COAL: #24 2017 Subaru Outback – Another One?

Alright, I know what you are thinking. Didn’t you just have one? You would be halfway right. I had a 2015 Outback, but this time I went with a new car. Something that I could pick out, and make exactly what I wanted.

After my 2012 Volvo XC60 had developed some premature issues, I had decided to just get something new. I was just about out of college, and could afford something new. This time I knew without really doing any shopping that I wanted another Outback. However, I decided that I wanted the 3.6 6 cylinder. Of course the salesman that sold me my first Outback gave me a 3.6 to drive “just to see how I liked it”; well of course I loved the heavier feeling, and more power.

Before I get ahead here, there are a few reasons why I went back to Subaru after my last one. I was still pleased over the value that you get for your money, I liked the incomparable AWD system, I am a wagon guy at heart, the dealer was offering good incentives for new ones, and honestly it is the next best thing to a Volvo in my opinion. I could not afford a new Volvo, so I went with the next best car.

So after I drove the 3.6 I told my salesman that yep, that is what I wanted. She asked me what color and options. At this time unlike my last one, you could get a Touring which shaves off the roof rack, and gives you a brown leather option. I could not afford it, as prices were close to $40,000. I went with a 2017 Limited, and because they were trying to get rid of the 2017 for a model refresh, I got a good discount. I thought I wanted a Tungsten color, however I saw a Wilderness Green on the lot, and fell in love. Sadly for me, you could only get tan interior, which again is a drawback for Subaru I think, but that was the only thing I did not like about the car.

Sure enough they had a Wilderness Green in a 3.6 in the back for me, and she pulled it around. I drove it, and fell in love. That Saturday I came back to do the paperwork and the car was mine. The picture above is with me and my dad and is the only picture I have of this car, weirdly enough. I added a trailer hitch to tow the Scamp with, and a side molding kit. Out the door, I had not paid hardly any more than my 2015, and it was brand new.

This one had the same tan interior which I hated because it would transfer my blue jeans onto the edges. I was alright with it, and lived with cleaning the seat regularly. The 3.6 was Subaru’s biggest motor for the Outback, and provided the driver with a little more power at the pedal. I did have to sacrifice a few MPG’s, but it was not too bad. I towed a few times with it, and let’s just say it was not something I would do again. Even with the 3.6 Subaru limits you to 3,000 pounds, and the Scamp and gear was under 2,000 pounds. It still struggled, and was not a fun ride.

For a while this was my only car, as I had just sold my 07 XC90 to its new owner. I drove the car for quite a while, but I did not put that many miles on it. I think I had it for a little over a year, and had 6,000 miles on it. Unfortunately what ended the ownership with this car was an accident, but not in this car. I will go into more detail in a few COAL’s. I enjoyed this car for sure. I would still be driving it had things not changed. My only complaint that I have about it is the seats. The front seats are not comfortable at all. I think in the newer models they have changed the seat design completely, which is good. Honestly it was not much difference than sitting in my girlfriend’s Crosstrek.

I would do it all over again buying another Subaru, and maybe I did. We will see toward the end of my series. I was a little sad when I had to let it go for something different. When I sold it, I hardly lost any money on the car as I bought it right, and got a good deal. It was a good car, and I am glad that it was my first new car.