Resale: $28,294
Value: Above Average Above Average
MPG: 18 city/25 hwy

2013 Subaru Outback 3.6 R Limited

2013 Subaru Outback Review

(0 Stars)  A Legacy wagon.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Outback receives the same upgrades as the Legacy sedan does for 2013. The biggest changes are a slightly more powerful and efficient 2.5-liter flat-four engine and a revised CVT. Safety-conscious shoppers will want to add the EyeSight system that includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and precollision braking.
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—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 revised four-cylinder engine and CVT allow the Outback to return up to 30 mpg. As the Outback matures, it should appeal to many more potential buyers.

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2013 Outback 3.6R Limited Wagon Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L SUBARU BOXER horizontally opposed 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 18 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined and 462 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

'13 Subaru 3.6 R Limited Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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 Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  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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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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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
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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