At 7500 miles, the Outback stopped in at Subaru of Thousand Oaks for its first maintenance visit. For $147.52, the dealer performed an oil change, a full inspection, and a tire rotation. After only four months with us, the Outback has already amassed over 10,000 miles, thanks in part to roundtrips from Los Angeles to Carson City, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas. Senior photographer Brian Vance observes, "I like being able to take out the entire rubber rear cargo mat and shake the dirt off of as if it were a giant floormat." Ougarov logs, "The four-banger has plenty of grunt and doesn't feel underpowered while the CVT, a transmission type I normally don't like, works well and is in a vehicle perfectly suited for it. The harman/kardon sound system is better than that of every other Subaru I've been in before though, curiously, a number of stations were missing from the Sirius channel list."
| 2010 Subaru Outback |
| Months/miles in service || 4/11,012 |
| Avg econ/CO2 || 24.7 mpg/0.79 lb/mi |
| Unresolved problems || None |
| Maintenance cost || $147.52 (oil change/inspection/rotate tires) |
| Normal-wear cost || $0 |