12,13,etc
#167 of 249 How does the OB handle in mud
Sep 30, 2012 (6:26 pm)
I am impressed with all I have read about the OB's handling in snow and ice. Here in the south we get more mud than other 'inclement' conditions. I am not looking for trail rated rock crawler or mud holer; just something I can get down to the creek with; and back out when it rains.
Having driven in Alaska I take with a grain of salt knowing that kind of snow is DRY therefore much different than the WET stuff we get here. Ga red mud is a different animal.
I do understand every awd/4wd has it's limits.
#168 of 249 Re: How does the OB handle in mud [pepper7144]
Oct 01, 2012 (9:27 am)
I think tires are the biggest limiter when it comes to mud, much more so than in snow. Especially in clay-based mud, where it seals into the tread blocks and turns the tires into smooth pottery wheels.
If they use the Continental tires they started using in 2010, I imagine you'll be disappointed the first time you encounter a particularly nasty patch.
#169 of 249 Weird patch on rear door?
Oct 02, 2012 (5:16 pm)
First off, yeah, we love our 13 OB. I had an 05 Legacy GT Ltd and the ride is obviously much better. I love driving it, I love how it looks. I got talked out of the higher end features but overall, I'm pleased.
Weird thing I noticed, and I drove to my local to find out if all the 13 OBs had the same deal. The rear passenger doors have a weird body colored patch near the bottom corner on the outside. You kinda have to look right at it, but I saw it and though "that's weird". The dealer said that its to protect against rocks kicking up but I thought that sounded like BS. I didn't push it.
Thoughts? Seems like a really random place to expect rock damage.
#170 of 249 Re: Weird patch on rear door? [penguinone]
Oct 02, 2012 (6:01 pm)
I believe that's not body colored but a clear plastic shield... I think it's goofy, too, but I believe what you were told is legit...