Subaru Outback Review

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if you’re looking for good all-aroundfamily car you can’t do much better than thehyundai santa fe sport and i mean it just and our top pick for smallfamilies it seats five if you need to see morethan that you need the regular santafe with three rows and we need that ourtopic for large families and our overall winner for family car of the year butfor the sport and 2015 not much has changed it’s still a greatcar has one nifty new feature we’re going to show you and everything elsethat won is over the base car comes with

a four cylinder engine with just under200 horsepower and it’s fine perfectly acceptable but the turbo 2.0 literfour-cylinder we have here put that over 260 horsepower and it’s a blast to drivepower comes on instantaneously from stop and you go flying up highway on rampspassing power is always there too and even if you use the eco function whichsaves a little fuel economy there’s still plenty of passing powerand that’s not always the case unlike a lot of hyundai’s we test thesteering and the hyundai santa fe sport is actually quite good now it has a button to control settingsfor steering with comfort normal and

sport but i tried them all and reallycan’t tell the difference so i’m just going to take it for what it is i recently tested nissans all-new miranawhich has a base v6 which competes against the turbo sport we have here andthe rado used to be a sporty suv instead the new one they aim for comfortso it’s not quite as fun to drive as a sport we have here but it is morecomfortable and a little quieter if there’s one downside to the santa fesport it’s definitely it’s mileage you get the all wheel drive turbo like wehave here gets 18 miles per gallon city 24 miles per gallon highway 21 miles pergallon combined against competitors in

his class to get 12 mpg better combinedwhich actually is pretty significant so let’s say hey dave i don’t need aturbo i want the better mileage i’ll get a base four-cylinder well unfortunatelythe base four-cylinder only gets one to two miles better than the turbo enginedoes it against other base four cylinders it’s significantly worse what i likeabout the interior is this mix of above-average styling and materials andreally easy to use technology now the materials on the doors and -might be hard to the touch but the patterns on them look really good andeven simple things like window switches

are actually quite unique then there’s a straightforwardmultimedia system which is exactly what you want as a driver you don’t want it to be too complicatedas great clarity as you can see here the functions are exactly where we expectthem to be and has nice big buttons for everything else one of the reasons you pick a santa fesport over compact suv like a honda crv as well it’s a bigger vehicle a lot moreinterior room

he compared to its own class like thenissan murano subaru outback the spec sheets all pretty much the same there’snot much difference you want the real field you want to sitin the back seat for example you can see have plenty of knee room and headroom now the driver’s seat exactly what i hadit when driving and the other great thing is there’s plenty of space betweenyou and the passenger so if you have little kids well we’llprobably find a way to hit each other anyway but there’s plenty of room thereand another great feature for little kids is the air vents are in the pillarsof the doors which is unusual usually

they’re down here in the center consoleso those kids will actually feel the air coming out of them one new feature on the santa fe a and it’s only optional on this top trimlevel is a smart liftgate you can hear right now as you approach let’s say you have a ton of groceries inyour hands or something it senses you’re coming it senses the key fob in yourpocket and opens automatically so you can get everything in without going inyour pocket or your purse for it has a system like this – but it requires youto

move your foot underneath the sensorthis one just knows you’re coming once you’re in the cargo area you’ve gotthirty five . four cubic feet of storage about the same as the outback butdefinitely less than the murano however there is a ton of underfloorstorage and these bins are really quite big there’s another one right here and thereis a spare tire it’s underneath the santa fe sportstarts around 25 thousand dollars and if you want a loaded version like the onewe have here with the turbo engine all-wheel drive and that ultimatepackage smart look

nice move well that’s well over thirtyfive thousand dollars but there are a lot of prices in between for a lot ofdifferent shoppers and a lot of different budgets and that’s one of thereasons we like it so much if it wasn’t for the mileage probably the perfect family car

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