Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mobjack Bay area, Va
Car: 2018 3.6R Limited - Magnetite - LP Adventure lift
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
"redesigned" AC in the 18s per Subaru. It was a common complaint, like wind noise and dead batteries.
We are researching too. We are very close to the H6 outback ourselves.
Oil consumption seems to happen around 30K and up, if it does. Don't let people tell you its' rare'. It may be on newer models, but a couple years ago it was in CR's 'thisrty thirty' of oil drinkers. Now? Who knows.
Most common complaints Ive seen:
Squeaking seat rails.
HK audio is sub par
MPG less than expected.
CVT + weak motor, low tech engine
Biggest benefits -
Safe. Very safe.
More capable than any other AWD, period.
Average to slightly better than average reliability.
decent handling for an SUV-ish vehicle.
Updates to 18s address some concerns.
Good resale value.
One word you'll hear often about the outback. - "Adequate". The 2.5 power is adequate. The HK audio, is adequate. The looks are adequate. Thats what I found it to be. Adequate. It is neither inspiring, or exciting in any way. But the poalces it can take you are.
There's really nothing else that does what the outback does. That's why it sells. If someone else made a car that had the same capability but did things better (turbo 4 engine, pano roof, better economy with more power, a nicer infotainment, better styling) then the outback would have to adapt. Nothing else does. Its the ground clearance, and the AWD system. If you need those, get the OB.
If you favor a more sporty or luxury ride, and wont be doing soft roading, or much snow driving, look at the competetion. Regal Tour-x, Used allroad, VW alltrack.
For us, we care more about capability and can live with the rest. But make no mistake. The outback is not a driver's car. Its not a car for people who like driving. Its not sporty, fun or inspiring in any way whatsoever. I personally can't stomach the 2.5 NA engine. Getting an outback is about the places it can take you, and take you there safely.
As to reliability vs Honda? Id trust a honda more, personally.
You should look a truedelta. Ive done a lot of research there. People here like to defend their purchases. When you call out the outback's weaknesses, they tend to get a bit snarky and defensive. "why dont you just get something else". Well, I just explained why. Its a choice. Which do you want? That was the hardest part for us. If the jeep Grand Cherokee wasn't such an unreliable dumpster fire, I probably would be getting that instead.