2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand


In summary, quite a useful general purpose car without being too shouty


Rear wheel bearings noisy, both changed.

Front CV joints starting to chatter on full lock.

Interior HVAC electric air distribution motor starting to fail.

Paintwork is very thin and easily chipped or scratched.

Front leather seats not too comfortable on longer trips over an hour in duration.

There’s a nagging sense of ‘flimsiness’ and that the car has been stamped out and built down to a price in some areas to compensate for the costly AWD system.

General Comments:

Spacious inside without being a typically bulky SUV. Good headroom even with the sunroof fitted (driver 6ft 2in). Quite a large car feel, which doesn't seem to shrink with use and can be awkward to place as the front corners aren’t visible.

The 2.5 litre engine is more than adequate for most drivers and routinely delivers 10 litres/100km (23.5mpg US, 28.2mpg Imp) around town and 8l/100km (29.5mpg US, 35.3mpg Imp) on the open road.

The Subaru is sometimes used to tow a single axle 8ft x 4ft trailer, which when loaded totaling about 750KG, it pulls with relative ease.

The CVT transmission operates fine and hasn’t been any problem.

Not a particularly quiet car to travel in but that’s possibly due to the Bridgestone 235/55-17’s currently fitted and the chipseal road surfaces common in this country.

Paddle gear shifters on the steering wheel are rarely used and they sometimes get in the way when turning the wheel: the gap between them and the back of the wheel needs to be increased a little.

The vehicle can collect its fair share of supermarket dings in the door panels, as there are no protection strips to prevent damage from other drivers opening their doors into the sheet metal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2019

2010 Subaru Outback Li from North America


One of the best cars ever manufactured!


The only problem experienced in the time we have owned this car was a service tech at the dealership failed to tighten the radiator cap after putting in new antifreeze! That caused a mess, but the dealership cleaned it up nicely. So they changed the oil and filter too as a precaution, but the same poor fool punctured the oil filter when he did! Needless to say we go to an entirely different dealership! But the car is absolutely the best car I have ever driven!

General Comments:

Great handling and very comfortable too... believe me, if you can find one of these in good shape, buy it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2015

2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i from Australia and New Zealand


Very well engineered, delightful engine, economical and safe handling


Soft interior door sills get dented easily from elbows. Had one replacement, and now needs another.

General Comments:

Great economy.

Smooth CVT gearbox if towing is not a priority.

Great handling with sufficient comfort.

Seats could be sturdier and more comfortable.

Tiptronic gear paddles should not rotate with the steering wheel, making for awkward changes in corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2013

5th Feb 2013, 05:57

I have the same car here in the UK, a 2011 model. I agree the car is very well engineered.

With regard to the paddles on the steering wheel, everyone says oh you must love that - I always say I didn't spend all this money on an automatic to change the gears myself, so consequently I never use them. But I guess that's my choice.

Fantastic car.

2010 Subaru Outback PZEV 2.5i from North America


Nice car with an unreliable transmission


Transmission has failed twice.

General Comments:

This is a well laid out car.

It gets decent fuel economy, while offering all wheel drive and plenty of room.

It feels like a quality car, until you hit a bump in the road and the dashboard shakes too much for my liking.

The biggest problem is the manual transmission. Reverse has gone out twice now, which is ridiculous for a car with under 17,000 miles. The dealer has been great about providing a loaner, but what a pain. I don't think I will want to own this when the warranty runs out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th April, 2012

12th Apr 2012, 07:18

I own one, have 40,000 miles on it now, and have had no problems at all!

INCLUDING my dash moving.

Also have a 2010 Legacy with the auto, and also have had no problems with the car with 25,000 miles on it.