2011 Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab Long Box
Agreed. Four is fine in my 2004 unless any are on the heavy/tall side. Couldn't imagine making a trip of any distance with five, though. Even two short and skinny girls and a smaller guy in the back seat was a very crowded situation for a ten minute drive.Any 2009 and earlier models legacy or outback your not going to be hauling 5 dudes for very far. The bi-chy dude gets the hump seat in the back ha ha. All the Mt bike trips and ski trips done with the guys the subaru always had 4 and all of those guy trips were with my legacy GT. My new 2010 OB hauls two kids - two parents and occasionally a grand parent it is FAR FAR wider and roomier than the 09 and earlier gen models regarding width and rear seat room.
With the legacy we could pack 4 Mt bikes off set facing front and rear on 54 inch bars and we always bungi the front tires on the frames given we were a dirty motley bunch doing Downyville in CA and Tahoe etc. We could pack the old school Coleman ice box of beer - and some basics in the trunk we stacked the helmets across the back window they take up a pile of space.
We all had small one man or two man back packing tents we just strapped them between the bikes on the yakima rack bars. Worked just fine and the legacy GT did the logging road trip to all the trail heads just fine had to go around a few bolders and slow down for a few creek bed crossings the OB really would not have been any different.