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2010 Outback, Sky Blue Metallic color,  Premium model shown
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2010 Outback all wheel drive logo
symmetrical awd (all wheel drive) logo on the left rear
3.6R logo on right rear
the 6 cylinder 3.6R logo is on right rear
2010 Subaru Outback, Azurite Blue
Limited with front bumper underguard, fog lights, alloy wheels, new Azurite Blue color

many many more exterior  on page #3


new Cypress green color, 2.5i shown with steel wheels with full wheel covers, 
no fog lights or front bumper underguard
2010 white Outback
white,  Limited shown with fog lights, front bumper underguard

sky blue premium, cypress green limited, graphite gray (still covered with white plastic shipping tape)

graphite gray, Premium shown with fog lights, no front bumper underguard
front of 2010 Limited
2.5i with no fog lights, no front bumper underguard. Cypress Green shown
many many more exterior  on page #3
rear view 2010 Subaru Outback
the end  (white shown)
standard small rear spoiler on 2010 Outback
standard small rear spoiler on 2010 Outback, cypress green shown
Harvest gold 2010 outback
Harvest Gold, Limited shown

steel silver Limited with fog lights, front bumper underguard
2010 Outback sunroof measured 30.25x15.5
2010 Outback Sunroof, hand measured 30.25x15.5" inside opening. Crossbars in place have a 30" spread, Tha't a Paprika colored Forester in backround. 
Aftermarket crossbars will attach to the factory crossbars in the closed position with a 24" spread. Rear crossbar to open gate app 20"
rear crossbar to open gate is 20
rear crossbar to open gate is 20"
2010, 2011, 2012 Subaru Outback cross bars with ski attachemnts in the 'stored' position
Outback with ski attachments on the standard cross bars, shown in the 'stored' position 
2011, 2010 Subaru Outback standard door courtesy lights
door courtesy lights under the front doors, standard on all models. These are not the optional Puddle Lights.
MORE PHOTOS BELOW
also: Interior page #1, Options and Upgrades page #2,  Exterior page #3, page #4;
standard heater and radio, and optional BlueConnect bluetooth
standard heater and radio, shown and optional BlueConnect Bluetooth (na with HK audio or Nav). The Blueconnect mic is on top of the steering column (not shown) 
2010 Outback 2.5i heated control with storage (no door)
2.5i and Premium heater controls, 4 speed fan, with open storage (Premium adds a storage door). 
The heater controls are very easy to use

Navigation optional on Limiteds, includes back-up camera, voice activated bluetooth, single CD player (not a changer). Made by Kenwood.
watch where you're going
Hey watch where you're going!
the back-up camera is included with the optional Navigation system (Limited only)

Limited model has dual zone climate control (1 or 2 zones).
Premium and Limited storage has a door, shown closed
2010 Outback automatic transmission with manual mode
Automatic with Manual mode. Shown in Drive. Move shifter left to Manual and then use the steering wheel paddle shifters to manually control the transmission

stereo with CD on 2.5i and Premium models
good visibility out the back of a 10 Outback
there's good visibility out the back of a 10 Outback
2010 Outback 2.5i 16 steel wheel WITHOUT full wheel cover
2.5i 16" steel wheel without full wheel cover installed
2010 Outback 2.5i 16 steel wheel with full wheel cover
2.5i 16" steel wheel with full wheel cover installed

Premium and Limited 17" alloy wheel
2010 Outback steering wheel audio controls
2010 Outback 2.5i steering wheel audio controls

3 spoke steering wheel

steering wheel phone and audio controls with H/K audio or  Nav
new for 2010- Outback laser cut keys
new for 10 - Laser cut keys, 2 with remote, 1 valet. Shown with the 2 metal tags with the codes needed to cut and program a new key

outside mirror, heated if the car has an All Weather Package
2.5i, no fog lights, no front bumper underguard.
standard 2.5i, no fog lights or front bumper underguard. Graphite gray shown
new optional side window moldings
new optional side window moldings stop rain from dripping into an open window and enhance the look - 
available from your Subaru dealer starting July 2010
new option side window rain drip moldings
close-up of optional window moldings available from your Subaru dealer July 2010
subaru outback mobile internet fit nicely in a corner of the cargo area
Subaru's new for 2010 and 2011 Outback wi-fi hotspot mobile internet 
fits neatly in a corner of the cargo area. Available August 2010
Outback 2011 Mobile Internet wi-fi hotspot
New, starting August 2010. Outback Mobile Internet 
wi-fi hotspot installs in the left rear storage bin.
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optional 11v power outlet is very convenient
new  September 2010- 110v 100 w 2 prong outlet just like at home for the
back of the center console.

More photos? 2010 photo pages:   Interior page #1, Options/Upgrades  Page #2Exterior photos page #3, page #4
Navigation system screen shots

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News and updates  This is an unofficial, unauthorized website and information is subject to frequent change and updating.

1/3/2013, Recall- optional puddle lights (small outside lights under each door) may short circuit when exposed to saltwater, which could lead to overheating and possible fire. Models involved are the 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback, 2009-2012 Foresters sold before January 2012, and 2006-2012 Tribecas sold before January 2012.  Reportedly around 54,000 cars could be involved, and the repair will be new wiring with a fuse.  Recall #WQE-41

11/10/10 new option- Body side moldings are available. Reduces door dings. See photo on Page #2

9/15/10   Outback crossbars have a fixed 30" spread width which may not be enough for some uses like longer kayaks etc. The optional heavy-duty cargo basket can be attached to the crossbars, and then the round crossbars (or Yakima, Thule etc) can be attached to the basket for a 36" spread. The cargo basket is handy for carrying many other things as well.  Current list price for the cargo basket is $249.95

August 31, 2010 - Fold-In outside mirrors are now available for the 2010 Outback and Legacy!  The non-breakaway power outside mirrors on all 2010 Outback and Legacy were a source of concern for many people. This was fixed on 2011s, and now these fold-in mirrors are available as replacement for the 2010s, in all the colors so no painting is required. Mirrors kits (including left and right side) are MSRP $199.95 from your local Subaru dealer.
Standard unheated mirror kit is part #SOA635985,  Heated mirror kit is part #SOA635086

August 12-  re  tire and steering wheel shimmy/vibration around 60mph that has been reported on some 2010 Outback and Legacy and widely discussed online. Its a very uncommon issue though if you read online you might think its widesprerad. Subaru has a number of possible remedies to help, from rotating and balancing the tires with road-pressure applied, to engine mount and steering wheel shims, linkage bushing replacement. See your local dealer's service dept if you think you have this problem.

August 6, 2010 110 volt power outlet now available on 2011 and 2010 Outback and Legacy models. 100 watts. 2 prong power outlet is in the back of the center console for charging cell phones, laptops etc.

July 23, 2010 - Recall. 2010 and 2011 Outbacks and Legacys with a manual transmission built April 28,1010 - June 23, 2010.  App 809 vehicles are missing a lubrication passage in the transmission transfer case which could eventually lead to gear failure. The lubrication passage will be opened in the affected vehicles. Cars with 6,250 miles will need third through sixth gears as well as the main shaft. Letters will be sent to owners late July. Recall WVS-29

July 15, 2010- new Wi-Fi mobile internet for 2010 and 2011 Outbacks is now available.   See a photo on the Options, Upgrades page #2.
This mobile router mounts in the Outback's rear cargo area providing internet access for multiple wi-fi devices such as laptops, phones, game devices, Wii etc. Great for families with kids who like to study or play while traveling and camping, and especially for business people who want internet access on the road.  Range is up to app 150ft depending on line-of-sight access and buildings. The car must be running or the key nturned to 'accessory' to power the unit. The router can carry many connections at the same time while your typical wireless access card is only good for the single device it plugs into.
Internet access is 3G supplied by AutoNet Mobile and coverage is supplied nationally, see the coverage map. Requires a 1 year contract at $29 month 1GB, $59 for 5GB, $35 activation fee,  with the first 3 months free (promo code 'Subaru'). Connection is 802.11a/b/g, with USB, ethernet ports. Normal router security features include passwords etc.
Optional services available from autonet include 'Find My Car' vehicle tracking and 'Geo Fence' vehicle location notification.
Available from Subaru dealer parts dept for List price $499, part #H001SAJ200

6/14/10 2011 models are being shipped

6/12/10 recall, 2010 Outback and Legacy. Some ABS brake units may have a plastic cover that was cracked when made, and under certain circumstances, like washing the engine with a pressure washer,  the unit could short circuit. The normal brakes would continue to work but the ABS light would come on. The unit will be inspected. #WVP-26. Owner letters sent June 7th, 2010.

5/12/10 recall and stop sale of a few unsold cars-  some (not all) 2010 Outback and Legacy with the CVT built July 31-December 1 2009  may have a potential crack in the CVT cooler hose that might leak. Subaru will notify owners and dealers and replace afffected coolers hoses. Recall number WVQ-27. The VINs are Legacy A3215537-A3227670; Outback A3317662 - A3346480. Any unsold cars on lots must be fixed prior to sale. Updated 5/27.

5/7- 2011 Outback and Legacy models, features, and prices announced. Cars due starting  June

4/13 Outback wins interior award  '..the 2010 Subaru Outback received the 2010 Ward's Auto Interior of the Year Award for popular-priced car under $29,999. The 2010 Ward's Auto Interior of the Year Awards list features winners in pricing and vehicle type categories, as well as special award winners for design, versatility and brand expression...
"We are thrilled that the 2010 Outback has been recognized by Ward's Auto in their 2010 Auto Interior of the Year Awards," said David Sullivan, Car Line Manager, Subaru of America, Inc. "During the design process, we spoke with numerous customers about what they wanted in a vehicle and we used their feedback to develop a car that is not only comfortable, but also includes interior features such as an electronic parking brake to open up console space and 60/40 reclining rear seatbacks.  Coupled with 29 EPA mpg on our 2.5i CVT model, and over 71 cubic feet of available cargo space, the changes made to the Outback's interior have definitely resonated with consumers as sales have doubled each month over the same period as last year."
A team of eight Ward's editors evaluated 40 vehicles that have either all-new or significantly upgraded interiors this year.  The vehicles -- both car and truck -- were divided into segments, with one winner named in each category' the press release

3/15/10 end for 2010s. Its close to the end for the 2010 Outback, Legacy and Impreza. Orders for those end 3/22 so if you want one now is the time to get your order in..
2011s Outbacks expected in June.

11/9 Looking for a specific Outback? It might be hard to find because there are 216 possible Outback combinations!
The breakdown - 27 Outback model and Option Package combinations with 8 colors available each,  27 x 8 = 216 total combinations and that doesn't include 19 PZEV vs standard emission models or begin to count available extras and upgrades you might want like media hub, illumination kit, hitch, security upgrade, protection package etc.

10/16 Motor Trend picks Outback as SUV of the year!  "Once again, it seemed, Subaru was successfully reshaping the very definition of "sport/utility vehicle" -- melding the multi-mission prowess of true SUVs with the driving refinement, fuel-frugality, and easy access of wagons and sedans. Once again, our judges began taking extra notes...  With the exceptional ground clearance, the solid AWD systems afford a level of all-weather and off-road competence that's unusually high for a machine with such a carlike character. "Dynamically, it's one of the best SUVs out here," writes Lassa. Agrees technical editor Kim Reynolds: "Feels like it could trundle around the off-road loop all month without complaint, yet very pleasant on-road, too. Lovely steering feel upon turn-in. Good ride." Says senior editor Ed Loh: "Exceedingly comfortable for day-to-day driving. Lots of smooth travel in the suspension." ..
So, yes, the Outback shines with bona-fide SUV prowess and versatility. Yet it does so without typical SUV penalties...
..Editor Ed Loh offers a neat summary: "I'm particularly impressed by how Subaru's engineers got the big and the little things right. From the ground up, they've baked in features like high ground clearance, low curb weight, and a fuel-sipping CVT -- plus details like the hideaway roof rack and tonneau cover. Subaru did its homework."
.."Balance," in other words. That's the key to the Subaru Outback's victory. And maybe a little magic, too.' read it on Motor Trend

9/28 Fog light price increase, optional on base 2.5i, now $314 list (was $300)

9/10 Sky Blue now showing up.

8/27/09  Top Safety Pick -  2010 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback are the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's newest Top Safety Pick award winners. "To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the Legacy and Outback." IIHS.org

8/8 Manual transmission Outbacks are due mid-late August, limited quantites.
6/29 Cash for Clunkers details- get a new Subaru Outback, and get rid of an old car for $3500-$4500 voucher
The 2010 Outback is all new. All new body, interior, transmissions, and new or updated features and options..
Brief overview
> Cars expected July.
> Colors announced 6/2/09.
> Prices announced 5/29/09

All 2010 5th Genereation Outback wagon and Legacy sedans are all new and completely redesigned.
New body, new interiors, new tranmissions, new engines, pretty much new everything...

The Outback model line-  the overall Outback wagon line comes with either 1 2.5L  4 cylinder or a 3.6L 6 cylinder models. The turbo Outback has been discontinued.
4 cylinder- there are 3 2.5i models, a base 2.5i, mid-range 2.5i Premium (replaces SE), and top of the line 2.5i Limited.
6 cylinder.  New larger 3.6L engine used in the Tribeca (replaces the 3.0L). The 3.6L has very good power and runs on regular gas and is very a welcome upgrade! There are 3 models with the 6 cylinder. They are: new base 3.6R, new mid-range 3.6R Premium model, and top of the line 3.6R Limited.

Other brief highlights.
>The cars are a bit larger overall and have a much more open and spacious feel inside. But the overall car size is actually .8" shorter!
> Interior space and rear seat room has gone up dramatically. There's a lot more back seat room (finally) and  the front seats are a bit wider and perhaps even softer (thank you) etc. This was accomplished by increasing the wheelbase slightly andc carefully maximizing the available space, all in a mid-size car,  without losing the quality, comfort and driving traits that have made the Outback a great choice since 1990.
> Frames doors- all models have framed doors. If you're familiar with the Legacy/Outback line from 1990-2009, you know the windows were always  'frameless', now all models will have door frames. This adds rigidity and hopefully will reduce that ever-present wind noise from the outside mirror area that Subarus have been prone to.
> For some reason the outside mirrors don't fold-away. Huh?  Perhaps that will change.
> Option Packages. A new way of doing things. It's almost impossible to have the exact right car for every buyer. There are just too many possible combinations, some features sell here, others sell there- popularity can be based on region and driving conditions, like warm vs cold climate, wet vs dry, city vs country, lots of snow vs no snow.
So starting with the 10 models, Subaru is offering models with 'Option Package' upgrades. The 'Option Packages' are all described below. What this means for the buyer are more choices.
For example, on the previous mid-range 2.5i SE model (now the 2.5i Premium), the All Weather Package was standard. Like it or not you got heated seats etc. Starting with 2010s, it's an option on the Premium. While I personally would want it, not everyone does - some to save money, others live in warm climates where All Weather Pkg's  heated seats are silly.
And tall people don't like sunroofs (less headroom), other people really like them. The Sunroof  is also now an option on the mid-range Premium where it was not previously available at all before, and is an option on the Limited model where is previously was standard.
> Patience. Please understand that with all the choices now offered, dealers may not have in-stock the particular combination you want and will have to order it for you. Be patient
> Gas tank size is now 18.5 US gallons (up from 16.9). That's a nice big tank.
> Normal size power sunroof with tilt up/slide back, with sunshade. Auto open/close.
> All Weather Pkg- the front wiper deicer heating element is now hidden under a black film at the base of the windshield and not visible.
> Unpainted lower body-side protective cladding minimizes road or off-road debris damage and adds a sturdy look. And it's unpainted so will look good for a long time
> Hill Holder and Electronic Parking Brake: standard features on all models include a Hill Holder to help hold the car when starting on a hill, and an electronic parking brake system which eliminates a manual emergency brake (no foot or hand brake) with 'Auto Release'- wear seatbelt, car in Drive, press gas for Auto Release.

New transmissions - All 2.5L 4 cylinder models come with either a new 6 speed manual which replaces the 5 speed manual,  or a new automatic Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with paddle shifters and 6 'gears'. The CVT gets much better fuel economy (EPA city/highway 22/29 combined 24mpg) than the old 4speed automatic used for years.
What is a Lineartronic CVT transmission? CVT is Continuously Variable Transmission. Lineartronic is just Subaru's name for their CVT.  CVT is a gearless belt or chain drive transmission that efficiently matches RPMs and power  for better fuel economy because the engine runs at its most efficient RPM over a range of speeds. The Subaru CVT uses a chain, and  has  'manual mode' with paddle shifters and 6 selected 'gears' for drivers who wants more control and feel. This transmission oil fluid does not need to be changed unless driven under very hard or frequent towing. Subaru's 1989 Justy EVCT was the first production car in the U.S with a CVT, and Fuji has sold their technology to other companies, and they still use it in small cars in Japan. Other companies using a version of a CVT recently are the Toyota hybrids under the name Hybrid Synergy Drive (ie Prius, Highlander, Camry, Lexus etc), Honda Civic hybrid, Nissan Murano, BMW's Mini Cooper, Mitsubishi Lancer, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Patriot, Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred and Mercury Montego etc etc. (from wiki) more Subaru glossary and terms

Engines
2.5i 4 cylinder, with 170 hp at 5600 rpm, 170 lb-ft of torque at 5600 rpm
New  3.6L  6 cylinder replaces the 3.0L . The 3.6L runs on regular gas, has a lot more power and gets 18/25mpg (city/highway) which is pretty good for a 256 horsepower engine. The 3.6R (R is the code for the 6cylinder DOHC engine) models all come with the 5speed automatic transmission that has been used for years.

Stereo and Navigation
Optional Harman-Kardon (H/K) audio system has been upgraded with hands free bluetooth controls in the steering wheel. It's still a 6disc CD changer, AM/FM, 440w amp, 9 speakers inc subwoofer and midrange, hands free Bluetooth, speed sensing auto volume control, auxiliary input, and steering wheel audio controls.
H/K audio made by Panasonic- model #86201AJ60A (subj to change)
Optional Media Hub with USB plug in center console plays, recharges your USB connected device. There is also a second optional Media Hub with USB that adds wireless Audio Streaming. These replace the iPod interface from previous years.

Optional  Navigation system has been substancially upgraded! It is now an 8" touch screen,  with standard rear view back-up camera and GPS. It comes with audio voice commands via steering wheel switches and dashboard microphone.The Navigation stereo is a AM/FM/ single disc CD/DVD player with H/K (Harman/Kardon) 440 watt amp and 9 speakers incl subwoofer and midrange. Aux input and even a USB plug in center console. Navigation by Kenwood, part # 86271AJ60A (subject to change)

Colors - new colors include 2 new blues, Azurite Blue and Sky Blue, and Crystal Black Silica, Cypress Green, and Graphite Gray.  Interior choices are still off black (dark gray) or Ivory (taupe)

Dimensions
The new midsize 2010 Outback is larger, longer, wider and taller but .8" shorter overall! This is good.  More headroom, rear seat legroom, slightly more ground clearance.  The 4 cylinder has new 6 speed manual or automatic CVT transmission. The CVT automatic has manual mode with paddle shifters with 6 'gears' and will have an EPA economy rating of  with a new larger 18.5 gallon tank.

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Outback Dimensions 2010
scroll down for cargo area measurements
 Remember, this is an unofficial, unauthorized website not approved by SoA or any dealer. contact your local dealer.  subject to change, correction, updating.
Dimensions
Wheelbase:  107.9"  (05-09 was 105.1") 
Overall Length:  188.2 (05-09 was 189.0")
Width:  71.7",  81" including fixed outside mirrors (hand measured)   (05-09 was 69.7, 78.4 including mirrors)
Height: 66.1" with crossbars in use, 65.7" with crossbars on rails, not used (05-09 was 63.2 incl cross bars, 61.6" without crossbars)
Headroom front/rear: 40.8"/39.3" (05-09 was 40.5/39.1")
Headroom with sunroof front/rear 38.7"/39.3" (05-09 was 38.7/37.1")
Legroom front/rear: 43.0"/37.8" (05-09 was 44.1/33.9)
EPA Interior pasenger volume 105.4cf (05-09 was 97.4cf)
EPA Cargo volume 34.3cf (05-09 was 33.5cf)
EPA cargo volume with seats flat 71.3cf (05-09 was 65.4cf)
Track:  front/rear 61/61" (05-09 was 58.9"/58.7")
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
Turning circle
36.8ft (05-09 was 35.4ft)  turns lock-to-lock 3.2
Ground Clearance 
8.7"
Angle of approach
18.9*
Breakover angle
19.5*
Angle of departure
22.2*
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R
3.6R Limited
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2010 Cargo and Seat Measurements
these are unofficial and  hand measured. subject to change, correction

there's room in the back for a lot more than just 1 set of clubs

front power seat goes up and down from 25.5" - 27.75" 
hand measured from the middle of the side bolster to the ground, so the actual seating surface will be a few inches lower. This image is the lowest, look at the seat and console, and then  check the image to the right.

front power seat goes up and down. This is the highest, look at the seat and console

cargo area width measurements
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the rear gate lifted up, the white arrows pointing at the little push button to open the gate, and at the rear-view camera (with Navigation).  Those are the license plate lights on either side of the handle.

cargo area width measurements
A- width along base of gate opening- 39.5" 
B- width between wheel wells- 43"
C- width of driver rear seat- 16.5"
D- width of passenger rear seat- 26"
E- width along middle of gate opening- 44.5"
F- width at top of wheel wells- 51.5"
G- width along top of gate opening- 39"
H- width into open storage pockets- 55.25"

> Back of rear seat height from ground when folded flat is 28.5", measured at the rear door
> Cargo floor height at gate 28"
 


cargo area length and height measurements
rear seat fold down split is 35/65. 

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cargo area length and height measurements

1- length with seats up 40.25"
2- length to stereo 110"
3- length to top of rear seats folded flat 66"  (not to the back of the front seat)
4- height, floor to ceiling in middle of cargo area 33.5"
5- height of gate at opening, angled from top out to gate lip 34" 
5B- height of gate at opening, straight from top down to floor (a few inches inside the gate lip) 30.5"
6- angle from lower left to upper right 50"
7- lip to back of wheel well 17"

> Back of rear seat height from ground when folded flat is 28.5", measured at the rear door
> Cargo floor height at gate 28"

> Sunroof-  interior opening 30.25 x 15.5" (see images above and below)


cargo area with cargo cover

cargo area with cargo cover

rear driver's cargo area cubby hole with arrow pointing at power outlet and pop-out hook. 
Shown without the cargo cover.

rear passenger side with pop-out cargo hook.
Limited shown with Harmon Kardon subwoofer speaker

hook holds the cargo floor up to access the spare and storage bin

lift up the cargo floor and there is a storage bin above the spare tire. 
Shown with floor sides lifted out so the cargo cover can be stored

 


shown with the cargo cover stored under the floor

cargo cover stored with sides of the floor in place

spare tire, shown with floor sides out
sunroof
Sunroof- 30.25" x 15.5" hand measured inside opening, see photo page #1 for retractable sunshade

more photos? Interior page #1, Exterior page #3, page #4


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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
subject to change and correction
see your local servicing dealer for full details and coverage on your specific car
Break-in period  for the first 1000 miles
Don't race the engine, keep RPMs under 4,000 for the most part and vary the speeds with normal city/highway driving. Don't use the cruise control or go at one steady speed for a long time. Avoid hard starts and stops.

1st oil change all models recommended at 3 mos or 3000 miles whichever comes first. Required on 6 cylinders. 2.5L required at 7,500 miles or 7 mos.
Oil Changes: 3,750 mile oil changes, or at every 7,500 miles under very easy driving conditions
7,500 miles: rotate tires
15,000 miles: check hoses, belts, brakes etc. Replace air filtration.
30,000, 60,000, 90,000 miles: 15k service plus replace fluids, filters
Spark plugs replace at 60,000 miles
CVT Transmission: Life Time oil and should not need to be replaced unless driven under very hard condition like frequent towing in which case change every 24,855 miles. There's no dipstick.
Radiator fluid is Super Coolant, with over 10 year replacement schedule.
Timing belt, 4cylinder: replace at 105,000 miles or months, whichever comes first.
Timing chain,  6 cylinder: no replacement needed
full Maintenance schedule

WARRANTY
subject to change and correction
see your local servicing dealer for full details and coverage on your specific car
Bumper-to-bumper: 3 year/36,000 miles, includes Wear Item warranty covering pre-mature wear: brakes, clutch linings, remote batteries, wiper blades etc.
Roadside assistance 3yr/36000 miles by the Cross Country Motor Club at 800 261-2155, break-down, lock-out, flat repair etc
Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 miles
Corrosion: 5 year/100,000 miles
Emissions:
Federal spec LEV (low emission vehicle) 3 years/36,000 miles plus 8 year/80,000 mile extended defect warranty covering Major Emission Control Components (catalytic converter, electronic emission control unit, diagnostic device)
California spec PZEV (partial zero emission vehicle) sold and registered in CA, CT, NH, NY, MA, MS, RI, VT: 3 years/50,000 miles, plus 7 year/70,000 mile extended defect warranty with extensions to up to 15years/150,000 miles

Note Warranties do not cover wear or damage due to abuse, lack of maintenance or competitive driving. Exclusions may apply, wear replacement may be one time.

see your local servicing dealer for full details and coverage on your specific car
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SAFETY  2010 OUTBACK

8/27/09 Top Safety Pick- 2010 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback are the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's newest Top Safety Pick award winners. "To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the Legacy and Outback." IIHS.org
http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=680
 

All Wheel Drive with VDC and TCS Full time all wheel drive with VDC Electronic Stability Control and TCS full time all wheel all speed Traction Control System
Seatbelts
5 passenger, all with full shoulder harness and lap belts
Height adjustable shoulder harness anchor points  (except center rear)
Child Seat
LATCH system (lower anchor and tether for children)
new Child seat anchors hidden under flap
Front Airbags
 Standard with Dual Stage Deployment. Dual Stage means:
Driver: detects distance of driver from steering wheel
Passenger seat: detects weight and will turn off airbag if passenger is under 75#. This status is displayed by the trip computer
Side Airbags
Standard front side airbags
Side Curtain airbags
Standard Front and Rear side Curtain airbags
Headrests
5 headrests
Crumple Zones
Front and rear
5mph Impact Bumpers
Front and rear
Re-Inforcements
Ring-Shaped reinforcement safety structure
dual front, single rear, all tied into a full perimeter protection system
Brakes
4 wheel, 4 channel anti-lock power disc brakes with ventialted front discs
GT and 3.0R: ventilated front and rear discs
DayTime Running lights (DRL)
DRL are standard with auto-off headlights
Auto-off headlights
Headlights are auto on-off with the ignition. A green indicator light is on when headlights are on.
Childproof rear door locks
Standard
Panic Alarm
 Standard using remote lock/unlock key fob

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2010 Models
model and feature overview and summary is below
2.5L 4 cylinder
3.6L 6 cylinder
2.5i- manual 6spd or CVT automatic
2.5i Premium- manual 6spd or CVT automatic
2.5i Limited-  CVT automatic 
3.6R- automatic 5speed with paddle shifters
3.6R Premium- automatic 5speed with paddle shifters
3.6R Limited- automatic 5speed  with paddle shifters

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Option Packages and Model Availability
These are the major factory installed model option packages

There are many other individual and grouped options. 
Navigation is by Kenwood, Subaru part # 86271AJ60A
subject to change, correction, updating

model
available on
package description, list price (cost)
option pkg code .
model available on
package description, list price (cost)
option pkg code
all
standard equipment and features (no extra option pkg)
#01
. 2.5i Premium
(std on Limited)
All Weather pkg plus Moonroof with shade,  List $1495
#06
2.5i Premium
(std on Limited)
All Weather Package - dual mode heated front seats, defrosting 
outside mirrors, front wiper deicer with hidden element.  List price $500
#02
. 3.6R Premium Moonroof tilt/slide with shade, plus Harmon Kardon audio, List $1990
#07
2.5i Premium
3.6R Premium
(std on Limited)
Harmon Kardon (HK) audio pkg incl. 6 CD changer, AM/FM, 440w subwoofer/amp, 9 speakers, hands free Bluetooth, with steering wheel controls. List $995
#03
. 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
Moonroof tilt/slide with shade plus voice activated 8" Navigation with rear view camera, List $2995
#08
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
Moonroof with shade, tilt up and slide back, auto open/close. List $995
#04
. 2.5i Premium
(std on Limited)
All Weather pkg plus Harmon Kardon audio plus Moonroof, List  $2490 
#09
2.5i Premium
(std on Limited)
All Weather Pkg plus Harmon Kardon audio, List $1495
 #05
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2010 OUTBACK PRICES
subject to change, correction, updating
Notes 
Prices announced April 29, 2009. Cars expected July?
Destination- $695, Alaska residents add +$150, to $845
* Where do you live, what state? PZEV (partial zero emission vehicle) is required in CA, CT, NJ, NY, MA, ME, RI, VT, PA, OR, WA
* Always include destination when discussing price or calculating payments
* This is a research site and your purchase price may vary due to your dealer's mark-up or discounts, rebates, incentives, and of course any options on the car. 
* Prices here do not include any applicable tax or license fees
* Interest rates, rebates page 

Note: Remember, this is an unofficial, unauthorized website not approved by SoA or any dealer. Your  price may vary, contact your local dealer.

information subject to change, correction, updating
2010 Outback model
code
prices
.
 price with option package included- see package descriptionsabove
PVEZ  required on 4 cylinder Outbacks sold in CA, CT, NJ, NY, MA, ME, RI, VT, PA, OR, WA
code
price
base
dest
total price
.
pkg #01
(std)
#02
List $500
#03 
List $995
#04
List $995
#05
List $1495
#06
List $1495
#07
List $1990
#08
List $2995
#09
List $2490
Outback 2.5i manual transmission
ADA
list
$23,295
$695
$23,990
.
$23,990
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Outback 2.5i, CVT
ADB
list
24295
695
24990
.
24990
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Outback 2.5i  Premium
ADC
list
24595
695
25290
.
25290
25790
26285
26285
26785
26785
-
-
27780
Outback 2.5i Premium, CVT
ADD
list
25595
695
26290
.
26290
26790
27285
27285
27785
27785
-
-
28285
Outback 2.5i Limited, CVT
ADF
list
28295
695
28990
.
28990
incl
incl
29985
incl
-
-
31985
-
end PZEV
code
prices
.
 price with option package included- see package descriptions above
ALL states except PZEV above
code
 price
base
dest
total price
.
pkg #01
(std)
#02
List $500
#03
List $995
#04
List $995
#05
List $1495
#06
List $1495
#07
List $1990
#08
List $2995
#09
List $2490
Outback 2.5i manual transmission
ADA
list
$22,995
$695
$23,690
.
$23690
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Outback 2.5i, CVT
ADB
list
23995
695
24690
.
24690
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Outback 2.5i Premium, manual
ADC
list
24295
695
24990
.
24990
 25490
25985
25985
26485
26485
-
-
27480
Outback 2.5i Premium CVT
ADD
list
25295
695
25990
.
25990
 26490
26985
26985
27485
27485
-
-
28480
Outback 2.5i Limited CVT
ADF
list
27995
695
28690
.
28690
incl
incl
29685
incl
-
-
31685
-
Outback 3.6R auto
ADI
list
27995
695
28690
.
28690
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Outback 3.6R Premium auto
ADJ
list
28995
695
29690
.
29690
incl
30685
30685
-
-
31680
-
-
Outback 3.6R Limited auto
ADK
list
30995
695
31690
.
31690
incl
incl
32685
-
-
-
34685
-
model
code
price
base 
dest
total
.
pkg #01
#02
#03
#04
#05
#06
#07
#08
#09
prices
.
 price with option package included-  see package descriptions above
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2010 Outback Model and Feaure Overview
Snapshot and Summary of the models and features
subject to change, correction, updates
Notee
216 model combinations. Looking for a specific Outback? it might be hard to find. There are 216 Outback model and Option Package combinations not including  available options and upgrades.

New transmissions-   speed manual, and CVT automatic transmission with paddle shifters and 6 'gears'
New engine- 3.6L 6 cylinder with paddle shifters, 5 speed automatic
Gone XT turbo models
Gone SI Drive

2.5i Overview 
Standard Equipment Feature Summary
subject to change, correction, updates
2010 Outback 2.5i standard features
model codes: manual 6speed- ADA, automatic CVT- ADB

Look at these 2.5i details  because it is the standard model and all other models will at least have these features plus their model upgrades.

new Electric parking brake. With auto release- wear seatbelt, foot on brake pedal, put car in drive, press gas pedal. Makes a mild sound as it activates or releases so you know its working. (dead battery brake release info)
new Roof rails, pivoting fold-away cross bars, 30" spread, 150 lb capacity
new Courtesy lights under the front doors, glovebok cargo area, all models
new Unpainted lower body-side cladding protects against chipping
new 3 spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise control
new 6 speed manual or optional CVT transmissions
new 170 lb-ft of torque at only 4000 rpm (was 4400)
new Hill Holder with all models (even automatics)
new Dusk-dawn headlight auto-on settings
new Larger size front and rear disc brakes
new Continental ContiPro all season tire
new Reclining rear seats, 60/40 split
new Lower body protective cladding
new 18.5 gallon tank (was 17.9)
new Electronic parking brake
new Steel hood with struts
new Single exhaust tip
new Laser cut keys
new Framed windows (a first for the Outback, Legacy line)

gone the huge sunroof has been replaced by a normal size one
gone fold-in (break away) outside mirrors. They are now fixed.
gone manual parking brake

2.5L 4 cylinder engine, 170 hp at 5600 rpm, 170 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm
Speedometer to 150mph, Tachometer to 6400rpm
All Wheel Drive (awd) with VDC, Traction Control, and Hill Holder
Manual 6 speed transmission or optional CVT transmission
Heavy duty raised suspension
Anti-lock disc brakes, with EBD, 4 wheel disc brakes (larger size discs for 10)
Airbags: Front driver and passenger, advanced dual stage, occupant detecting
Airbags: Front side driver and passenger
Airbags: Front and Rear Side Curtain with Rollover sensors
Overhead passenger airbag on/off and seatbelt warning lights
5 seatbelts & headrests
Power Windows, driver auto down function, 
Illuminated driver door power window switches
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Power Steering
Air conditioning with cabin air filtration
4 speed AC and Heater fan
Tinted windows (standard light green tint)
Air filtration system for cabin
Key and Remote entry, integrated in one piece.
Keys are Laser cut, keys supplied when new
Engine Immobilizer anti-theft system

 continued: Outback 2.5i standard features

Alarm, ignition disabling alarm system (impact sensor is an upgrade)
Telecope and Tilt steering wheel
Steering wheel, 3 spoke, with cruise controls
Cupholders, 8: 4 cupholders 2 front console, 2 rear armrest, plus 4 door bottle holders, 1 in each door
TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Driver seat manual height and recline adjustment
Cruise control with steering wheel controls
Unpainted lower body-side cladding
16" steel wheels with full wheel covers
Pre-wired for Remote Start
4 beam halogen headlights, auto on-off with ignition
Headlights with 3 'on' settings: 1. daytime runing lights; 2.  always on and auto off with ignition key removal;  3. new dusk-dawn auto on setting (off with ingnition key removal)
Day Time Running lights, on when headlights are off
Front wipers: Variable speed intermittent, 4 setting (was 8)
Rear wiper, 2 speed, auto-on in reverse with auto trans
Rear defroster with rear wiper de-icer
Fold flat and relining rear seats, 60/40 split
Rear armrest with cupholders
Roof Rails with swiveling cross bars
Dual vanity mirrors
Dual map lights
Rear cargo light
Cargo tray
Cargo tie hooks (4)
Cargo area storage under the floor, above spare tire
Courtesy Lights- front doors, glovebox, cargo area
3 Power Outlets- 2 front, 1 rear. No cigarette lighter
Center console with cupholders, under armrest storage, open front storage
Overhead console with 2 map lights and sunglass holder
Trip computer in dashboard with outside temperature, instant and average fuel economy for resettable Trip Odometers A and B, distance to empty, clock
Vanity mirrors with lights
Map pocket on back of front passenger seat
Brushed Silver Trim

Crossbars- new 2010 Outback crossbars have a fixed 30" spread width which may not be enough for some uses like longer kayaks etc. The optional heavy-duty cargo basket can be attached to the crossbars, and then the round crossbars (or Yakima, Thule etc) can be attached to the basket for a 36" spread. The cargo basket is handy for carrying many other things as well. 

Stereo: AM/FM/CD single disc. Plays MP3, R/RW, auxilliary input in center console. 4 speakers.
Bluetooth - optional with BlueConnect option. Check your phone: www.subaru.com/bluetooth 

Option Packages factory installed only
new CVT automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters
 

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2010 Outback 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited Overview
Standard Equipment Feature Summary
subject to change, correction, updates
2.5i Premium adds over the 2.5i
model codes:   manual 6speed- ADC,  CVT automatic- ADD

everything the Outback 2.5i has, plus...

new 225/60R17 Continenetal ContiPro-Contact all season tires, 17" alloy wheels
new Leather wrapped steering wheel
new Ambient light in the overhead console
new Hinged door on center console front storage
new Auto UP driver power window switch (as well as auto down)
new Illuminated power window switches on all doors (not just driver door)
new Steering wheel- with audio controls. (and cruise controls)

Fog Lights
17" alloy wheels
Dark tinted Privacy glass
Rear  luggage cargo cover
Body colored outside mirrors
Dark tinted upper windshield band
Power Driver's seat, 10 way incl power lumbar support

Bluetooth - optional with BlueConnect or h/k audio. Check your phone: www.subaru.com/bluetooth 
Option Packages factory installed only
> new CVT Lineartronic automatic, manual mode, paddle shifters, 6 'gear settings'
> new Power moonroof, tilt/slide, with shade, auto open/close
> All Weather Pkg: dual mode heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front windshield wiper deicer with hidden element (was standard on 09s SE models)
> Harman Kardon audio system, 440-watt, 9-speaker, 8 channel amp/equalizer, subwoofer under front passenger seat, bluetooth, subtle speed sensitive volume control. 
 

2.5i Limited adds over the 2.5i Premium
model code: CVT automatic ADF

everything the 2.5i Premium has, plus..

new Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission with manual mode (6 'gears') and paddle shifters 

Fog Lights
Front underguard
Leather trimmed interior
Passenger power seat (4way), front/back, power recline
Wood grain interior trim (2.5i and Premium have brushed silver trim)
Climate Control, Single/Dual Front Zone, 6 speed fan, settings Lo - 61, 62 .. 89 - Hi
All Weather Pkg: dual mode heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front windshield wiper deicer with hidden element
Harman-Kardan stereo; 9 speakers, 6 disc CD changer, speed sensing auto volume control, aux input;  bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, and new
Bluetooth - standard with h/k audio. Check your phone www.subaru.com/bluetooth 

Option Packages factory installed only
> Power moonroof tilt/slide, with shade, auto open/close
> Navigation: voice-activated 8", GPS, backup camera, USB, aux input,  (req moonroof)

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2010 3.6L
Overview and Standard Equipment Feature Summary
subject to change and correction
3.6R adds or replaces over 2.5i
model code-  ADI

everything the 2.5i  has, plus
 the 3.6R has some, not all,  of the 2.5i Premium features
(the R is the code for a 6cyl DOHC engine)

new engine: 3.6L  6 cylinder with 256hp @ 6000 rpm, 247lb-ft torque@ 4400 rpm. Regular fuel. Currently used in the 08/09 Tribeca. Replaces the 3.0L (used 01-09).
Speedometer to 160mph, tachometer redline 6500rpm
new Brakes- larger disc brakes, incl rear vented
new Dual exhaust tips

(also on 2.5i Premium)
new Ambient light in the overhead console
new Hinged door on center console front storage
new Auto UP driver power window switch (as well as auto down)
new Illuminated power window switches on all doors (not just driver door)

Transmission: Automatic 5speed transmission, with paddle Shifters
VTD All Wheel Drive: (variable torque distribution)  varies the power front back, the standard is rear wheel performance balanced at 45/55 front-rear.

Fog Lights
Engine cover
Paddle Shifters
17" alloy wheels
Dual Exhaust tips
Dark tinted Privacy glass
Rear  luggage cargo cover
Body colored outside mirrors
Dark tinted upper windshield band

Bluetooth - optional with BlueConnect option. Check your phone subaru.com/bluetooth 
Option Packages factory installed only

3.6R Premium adds over 3.6R
model code ADJ

everything the 3.6R has, plus...

Power driver's seat, 10 way incl power Lumbar support
Leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls (no leather seats)
All Weather Pkg: dual mode heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front windshield wiper deicer with hidden element

Bluetooth - optional with BlueConnect or h/k audio options. Check your phone subaru.com/bluetooth 

Option Packages factory installed only
> Power moonroof tilt/slide, with shade, auto open/close
> Harman Kardon audio system, 440-watt, 9-speaker, 8 channel amp/equalizer, subwoofer under front passenger seat, bluetooth, speed sensitive volume control. 
 
 
3.6L Limited adds over the 3.6L Premium
model code ADK
everything the 3.6L Premium has, plus..

Wood grain interior trim
Leather interior, perforated
Front door aluminum sill plates
Passenger power seat (4way) front/back, power recline
Climate Control, Single/Dual Front Zone, 6 speed fan, settings Lo - 61, 62 .. 89 - Hi
Harman-Kardan stereo- 9 speakers, 6 disc CD changer, bluetooth,speed sensing auto volume control, aux input;  dual-zone climate control
Bluetooth - standard with h/k audio Check your phone: www.subaru.com/bluetooth 

Option Packages factory installed only
> Power moonroof tilt/slide, with shade, auto open/close
> Navigation: voice-activated 8", GPS, backup camera, USB, aux input,  (req moonroof)

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2010 OUTBACK MECHANICALS
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engine
2.5L 4 cylinder engine
3.6L 6 cylinder engine
2010 Feature
subject to change, correction
2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.5i Limited 3.6R 3.6R Premium 3.6R Limited
Engine 4 cylinder 2.5L SOHC Boxer design
16 valve,
i-active Valve Lift system (variable valve lift)
Aluminum block and head
Tming belt (105,000 mile replacement)
Resin composite intake manifold new
Cylinder liners
5 main bearings
Sequential multi-port injection
Distributorless ignition
Iridium spark plugs new
Spark plugs: NGK: SIFR6A11
firing order 1-3-2-4
Compression 10.0:1
Idle speed: manual 650rpm, CVT 675rpm
Ignition timing 15* BTDC
Speedometer to 150mph
Redline 6400 rpm
Regular gas, 87 octane, 18.5 gallon tank
6 cylinder, 3.6L DOHC Boxer design
24 valve
DAVCS dual active variable valve control system, variable valve timing
Camshaft timing chain (no replacement schedule)
Composite resin intake manifold
Sequential fuel injection
Direct electronic distributorless ignition
Spark Plugs: NGK SILFR6C11
Plug Firing Order 1-6-3-2-5-4
Speedometer to 160mph
Redline 6400 rpm
Compression 10.7:1
Oil, oil filter capacity 8.5US qt
Idle speed, parked, 700rpm
Ignition timing 15* BTDC
Regular gas, 87 octane, 18.5 gallon tank
Horsepower and torque
170hp@5600rpm, torque170@4000rpm
256hp@6,000rpm, torque 247@4400rpm
Transmission
new 6 speed manual and CVT are both new
Standard 6 speed manual
Optional  CVT automatic with paddle shifters and 6 'gears'.
Standard- CVT automatic with paddle shifters and 6 'gears'
Standard- Automatic 5speed electronic with paddle shifters
CVT- what is it New for 2010 model, the Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission is the only automatic transmission available in 4 cylinder models. It replaces the automatic Sportshift.

What is a Lineartronic CVT transmission? CVT is Continuously Variable Transmission. Lineartronic is just Subaru's name for their CVT.  CVT is a gearless chain drive transmission that efficiently matches RPMs and power  for better fuel economy because the engine runs at its most efficient RPM over a range of speeds. 
The Subaru CVT uses a chain and  has  'manual mode' with paddle shifters and 6 selected 'gears' for drivers who want more control or better performance and just like to play.

> Maintenance: only use Subaru CVT C-30 oil. The oil does not need to be changed unless driven under very hard or frequent towing in which case replace at 25000 miles. There's no dipstick.

> Background Subaru's 1989 Justy EVCT was the first production car in the U.S with a CVT, and Fuji has sold their technology to other companies, and they still use it in small cars in Japan. Other companies using a version of a CVT recently are the Toyota hybrids under the name Hybrid Synergy Drive (ie Prius, Highlander, Camry, Lexus etc), Honda Civic hybrid, Nissan Murano, BMW's Mini Cooper, Mitsubishi Lancer, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Patriot, Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred and Mercury Montego etc etc. (from wiki) more Subaru glossary and terms

All Wheel Drive Systems. 
All Subarus are all wheel drive. 

Systems vary by model but VDC stability skid control with traction control and all wheel drive is standard on all models

2.5i,  Premium, with Manual 6 speed transmission
Continuous All Wheel Drive system with VDC and Hill Holder symmetrical viscous coupling 50/50 front/back power split. 

2.5i, Premium, Limited with  Automatic CVT transmission
Active All Wheel Drive system with VDC and Hill Holder. Electronically controlled,  constantly varying front/back power split 90/10 front/back power split. 

3.6R, automatic 5 speed transmission
VTD (Variable Torque Distribution) All Wheel Drive system with VDC and Hill Holder  VTD traction control system has 45/55 performance oriented, front/rear power split.

VDC is standard on all models
VDC vehicle dynamics control, is an electronic stability control system that measures and monitors steering wheel input, braking, vehicle angle etc and then applies individual brakes and/or reduces engine power to counteract skids or slides to help keep maintain driver control.
TCS Traction Control System is part of VDC. TCS senses spinning wheels and applies the brakes to maintain traction.

Manual transmission
All Wheel Drive system with VDC and hill holder
symmetrical all wheel drive, viscous coupling 50/50 power split.
no manual available
Gear Ratios, Manual
scroll down for automatic
Manual 6 speed
1st 3.454; 2nd 1.947; 3rd 1.296; 4th 0.972; 5th 0.825; 6th 0.695
Final drive 4.44:1
no manual available
Automatic transmission
All Wheel Drive system with VDC
Optional Lineartronic CVT with paddle shifters Standard Lineartronic CVT with paddle shifters Standard automatic 5 speed with VDC, and VTD
Gear Ratios, Automatic CVT there are no gears with a continuously variable transmission. 
Final drive 3.900:1
In automatic mode the CVT is 2.37-0.39
In Manual Model the CVT 'gear' ratios are 
1 2.18, 2 1.45, 3 1.03, 4 0.77, 5 0.58, 6 0.40 
Automatic 5 speed : 1 3.5340; 2 2.264; 3 1.471; 4 1.; 5 0.834 . final 3.083:1
Emissions:  4 cylinder models are available in either Fed or PZEV (partial zero emission vehicle)  spec.

PZEV required on all 4 cylinder Outbacks, and Legacys with the CVT,  in CA, CT, NJ, NY, MA, ME, RI, VT, PA, OR, WA


What is PZEV, a brief, simple summary
The EPA says a PZEV is clean running gas engine car based on emissions testing for carbon-containing compounds, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, and other tailpipe nastiness. 

It is required on 4 cylinder models sold in CA, CT, NJ, NY, MA, ME, RI, VT, PA, OR, WA
1. A charcoal cannister catches unburned gas left in the engine when it's turned off so it doesn't just evaporate. 
2. Fuel injectors that close tighter when they're not in use.
3. A finer mesh in the catalytic converter, as well as optimized placement of its precious metal.
4.  The engine's electronic brain is tuned to run the hot at start up to help the catalytic converter heat up so it can start doing its job faster.


PZEV emission cars are identified on the Monroney window sticker

model reminder
subject to change, correction, updating
2.5i
2.5i SE
2.5i Limited 
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
Fuel Economy- city/highway, combined EPA
Fuel tank size:18.5 US gallons (was 16.9).
(15.4 Imperial gallons)
Regular gas, 87 octane, all models
Low fuel light on at app 2.5-3 gallons
Manual 6spd 19/27; combined EPA 22mpg
Automatic CVT 22/29, combined EPA 24mpg
The CVT automatic transmission city mpg range is 18-26 which is avg 22mpg; the highway mpg range is 24-34, avg 29.
Automatic 5 speed 18/25; 
combined 20mpg
Steering
Power rack & pinion with engine speed sensing variable assist
Turning circle: Curb to Curb  36.1; Wall to Wall 38.7';  Steering Wheel Turns lock-to-lock  3.2
Brakes
new larger discs for 2010
new Electric parking brake with auto release
Auto release function- wear seatbelt, step on brake pedal, put car in gear, lightly press gas pedal. Makes a mild sound as it activates or releases so you know its working.
To use in as emergency brake tap or hold the brake button down but only in an serious emergency when you cannot normally brake! This will cause your rear wheels to lock so be very careful.
The mechanical release for the electric brake if the battery is dead is under the car in front of the right rear wheel and it's an awkward process, so keep the battery charged.
Dead battery brake release info
4 wheel disc, 4 channel anti-lock, low wear indicator
Caliper- single piston
front: 11.6 ventilated disc
rear: 11.3 solid disc

new Electric parking brake with auto release (wear seatbelt, car in gear, press gas)

4 wheel disc, 4 channel anti-lock, low wear indicator
Caliper- single piston
front: 12.4 ventilated disc
rear: 11.4 ventilated disc

new Electric parking brake with auto release (wear seatbelt, car in gear, press gas)

Hill Holder button and dashboard green 'on' light
Hill Holder button
Standard on all models.
Uses the electric parking brake.
This redesigned for 2010 Hill Holder system is now electronic and standard on all models. 
After the car is started, the system can be turned on by stepping on the brake and then pushing the Hill Holder button by the driver's left knee (next to the parking brake button). 
A green light in the upper right dash comes on.
When stopping on a hill 5% or steeper, either going forward up or backwards down a hill,  the Hill Holder activates the electric parking brake and will briefly hold the car from rolling as the driver releases the brake by stepping on the gas.  Makes a mild sound as it activates or releases so you know its working.
Works going up or backwards down an incline.
Curb weight, manual/automatic, US pounds
GVWR- gross vehicle weight rating- 4585 pounds
3386/3495
3428/3536
3565
3544
3634
3658
Wheels:
2.5i: 16" steel wheel
All others: 17" aluminum alloy
2.5i: 16" x6.5 steel wheel 
17x7jj alloy
17x7" alloy
Tires:  new all models come with Continental ContiProContact all-season tires.
Spare- Temporary duty
Chains tire chains cannot be used due to clearance. If you do lots of winter driving consider a set of snow or ice tires.
215/70R16 99S m+s
225/60 R17 98T m+s
225/60 R17 98T
Suspension Front- Independent, raised struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar,  anti-dive geometry
Rear- independent, double wishbone, coil springs, stabilzer bar, anti-Lift gemometry
Towing 2.5L 4 cylinder (CVT and manual trans) - max towing 2700 pounds with trailer brakes. 1000 pounds without trailer brakes. 
Hard towing- over 104* F when towing up a long hill max weight should be 1350 pounds
Replace CVT oil at app 24855 miles if towing.

3.6L 6 cylinder- max 3000 pounds with trailer brakes, 1000 pounds without trailer brakes. Over 104* F or when towing up a long hill max weight should be 1500 pounds.

Hitch- the optional Subaru trailer hitch is 1.25". There is no 'tow package' 

Emergency Towing: a flatbed is alway preferred. Never tow with on 2 wheels on the ground. See your owners manual, ch 9, pg 16

Towing the car- a flatbed is always recommended when towing your Outback. A manual transmission can be towed with all wheels on the ground behind a tow truck or motorhome for example, but never with just 2 wheels on the ground. 
An automatic or CVT can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground in an emergency for a short distance (under 31 miles) and at very slow speed (under 20mph) but a flatbed is strongly preferred. 

Headlights- standard on all models: daytime running lights;  auto-off  headlights with ignition key removal; and  new for 2010 light sensing dusk-dawn Auto headlight on setting
4 beam halogen - projector low beam, multi-reflector high beam
model
subject to change, correction, updating
2.5i 
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
top  end mechanicals
start  standard features table
2010 OUTBACK STANDARD FEATURES
Remember, this is an unofficial, unauthorized website not approved or supported by SoA or any dealer. Contact your local dealer.  Infomation subject to change, correction, updating
engine
2.5L 4 cylinder engine
3.6L 6 cylinder engine
2010 Feature
subject to change, correction
2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.5i Limited 3.6R 3.6R Premium 3.6R Limited
Interior and dash trim color
cloth, silver trim
cloth
leather, wood trim
cloth
cloth
leather, wood trim
Wheels 16" steel wheel with wheel cover
17" alloy
17" alloy
Fog Lights 0 S S
S
S S
Front bumper underguard
0
0
S
0
0
S
Power windows, Auto up/down driver window
Power locks
Power mirrors
Cruise control
S
driver window auto-down only
S
S
S
S
S
Steering wheel, tilt and telescope
Vinyl with cruise control
S
--
--
S
--
--
Steering wheel, tilt and telescope
Leather with audio and cruise control
--
S
--
--
S
--
Steering wheel, tilt and telescope steering
Leather with audio, cruise and H/K audio bluetooth hands free phone control
--
0
S
--
0
S
Air Conditioning, Manual with 4 spd fan
A
A
B
A
A
B
Air Conditioning, Automatic climate control, 6 spd fan, single/dual front zones
--
--
S
--
--
S
All Weather Pkg- heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper de-icer with hidden heating element
--
0
S
0
S
S
Driver seat-  Manual height adj, cloth, no lumbar adjustment
S
--
--
S
--
--
Driver seat- Power 10 way cloth, with power lumbar
--
S
--
--
--
--
Driver seat- Power 10 way cloth, heated, with power lumbar
--
0- heated with all weather pkg
--
--
S
--
Driver seat- Power 10 way leather, heated, with power lumbar
--
--
S
--
--
S
Passenger seat, Power (no lumbar adjustment)
--
--
S
--
--
S
Memory driver seat- not available on any Outback
--
--
--
--
--
--
Rear seats- fold flat and recline
S
S
S
S
S
S
Trip Computer in upper console with outside temperature, clock, instant and average fuel economy for Trip odometers A, B
S
S
S
S
S
S
Roof rack with swivel open/closed cross bars: 30" spread front/back center to center, 32" spread front /rear cross bar edges. 150 pound load capacity. The slot in the roof rail is 24" and aftermarket crossabars with a 24" spread can be attached to the factory crossbars when they're closed. Rear crossbar to open gate is 20". Aftermarket accessories are available. 
The optional Cargo Basket can be used, and then attach cross bars to the basket for a wider spread (36"). a few images
Link to an article with many rack comments, reviews
S
S
S
S
S
S
Stereo- CD/AM/FM, aux input
S
S
--
S
S
--
Stereo- Harman/Kardon audio,  440w, 6 disc CD changer, AM/FM, aux input, hands free bluetooth steering wheel controls, (Panasonic- model #86201AJ60A)
--
0
S
--
0
S
Wipers
front - Variable speed
rear - 2 spd rear wiper, with rear defroster
S
S
S
S
S
S
Tinted windows
light tint
dark tint
dark tint
dark tint
dark tint
dark tint
Immobilizer key, with alarm, 2 keyless remotes
S
S
S
S
S
S
Carpeted floor mats (all carpets are dark)
S
S
S
S
S
S
Cargo tray
S
S
S
S
S
S
Cargo cover, retractable
0
S
S
S
S
S
Rear bumper cover step pad
0
0
0
0
0
0
Courtesy lights, small lights on the bottom of the doors, Glovebox, cargo area
S
S
S
S
S
S
Sunroof
--
0
0
--
0
0
included standard features
subject to change, correction, updating
2.5i 
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
end included standard features
top  start option packages
2010 Outback Option Packages

Note: these are Factory Installed prices. If you want your dealer to install options or upgrades the price will most likely be higher due to parts and labor cost. contact your local dealer for their dealer installed price.

this is unofficial information, subject to change, correction, updating.
option package
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
model vehicle code
ADA, ADB
ADC, ADD
ADF
ADI
ADJ
ADK
Popular Eq. Grp 1-A (LK2),  auto dimming rear view mirror with compass, security system shock sensor alarm upgrade.  $326
A
A
A
A
A
A
Popular Eq. Grp 1-B (LK3), auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener, security system shock sensor alarm upgrade $411
A
A
A
A
A
A
Popular Eq. Grp 1-C (LP5), 16" alloy wheels, wheel locks $812
A
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--
--
Popular Eq. Grp 2-A (LN4)- puddle lights, rear bumper cover,  splash guards $432, see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Popular Eq. Grp 2-B (LN5), fog lights, splash guards $429 $443 9/27/08
A
--
--
--
--
--
Popular Eq. Grp 2-C (LP3), puddle lights, splash guards $352 see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Popular Eq Grp 2-D, (LP6) interior illumination   - soft blue lit front footwells, console storage and cupholders; Illuminated 'Subaru' on front door sill plates $499
A
A
A
A
A
A
Popular Eq. Grp 3-B (LK8), remote engine start, auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener $695 automatic only
A
A
A
A
A
A
Popular Eq. Grp 3-C (LN6), cargo cover, cargo net rear seat back, cargo net rear gate, cargo nets sides $340 see photo Page #2
A
--
--
--
--
--
Protection package 1-A (LP2), wheel arch moldings, splash guards, rear bumper cover, rubber all weather floor mats, wheel locks $766
see photo Page #2
-- 
A
A
A
A
A
Convenience and Protection Grp 1-A (LN7), wheel arch moldings, splash guards $572 see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
Convenience and Protection Grp 1-B (LN8), wheel arch moldings, splash guards, rear bumper cover $652
A
A
A
A
A
A
Convenience and Protection Grp 1-C (LN9), front bumper underguard, rear bumper cover, rubber all weather floor mats, splash guards $406
A
A
--
A
A
--
Stereo-  Sound Eq. Grp 3-A (LK7), subwoofer/amp, tweeters $455
na with H/K or Navigation
A
A
--
A
A
--

           
end 2010 Outback option packages
this is unofficial information, subject to change and correction
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
end option packages
  top start individual options
2010 Outback Individual Options with option code and factory installed price

Note: these are Factory Installed prices. If you want your dealer to install options or upgrades the price will most likely be higher due to parts and labor cost. contact your local dealer for their dealer installed price.

this is unofficial information, subject to change, correction, updating. tips welcomed
Interior options with option code and factory installed List price
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
model vehicle code
ADA, ADB
ADC, ADD
ADF
ADI
ADJ
ADK
Cargo cover, #ooa, $171
A
S
S
S
S
S
Auto dimming mirror with compass, #kob, $186
A
A
A
A
A
A
Auto dimming mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener, #kod, $271
A
A
A
A
A
A
Security System alarm upgrade (shock sensor), #rob, $140
A
A
A
A
A
A
Rubber all weather floor mats, 4,  (carpeted is standard), #boa, $69
A
A
A
A
A
A
Lighting- Interior Illumination Kit #noa, Pale blue lights in the front cupholders, footwells, and front console storage, turns on with headlights. $280 a nice, fun, upgrade see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Lighting- Sill Plates #nod, 'Subaru' is illuminated in soft blue when you open the front doors. $319, a nice, fun, upgrade see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Cargo Net, by rear seatback, #moa, $52, see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Cargo Net, by rear gate, #mob, $52, see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Cargo Net, cargo area, both sides (2), #moc, $65
A
A
A
A
A
A
Compartment separator (dog guard), #moe, $361, see photoPage #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Remote Engine Start, #roc, $424, automatic trans only
A
A
A
A
A
A
Exterior options, with option code and factory installed List price
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
Rear Bumper Cover, #poc, $80
A
A
A
A
A
A
Wheel Arch Moldings, #qo1, $443
A
A
A
A
A
A
Front Bumper Underguard, #pog, $128
A
A
S
A
A
S
Splash Guards (black), #poe, $129
A
A
A
A
A
A
Puddle Lights #qoc, $223 see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Fog Lights, #qoe, $300 $314
A
--
--
--
--
--
Front Hood Protector, #qof, $113
A
A
A
A
A
A
Moonroof Air Deflector (req moonroof), #qog, #111
--
A
A
--
A
A
Wheel locks $45
A
A
A
A
A
A
Trailer Hitch (1.25" receiver, wired), #qoj, $439. There is no 'tow package'
A
A
A
A
A
A
Alloy wheels #h9a, $767, see photo Page #2
A
S
S
S
S
S
Stereo and Bluetooth, with option code, factory installed List price
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
Media Hub, USB connection, #eoa, $349, Play, recharge your USB connected device. na with Navigation, see photo Page #2
A
A
A
A
A
A
Media Hub with audio streaming, #eob, $399 Play, recharge with your USB connected device, wirelessly stream audio
na with H/K audio, Bluetooth BlueConnect, Navigation
A
A
--
A
A
--
Bluetooth BlueConnect, #eoc $443., Mic is on top of steering column. na with H/K or Navigation because bluetooth is included, see photo Page #2
A
A
--
A
A
--
Subwoofer/amp, #doa, $335 na with H/K audio
A
A
--
A
A
--
Tweeters (2), #dob, $120, na with H/K audio, Navigation
A
A
--
A
A
--
Sirius Satellite radio, #doc, $461, Sirius activate ph 888-539-7474
A
A
A
A
A
A
XM Satellite radio, #dod, $461  XM activate ph 800-852-9696.
A
A
A
A
A
A
Performance options with option code and factory installed List price
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
Short Shifter STI, #coa, $551 manual trans only, (a good upgrade)
A
A
--
--
--
--
STI shift knob, #j8a, $180, manual trans only
A
A
--
--
--
--
STI Duracon shift knob, #j8b, $91, manual trans only
A
A
--
--
--
--
Metal pedals,  automatic transmission, #coc, $165
A
A
A
A
A
A
Metal pedals, manual transmission, #cod, $189
A
A
--
--
--
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2010 Outback Options - subject to change, correction, updating
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
3.6R
3.6R Premium
3.6R Limited
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start colors- 2010 Outback interior and exterior colors
this is unofficial information, subject to change, correction, updating. tips welcomed
INTERIORS

close-up of gray perforated leather with woodtrim on door

close-up of Limited gray dash with wood trim

Gray perforated leather
perforated ivory leather with dood trim on door
perforated ivory leather with wood trim on door
Limited, taupe interior with wood trim
close-up of Limited taupe dash with wood trim
taupe ivory leather
taupe ivory perforated leather
off black cloth
off black gray cloth, 2.5i, Premium

gray dash with brushed silver trim
gray cloth with brushed silver interior trim
gray door panel with brushed silver interior trim- 2.5i, Premium
ivory cloth
taupe ivory cloth, 2.5i, Premium

ivory dash with brushed silver trim

ivory door panel with brushed silver interior trim- 2.5i, Premium
 top end interior colors 
start exterior colors
EXTERIOR  COLORS
it's very hard to get accurate color photos so always check the color in person at your local dealer
steel gray
steel gray metallic

satin white pearl

harvest gold metallic
Azurite Blue
Azurite Blue Pearl
Cypress Green Pearl
Cypress Green Pearl
Graphite Gray Metallic
Graphite Gray Metallic
crystal black silica
crystal black silica
sky blue
sky blue

top start color/model availability
 

COLOR SELECTION

Limiteds have leather.  All others have cloth
Taupe is an ivory color, Off Black is a dark Gray

new colors for 2010 models: azurite blue, crystal black, cypress green, graphite gray, sky blue

subject to change, correction

model
model
code
Azurite Blue Pearl (ABP)
Crystal Black Silica (CBS)
Cypress Green Pearl (CGP)
Graphite Gray Metallic (GG1)
Harvest Gold Metallic (GL1)
Sky Blue Metallic (SB1)
late availability
Steel Silver Metallic (SSM)
Satin White Pearl (WHI)
Outback 2.5i
ADA
ADB
ivory taupe ivory taupe ivory taupe gray ivory taupe gray  gray ivory taupe
Outback 2.5i Premium
ADC
ADD
ivory taupe ivory taupe ivory taupe gray  ivory taupe gray gray  ivory taupe
Outback 2.5i Limited
ADF
ivory taupe leather ivory taupe leather ivory taupe leather gray leather ivory taupe leather gray leather gray leather ivory taupe leather
Outback 3.6R
ADI
ivory taupe ivory taupe ivory taupe gray ivory taupe gray gray  ivory taupe
Outback 3.6R Premium
ADJ
ivory taupe ivory taupe ivory taupe gray ivory taupe gray  gray  ivory taupe
Outback 3.6R Limited
ADK
ivory taupe leather ivorytaupe leather ivory taupe leather gray leather ivory taupe leather gray leather gray leather ivory taupe leather

top end colors
start accessories
2010 Outback 
accessories and parts with suggested list price for the part only. 
 These are  not available factory installed, these are dealer or self installed accessories and parts.
subject to change, correction

new August 31, 2010 Fold-in Outside mirrors. Standard unheated mirror kit part #SOA635985,  Heated mirror kit is part #SOA635086. $199.95
new for 2011s and 2010s- 110 volt, 100 watt, 2 prong power outlet in the back of the center console $233 
new for 2011, 2010s Window rain deflectors, E3610AJ200, $199.98 
new for 2011, 2010 Mobile router, internet acces from autonetmobile.com. H001SAJ200, $499.  See a photo on the Options, Upgrades page #2.

Kayak carrier, E361SXA200, $150
Ski attachment, 6 pairs, E3610AS500, $150
Bike attachment, hitch mounted (1.25" receiver) E3610AS940, $229
Bike attachment, dual, roof mounted, E361SAG400, $251
Bike carrier, single, roof, fork mounted  E361SSA100, $159, wheel holder $24.95
Bike carrier, single, roof, E361SSA300, $150,
Cargo carrier, roof mounted, E361SAG200,  $335
Cargo basket, heavy duty, roof mounted, E361SSA200, $359
Dog guard, cargo compartment separator, F551SAJ400  $335
Ash tray  J2070YA000, $24.95
Cigarette lighter H7610AJ000 $29.95

Slimline license plate frame, stainless, $28.95 DOA342L104
Slimline license plate frame, black, $25.95, SOA342L105
Polished Stainless Subaru license plate frame, $34.95, SOA342L127
Subaru valve stem caps, $14.95. SOA342L128
Subaru key fob, $9.95, SOA342L129
Cargo area organizer, $59.95, SOA567T100
Severe Weather companion kit, $44.50, SOA868V9500
SPT battery hold down, gray, SOA3881000, $39.95
SPT battery hold down, blue, SOA3881030, $39.95
SPT oil filler cap, gray, SOA3881010, $39.95
SPT oil filler cap, blue, SOA3881040, $39.95
Bumper moldings, E7710AS108, Suggested List $60
Battery warmer, J6010FS000, $29.95
Engine block heater, A091SXA000 $124.95
Car Cover, M001SAJ000, $99.95
Car Cover bag, M0010AS020, $9.95
Cooler/warmer (plugs into power outlet), Suggested List $131.79

Suggested List part price, no installation included. 
May not be available factory installed.
subject to change, correction


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Speed tests- if you know of one that's not here let me know
Motor Trend,  October 2009

2.5i 4 cylinder Limited, CVT
0-60 mph   9.7 sec
Quarter mile  17.4 sec @ 82.0 mph 

3.6R Limited, 3.6L 6 cylinder
0-30   2.6 sec
0-40  3.8
0-50  5.4
0-60  7.1
0-70  8.3
0-80  12.1
0-90  15.3
0-100  18.9
Passing, 45-65 mph  3.5 sec
Quarter mile  15.5 sec @ 90.5 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph  131 ft
Lateral acceleration  0.74 g (avg)
MT figure eight  28.6 sec @ 0.28 g (avg)
Top-gear revs @ 60 mph  1950 rpm 

Car and Driver, August 2009
2010 Outback 3.6R 6 cylinder
Transmission:  5-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 7.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.7 sec
Street start, 560 mph: 7.8 sec
Standing -mile: 15.7 sec @ 90 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 116 mph
Braking, 700 mph: 188 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.79 g

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 18/25 mpg
C/D observed: 20 mpg
*Stability-control-inhibited




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Comments, Personal opinions: Overall a good and long needed updating. Not a dated looking station wagon anymore, though there was nothing wrong with that other than it was out-of-date. It now looks like a Crossover.

The inside is much roomier - making it taller opened up the inside and it doesn't feel nearly as cramped as previous models, and making the wheelbase a longer really increased rear leg room. And while it looks bigger outside it's actually .8" shorter than the previous ones!
The CVT gets an impressive 29mpg fuel economy rating. This is a Subaru - that means a solid car with a long list of standard features, safety upgrades and good engine power. 29 mpg on the highway is quite respectable and if you drive nicely at 55mph at you might do better. If you want better economy it would be a smaller car- lighter, low power, under equipped car (or maybe a Subaru diesel next year?).

Is it Perfect? Of course some folks won't like it this new version - they'll say it 'looks' too big (it isn't but does look it), too different from previous models, sits up too high, doesn't look like a Subaru anymore etc etc.
All accurate observations, but the Outback couldn't remain an old, out-of-favor, cramped, station wagon design anymore.  It does look bigger but is shorter when it comes to length, the use of space has been maximized.  People 6'1" and taller can now comfortable fit so the headroom increase isn't just for style. The back doors are bugger and the windpows go all the way down. How can this be bad? The CVT seems to work fine (a bit whiny), fuel economy is better.
Bottom line? Subaru needed to do this, and really did it right.
Is it perfect? No. Is it worth driving? Absolutely. Sit in one and see if the seats aren't improved. Test drive the CVT and try the paddle shifters. Use the rear view mirror and you'll see it really isn't longer than the previous ones.
This is not a big car. Is it perfect?  Nope, but the Subaru Outback is going to prove itself another successful, functional car from Subaru. And to the nay-sayers I ask, really how much longer would you want to buy an old style Outback wagon anyway?

the good and back - personal observations

Really Good and worth trading in your old Outback for-
> #1 with me- the front seats are softer and more comfortable (esp than my rock-hard 2001 LL Bean seats). This is a fine road trip car I can sit in for a long time.
> Paddle shifters on the steering column.
> Rear seats recline as well as fold down flat.
> Bluetooth steering wheel controls (with the H/K, Nav).
> The unpainted lower body cladding is practical, and rugged looking.
> Framed windows are quieter than previous models, less wind noise.
> The chrome trim around the windows- a little bit of flash is always nice.
> Soft gray and blue instrument panel lights are pleasant , easy on the eyes.
> The Interior is roomier and certainly feels it everywhere- headroom, legroom...
> Front storage and lots of it with dual armrest storage and 2 bins in the center stack.
> Rear doors open very wide for easy access and the back windows go all the way down and there's a stylish, small fixed rear window.
> Navigation system is finally worth the (high) price, with back-up camera, bluetooth, and improved resolution and point of interest functions.
> Very easy heat and ac controls- both the manual unit and the upgraded dual zone climate control (with single zone mode!) have nice easy to use buttons.

Good and ok I guess-
> Only 4 settings for the variable speed front wipers (was 8).
> 6 speed manual transmission- some folks might be enthusiastic but I liked the 5 speed though change is inevitable..

Not so good - or my hindsight is often 20-20, plus there's always next year -
> Electronic parking brake- where's the improvement here? If you ever need to disengage it due to a dead battery it isn't easy or convenient, but it does have auto release.  Put this in the 'some things just don't need improving' category.  The Hill Holder system uses the brake and it works going up or down hills.
> cupholders in the center console are really small, and don't work at all short cups, or with mug handles unless you take out the center cup divider ( it pops right out).
> Way too many model choices, especially the mid range Premium model.  While it's nice to have choices in life,  this is overkill.  Sunroof or no sunroof? All weather package or no all weather package? How about sunroof and all weather package and upgraded stereo (or not) etc etc etc etc etc etc.  And then there are 8 colors, including 2 blues. This will be like carefully reading and selecting from a 10 page restaurant menu only be disappointed when told many items aren't readily available. It will mean a lot of dealer trading car (cars driven from dealer to dealer arriving with miles, maybe a rock chip, and someone has to go get them of course), or ordering and waiting 4-8 weeks. Sigh.
> No memory driver's seat- absolutely should be a standard item on Limiteds. Maybe next year though I've been saying this forever it seems.
> Center console trim could be a bit narrower,  it  slightly cramps the upper leg room area.
> Non-breakaway outside mirrors, and the outside mirrors are a bit small anyway so when they come out with the fold-away mirrors which no doubt will happen, maybe they'll be slightly larger too, though yes they are a already a bit bigger than the typical car mirror but this isn't a typical car - it's a market-creating Outback and Subaru people expect the well thought-out best in everything (including websites).
> Icy blue colored plastic trim with Navigation is sort of a cold color and doesn't match anything else.  From the Toyota parts bin?