A reliable application of a original German designed boxer engine, named it flat 4 or 6 or H4-6. Traction is viscous-coupling, like the one used in Jeeps of the 80's. My first impression left me skeptical: frame-less windows that shake on high speed when left open; harsh suspension, sluggish trans for quick lane change and over rated HP and torque figures.
I have the 2007 3.0 litre version. It is very comfortable, is not underpowered and has (I think) excellent fuel consumption. I am extremely pleased with it. My prevoius cars, most recent first are, Subaru Legacy Turbo, Ford Fairmont (4Litre), Nissan Maxima and a Toyota Camry 3litre. This Subaru is the best of them all, great on dirt roads and ice and snow when off skiing.
I bought a 2007 Subaru Outback (manual) in June 2007 based on all the great information that I heard on these cars. I, unfortunately, have not had the same good fortune. I drive up and down a mountain pass each day and have found the car pulsates or surges when lightly pushing on the gas -- this occurs on flat surfaces and while going downhill. I was told by the dealership a fix from Subaru was on the way the week after I purchased the vehicle, and was repeatedly told the same thing after that. Only to find out last week that Subaru does not have a fix and is not working on one. I've been told the issue with car is "an inherent characteristic" and it is not something that can be fixed. I believe the pulsating to be a safety issue on wet or snow packed roads so I now my only option is a lemon law claim, which we are not looking forward to.
I have a 2008 Outback 2.5i automatic (Limited). The car rides and handles as well or better than my Honda Accord.
My only complaint (?) is the windshield wiper controls on the steering column are confusing. When you get caught in a sudden rainstorm, by the time I figure out what knob to twist or push or???, I've driven a couple hundred yards visibly impaired. Otherwise.. love the car!!
I have a 2007 Outback sedan and I love it, great ride. Other people have asked me to sell my car, I hope Subaru comes back out with the Outback sedan because 2007 was the last year that they made it. I hope to purchase another Outback in a couple of years.