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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Subaru Outback

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One of the original sport wagons, the Subaru Outback has enjoyed a high level of popularity over the years, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. While other manufacturers are trying to create crossover SUVs and sportier minivans, the 2012 Subaru Outback has the perfect combination of on-road handling and ruggedness to handle getting off road when you need to.

Key Features

Subaru was serious about making this a true sport wagon and giving it as much off-road capability as possible. The base model 2012 Subaru Outback is standard with all-wheel drive, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and stability control. As you go up in trim levels, you’ll get more features, like a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, iPod and USB connectivity, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control.

Changes for 2012

In 2012, Subaru added Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming audio for its premium trims. They also improved the roof rack on all models and included foldaway crossbars.

What We Like

We love the idea of a wagon that can actually hold its own on off-road excursions, and we love that it also gives a great driving experience on the road, too. For the power and performance, it also gets decent gas mileage, too.

What Concerns Us

While it’s a very versatile car, the 2012 Subaru Outback does have its limitations. It doesn’t have a third row bench, so if you need to carry more passengers, you may want to consider an SUV.

Available Models

Unlike a lot of other cars, the 2012 Subaru Outback has a unique engine configuration, called a boxer engine; the pistons lie flat and horizontally opposed to each other. In addition to choosing your trim level, you can also choose between a 2.5-liter boxer 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter boxer 6-cylinder. The 6-cylinder is, of course, more powerful and has more torque, but the 4-cylinder gets 29 MPG on the highway with the automatic continuously variable transmission. The 6-cylinder is only rated at 25 MPG on the highway.

Major Recalls

A few major recalls have affected the 2012 Subaru Outback. Some models have been recalled due to increased brake pedal travel, an issue with the side curtain airbag inflator, malfunctions with the remote engine starter fob, a melting wiper motor bottom cover, and separation of the moonroof glass.

Common Issues

The most common problems that some owners have with the 2012 Subaru Outback involve poor braking when the vehicle is loaded down and issues with device connectivity with the Bluetooth system.

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