Available Outback powertrains have significant new elements.
Available on 2.5i models, Lineartronic CVT utilizes a pair of pulleys and a metal link belt to transfer power through an infinite range of ratios. The system functions smoothly, enhances acceleration, and saves fuel (22 mpg city/29 mpg highway1). (Read more on CVT in this issue.)
All manual transmission models have six speeds. This transmission is the same size as the five-speed transmission it replaces. The lightweight, cable-actuated six-speed adds a fun-to-drive factor and contributes to fuel efficiency.
The 3.6L is the same engine that powers the Tribeca. Using regular fuel, it develops 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.
Introduced on Legacy in 2008, this second-generation five-speed automatic is almost 10 pounds lighter than the one it replaces. One of its features is automatic throttle "blipping" when downshifting using SPORTSHIFT2 – automatically matching engine speed with road speed. Downshift logic is improved for 2010. (See Fall 2007 Drive for more information.)
The new Outback is just the right size for hauling passengers and cargo. Here are a few of its convenient cargo-hauling features.
Haul up to 100 pounds on the integrated roof rack and crossbars. The crossbars stow along the rails when not in use. Folding away the crossbars reduces wind noise. Most Subaru accessories from previous years will fit the bars.