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2019 outback base vs premium

I understand most people are purchasing premium or above and few people get base.

I can't see much difference between base and premium. (tinted color, dashboard, power seats) What would be your reason for choosing premium over base and pay another $2k?

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Bigger touch screen, auto climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, heated front seats.....


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For my 2017, I wanted the all-weather package, particularly the heated seats, heated outside mirrors (although it also included the windshield wiper deicer) and tinted rear windows. However, I have also found the 10-way power drivers seat to be a huge help in finding the most comfortable driving position and the dual zone climate control to be nice but not essential for me. I believe the premium also added the leather wrapped steering wheel. After 2 years, I am very happy that I made this choice and paid the extra money. The tinted rear windows makes it extremely hard for anyone to see in when you have something in the back seat or in the back cargo area, (and probably keeps the temperature a bit cooler in the warmer months too) and I am a huge fan of the cloth heated seats in the chilly months!
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Heated wiper parking, heated mirrors, heated seats, heated steering wheel, better sound system.... List is long...
Coming from a base Forester to a 3.6r Touring Outback... It’s worth the price, WELL worth it... 2k isn’t that much money when it comes to a car for your comfort.
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I solely got it for the heated seats wipers and mirrors. Living in a climate where winter dominates a lot of the time it was worth it to me and for my wife. I got a used 2014 so it just happened to find one in our price range with miles we liked that had that package.
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I think fog lights are included and a bunch extra. Here's the complete list from subaru:

https://www.subaru.com/build-your-own/2019/OBK.html
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For me, it's worth to upgrade.


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Premium has following features in addition to base model.



All Weather Package with 3 mode heated front seats (low, medium high), defrosting outside mirrors, and front windshield wiper deicer
Fog Lights
Dark tinted Privacy glass
Rear luggage cargo cover
Body colored outside mirrors
Illuminated overhead console
Illuminated inner door handles
Dark tinted upper windshield band
Power Driver's seat, 10 way includes power lumbar support
3 12v power outlets- front console, center console, cargo area.
Dual zone auto climate control with temperature settings from 60 to 89*
Illuminated power window switches on all doors (not just driver door)
Lock/Unlock beep and light flash functions are standard on all models.
new Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink, thin frame design
Steering wheel- Leather wrapped, silver stitching, with audio, cruise, bluetooth buttons
Passenger window Auto up/down power window in addition to the driver's power window
Upgraded electroluminescent dash gauges with blue illuminated ring- analog speedometer to 140mph (150 total), and tachometer, fuel and engine temperature with white digits and needles. Center digital speedometer and fuel economy trip computers.
Dual front zone climate control with large, easy to see left and right temp displayed in the control knobs, larger clock and outside temperature display (redesigned on 18s)

One year free Subaru Starlink Connected Services with emergency and collision Safety Plus with emergency assistance, collision notification, maintenance notifications, emailed monthly vehicle health report

Stereo
8" high resolution LCD touch screen, multi-touch capable, voice activated.
Power off-delay until driver's door opened
AM, FM, FMHD radio, single CD player, SiriusXM radio (4mos free)
Android Auto, Apple Carplay (new starting on 2018s)
6 speakers, 4 door, 2 dash.
Base, mid-range, treble sound adjustments,
Wireless audio streaming,
Handsfree text messaging (phone dependent).
4 USB ports - 2 front for audio and charging, 2 rear for charging (new on 18s), 1 3.5mm aux input,
3 12v power outlets- dash, center console, cargo area.
Steering wheel with fingertip cell phone bluetooth, audio, and cruise control buttons.
SiriusXM Travel Link gas station locator, sports, weather, and stock reports (4 mos free).
Near field communication
Phone functions are phone dependent (android, apple)
Rear view backup camera display.
Glass radio antenna
Black roof mounted satellite fin antenna
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Thanks for the info guys. I will probably go with base. I have 2011 subaru forester xt touring and I went for 'touring' trim solely for HID lamp. I am trying to be frugal this time.

I don't need power seats, all weather packages, and never used fog lights. However, I will miss dark tinted window in the back.

I'd love to have blindspot monitoring though and it only comes in premium or above and will cost $3000 more than base.
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Might be easier to go to a dealership and test drive a base & premium to compare them in person... make the sales person do their job and earn your business..

Only you know what you “want” & “need” in this next big investment and if certain accessories will necessary or unnecessary..

Also, don’t get stuck on the sticker price, there is a separate post on here where people explain how much they actually paid for the car vs what the MSRP was, from what I was reading, almost everyone pays below the MSRP.
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Thanks for the info guys. I will probably go with base. I have 2011 subaru forester xt touring and I went for 'touring' trim solely for HID lamp. I am trying to be frugal this time.

I don't need power seats, all weather packages, and never used fog lights. However, I will miss dark tinted window in the back.

I'd love to have blindspot monitoring though and it only comes in premium or above and will cost $3000 more than base.
Make sure you are not going to regret your frugality. My wife was being frugal when she bought her base '14 Forester. Only took 2 years for her to realize she really wanted the heated seats and the safety features. As soon as the '17's came out, she replaced her '14 base for a '17 premium.

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