2011 Subaru Outback Review | Canadian Driver

2011 Subaru Outback Review


2011 Subaru Outback Review


NEW FOR 2011:


– Standard folding sideview mirrors on all models
– New 2.5i Convenience model becomes base trim line
– Sport Package adds silver front bumper under-guard
– Exterior colours: Caramel Bronze Pearl and Ruby Red Pearl added; Harvest Gold Metallic discontinued


An all-new model for 2010, the Subaru Outback undergoes minor changes for 2011, with all trim lines receiving standard folding sideview mirrors. While the base model in 2010 was the 2.5i PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle), the starting trim line is now the 2.5i Convenience, which has the same equipment as the previous PZEV model, but without the PZEV emissions equipment, and with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. The PZEV equipment is available as on option on 2.5i Convenience models with a CVT.


The Outback comes with a choice of two engines, both horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ configurations: a 170-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the 2.5i, and a 256-horsepower 3.6-litre six-cylinder in the 3.6R. The 2.5i Convenience and Sport Package models come with a six-speed manual or optional Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the 2.5i Limited uses the CVT only. The 3.6R uses a five-speed automatic transmission.


All use a full-time all-wheel drive system, but with different configurations. The 2.5i models with manual transmission use a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential that distributes power 50/50 front to rear. The 2.5i models with CVT use an electronically-controlled multi-plate transfer clutch that distributes power 60/40 in dry conditions, and up to 50/50 on slippery surfaces. The 3.6R uses Variable Torque Distribution that employs an electro-mechanical centre differential that distributes power 45/55 on dry roads, and up to 50/50 on slippery ones.


Features on the 2.5i Convenience include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, roof rails with integrated crossbars, fog lights, privacy glass, heated seats, 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seat with armrest, three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack, ambient overhead console lighting, information display, exterior temperature gauge, power driver’s seat, active front head restraints, cargo cover, power locks with keyless entry, power mirrors, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, rear washer/wiper, Bluetooth connectivity, and tilt and telescopic wheel.


The optional PZEV adds the PZEV emissions equipment, badge and PZEV embroidered floor mats.


The 2.5i Sport adds power sunroof, front bumper under-guard, wiper de-icer, cargo area tray, auto-dimming mirror with compass, leather-wrapped wheel, USB/iPod media hub, and Sirius satellite radio.


The 2.5i Limited Package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, power passenger seat, leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, and six-CD/MP3 premium stereo with nine Harman Kardon speakers.


The 3.6R builds on the 2.5i Sport and adds heated seats.


The 3.6R Limited adds dual-zone automatic climate control, power passenger seat, leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, and six-CD/MP3 premium stereo with nine Harman Kardon speakers.


The 2.5i and 3.6R Limited models can be optioned with a Multimedia package of CD/DVD player, voice-activated GPS navigation, backup camera, voice-activated Bluetooth, and streaming Bluetooth audio.


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