Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
If Mitsubishi is building the sporty crossover and Suzuki has the off-roader, that leaves Subaru to cover the straight and narrow mainstream. Driving the Outback quickly shows how close Subaru has come to replicating what you might expect in a Ford, Honda, or Toyota.
For this test, we borrowed the Outback 3.6R Limited that's part of our Four Seasons fleet. Priced at $35,541, it's equipped with a moonroof, navigation, satellite radio, and all-weather floormats. Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, power and heated front seats, and a nine-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo.
Inside, the seats are wide and generously cushioned. The new Outback rides two inches taller than the outgoing model, but the driving position still feels lower and more car-like than the competitors here. The interior doesn't exude much style, but controls are logically laid out and there's plenty of space in every interior dimension.