Apr 02, 2012
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $29,709

Subaru’s all-wheel drive is superb in adverse weather conditions, especially combined with the Vehicle Dynamics Control. 10-way adjustable driver’s seat is very comfortable. Plenty of interior space. Leather upholstery pleasant, especially considering this car’s price bracket. Exterior styling is attractive for the mid-size sedan market, where beige and banal reign.


CVTs make driving cars less exciting, and this one was no different. It’s numb. Rearview mirror on the windshield is large, bulky and takes up approximately 15% of my field of vision while driving. And why is there a gauge to tell me whether I’m driving efficiently or not? I’d rather have a real temperature gauge. The navigation system is not particularly easy to use.


The 2.5-liter boxer engine produces enough power to briskly weave through town, all the while enjoying mpgs in the mid-20s. One point that constantly bothered me while driving — why did Subaru invest time and money into developing a CVT then equip it with a paddle-shifted manual mode? Either put in a six-speed automatic (with actual shift points) or put in a six-speed manual. The outward visibility was remarkable, and would have been more so if not for that mirror right in my face. At nearly $30k, this is an eminently usable everyday driver, but it needs a bit of fine tuning before it can be considered enjoyable.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Horsepower 170 hp
Torque 170 lb-ft
EPA Mileage 23/31