2007 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Road Test
photo: Â© Jeff James
Late last year I had the good fortune to spend a week behind the wheel of aÂ 2007 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT. I live in Northern Colorado, so the Outback’s combination of AWD, turbocharged-performance and all-around utility made it an impressive traveling companion during the time I spent with it, allowing me to cart kids, groceries and metal shelving over paved and unpaved roads with ease.
Aside from a somewhat pricey sticker and some cramped second-row seating for taller adults, there isn’t much not to like. The 2.5-liter turbocharged engine used in the Outback is a slightly detuned version of the one employed in the tire-shreddingÂ WRX STI, Subaru’s rally-bred sports sedan. Power like thisÂ helped plaster a grin on my face whenever an onramp, offramp or opportunity to merge with traffic arose.
For all the details of why I liked theÂ Outback so much, check out the newly-posted full reviewÂ (and related photo gallery) over at the About.com SUVs site, hosted by my colleague Jason Fogelson. (Source: About.com) – [Jeff James]