Subaru Outback 3.6R

From Subaru press: For the exterior, all Outback models receive mirrors that fold for driving through or parking in tight spaces. They’re also a pedestrian safety feature.

The nine color choices for Outback now include Carmel Bronze Metallic, which replaces Harvest Gold Metallic, and the addition of Ruby Red Pearl. Also, on models that have audio systems with XM®5 Satellite Radio, a “shark fin” antenna is fixed to the roof.

The XM Satellite Radio is part of the harman/kardon®6 premium audio system (standard on Limited models, optional on Premium models) for 2011. Plus, vehicles with navigation receive the auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with HomeLink®7. An optional rearview mirror on Outback Premium and Limited models without the navigation system is an auto-dimming mirror with a 3.5-inch rear vision camera display. The system adds to convenience when driving in reverse. The mirror and camera are part of a new moonroof package.

Since its introduction for the last model year, Outback has garnered many awards based on delivering a total package: outstanding fuel economy, innovative technology, convenience features specifically designed for traditional Outback owners, and a comfortable and spacious interior.

Mechanical features and systems enable the Outback 2.5i to reach an EPA-rated 29 miles per gallon highway8 (equipped with optional Lineartronic CVT [Continuously Variable Transmission] with 6-speed manual mode). Other mechanicals that enable traditional Outback capabilities include the standard 6-speed manual transmission for the 2.5i, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and SUBARU BOXER engines. The top-of-the-line Outback 3.6R has a 5-speed adaptive electronic automatic transmission with manual mode paddle shifters.

Convenience features include the standard roof rails with integrated cross bars. With a capacity of up to 150 pounds, the cross bars stow along the rails when not in use, thereby reducing wind noise. Most Subaru accessories from previous years fit these cross bars.

The 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback and myriad of storage compartments and holders also improve the vehicle’s convenience. Storage includes the provision for the cargo area’s retractable cover to be stashed under the cargo floor when not in use.

Expanded interior space from the previous model adds to occupant comfort. The host of comfort features include reclining rear seatback, enhanced electronics such as Bluetooth®9 wireless phone and audio capability, and improved audio systems.

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