2012 Subaru Outback

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2012 Subaru Outback
2012 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback is a great alternative to a sport-utility vehicle. Offering much better ride and handling than an average SUV plus standard all-wheel drive--which is usually an expensive option on utility vehicles--the Outback will do most of what a crossover can do on a lot less gas. The continuously variable transmission is maintenance-free for the life of the vehicle and uses a chain for greater durability instead of the industry-standard Kevlar belt. We recommend the 3.6-liter engine, because the Outback is a little on the heavy side and merging into traffic with the four-cylinder can be tense as the vehicle takes its time getting up to speed. Subaru is known for its safety features. Stability and traction control are standard across the Outback line. A backup camera is included with the power moonroof option group and displays the image in the rearview mirror, so the camera is available even if you decide to forgo the navigation system. If you do opt for the navigation package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is one of the benefits. A variety of audio changes take place for 2012, with the optional system on Premium models being the most impressive--now you can tag your favorite tracks on iTunes right from the driver's seat. As the Outback matures, it should appeal to many more potential buyers.
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After recording nearly 267,000 sales in the U.S. last year, Subaru has an even bigger goal for 2012: to hit 320,000 sales. If Subaru reaches that target, it would be the company's fifth straight year of sales growth in this market. To help fuel increased sales volumes, Subaru is updating two of its cars, the 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback. Both the 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback benefit from a new FB-series 2.5-liter boxer-four engine, which has dual overhead cams and produces 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, increases of 3 hp and 4 lb-ft compared to the outgoing single overhead cam engine. The new engine has more low-end torque for everyday driving. The cars also score an updated continuously variable transmission, which is supposed to be quieter and more response than before. It contributes to improved fuel economy of 24/32 mpg (city/highway) for the 2013 Legacy, up from 23/31 mpg in the 2012 model. The 2013 Outback is predicted to return 24/30 mpg with the powertrain combo, an increase over the 22/29 mpg ratings of the 2012 model. Other changes include a mild face lift, better seat fabrics, new wood trim, and chassis updates to reduce body roll by 40 percent. The 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback are available with Subaru's new EyeSight safety system. It uses two cameras to provide adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and collision warning functionality. EyeSight makes its U.S.-market debut on the Outback and Legacy, but will eventually appear on other Subaru models. "What's clever about [EyeSight] is its simplicity," said Subaru executive vice president Thomas Doll, noting that it will be significantly cheaper than collision-avoidance gadgets from rival manufacturers. Sadly, Subaru has discontinued what was sometimes called the grown man's WRX: the Legacy 2.5GT. The sporty variant, which could hit 60 mph in less than six seconds, used a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer-four engine with 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, along with a six-speed manual transmission and unique 18-inch wheels. For more on the 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 New York International Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our New York Show homepage.
, check out our First Look [[here]]. For more on the 2012 New York International Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our New York Show homepage. 
2012 Subaru Outback 3 6R Front Left View
On a 22-degree winter morning, the Outback is the sort of vehicle you want to find in your driveway. When I got in the car, I had no problem finding the seat controls, the seat heater button, the sideview mirror control, and the climate controls; everything was transparent. The way Subaru has this car geared, off-the-line acceleration with the boxer six-cylinder is almost startling; you'll have no problem dashing around town or dusting many cars at stoplights. I accidentally breezed past a couple of traffic cops in Ann Arbor speed traps at more than 10 mph over the posted limits, but I think the fact that I was in a station wagon caused them to not take much notice, thankfully. So, hey, here's your low-profile family speed wagon.

2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2012 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Red Front Three Quarter In Motion
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Subaru is recalling certain 2012 Subaru Legacy and Outback models due to side curtain airbags with an incorrect mixture of propellant.

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2012 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
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 1, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 2011. THESE VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS THAT CONTAIN AN INCORRECT PROPELLANT MIXTURE FOR THE INITIATOR COMPONENT USED, RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT OUTPUT OF COMPRESSED GAS.
Consequences
THE SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS MAY NOT DEPLOY, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ONE OR BOTH SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG MODULES, FREE OF FEBRUARY 21, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
381
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
VISIBILITY/WIPER
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2012 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from April 6, 2011, through May 12, 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 has notified all affected owners, and dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom cover assembly free of charge. The safety recall began February 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
16
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2012 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from April 6, 2011, through May 12, 2011. The moonroof glass may come loose or detach. The amount and position of the adhesive between the glass and retainer was inadequately applied.
Consequences
The moonroof glass can loosen and detach from the vehicle during driving, resulting in a potential road hazard for other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru has notified the affected owners, and dealers will inspect the glass adhesion condition and either apply additional adhesive or replace the moonroof glass, free of charge. The safety recall began February 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
14
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
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 IMPREZA SEDANS AND WAGONS (EXCEPT WRX/STI MODELS), MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 21, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2011, AND LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 17, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 23, 2011. THESE VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER THAT COULD MALFUNCTION AND CAUSE AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL DISTANCE REQUIRED TO SLOW OR STOP THE VEHICLE.
Consequences
THE DRIVER MIGHT MISJUDGE THE AMOUNT OF BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED STOPPING DISTANCE. THIS COULD OCCUR UNEXPECTEDLY AND WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE IT, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
32,685
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


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

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