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Old 10-15-2009, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Subaru Outback: Motor Trend's 2010 Sport/Utility of Year



Hi all! It's that time again. This year, after weeks of rigorous testing and analysis, we're proud to name the Subaru Outback the 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year.

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Find the Hidden SUV: An Act So Good, Even if You Know How It's Done You Can't See It

It's right there in the photo: a spacious, tough, thoroughly modern, exceedingly capable sport/utility vehicle. You're forgiven if all you can see is a svelte station wagon. There's magic at work here.

For the first time since any of us can recall, an automaker has claimed the Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year title two years in a row. Last fall, deftly balancing efficiency and size, the all-new 2009 Subaru Forester went home with the Golden Calipers trophy. For 2010, fighting off several tough adversaries -- and undoubtedly some unspoken but very real bias among our judges against repeat winners -- Subaru's new, fourth-generation Outback scored a decisive 10-1 victory in the final voting.

Some vehicles arrive at our annual "Of the Year" competitions (car, sport/utility, truck) staking early claims to a win via bulging engine muscle, beguiling gizmos, fashion-runway sheetmetal. The Outback isn't one of those. In fact, it slipped nearly unnoticed through our early walkarounds; the pre-drives chatter seemed to focus elsewhere -- the ZDX's spaceship lines, the Q5's comparison test-winning moves, the Lincoln's mighty yet efficient EcoBoost V-6. But then, one by one, our test drivers took the Outback into the field. And the buzz began to shift. Once again, it seemed, Subaru was successfully reshaping the very definition of "sport/utility vehicle" -- melding the multi-mission prowess of true SUVs with the driving refinement, fuel-frugality, and easy access of wagons and sedans. Once again, our judges began taking extra notes.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:52 AM   #2
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O yea!
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:05 AM   #3
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Awesome! I just don't know if I like the size, kinda big.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:07 AM   #4
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Two years in a row!

I'm astonished! Congrats Subaru!!!
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:16 AM   #5
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Now either get rid of the Forester or Tribeca...it's supposed to be fracking WAGON!
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:17 AM   #6
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Its bigger and better..! A++ All the way.. Moving from an 07' Tribeca I had to turn to the Forester as it was a better price point for us and a good size for the time being. Although, I was ready to get my wife pregnant, sell one of my bikes just to get this 2010 Outback at a dealer near us. Man, what a set of Volks could do to a car..! Overall handling/braking astonished everyone who test drove that day!

I have been fortunate enough to have several family and friends, of which all have purchased new cars 2009 (mostly crossovers including lux.) After driving in many of them, I have to say both my ugly Tribeca and my 2010 Forester have been the quietest vehicles all around. On either wet/dry on.off road.. hands down.. the quietest!

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Old 10-15-2009, 02:28 AM   #7
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Huh... my Dad just traded his '03 Outback for one of these last weekend... guess I'll have to borrow the keys and see what all the fuss is about.

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Old 10-15-2009, 02:29 AM   #8
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I'm Shocked...yaayyy Subaru!!!!
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:32 AM   #9
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It's not for me, but there is no arguing that it is a quality rig at a decent price.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:36 AM   #10
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That is awesome!

If no one has seen the 2010 Outback I highly reccomend you do so. This vehicle is amazing. The rear seats have sooo much room now, and they are comfy. I would def rock this car it is nice.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:40 AM   #11
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Kick ass, looks good!
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:43 AM   #12
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Time to sell the bugeye and buy an Outback.











































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Old 10-15-2009, 03:06 AM   #13
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Woot! Way to go Subaru!
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:24 AM   #14
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you can even put a tow hitch on it and pull and nice aluminum boat with it!

wonder what the power #'s are. 3.0 N/A?
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:06 AM   #15
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you can even put a tow hitch on it and pull and nice aluminum boat with it!

wonder what the power #'s are. 3.0 N/A?
need to trade in for a fishing rig?
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:21 AM   #16
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just wait for the diesels to come out!
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:27 AM   #17
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Wow that is awesome! Go Subaru...
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:15 AM   #18
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I have driven one, without doubt the most refined Subaru I have ever driven. I had only one problem, I got motion sickness. Yes, driving I got motion sickness from the lack of feedback. Don't get me wrong, its an AMAZINGLY well done vehicle, it did deserve to win, but is there a point of too refined where you feel so disconnected from the vehicle that its no longer enjoyable?

Does anybody at Motor Trend get Vertigo after driving the likes of WRX's, TT's, GT-R's and other high-feedback cars when they drive a refined vehicle like the new Outback?
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:16 AM   #19
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Now either get rid of the Forester or Tribeca...it's supposed to be fracking WAGON!
I saw one in town and it looks just like a mini tribeca I had to do a double take to see that it was an outback.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:22 AM   #20
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Good job, I may be looking at one of these instead of the next design in 2015
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:27 AM   #21
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My wife commented the other day and said that she loved the look of this thing, I think she wants to go test drive one now.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:36 AM   #22
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I thought it was a Tribeca

but seriously, that's awsome!
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:23 AM   #23
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:31 AM   #24
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It is a very nice ride and lots of room and looks great BUT I an a 4th Gen BL/BP guy I can't conform to the larger is better theme going around the car industry these days
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:54 AM   #25
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Default I just hope,

having taken delivery of a new Outback 2.5i Limited, that MT, and I, showed better judgment than with the last Motor Trend "of the year" I bought: a 1976 Plymouth Volare.
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