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I am finally, after many years, going to consider a Subaru Outback as my SUV. I am looking at a Outback limited with the turbo.
While I haven't test driven it yet wondering what are the things to I need to know about owning a Subaru.
The only thing I remember seeing within the last 2-3 years is soft windshields that break easily, has that been an ongoing issue?

Please go easy on me, I have just started my research and am going tomorrow for a test drive.

Thanks
 

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Only big gripe on my 21 is the software. Exaust has rusts pits all ready from local conditions. Oem tires were horid in deep snow and mud. 11k on it now. The 2.4 is a blast to dive compared to the 2.5.
Where I am cars live on dirt roads year round. Things get well tested in all conditions.
 

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Remember that forums tend to attract people seeking solutions to problems - so to some extent it may seem like issues are more widespread than they are in the wild. You can also review NHSTA complaints:


There are several ownership experience threads that might help:




 

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The 2022 Outback Wilderness we have been driving for just over 2 months is our seventh. Started with 1986 GL wagon (yes, we're "older Americans"). Other than a 2006 Forester, which in all fairness finally got good after 100K, all of our Subarus have been trouble free, fun to drive and have gotten us in and out of countless, sketchy Forest Roads. The 2022 Wilderness is the best yet! Yes, there's a lot of both great and no-use-to-us technology/features to learn. A thorough trip through the "getting started" book and 1 month post-purchase appointment with the Dealership's tech specialist and you are good-to-go.
 

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@bybybmw; We have a 2021 Touring (2.5 engine) and though it has substantially less power (182 HP vs. 260 in the turbo models), we have never been left wanting more power. We do have to dip into the acceleretor a bit more for more getup and go, but it's certainly adequate. From what others have posted on numerous other threads, the 2.4 turbo is effortless. The 2.4 equipped cars also have a higher tow rating (3,500 pounds, vs. 2,700 for the 2.5s).

For anyone purchasing a Touring or Limited model (with the 11.6" infotainment system and NAV), the infotainment system does have some bugs, which can tend to be a bit of a hassle. The later models ('22 and '23) seem to have better systems/faster processors, but there may still be a few issues. To me, the problems I've had are certainly not a deal breaker with our car.
 

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I am finally, after many years, going to consider a Subaru Outback as my SUV. I am looking at a Outback limited with the turbo.
While I haven't test driven it yet wondering what are the things to I need to know about owning a Subaru.
The only thing I remember seeing within the last 2-3 years is soft windshields that break easily, has that been an ongoing issue?

Please go easy on me, I have just started my research and am going tomorrow for a test drive.

Thanks
Look out for service recalls and make sure to get that work done. Also, the gas tanks are on the right side in case you came from a Toyota like I did. Other than that, these cars are incredibly reliable. I traded up from a 2020 OB Limited to a 2022 OB Wilderness and simply love it so far. Going with the basic infotainment system is not a bad idea.
 

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I am finally, after many years, going to consider a Subaru Outback as my SUV. I am looking at a Outback limited with the turbo.
While I haven't test driven it yet wondering what are the things to I need to know about owning a Subaru.
The only thing I remember seeing within the last 2-3 years is soft windshields that break easily, has that been an ongoing issue?

Please go easy on me, I have just started my research and am going tomorrow for a test drive.

Thanks
I recently went for a test drive on a 2020, and here I am now an owner.
 

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I recently went for a test drive on a 2020, and here I am now an owner.
Welcome to the Forum and to Subaru ownership. You'll have to post pictures of your car!
 

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We're on our second Subaru, first Outback (previous was a 1999 2.5RS coupe, manual). I'm itching to replace my Sonata with a Wilderness, now. I miss driving AWD.

NOT looking forward to all the new geegaws in the dash. That's probably the only potential complaint I have. My Sonata's a 2011, and the head unit isn't anywhere near as fancy. Going to have to read the dang manual on how to use it.
 

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Stay away from the thing that watches your face.

prepare for LOTS of dinging and beeping at you.

Get a wilderness if you take it off road or do things outdoors etc. Get the limited if you want more of a everyday mall runner
 

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Stay away from the thing that watches your face.

prepare for LOTS of dinging and beeping at you.
As someone who has the thing that watches your face... No reason to avoid it. There is also no reason to buy a trim specifically to get it. The good thing it does is activate user profile/seat memory based on your face. This is basically not worth paying for as your key or button on the door can activate seat memory and user specific stereo settings are probably not important to most people. You see complaints on the forum due to failed reading. Some have more trouble with this than others and I expect it is due to how the set up their scan to begin with or eyewear (mine struggles to read mirrored sunglasses and turns off eye tracking feature when I wear them). Users that have a working system will not mention it on the forum as it is really just not worth mentioning. Mine works great except for the sunglasses note above.

Definitely agree on the dinging. My advice is to live with default settings for a few weeks, then adjust the dings. You get used to them much faster than you might expect.
 

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We're on our second Subaru, first Outback (previous was a 1999 2.5RS coupe, manual). I'm itching to replace my Sonata with a Wilderness, now. I miss driving AWD.

NOT looking forward to all the new geegaws in the dash. That's probably the only potential complaint I have. My Sonata's a 2011, and the head unit isn't anywhere near as fancy. Going to have to read the dang manual on how to use it.
Spend about 30 minutes in the car going through every screen and you'll find it really isn't overwhelming. The 20+ limits making certain changes while driving, so you'll have to familiarize yourself just sitting still. It took me about an hour at the dealership when I first started shopping for a 20, and that was time well spent.

DriverFocus facial recognition. Limited and Touring trims have it.
It's optional on the Limited, part of the package that includes nav and moonroof. It might be on some other trims, too, but I'm not sure about that.
 

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Spend about 30 minutes in the car going through every screen and you'll find it really isn't overwhelming. The 20+ limits making certain changes while driving, so you'll have to familiarize yourself just sitting still. It took me about an hour at the dealership when I first started shopping for a 20, and that was time well spent.
Spouse has been going through it - I figure as long as I can find my preferred radio station on it I'm good for now. But I plan to spend TIME with it prior to buying mine.
 

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As someone who has the thing that watches your face... No reason to avoid it. There is also no reason to buy a trim specifically to get it. The good thing it does is activate user profile/seat memory based on your face. This is basically not worth paying for as your key or button on the door can activate seat memory and user specific stereo settings are probably not important to most people
I've a 2020 Outback Touring XT. My experience with the face recognition function has been very frustrating. The dealership advised that it is generally flakey. I've disabled it and am much happier; Use the seat memory buttons and all's well. The front and rear cameras are functional but low enough resolution that it seems one is getting an underwater view. The touch screen is so slow that it seems to be on quaaludes. Thank goodness that auto start/stop is readily available as a first level control as the boxer engine autostarts roughly. Car is great mechanically, rides smoothly and the turbo is nice to have.
-Framus
 

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I've read that some people have disabled face recognition by covering it with black tape - how did you disable yours?
 
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