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2012 Subaru Outback 3.6 R

2012 Subaru Outback Review

(0 Stars)  A taller Legacy in wagon form.

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Overview
The Subaru Outback is a great alternative to a sport-utility vehicle. Offering much better ride and handling than an average SUV plus standard all-wheel drive--which is usually an expensive option on utility vehicles--the Outback will do most of what a crossover can do on a lot less gas. The continuously variable transmission is maintenance-free for the life of the vehicle and uses a chain for greater durability instead of the industry-standard Kevlar belt. We recommend the 3.6-liter engine, because the Outback is a little on the heavy side and merging into traffic with the four-cylinder can be tense as the vehicle takes its time getting up to speed. Subaru is known for its safety features. Stability and traction control are standard across the Outback line. A backup camera is included with the power moonroof option group and displays the image in the rearview mirror, so the camera is available even if you decide to forgo the navigation system. If you do opt for the navigation package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is one of the benefits. A variety of audio changes take place for 2012, with the optional system on Premium models being the most impressive--now you can tag your favorite tracks on iTunes right from the driver's seat. As the Outback matures, it should appeal to many more potential buyers.

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2012 Outback 3.6R Wagon Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L SUBARU BOXER horizontally opposed six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 18 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined and 370 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 256 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 247 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'12 Subaru 3.6 R Reviews

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'12 Subaru 3.6 R Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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