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12-22-2009, 12:00 PM
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Even in the face of a bleak economy and dreadful auto sales, Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/make/subaru/) managed to have a breakout year in 2009. Products like the Forester (http://www.autoblog.com/model/forester) and the Impreza (http://www.autoblog.com/model/impreza) helped Subaru achieve consistent year-over-year gains while the Japanese automaker continues to post stellar quality ratings through J.D. Power and Consumer Reports. And the accolades don't stop there. The new-for-2009 Forester was crowned the 2008 Motor Trend SUV of the year (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/10/16/subaru-forester-named-motor-trend-sport-utility-of-the-year/), and this year Subaru accomplished a surprise repeat taking the award for the second straight year with the 2010 Outback (http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/15/subaru-a-historic-two-timer-as-outback-wins-i-motor-trend-i-s/).

However, the new Outback isn't the capable, milquetoast lifted station wagon we've come to know and respect over the years. It's now bigger. Quite a bit bigger, performing a similar wagon-to-crossover transformation that the Forester pulled off a year earlier. Granted, the Outback is only two inches taller and wider, and a mere three inches longer between the wheels, but the result is a wagon that looks much larger than the model it replaces. We've come to expect that kind of growth in a world of constant size and weight one-upping, but we had to wonder - has increased functionality come at the expense of entertainment once again? We snagged a six-cylinder Outback to find out.


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