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I'm new to the forum and hope to soon purchase my first Subaru! I intend on doing an extensive road trip with it next summer and am looking for opinions on which year (2009 or 2010) would be better suited for sleeping in and supporting a cargo box and canoe on top. I've been looking into the 2010 model for quite some time now and like the size of it but have been turned slightly towards the 2009 because of some forum posts and reviews. I plan on folding the back seats down and using the cargo space for where I sleep. Which would be better for long continuous drives? Interior comfort? Any input is appreciated about either models! Thanks for your time and hope to own my first outback soon!
 

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2010-14 is a bigger car then 2005-2009. easy to spot on the later cars is more rear leg room.

2010-14 better suspension from the factory, then 2005-2009.
 

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Totally different animals.
 

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10's are bigger all around.

AFD linked to a good research sight.

But a question, what canoe and roof box will fit on the roof at the same time ?. The 2010 was the first year with the new roof cross bar system, where the factory bars store front/rear on the rails.

This only matters as you state a roof box AND a canoe. A canoe might have a 36-38 inch width (or are you talking a kayak), with even a narrow roof box, such as my Thule Ascent 1100 having a 29" width. So you'll need a cross bar of 70 inches or so and this stuff won't fit on the factory bars on the 2010. Thule and Yak make really wide cross bars, but you are now talking of installing a new cross bar set, etc... possibly cheaper on a 2009 as it has the old style F/R roof rails.

Just more things to consider.
 

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Bear in mind that you are thinking about purchasing either the last year of a 5 year run, or the first year of a substantial remodel.
Many here have stated the 09 as the best OB built to date. Many say to steer clear of the first year of any redesigned model, regardless of the manufacturer. It's ultimately your choice. Research will help your decision.
 

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I owned a 2010 Outback for 8 years and in a vaccum I would get a 2009 model.
 

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