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2013 Subaru Outback Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
Out-The-Door Deal

(See Also: "How To Buy A New Outback At The Lowest Price")

The Subaru Outback is actually closer to an SUV than it is a wagon thanks to its generous interior space and secure all-wheel-drive handling. And while often mounted with canoes, bikes or kayaks, it still manages to offer the superior fuel economy and overall driving comfort of a sedan.

And new for 2013, the Outback comes with a more efficient four-cylinder engine, a restyled front end, revised suspension tuning and an improved CVT (continuously variable transmission), while new features include keyless ignition/entry and optional adaptive cruise control.

Cars: 2013 Subaru Outback
2013 Subaru Outback

That said, however, it's always wise to not only consider a vehicle's appealing characteristics, but to also measure the possible impact of its potential drawbacks before making a final buying decision. And then, if one decides to proceed with a possible purchase, it's essential to also have a rock-solid plan for getting the best possible price (see the "How To Get The Lowest Price" link below).


   Spacious interior: Several years ago the Outback was redesigned with a major shift towards space at the sacrifice of some of its handling capabilities. The result is a still nice-driving (but less athletic) vehicle with plenty of cabin room, particularly in the rear quarters where passengers can enjoy abundant head and legroom. In addition, the seatbacks recline as well, making for even more comfortable accommodations.

   Generous cargo space: There's 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, expandable to 71.3 cubes by folding them down. To put this in perspective, this is more than some midsize SUVs such as the Ford Edge and on a par with the very popular Honda CR-V.

   Versatile roof rack: If it doesn't fit inside, chances are the very useful roof-rack system will take care of it. Its foldable rails can swing inward to become crossbars for versatilely securing kayaks, bikes, snowboards and more. And the Outback's lower height, as compared to SUVs, significantly eases the task of loading them.

   Comfortable ride: The Outback offers a composed and compliant ride that's generally quiet, although there is sometimes some elevated noise due to wind around the the roof racks. The more powerful V6 models are additionally smooth and quiet.

Cars: 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i interior
2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i interior

   Strong off-road abilities: While the Outback isn't intended to be a rock-climbing, mountain goat like the Jeep Wrangler, it is most definitely at its best and confidently athletic off road. With 8.7 inches of ride height and standard all-wheel drive, it's well-equipped to take on a variety of inhospitable surfaces, both on-road and off, and is particularly adept handling deeply-grooved camping trails for those who love the outdoors.

   Carlike gas mileage: Even with its considerable off-road mobility and accommodating size, the 2013 Outback's more efficient four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway with the CVT, while models with the 6-speed manual are rated at 21 and 28, respectively.


   Possible agility issues: The Outback's redesign in 2010 traded a good dose of its snappy handling for a larger, more comfortable and more functional interior. However, this year Subaru has revised the the suspension tuning and stiffened its structure to improve body roll, steering feel and overall handling.

   Below average V6 fuel economy: While the 3.6R V6 models are good for a healthy 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, and can sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in an impressive 7.3 seconds, its fuel economy is a below average at 18 mpg city and 25 highway.

   Limited towing capacity: The V6 Outbacks have a maximum tow capacity of 3,000-pounds, which is fine for most loads but not enough for many boats, larger trailers and the like. Again, this is a station wagon, not a heavy-duty SUV.


The 2013 Subaru Outback is highly recommended for those who value all-wheel drive and plenty of passenger and cargo space, especially those with an outdoor lifestyle.

How To Get The Lowest Price:

Best Negotiating Tactic: Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.

Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Subaru Outback ... or any other vehicle.

Also, For 'Used' Car Buyers ...

Those of you in the market for a used car may want to check out this article about how to buy a used car at the lowest price. It details a super effective buying method, one that often beats down prices to wholesale levels.

And somewhat related to this, here's another excellent method that identifies Price-Distressed Cars Right On Dealer Lots. These are vehicles they are so desperate to unload they would welcome your wholesale offer.

In addition, you can also try Open-To-The-Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.

Invoice And Sticker Prices:

    Model Invoice Price Sticker Price
    2.5i, 2.5L 4-cyl., 6-speed manual $22,123 $23,495
    2.5i, 2.5L 4-cyl., CVT automatic $23,040 $24,495
    2.5i Premium, 2.5L 4-cyl., 6-speed manual $23,553 $24,995
    2.5i Premium, 2.5L 4-cyl., CVT automatic $23,040 $24,495
    2.5i Limited, 2.5L 4-cyl., CVT automatic $27,281 $29,095
    3.6R, 3.6L V6, 5-speed automatic $26,643 $28,495
    3.6R Limited, 3.6L V6, 5-speed automatic $30,034 $32,095

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Other Models Of Possible Interest:

2012 Subaru Outback Review
2012 Subaru Forester Overview
2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Used Subaru Impreza Buying Guide
Used Subaru Legacy Guide

Additional Models Of Possible Interest:

2013 Honda CR-V Pros And Cons
2013 Ford Edge Pros And Cons
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Pros And Cons
2013 Chevrolet Equinox Pros And Cons

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