2010 Subaru Outback

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2010 subaru outback Reviews and News

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Just over a year ago, Subaru was a niche automaker known for quirky vehicles that often lacked direct competitors. Led by the Forester for 2009 and then with the Legacy sedan and Outback wagon for 2010, Subaru's product offerings have recently fallen in line with mainstream markets. Sales are still small in comparison to Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, but the company's products have proven to have serious appeal. While the auto industry hemorrhaged sales in 2009, Subaru's volume and market share increased.
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Subaru's recent and rapid ascension to the big leagues has undeniably brought the company success, but it also threatens Subaru loyalists craving something unique. To examine how Subaru has evolved, we collected the compact crossover segment's two farthest outliers, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Suzuki Grand Vitara, to pit them against the Subaru Outback. We had two questions: Do Mitsubishi and Suzuki have something to learn from Subaru's success? And has the Outback's move toward the mainstream undermined individuality and character?
All of our test vehicles were top-trim models with six-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive, and were equipped with leather, navigation, and keyless ignition. Each had the badge of a low-volume Japanese automaker on the tailgate, yet philosophically, these are three very different crossovers.
Mitsubishi Outlander GT
From the Outlander's aggressive snout, new for 2010, it's clear that Mitsubishi wants to sell the sportiest crossover on the market. The gaping trapezoid grille is virtually identical to that of the rally-bred Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and the Outlander makes a powerful impression when seen through a rear-view mirror.
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Mitsubishi's unique contribution in this test is a third-row seat. Only Toyota's RAV4 offers seating for seven in a similar-sized package, and a small set of buyers will appreciate the Outlander's versatility. But to most, it's of dubious value. The first annoyance is the six-step process to raise the bench into position that requires a series of tugs, flips, and shoves that you need to relearn every time. Once it's in place, you'll be underwhelmed by the crude construction that shakes and rattles and a space that's only fit for kids who tell their age by holding up the fingers on one hand. Fortunately, the seat folds (with a different but equally cumbersome six-step process) and conceals neatly in a low and flat floor, causing no noticeable compromise to cargo room. Anyone who uses seven seats regularly should be shopping for larger, more accommodating third row.
Our test car was priced at $32,990, placing it in the middle of our comparison. Equipment-wise, the Mitsubishi sacrifices little to the Subaru that's about $2500 more expensive. The cabin reflects the sporting intentions with black and silver finishes. The navigation display is clear and well designed though our chief complaints are that surrounding physical controls aren't the most friendly and few of the dash materials are a bit cheap.
Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited V6 4WD
While it's built using the unibody construction that typically categorizes a crossover, the Grand Vitara has a lot in common with a more traditional SUV. Its boxy shape and general proportions suggest a vehicle that's a downsized truck, rather than a hopped-up wagon. As its mechanicals indicate, it also has some off-road potential. There's a low range, a locking center differential, and hill-descent control.
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At $28,448, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is significantly cheaper than the other two crossovers here. However, it also comes up short on content, without satellite radio, a power driver's seat, or a USB audio input. The navigations system is just a small, portable Garmin unit that's tucked into a flip-up lid on top of the dash. It's an affordable solution, but so is buying a Garmin from your local electronics store, and it can't provide the larger screen and more complete features of an integrated unit.
The current-generation Grand Vitara was released for the 2006 model year and already it feels and looks tired and dated. The simplistic exterior design fails to stand out, and the cabin's style and materials are more suitable for a $17,000 car. The interior execution is clean and well assembled, but the cockpit clearly lags behind the competition. For example, the faux burl wood accent pieces are both unconvincing and out of place in this Suzuki.
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.
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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.
On the road
To test our trio of Japanese crossovers, we took to Michigan's rural back roads that offer a demanding mix of turns and broken pavement. The Outback was hampered by a set of Yokohama IceGuard ig20 winter tires, but that's just one factor in its sorry handling performance. When asked to dance, the Subaru's softly sprung suspension simply wants to sit out. The flipside of this setup is the plushest ride of the bunch.
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In contrast, The Outlander performed admirably wearing a set of Continental ContiCrossContact winter tires. Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control apportions torque individually to the front wheels as well as shifting power between front and rear axles. If you crank the wheel far off-center and mash the throttle -- as you might when pulling out from a gas station -- it feels like a relatively unsophisticated system. But in smoothly executed turns at higher speeds, the advantages shine as the Outlander stays composed and planted when the other crossovers have convinced you it's time to back down.
In one 50-mph bend, the Grand Vitara dipped its rear tire into a pothole and the body begins to seesaw from back right corner to front left corner. Body control this loose went out of style at least ten years ago. Granted, over most roads, the Grand Vitara's ride is acceptable.
The Outback's steering further compounds the crossover's handling abilities. The absolute lack of feedback is magnified by a hyper-light effort that makes precise placement of the Subaru difficult. The Grand Vitara's steering doesn't disappoint, but it's hardly exceptional. The Mitsubishi, on the other hand, delivers a steering setup that exceeds our expectations for a crossover. Turn-in is quick, the effort is even, and there's enough communication to point the wheels perfectly every time.
While we've expressed disappointment with the Subaru to this point, the tone changes when talking about powertrains. Subaru's horizontally opposed six-cylinder is smooth and powerful in a way that sets it far apart from the Mitsubishi and Suzuki V-6 engines. The Outback's 256-hp boxer eagerly spins to redline with a controlled, satisfying thrum. Trying to mimic that same move, the Mitsubishi's 3.0-liter produces a discordant babble with relatively pokey acceleration. The Grand Vitara's 3.2-liter engine is rated at the same 230 hp as the Outlander, but is much more agreeable in its effort, even if it's not any quicker. The engine note in the Grand Vitara isn't quite as strained and power delivery is more refined. Fuel economy for the group is tightly clustered as Subaru leads with an 18/25 mpg rating, followed by Mitsubishi at 18/24 mpg and Suzuki at 17/23 mpg.
The Subaru's gearbox is also more pleasant than those in the competition. It swaps through its five forward gears with casual ease and provides prompt downshifts when needed. Suzuki's five-speed automatic is almost as noninvasive, though shifts aren't quite as polished as those in the Outback. Mitsubishi offers one more gear than Suzuki or Subaru, though the benefit goes unnoticed. Instead, Outlander downshifts are occasionally met with a slight lurch. Drivers looking for engagement, though, will enjoy the large, column-mounted, magnesium paddle shifters that are borrowed from the Lancer Evolution.
Pick your poison
While we have our reservations about the Subaru Outback, it's the clear winner here. Yet we could justify each of these cars for a different buyer. The Grand Vitara's charm lies in its old-timey SUV feel with excellent outward visibility and a can-do attitude. However, that also means the Grand Vitara feels less civilized than either the Outlander or the Outback. Considered with the dated interior and modest driving behavior, it can only be recommended to those who insist they need its off-road ability.
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Subaru is the safe choice with hardware and dynamics suited to the comfort-oriented family driver. While the Outback is a bit soft for our likings, it is a practical package for moving four people. The interior is excellent and the engine is without competition in this group. Mitsubishi's Outlander does live up to its sporting intentions with impressive steering and handling that imbue it with an eager-to-play liveliness. However, the coarse, sluggish V-6 and a few interior rattles are distinct drawbacks.
Subaru has proven that it can build a very competitive product, but chasing a mainstream market has compromised the Outback's underground appeal and dulled the driving dynamics. The Outlander and Grand Vitara are understandably on the periphery of the compact crossover segment for a lack of polish in this demanding market. To follow ambitious Subaru, though, Mitsubishi and Suzuki don't need to shed their identities, but address the shortcomings that keep unique vehicles from becoming standouts.
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC

Base price (with destination): $29,990
Price as tested: $32,990
Powertrain
Size: 3.0L SOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 230 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 215 @ 3750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 183.7 x 70.9 x 66.1 in
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Legroom F/R: 41.6/36.8 in
Headroom F/R: 39.8/37.5 in
Cargo capacity
(behind third/second/first row):
14.9/36.2/72.6 cu ft
Curb weight: 3780 lb
EPA rating (city/highway): 18/24 mpg
Wheels/tires 18-inch aluminum wheels
235/50HR-18 Continental ContiCrossContact winter tires
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2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
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Base price (with destination): $31,690
Price as tested: $35,541
Powertrain
Size: 3.6L DOHC 24-valve flat-6
Horsepower: 256 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 247 @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 188.2 x 71.7 x 65.7 in
Wheelbase: 107.9 in
Legroom F/R: 43.0/37.8 in
Headroom F/R: 38.7/39.3 in
Cargo capacity
(behind third/second/first row):
34.3/71.3 cu ft
Curb weight: 3658 lb
EPA rating (city/highway): 18/25 mpg
Wheels/tires 17-inch aluminum wheels
225/60RR-17 Yokohama IceGuard ig20 winter tires
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited V6 4WD
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Base price (with destination): $27,794
Price as tested: $28,448
Powertrain
Size: 3.2L DOHC 24-valve flat-6
Horsepower: 230 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 213 @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 177.2 x 71.3 x 66.7 in
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Legroom F/R: 41.3/37.2 in
Headroom F/R: 38.2/38.2 in
Cargo capacity
(behind third/second/first row):
26.6/70.8 cu ft
Curb weight: 3876 lb
EPA rating (city/highway): 17/23 mpg
Wheels/tires 18-inch aluminum wheels
225/60HR-18 Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 all-season tires
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For fifteen years, the Outback as all but defined Subaru in the United States. The high-riding wagons have been the perfect vessels for the brand's signature all-wheel-drive system. Through three generations, the Outback formula has effectively remained the same. For the fourth-generation 2010 Outback, Subaru has made the most significant changes so far to its best-known model.
The Sport-Utility Wagon: More of the former, less of the latter.
Subaru had been offering four-wheel-drive station wagons here since the mid 1970s, but it wasn't until 1995 that the company created the Outback as a special model. Essentially an all-wheel-drive Legacy station wagon with extra ground clearance and a rugged, outdoorsy image, the Outback has hewn to the same formula through two successive redesigns, even as it has added more engine options (including a turbocharged four and a six-cylinder) and more luxury features.
For 2010, however, the Outback branches out, using a unique bodyshell instead of borrowing one from the Legacy wagon (which is no longer sold in North America, but is still offered in Subaru's home market). Given free reign to craft an Outback-specific body, Subaru designers evolved the shape away from a pure station wagon and more towards a crossover/SUV--much as they did with the new Forester last year.
As a result, the car is fractionally shorter in length (by 0.8 inch) but substantially taller in height (growing 2.0 inches) and wider (2.3 inches). The larger body provides more passenger room and cargo space. Most significant is the increase in rear-seat legroom, which has been expanded by nearly 4 inches, and is now truly generous even for passengers over six-feet tall. The higher roofline provides lots of headroom as well, and seat comfort--formerly a sore point--has improved. In the cargo hold, a repackaged rear suspension is less intrusive, and maximum volume is up by nearly 6 cubic feet while the height of the load floor remains low.
Still a kin to the Legacy, at least under the skin
Although it no longer uses a Legacy wagon's body, the Outback is still mechanically related to the Legacy sedan, which is also new for 2010. Both cars share four- and six-cylinder horizontally opposed boxer engines, along with a range of available manual and automatic transmissions.
This new Outback, however, loses one of its previous three engine choices. The base 2.5-liter four remains, as does the--now larger--six-cylinder, but the turbocharged four has been dropped (although Subaru still offers it in the Legacy GT). Subaru product planners point to poor sales of the turbo in the outgoing model, although a turbocharged engine's inherent advantage at high elevations would seem to make it a good choice for in mountainous areas where the Outback is so popular.
Two boxers left standing
Like all Subaru engines, the two remaining offerings are horizontally opposed, or boxer, engines. The four-cylinder is essentially the same unit that as before. For 2010, however, its two available transmission choices are new. Where the Outback previously did not offer a manual transmission, it now has a six-speed stick shift as standard on the base and mid-level ("Premium") trim levels. Choosing it saves $1000 over the available automatic, but you give some of that back at the gas pump, as the manual's gas mileage, 19/27 mpg (city/highway), falls short of the automatic's 22/29 mpg.
The reason for the automatic's efficiency is that it's a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is great for fuel economy but is a little strange when accelerating as it can hold the engine at the optimal rpm rather than allowing revs to rise with the car's speed. There are also shift paddles that allow the driver to effect manual up- and downshifts through six preset ratios. Overall, the 170-hp four is up to the task of moving the relatively lightweight Outback--which is commendably svelte compared to the typically porky crossover--but one occasionally wishes for more grunt during two-lane passes or when climbing the steepest hills.
The Outback's optional six-cylinder engine is larger than before--3.6 liters, up from 3.0. Its 256 hp is a modest increase over the smaller six's 245 hp, but its 247 lb-ft of torque a represents a more substantial jump over the previous 215 lb-ft. Despite the increased displacement, the six--which is paired exclusively with a five-speed automatic--manages to increase both city and highway fuel economy by 1 mpg, to 18 city/25 highway. And unlike its predecessor, it runs on regular fuel. This engine makes easy work of propelling the Outback. Less expensive to run than the old six, and less expensive to buy (the extra cost is slightly lower than before), the six-cylinder could see a greater take rate than its recent average of 10 percent or so.
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On (and off) the road
Both engines are surprisingly quiet--the burbling, boxer-engine patter that has long characterized Subaru four-cylinder engines is suppressed. The Outback is a quiet cruiser overall; Subaru has finally ended its fixation with frameless door glass, and wind noise is notably absent. The front suspension is essentially the same as before with damper struts, but the rear switches from a multi-link setup to A-arms. The ride on the highway is plush, if a bit floaty, with suspension tuning identical for both engines. The steering is slightly quicker in the new car but it's not very linear, with a bit too much gain as one moves off center, resulting in the need for small steering corrections.
Of course, a major component of the Outback image is its ability to venture off-pavement, and that capability is slightly enhanced, as all Outbacks now have 8.7 inches of ground clearance and the front and rear overhangs have been trimmed. For most Outback buyers, "off-road" likely translates to "dirt roads". We bombed down plenty of dirt two-tracks in the mountains of Montana, and the Outback never put a tire wrong. More impressive was the car's body structure, which proved tight and rattle-free despite the pounding.
Other items and innovations
In keeping with its outdoorsy image, the Outback is often shown with bikes, skis, or kayaks on its roof, so it's fitting that a roof rack is standard. An interesting new twist, however, is that the rack's crossbars--which often are sold as an extra-cost accessory or, if they're standard, can't be removed and therefore contribute to wind noise--pivot out from the side rails, where they're stored when not in use. A new Harman/Kardon sound system is available, with a USB port and an iPod input (for those who don't upgrade to the H/K system, and iPod input is available as a dealer accessory). Other new options include navigation, a rear-view camera, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The parking brake is now electronically activated by a button on the dash, and includes a useful hill-holder feature.
Prices rise and fall.
As before, there are three trim levels, now called base, Premium, and Limited, all three available with either engine. Options are few. Base sticker prices starts at $22,995 plus destination (versus $22,295 for the '09 base car) and top out at $30,005 for the top-spec model (compared to $32,095 previously).
The new Outback looks less like the overachieving wagon that won legions of fans, and more like any other crossover. But its abilities remain and have even been enhanced. Despite looking more like it competition, the Outback is still lighter, more economical, and more off-road capable than most.
2010 Subaru Outback
Base Price range: $23,690-$31,690 (with destination)
Powertrain
Engine: 2.5-liter SOHC H-4
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Powertrain: 3.6-liter DOHC H-6
Horsepower: 256 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 247 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, continuously variable automatic, 5-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
MeasurementsL x W x H: 188.2 x 71.7 x 65.7 in
Legroom: 43.0/37.8 in
Headroom: 40.8/39.3 in
Cargo capacity: 34.3/71.3 cu ft (seats up/down)
Curb weight: 3386-3658 lbs
EPA rating (city/highway): 19/27 mpg (2.5L, 6-speed), 22/29 mpg (2.5L, CVT), 18/25 mpg (3.6L)
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2010 Subaru Outback Limited Promo
In 1996, Subaru's second year selling the Legacy Outback, the marketing team delivered a killer calling card for the earliest incarnation of the modern crossover: "The World's First Sport Utility Wagon." Playing to the era's penchant for SUVs, Subaru produced a vehicle that could swallow all the gear and manage any terrain that the American family adventure would throw at it. Unlike the burgeoning mob of SUVs, though, it promised the comfort of a car because it was unencumbered by their unwieldy dimensions and big-displacement thirst. It was an ideal compromise. Subaru of America's then-president, George Muller, taunted the traditional sport-utes with a simple truth: "We can make our cars look like trucks better than they can make their trucks behave like cars."
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2010 Subaru Outback Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
Horsepower:
170 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
170 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 7, 2010, THROUGH MAY 20, 2011. COMPONENTS INSIDE THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY OVERHEAT.
Consequences
IF THE COMPONENTS OVERHEAT, THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY MELT AND POTENTIALLY CATCH FIRE.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
195,080
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 28 THROUGH JUNE 23, 2010. DUE TO A PROGRAMMING ERROR, A LUBRICATION HOLE WITHIN THE 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WAS OMITTED.
Consequences
IF THE TRANSMISSION GEARS ARE NOT PROPERLY LUBRICATED, A GROANING SOUND MAY BEGIN TO DEVELOP ALERTING THE DRIVER OF A PROBLEM. IF THE SOUND IS IGNORED AND NO ACTION IS TAKEN, THE GEARS WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK AND THIS CONDITION WILL LEAD TO VEHICLE POWER LOSS, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY DRILLING AN OIL LUBRICATION HOLE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE INTERNAL PARTS WITH NEW ONES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
809
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 31 THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2009. A CRACK OR SPLIT CAN OCCUR IN THE CVT COOLER HOSE RESULTING IN A FLUID LEAK.
Consequences
IF THE FLUID IS COMPLETELY LEAKED DURING DRIVING, THE VEHICLE WILL COME TO A STOP, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY AFFECTED COOLER HOSES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 8, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783).
Potential Units Affected
29,443
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
STEERING:COLUMN
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009 THROUGH APRIL 12, 2010. THE WIRING IN THE STEERING COLUMN ELECTRICAL ROLL CONNECTOR LOCATED BEHIND THE VEHICLE'S STEERING WHEEL MAY DEVELOP STRESS CRACKS AND EVENTUALLY BREAK. IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN CERTAIN ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS MAY NOT OPERATE AS INTENDED.
Consequences
POSSIBLE CIRCUITS AFFECTED ARE THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIRBAG, PADDLE SHIFTER FUNCTION, CRUISE CONTROL, HORN CONTROL AND RADIO FUNCTIONS INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL CHECK LOT NUMBER OF THE STEERING ROLL CONNECTOR. THE ROLL CONNECTOR WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE IF THE LOT NUMBER SHOWED ANY AFFECTED RANGE OF THE FAILURE OCCURRENCE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 7, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
73,698
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
Consequences
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
47,419
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
Consequences
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
47,419
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback vehicles, certain model year 2006 through 2012 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and certain model year 2009 through 2012 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012. Up to 78,650 of these vehicles may have been equipped with accessory puddle lights that, when illuminated, brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s).
Consequences
Over time, migration of the moisture into the circuit board and/or into the connector cavity, may result in a short circuit of the puddle light system. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fused-harness, free of charge. The recall began February 19, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
633,842
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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