Long-term Test Update 1: 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i
2 Months and 4727 Miles
"Took our Outback on an overnight camping trip this weekend and was pleased to find it fully acquits itself as our 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year," says Loh, who "drove it 396 miles and managed 24.1 mpg." Loh is also a fan of the Subaru’s powertrain and off-pavement capability. "I normally hate CVTs, but this one is pleasantly smooth and quiet. The car is by no means powerful, but passing wasn’t much of a problem; paddles make downshifting on demand easy and useful, especially if you’re trying to engine brake on the freeway. I also had a chance to do some light off-roading and found the high ground clearance to be a boon over dirt whoops. We had a couple Toyota Highlanders in our party, and they experienced some undercarriage scraping. The Outback’s never touched—not even the longish nose and tail."
|Months/miles in service||2/4727|
|Avg econ/CO2||24.1 mpg/0.80 lb/mi|