:bla:There has been a lot of discussion on the forum about how the 2013 Outback seems to be a better handling auto than the 2010-2012’s. This is my two cents, maybe a nickels worth: Today I was given a loaner 2013 Outback Premium to drive while my 2012 Outback Limited was in for warranty repair. This gave me a chance to see how the 2013 handled on my southeastern Tennessee mountain roads where I live, and compare it with my 2012 Limited and 2005 Limited Outback’s. I drive these roads everyday and know exactly how my cars react to the curves at various speeds. I will use my 2005 as my baseline since it drives in the mountains like it was running on rails, a rock solid mountain driver. My 2012 hugs the curves only now because of the 19mm RSB addition, but still not as good as the 2005. The stock 2013 maybe (?) drove a bit better than my stock 2012 (before the RSB mod) which really surprised me. Supposedly the factory enhanced the suspension on the 2013 and I was expecting more from the car than what it showed me today, loose in the rear with body roll, as with my “stock” 2012. If you tightened the 2013 rear up with a heavier sway bar it might perform better than a 2012, but I really doubt it, I would have to drive one with the mod to make that determination. Engine and transmission performance was about the same in the 2012 and 2013. The only real difference in the three autos, CVT’s in the 2012 and 2013 vs. the 5 speed AT in the 2005. Both CVT’s are better suited for mountain driving with the H4 engine than the old 5 speed AT. Engine performance, all having H4’s, about the same. Another observation was the design change on the front fog-lights. Who ever designed the front end of the 2013 will not get any awards for beautifying the car. The whole fog-light treatment looks like its bolted on top of the old design. They could have done a lot better.