Subaru Outback Washington DC
Silver Spring, MD
2003 Subaru Outback Compact Crossover SUV Wagon
By the Staff
Subaru promotes Outback as the first crossover sport-utility wagon to combine the convenience and comforts of a car with the raised suspension and beefy bumpers of a SUV. Subaru later worked up an Outback treatment for a Legacy sedan to spawn the Outback sedan series.
Outback wagons have been through two generational designs and today the series encompasses seven different versions with boxer-style engines of four and six cylinders. Subaru's horizontally-opposed six-cylinder plant displaces 3.0 liters and features an aluminum crankcase, dual overhead camshafts and four valves for each cylinder. It produces a robust 212 hp and slips into Outback H6-3.0 VDC sedan and wagon, the Outback H6-3.0 sedan and Outback H6-3.0 L. L. Bean Edition wagon.
The VDC sedan and wagon combine variable torque distribution (VTD) with Subaru's AWD system and a sophisticated stability controller that Subaru labels as Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).
The Outback H6-3.0 L. L. Bean Edition wagon applies plush interior features, an air filtration system and vehicle security system, plus two-tone leather seating embossed with the insignia of outdoor outfitter L. L. Bean.
Three other editions -- Outback wagon, Outback Limited wagon and Outback Limited sedan -- tote the single-cam 2.5-liter Subaru four-cylinder boxer engine for 165 hp.
New Car Buying Guide
Used Car Buying Guide
Advice on how to get the best ...
2005 Subaru Outback Mid-Size Sport Wagon
By the Staff
New Car Review of the 2005 Subaru Outback Mid-Size Sport Wagon
Description: Mid-Size Sport Wagon
Options & Features
Subaru developed the first crossover sport wagon with Outback, which works like a sporty high-hiked station wagon or dropped-down SUV. This five-door wagon uses the platform of the Legacy sedan but rides higher due to the elevated suspension.
For 2005, Outback grows up. Its structure expands to forge a larger vehicle with more room for riders. Mechanical hardware upgrades to create a responsive ride quality and there are high-tech electronic controls for steering and brakes.
And Outback has three choices for powertrains, each pumping more power. Base engine is a single-cam 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer producing 168-hp with 5-speed manual transmission. It fits in Outback 2.5i and up-level 2.5i Limited. A turbo-charged boxer four-pack worth 250-hp goes to two souped-up Outbacks, 2.5 XT and 2.5 XT Limited, each with an air a scoop on the hood. Top trims -- Outback 3.0 R L. L. Bean and flagship Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited -- tote Subaru's boxer 6-cylinder unit that makes 250-hp through a 5-speed SportShift automatic.
With the VDC Limited, variable ...