great great car!!! Smoooth. Fast. Strong. Beautiful.I'm 50. I bought my 2019 Outback Touring 3.6R on my birthday.
Saturn SL2s, Honda Civic (some others when I was much younger).
If you're interested in the reasons why:
- Station wagons make a lot of sense. They always have. The whole idea slightly changing what the family car is has always seemed dumb to me: "Well.. I'll get this other car which ISN'T a station wagon..." and then, "Well... I'll get this other car which ISN'T a minivan..." and then, "Well, I'll get this other car which isn't an SUV..." (which is now a crossover which is the current generation of station wagons).
Station wagons make sense. Minivans can make sense. SUVs can make sense. Trying to "not have a family car" doesn't make much sense - which seems to have led us here.
- I've always had the inexpensive commuter car. The wife, when I was married, got the nice car. I always got the "just go to work" car. This, too, doesn't make any sense as I was spending much more time in my car than she was in the nice car. Still, had I stayed married I would have likely bought 2-3 more nice cars for her and always dealt with the cheap/basic/commuter car. As such, I thought, "You know what. This time I'm getting a nice car. I only have so many years left on Earth - I'd like to drive a nice car for those remaining years." Granted, you could name nicer cars than the Outback Touring but, to me, it's a nice car.
- The 2019 had what I wanted (6cyl, nice infotainment, extras) with a bunch of neat features and didn't have what I didn't want which was mainly:
- auto stop/start (the 2020s have this)
- Eco/Normal/Sport buttons
- Turbo. I'm not a huge fan of turbos but I understand their place when you need / want extra power. What I don't this is a good idea is putting an underpowered engine into a car and then using turbo to boost its specs. That means that the turbo is going to be running most of the time and running hot, cooking the oil, and not having a chance to cool down. Also, with underpowered engines and turbos I think the car companies are playing the game of, "Look at this gas mileage!!," which is very likely based upon driving and being really careful not to engage turbo on your undersized engine. Reality is that most people drive in such a way as the turbo will always be engaged on the undersized engine and, thus, the MPGs are a bit bogus. Most new cars have underpowered engines and put turbos on them to get the specs.
Anyway, I'm really happy with the Outback. I've liked them for a very long time and just never bit off on them because of either being married or paying off the ex. Now I'm out of all that and could get what I wanted.
Get used to it. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. CR has rated Outbacks as #2 on their list of 25 best cars for old folks (Foresters are #1). In fact I find my ‘18 Touring 3.6 (my first Subaru) is a very pleasant car to drive, and suits me fine. I’m 83 and have had about 30 very different cars during my lifetime, so I do have some perspective. The OB is good value for the money, and I’m considering a 2021. Feel smart and enjoy your Subie.Just bought my first OB. Had 2 Fozzies, a CrossTrek, and an Impreza. FIRST THING everybody says... Oh. You bought an Old Man car!