• Oct 15, 2009
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Subaru is a historic two-timer. For the second year in a row, the Japanese company has claimed Motor Trend magazine's coveted Golden Calipers for its SUV of the Year award – the first time any automaker has managed to do so. The company's new-for-2010 Outback has evidently picked up where last year's Forester left off, and we understand why – it's a dynamite all-around package.

The lifted Legacy did face some stiff competition, including vehicles we've enjoyed driving recently – players like the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKT, and Mercedes-Benz GLK. But from where we sit, the Subie's most formidable opposition for the award were all premium priced offerings, and the Outback is a more affordable jack-of-all-trades with few compromises – especially now that Subaru's engineers have seen fit to let out the back seat a bit. In any case, you can check out the official press release after the jump or read our review of the Outback by clicking here.



[Source: Motor Trend]

Subaru Outback Named MOTOR TREND's 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year(R)

- Subaru First Automaker with two consecutive MOTOR TREND Sport/Utility of the Year Titles -

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the Subaru Outback has been named MOTOR TREND's 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year.

The Subaru Outback's victory follows the Subaru Forester's win for the 2009 award, making Subaru the first automaker to win two consecutive MOTOR TREND Sport/Utility of the Year awards.

MOTOR TREND editor-in-chief, Angus MacKenzie, said, "The 2010 Subaru Outback offers a unique combination of comfort, efficiency, versatility and value. It boasts car-like refinement, drivability and gas mileage on the road, yet is as capable in the rough stuff as all but the most off-road focused sport utilities. Thoughtfully engineered, cleverly detailed and competitively priced, the Subaru Outback is a terrific all-rounder with broad appeal."

"We are doubly proud and honored to receive the MOTOR TREND 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year award for the second consecutive year," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America Inc. "To win the 2009 award for the Forester was wonderful enough, but to have won for the 2010 Outback this year is truly an outstanding achievement. The Subaru Outback is an icon of performance and capability and was the original SUV alternative. Now with its improved power, economy and increased dimensions it is the complete package."

Speaking to Subaru of America's sales success as the top performing automaker of 2009, Doll noted, "The success of our business is founded not only on our outstanding products, but also on the commitment and dedication of our retail sales network and great sales and marketing programs. We are absolutely thrilled that MOTOR TREND has added their validation to the Subaru brand."

Priced from $22,995, and produced at Subaru's zero-landfill plant in Lafayette, Indiana, the all-new Subaru Outback is available with either a 170-hp 2.5-liter four cylinder boxer engine or a 256-hp 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. The 2010 Outback is built on an all-new platform featuring a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase (now 107.9 inches) that improves ride and interior space, especially rear seat legroom. The 2010 Outback also features increased hip and shoulder room.

Living up to Subaru's legendary safety record, the Outback offers cutting-edge safety technology, including Subaru's ring reinforcement safety system, front, seat-mounted side, and side-curtain airbags and ABS. Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, which incorporates stability and traction control systems with a roll-over sensor, is also standard equipment.

The Subaru Outback was recently named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

To judge contenders for the award, MOTOR TREND's editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process. Phase one of the process includes a full tech check and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data for acceleration, braking, and handling. Phase two involves three days of road loops offering a range of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road noise, and ergonomics. A dirt-track section tests traction, stability, and braking control systems. In phase three the judges debate and deliberate. This year, the editors updated and expanded the judging criteria to six new categories:

-- Design Advancement - well-executed exterior and interior styling;
innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.
-- Engineering Excellence - total vehicle concept and execution; clever
solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues;
cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.
-- Intended Function - how well the vehicle does the job its planners,
designers, and engineers intended it to do.
-- Efficiency - low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to
the vehicle's competitive set.
-- Safety - a vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well
as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm
during a crash.

-- Value - competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those
of vehicles in the same market segment.


MOTOR TREND's Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test and is only open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year. MOTOR TREND looks for the pick of each year's crop of new SUV's, and does not revisit vehicles that have been on sale for the past few years.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of approximately 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      SUV of the year? How about Estate of the Year? Nothing about the Outback says SUV.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Take a look at a Subaru dealership.

        Outback USED to be a nice wagon.

        Now, an outback parked between a newer, bigger than previous Forester and a Tribeca, the Outback will be as tall as the Forester, and as big as the Tribeca, only lacking the third row seat that Tribeca optionally offers.

        The pictures don't show how truly HUGE the new Outback, and by extension, the new Legacy really are. They grew roughly THREE INCHES in every direction with the new body style. It may not sound like much, but it went from the top side of the compact EPA segment, to as large or larger than all of the other mid-sized competition. Outback is bigger, longer and wider than a Venza, and Legacy is taller in the roofline and otherwise as big as a Camry, and the new huge Accord.

        Subarus used to be nice, modest size cars that were easy to drive, maneuver, and park...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have no doubt the outback is a good vehicle, too bad it's ugly and i'd never drive one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, the Outback is classified as a light truck, and on purpose, for CAFE regulations, to those who still think it is a car. It is a CUV that looks like a *HUGE* station wagon.

      Personally, I think that makes the new Legacy fit the bill as "as big as a truck."

      And as ugly as one, too, since it bears such resemblance to the Outback. Outback clearly set the tone, and Legacy is the tag-along.

      More back seat room is all fine and dandy... but there is no reason that the Legacy and Outback have grown as much as they have otherwise. They are HUGE compared to the outgoing models.

      The drivetrain and chassis is of course up to Subaru's standards, and that is a good thing...

      But the body and interior have not taken a step forward, only a step cheaper, and larger.

      Outback is now as tall as the new, bigger Forester that won last year... and as big as a Tribeca.

      Frankly, SUV for SUV, the Tribeca after it's 2008 face transplant, looks smoother and better than the new Outback does, inside and out, and has the same H6 drivetrain.

      Maybe it is a win, and a win is a win....
      ...but for those who love Subaru CARS, rather than Subaru SUVs, I think it is a step away from what has made Subaru an attractive ALTERNATIVE in the past. It has gone from an alternative, to just another competitor with all of the other mainstream CUV/SUVs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am sorry this is a good vehicle but in my mind it is not an SUV.
      It is a station wagon, a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True dat. There was only one SUV candidate, the Toyota 4 Runner. I like the Outback a great deal; but, it is not an SUV, it's a wagon with a lift kit. The BMW 328xi wagon sits an inch higher than the 2wd version, does that make it an SUV also? The SUV category (at least in Motor Trend's view) has become catch all for everything that is not a coup, sedan or pickup.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw one of these on the road the other day. Subaru really made these things huge now, they are practically an SUV.

        In my opinion, Subaru stopped being interesting in 2006. Everything they design now looks like crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do magazine awards really have much impact on buyers?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know where you haters are from but there are two things that I know:

      1. I live in Boston area and all my friends like this new 2010 Subraru Outback, it's really a great improvement from last years model. I work in a car dealership group and I drove so many different vehicles, this car has the best package (handling, safety, price, room, mpg, power )in its class.
      2. This car is selling like hot cakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make a Deisel option and take over the market[run the block]
      • 5 Years Ago
      AYHSMB.

      Go actually put an Outback thru it's paces before you whine. That thing is as capable as most "real" SUV's out there for everything short of rock crawling.

      Well deserved. Stop being internet critics and go experience it in real life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually the Outback is a good vehicle. But to classify it in the same group as....let's say, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, is ludicrous. Around here, it's the no. 1 choice of all the "fur traders".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, another controversial OTY pick from MT. I bet a lot of people are going to read the article just to see how they justified it, sounds like a big win for MotorTrend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I worked on the development and line set up of this vehicle. This is a huge accomplishment for Subaru in Indiana. Cudos to all the workers and engineers at SIA.
      This is the first time SIA has seen such an award. Anyone who has not driven a 2010 Outback, should not judge it until they drive one. I believe that anyone who drives it will certainly like it better than any previous Outback models.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Congrats. I drive by the plant on my way up to Chicago every now and then.

        Any word on the arrival of the diesel for the Outback? It would be great, of course, if it were to be offered as a limited release in the form of a Legacy manual wagon. I'm getting a little frustrated at the lack of information about the arrival of Subie diesels in the US

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