THE 2013 SUBARU OUTBACK 3.6R REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Excellence in a Crossover Wagon
The Subaru Outback 3.6R wagon returns with minimal changes for 2013 and continues to deliver versatile performance under a wide range of conditions. One of the most visually appealing wagon-style crossovers, the Outback 3.6R combines average fuel economy with above average acceleration and power to please performance-minded drivers. With plenty of room for five passengers and all their gear, the Outback is a crowd pleaser. It is the ideal basic family transportation vehicle, but with an added pinch of rugged performance.
Under the hood
An innovative 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine powers the 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R wagon; this power plant delivers 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque that allows this traditional wagon to go from 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds, an excellent time in this segment. Standard all-wheel drive ensures traction even in inclement weather. All trim levels of the Outback 3.6R are equipped with a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Fuel economy is average at 18 miles to the gallon city and 25 on the highway. (See estimated annual fuel costs with the Outback 3.6 R). Safety features for the Outback include four-wheel antilock braking and traction controls; buyers can opt for a rearview camera for added help in parking and backing.
Inside the cabin
The Subaru Outback 3.6R is available in three trim levels and allows passengers to stretch their legs comfortably even in the back seat. This thoughtful attention to detail is echoed in the list of standard features available on the base model Outback 3.6R; it includes automatic headlights, keyless entry, an adjustable roof rack, power locks, windows and mirrors, air conditioning, and a basic CD stereo system. Options for the Outback include power-adjustable front seats, a power moonroof, an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system, and a premium navigation system. (See a full list of standard and optional features for the Outback 3.6R Limited).
On the road
The 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R continues to deliver impressive performance for this automotive segment and can manage steep roads and challenging driving conditions even when fully loaded with passengers or gear. Although it lacks the suspension to take on true off-road challenges, the Outback holds its own even on rough and uneven road terrain. Handling is above average, and the Outback shows surprising finesse in the crossover wagon automotive segment.
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The 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R wagon is an excellent choice for family transportation and offers plenty of room for moving people and equipment, making it a standout in a rather sparse field of competitors.
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC flat six-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 256 hp/247 lb-ft
Transmission: AWD five-speed shiftable automatic
Fuel Economy: 18/25
0 to 60: 7.3 seconds
Base MSRP: $28,295
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