2013 Subaru Outback: Smooth Ride

2013 Subaru Outback

It’s no secret that Subaru makes some of the most well engineered and most fun to drive vehicles on the road today.

That tradition continues with this year’s 2013 Subaru Outback.

In our test drive, we found it to be a smooth driving vehicle with comfortable seats and a smooth ride. We also loved the features and we always love the Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.

Subaru restyled the Outback for 2013. You’ll notice the more open redesigned front end that separates it better from its Forester brother.

2013 Subaru Outback Front End

Overall though, the Outback remains one of the most stylish crossovers on the market today. It definitely fits its adventurous mantra, as you’ll most likely have visions of doing donuts in the Sahara once you first lay eyes on the Outback.

Most of the changes to this model come under the hood. Subaru is debuting a new double-overhead-cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter FB series Boxer engine for increased performance and fuel efficiency. The new engine produces 173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, compared to 170 hp and 170 lb.-ft. with the previous engine.

The Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models offer a choice between a standard six-speed manual transmission and the new second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission); the latter is standard on 2.5i Limited. Models with the CVT also feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters, which allow the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios

Subaru says the Outback will now reach up to 30 mpg.

2013 Subaru Outback Wheel

Subaru also worked to make the Outback a more smooth, quiet ride.

That is definitely something we noticed on our test drive. This is one of the smoothest rides we ever had on our test drives. On the open road, we just pointed the Outback where it needed to go and the smooth riding vehicle got us there.

We also noticed that you don’t feel any bumps on the seats. We drove it on a more bumpy road with many potholes and we hardly felt the harsh bumps compared to some of the other models we driven.

The Subaru Outback provides the crisp car-like handling with the versatility of an SUV. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance is higher than for many large SUVs and crossovers while maintaining a low step-in height.

2013 Subaru Outback

Another new available feature is the EyeSight Driver-Assist System. This is a great new tech system that integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

Subarus in general are known for their comfy seats, and this year’s model in no different. In fact, one tester wanted to trade his couch at home for the rear bench seat!

The Subaru Outback comes in nine different exterior colors and choice between black or brown cloth or leather seats, depending on trim level.

2013 Subaru Outback Left Rear

Other available features include:  steering wheel cruise control and audio switches; a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with recline feature; electronic parking brake with Hill Holder System; and an automatic headlight function, Bluetooth® hands-free phone capability, audio streaming, iPod® control capability, and a USB charging port. The system continues with an AM/FM stereo, single disc CD player, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), 3.5mm aux. input jack, and 4 speakers, available voice-activated GPS navigation system with a seven-in. LCD display, rear vision camera and XM NavTraffic®  and an SD card slot for convenient navigation map updates


Edmonds users rank it a 4.8 out of 5 starts. They say it is a top pick in the crossover market, and pros include spacious interior, comfortable ride, excellent visibility, and confident off-road ability.

If you are ready to see this comfy, well designed and fun to drive model, contact 330-478-0281 for more information.

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