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Excellent car but technology puts off my wife
Now, this is my third Subaru Outback which I purchased with 11 000km on the clock in November 2021. Why am I such fan of Outbacks? Simple answer: because they are excellent cars satisfying all our needs. Reliable, sophisticated and, above all, very safe. Its safety has actually earned me an unexpected discount from AAMI insurance! To my pleasant surprise I paid less to comprehensively insure this car compared to my three years old Outback!
Exterior of the 6th generation of Outback is not much different to the car it has replaced. Only it is ha...
Purchased in for $11.50.
- Outback Sport (2020-2022)
Worst Car I Have Ever Driven
I bought the Outback Sport model new in November 2021 and have covered about 3,000 kilometres, on a variety of country roads. I find the electronics terrible and, at times, dangerous. This car has turned what used to be a relaxing country drive into one of annoyance and increasing frustration. And the systems default to "on" every time you restart the car. I have a large list of complaints about this car, but the following are particularly annoying to me.
The Lane Departure interference system frequently (every few minutes on some roads) loses ...
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- Outback Touring (2020-2022)
Good level of tech. heavy steady car, a bit slow in acceleration
Tech: good level of cameras, blue tooth, USB , driver assist etc... but no knobs that you need to take your eye off the road to make changes. Would have been to have speed projection on the wind screen. For some reason the automatic breaking doesn't seem to work too well, always does an emergency stop 5-6 meters out.
Speed: Outback is never going to be a WRX. I have upgraded to outback touring from my Toyota Corella, and I can definitely feel the slow start from traffic lights, and even on the motor way I can feel the heaviness. Stea...dy and smooth but feels heavy and a little sluggish. Comfort level: Lots of room, customisable seats. Internal design: good spacing but potential blind spots at the fronts when turning so you will need to really move around to check for traffic coming around the corner. Power: I drive daily up and down a steep hill so I can feel the power from the x-drive. grips well even in the rain and wet slippery slope.
Purchased in at Suttons for $53,500.
- Outback Sport (2020-2022)
Love the look but not the Sales manager
We are happy with our Outback sport, love the look but just a little disappointed by the removal of some of the memory features. Having the facial recognition on the car, it says hello to me but it doesn't have the ability to move my seat and mirrors to my settings. Cheeky move by Subaru. Other than that the two tone seats with the green stitching are nice, the blacked out features and the dark wheels give the car a mean look. Thanx to our salesman at Eblen Subaru, he got us a great deal but not impressed with the new car sales manager's behaviour.
Purchased in at Eblen Subaru for $45,500.
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Questions & Answers
my new work supplied lease vehicle was ordered june 2021 to replace my work leased 2017 subaru outback in late september 2021.
delivery/handover did not occur until mid february 2022.
this is my 3rd work leased subaru outback and i am impressed with the handling and performce of all the subaru outback vehicles i have had.
i was sceptical with my 1st 2014 model because prior to that i had 3 different models of the ford territory that i loved i believe nothing could beat it for performace, handling & comfort.
i conceed i have been converted.
now back to the outback.
i have to say, the 2017 model is my much preferred to the 2021 model with bigger storage tray in front of the gear stick, more plug in ports including in the centre console, bigger glovebox compartment, less annoying distractions safety alarms that could be turned off permanently and not default back to reset after restarting the vehicle
i need a cigarette charge port for my work laptop & in the 2021 model it is in the glovebox.
absolute pain to plug into & run the cable & reduces my cable length to the laptop
2017 model had one in front of gear stick & one in centre console. (much better access)
stupid little parcel shelf above glove box & difficult usb port access in front of the gear stick with small opening for a person with large hands.
admittedly this does not affect the 2021 vehicle performance and handling.
as i do a lot of highway driving my biggest gripe is the change of the cruise control settings which it critical to me because with my place of employment, its instant dismissal if i receive 3 traffic infrigments in one year.
the 2017 model cruise setting was great and i could use the toggle at half way to increase or decrease speed in 1km increments or 10km increments if toggle is pushed all the way.
the 2021 model only has 5km or 10km increments which is disappointing.
many times on 100km highway with cruise set at 105km i overtake a vehicle travelling at under 100km taking my speed to over 105km and hit resume after overtaking and it jumps to 110km.
very annoying and having to constantly resetting the cruise.
never had that issue with 2017 model because of the better 1km increment set up on the cruise toggle setting.
i have asked the local dealership here to change the setting to 1km increments but was told it cannot be done.
overall great car but the 2017 was better for my choice with storage access, plug in ports access & cruise control settings.
just realised one other point.
when backing a trailer, the rear sensor alarm activates and is constantly annoying & destracting when trying to concentrate on mirrors while reversing.
I have no idea what is your question as you are rather making a statement here. I have to agree with you though that not everything is satisfactory as far as the 2021 model compared with the 2...
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