Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Car: '13 2.5Ltd w/EyeSight ::::: '02 2.5Ltd AT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I love it! I just bought it so keep that in mind.
I drove 7 hrs yesterday and the adaptive cruise control really comes in handy. If you like using cruise on the highway, imagine your next car not offering cruise. That about sums up the difference between adaptive cruise and regular cruise for me. As a convenience feature, it's great. I would pay at least $500 for this feature alone and I'm a cheap SOB. (note that I was driving a 12-yr old Outback exclusively up until a few weeks ago, despite being a station in life that permits otherwise)
Fortunately, I haven't had to use the safety feature much. The lane departure will alert if I stray while trying to reach something in the back seat (in other words, it works as intended). I got my first look at the collision avoidance feature about an hour ago when a pedestrian took her time crossing the street well after the light changed and I idled towards her. It alerted me that an object was in my path but I wasnt close enough for it to engage braking.
One reason I like the Outback is its many safety features. To me, AWD is a safety feature that provides versatility (read: goes where other cars don't) as a bonus. EyeSight, similarly, offers enhanced safety and convenience is the bonus.