Safety

As mentioned, the Outback boasts excellent crash-test ratings and a better rollover rating than an SUV. The standard stability system automatically means there's antilock braking and traction control. The front seats have side-impact airbags and active head restraints, and standard curtain airbags cover the side windows, front and rear, in the event of a side impact.

Outback in the Market

This trailblazing model has aged well. Compared to similar wagons, the Outback is a bargain especially when you consider its standard all-wheel drive. However, the AWD's added weight makes the mileage lower than it otherwise would be. Even the hefty Venza beats it in efficiency, with either front- or all-wheel drive. The spoiler is that even Subaru loyalists have another choice, with a little more room for a little less money: the 2009 Forester.

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    Conditions in which front passengers SRS frontal airbag is activated
    The front passengers SRS frontal airbag will be activated for deployment upon impact when any of the following conditions are met regarding the front passengers seat. - When the seat is occ ...

    Trailer brakes
    - Adequate size trailer brakes are required when the trailer and its cargo exceed 1,000 lbs (453 kg) total weight. - Do not directly connect your trailers hydraulic brake system to the ...

    Examples of the types of accidents in which the drivers/drivers and front passengers SRS frontal airbag(s) will basically not deploy.
    The drivers and front passengers SRS frontal airbags are designed basically not to deploy if the vehicle is struck from the side or from behind, or if it rolls onto its side or roof, or if ...