Subaru was the first auto maker to offer, what is now called, a crossover SUV. A crossover is a vehicle built on a car chassis that looks like an SUV. They were also first to put all-wheel drive in their entire vehicle lineup. Subarus are valued for being fuel efficient, rugged machines that can stand up to years of tough conditions. Innovation is a hallmark of the Subaru brand. When the SUV market was heating up in the mid 1990s, Subaru was unable to compete. In an ingenious move, they modified the Legacy wagon into a rugged, efficient alternative, and more expensive to own, and operate SUV. It was introduced to the United States in 1995 as the Legacy Outback. It had an SUV look and a two tone paint job. In 2000, the Outback became its own model and added a sedan. The Outback surpassed the Legacy in sales, having superior traction and control on bad roads and in harsh northern conditions.
All American models are built here, in the United States, at Subaru of Indiana Automotive located in Lafayette, IN. The 2010 Subaru Outback is priced between $22,000 and $30,000, depending on options. It has a 170hp Subaru Boxer engine for improved performance and weighs 3,400- 3,650 pounds. There is an improvement in miles per gallon over the 2009 model. The 2009 stats were 20-city/26-highway mpg. The 2010 model does a little better at 22-city/29-highway mpg. The vehicle's good performance in front, side, rear and rollover tests led to its earning a safety award. The enhanced safety should reduce Subaru Outback auto insurance.
The Outback's 2010 awards are impressive and varied:
- ALG - Highest Predicted Resale in its Class (Midsize Utility Class)
- NHTSA - Best Selling All-Wheel Drive Wagon in America
- Motor Trends - Sport Utility of the Year
- Kelly Blue Book - Top 10 Family Cars
- IIHS - Top Safety Pick
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