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Old 12-09-2012, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought my Outback because it met my needs, and I really liked the way it felt and drove when I took a demo ride. I liked my OB well enough that when my Honda CRV died in a crash I bought another Subaru, an Impreza, as my second car. I was totally unaware at the time that there are such strong stereotypes about Outback drivers in particular and wonder where these started from. The two in particular that I have heard are that Outbacks are "lesbian cars", and that Outbacks are driven only by "old" folks. My wife teases me when we drive and approach another OB, and it does seem pretty common that the driver is a senior citizen (as I am myself), but I can't figure out where the first stereotype comes from. I do get a good laugh about this.
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I bought my Outback because it met my needs, and I really liked the way it felt and drove when I took a demo ride. I liked my OB well enough that when my Honda CRV died in a crash I bought another Subaru, an Impreza, as my second car. I was totally unaware at the time that there are such strong stereotypes about Outback drivers in particular and wonder where these started from. The two in particular that I have heard are that Outbacks are "lesbian cars", and that Outbacks are driven only by "old" folks. My wife teases me when we drive and approach another OB, and it does seem pretty common that the driver is a senior citizen (as I am myself), but I can't figure out where the first stereotype comes from. I do get a good laugh about this.
They say the same thing about Gold Wing riders also!!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A former coworker who works for Subaru dealer says by their dealership or numbers it's the Forester that gets the gay women stereotype. I laugh with that because two macho married men mountain bikers I know have Foresters as does my brother but my brother has beard and pony tail.

The Outback has popularity far beyond Subaru market share where I live and where our cabin is.

If the Subaru stereotype is practical, frugal, active life style and not ostentatious we probably fit.

I read the Forbes or Yahoo article posted recently and we probably fit some of that well. We could be accused of placing more value on nice home and neighborhood than car not that our new Outback isn't nice.
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Anther stereotype of Subaru owners seems to center on the left side of politics.
I will be 59 next month so I guess I fit the old man stereotype.
I pulled this off the Forester forum.
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I think I read that the mazda Miata is the number one 'gay' car but, who knows.

Also, in the past - dunno about recently, Toyota was th biggest financial contributor to the largest gay oriented event - the San Francisco pride w'ever parade. I discovered and pointed this out to our VP after I bought my WRX and he made a snide remark - he drives a Lexus.

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There are many more stereotypes for the Lesburu: treehugger, lefties, socialist, commie pinko's, pot smoking hippies, greenies, and PETA's are among my friends favorites.
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Yes OB definitely trends more towards older crowd. I am Generation X

Another big chunk of the OB crowd are outdoor enthusiasts or people that need the space of truck/SUV.

If anything, I would want the OB to be even bigger, at least for cargo space capacity.

Pot smoking hippies in Nor Cal? Who knew? Yes and seems like tons of people that are fans of PETA and dog owners.
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I would add safety conscious and wierdos to the list of stereotypes. I know a lot of OB owners who laugh at the so-called images of OB owners and just go on with their lives. Me included.
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The stereotype around here for Outbacks (or maybe even Subarus in general) is people who want to get home in all weather, and not have to drive a massive, thirsty, 'ego' stretching full sized pickup.
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I own a Goldwing and an Outback. Geeez
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