2011 Subaru Outback Limited 3.6R SUV

 

Details

  • Year: 2011
  • Make: Subaru
  • Model: Outback
  • Trim: Limited 3.6R
  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Doors: 4 Door
  • Mileage: 219,948 miles
  • Engine: 3.6L H6 F DOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Line: All-wheel Drive
  • Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded
  • Exterior Color: Silver
  • Interior Color: Black
  • VIN: 4S4BRDLC0B2319185
  • Model Code: BDK
  • Stock #: 11402G

Fuel Efficiency Rating

City MPG:
18
Hwy MPG:
25

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.


Included Packages

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Paddle Shifter
Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer
  • harman/kardon Audio System
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    Leather / Heated Seating 
    Rear Parking Camera 
    Navigation 
    Sunroo
    2011 SUBARU OUTBACK 3.6R LIMITED
    4S4BRDLC0B2319185
    4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
    3.6L H6 F DOHC 24V
    ALL WHEEL DRIVE
    2011 Subaru Outback

    Somewhere amid the parade of crossovers and wagon-like vehicles is the Subaru Outback. Once merely a version of the Legacy wagon, which has since been discontinued, it's now a household name among family-car shoppers. Indeed, a year after its redesign, the Outback has sold more than the body-type competitors Toyota Venza and Honda Accord Crosstour combined.

    The Outback's formula for success is no secret. Where others have tried in so many ways to reinvent the crossover concept, the Outback is happy to nail all of its essentials: utility, capability and drivability.

    Trim levels include the four-cylinder Subaru Outback 2.5i and six-cylinder Outback 3.6R, each of which come in three versions: base, Premium and Limited (compare them here). As with all Subarus, all-wheel drive is standard. The Outback was redesigned for 2010; you can compare that version with the 2011 Outback here. We evaluated the four-cylinder Outback last year; this time around we tested a six-cylinder Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited.

    Quick With the Six

    The Subaru Outback's base engine — a 170-horsepower four-cylinder — delivers leisurely acceleration, in large part because of a continuously variable automatic transmission that's in no hurry to respond to your right foot. (A six-speed manual is standard, but we haven't tested it.) Loaded with passengers, the four-cylinder drivetrain requires patience reaching highway speeds, and it strains to keep up under hard acceleration.

    That's not the case with the optional 256-hp six-cylinder. It's a muscular drivetrain, in part because it trades the CVT for a responsive five-speed automatic that's not afraid to hold lower gears or kick downon the highway. Even loaded with cargo, our test car had the sort of torque to pull strongly around town, though getting up to highway speeds didn't leave much extra power on tap.

    With the six-cylinder, towing capacity tops out at 3,000 pounds. That's 500 pounds less than many competitors, but the four-cylinder Outback has a 2,700-pound rating — none too shabby for a four-banger.

    The combined EPA gas mileage estimates range from 20 mpg with the six-cylinder and automatic to 24 mpg with the four-cylinder and automatic. Both figures are competitive.

    Ride, Handling & Braking

    Employing a car-based four-wheel-independent suspension since its mid-1990s inception, the Outback displays admirable ride quality. It soaks up bumps with little driver disturbance but maintains good control over stretches of broken pavement. Rough pavement can stunt a soft-riding car's reflexes and leave it bobbing up and down, but the Outback suffers little of that.

    Steering and handling are good, if not as sharp as they were in the last Outback. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate the steering wheel's heavy weight at low speeds, while average drivers will want more power assist for easier parking-lot maneuvers. On the highway, I could use a little less assist. Holding the wheel at 12 o'clock, it feels a bit too loose.

    Find a winding road, however, and the Subaru Outback handles well. The steering has good turn-inprecision and little midcorner sloppiness. The nose pushes wide in hard corners, exacerbated by our tester's all-season Continental ContiProContact tires, which didn't offer much grip. Stomp hard on the gas coming out of a sweeping corner, though, and you can swing the tail out eventually. Credit the standard all-wheel drive, whose power distribution skews slightly rearward in six-cylinder Outbacks. All automatic Outbacks distribute power between the axles electronically; the manual Subaru Outback uses a simpler viscous coupling that's less proactive in doling out power when the wheels start to slip. Still, both systems distribute constant power to each axle. Many on-demand systems send power rearward only when a drive wheel begins to slip; some allow you to enforce a 50/50 split via a locking center differential. We've driven previous Subaru Outbacks on trails, and the AWD — along with an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance — make for better capability than you'd expect in a crossover.

    Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, with larger discs installed on six-cylinder Outbacks. The pedal has linear response, making it easy to smooth out your stops. Cram the car full of passengers, and you'll want to plan your stopping distances accordingly. Loaded down with some 500 pounds of cargo, our test car took significantly farther to come to a halt.

    Cabin & Utility

    Roomier by almost 10 percent, the Subaru Outback's cabin addresses some of its predecessor's biggest issues — namely, backseat room. There's plenty of it now, and abundant headroom, too. The front seats could use longer seat cushions for better thigh support, and drivers over 6 feet tall will want to be able to move the seat farther back. (I'm 5-foot-11, and I drove with the seat all the way back.)

    Our test car came outfitted in a nice grade of leather — it wouldn't be out of place in an entry-level luxury car — but the grainier upholstery along the center console and door armrests doesn't live up to the same quality, and both areas are short on padding. Chrome door handles and nicely textured faux-metal trim add an upscale touch, but our test car's shiny faux-wood trim is among the worst of its kind.

    So is the optional navigation system. The graphics look dated, particularly once you get into the menus, and it all runs off old-school DVDs, not a hard drive. That makes for slow map and menu loading, and it requires you to put in additional map discs if you travel to new parts of the country. The map view has too few street labels, and overhead sunlight or polarized sunglasses render the whole display difficult to see. The system includes iPod/USB integration, but it locks out most functions while the car is moving. On a road trip and wanting a new iPod playlist? Better make a pit stop.

    Cargo volume behind the rear seat is a competitive 34.3 cubic feet, and the Outback's wide, rectangular cargo area accommodates large cargo better than many. Fold the rear seats down, and the crossover has an impressive 71.3 cubic feet of space. 

    Cargo Room Compared
     Base price w/autoCargo room behind second row (cu. ft.)Cargo w/seats down (cu. ft.)
    2011 Honda CR-V$21,54535.772.9
    2011 Toyota RAV4$21,92536.4*73.0
    2011 Chevrolet Equinox$22,74531.463.7
    2011 Subaru Outback$24,19534.371.3
    2010 Toyota Venza$26,27534.470.1
    2011 Ford Edge$27,22032.268.9
    2010 Nissan Murano$28,34031.664.0
    2010 Honda Accord Crosstour$29,67025.751.3

    *37.2 cubic feet in three-row model with third row folded.
    Source: Automaker information

     

     

    Reliability, Safety & Features

    The prior Subaru Outback had above-average reliability, but the new one hasn't been on the market long enough to gauge. In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Outback received the highest score, Good, in front, rear, side-impact and roof-crush tests. The current generation is an IIHS Top Safety Pick — which is no easy feat these days, given IIHS' addition of roof-crush tests. Standard features include six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Click here for a full list of safety features.

    The Outback 2.5i comes with power windows and locks, remote entry, cruise control, air conditioning and a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack and steering-wheel audio controls. Move up to the 2.5i Premium or Limited, and you can have alloy wheels, power front seats, heated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo. A conventional moonroof (not the dual moonroof available in prior Outbacks) and the navigation system are optional.

    The six-cylinder Outback 3.6R comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission; the CVT automatic runs $1,000 in the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium (it's standard on the 2.5i Limited). Load up a six-cylinder Outback, and the price tops out around $34,000.

    Outback in the Market

    Utility and crossovers go hand-in-hand, and the Outback comes up strong on all the basics. Like every Subaru, its success will be limited by the automaker's insistence on standard AWD, which typically raises prices and lowers gas mileage — great in Maine, not so much in Mississippi.

    More than other carmakers, Subaru has managed to lessen the sting in both price and mileage, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Outback: It boasts competitive mileage and a lower starting price than much of the front-drive competition. Add to that Subaru's loyal owner base, and the Subaru Outback's future looks bright.

Included Packages

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Paddle Shifter
Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer
  • harman/kardon Audio System

Additional Options

  • Power Sunroof
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Windows
  • CD player
  • Power Adjustable Seat
  • Tilt Steering
  • Center Arm Rest
  • Power Steering
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Power Seat
  • Climate Control
  • Analog Gauges
  • Premium Audio
  • Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
  • Crew Cab
  • Trip Odometer
  • Navigation System
  • Xenon Headlights
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Door Locks
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Power-Assist Disc Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Traction Control System
  • Heated Seats
  • Engine: 3.6L 6-Cylinder
  • GVWR: 4,695 lbs
  • Power Moonroof & Navigation System
Convenience Features
  • 1-touch down
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Front beverage holders
  • Speed control
  • Illuminated entry
  • Rear door bins
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power windows
  • Passenger door bin
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Driver door bin
  • 1-touch up
Off-Road Capability
  • Ground clearance (min): 221mm (8.7")
  • Approach angle: 19 deg
  • Departure angle: 22 deg
  • Ramp breakover angle: 20 deg
Entertainment Features
  • Speaker type: harman/kardon
  • Radio data system
  • Wireless phone connectivity: Bluetooth
  • MP3 decoder
  • Speakers: 9
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • CD player
Seats and Trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Rear seats: bench
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Front center armrest: w/storage
  • Power passenger seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power driver seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Split folding rear seat
Specs and Dimensions
  • Compression ratio: 10.50 to 1
  • Engine horsepower: 256hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Rear legroom: 960mm (37.8")
  • Turning radius: 5.6m (18.4')
  • Exterior height: 1,669mm (65.7")
  • Curb weight: 1,659kg (3,658lbs)
  • Front shoulder room: 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Wheelbase: 2,741mm (107.9")
  • Exterior body width: 1,821mm (71.7")
  • Towing capacity: 1,361kg (3,000lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 92.0mm x 91.0mm (3.62" x 3.58")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,369mm (53.9")
  • Rear headroom: 998mm (39.3")
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 2,019 L (71 cu.ft.)
  • Front legroom: 1,092mm (43.0")
  • Exterior length: 4,780mm (188.2")
  • Engine displacement: 3.6 L
  • Engine torque: 247 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,425mm (56.1")
  • Interior cargo volume: 971 L (34 cu.ft.)
  • Front hiproom: 1,384mm (54.5")
Body Exterior
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Rear cargo: liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Roof rack
  • Heated door mirrors
Powertrain
  • Fuel economy city: 18mpg
  • Horsepower: 256hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Fuel economy highway: 25mpg
  • Transmission: 5 speed automatic
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine liters: 3.6
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Fuel tank capacity: 18.5gal.
  • Cylinder configuration: H-6
  • Engine location: front
  • Recommended fuel: Regular Unleaded
  • Torque: 247 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Drive type: all-wheel drive
  • Number of valves: 24
Safety and Security
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • ABS brakes
  • Security system
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Panic alarm
  • Overhead airbag
  • Ignition disable
Suspension/Handling
  • Front tires: 225/60TR17.0
  • Rear tires: 225/60TR17.0
  • Wheel size: 17"
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation
  • Outside temperature display
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Tachometer
  • Front reading lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Trip computer
  • Display: analog
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Low tire pressure warning
* While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with Ramsey Corp..
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