Sunday, July 5, 2009

Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon


CORNWALL, N.Y. — Schunemunk Mountain looms high in the autumn sky in bright orange, red and yellow. It is a splendid sight, well worth the 300-mile trip here from my home in Virginia, where similar natural beauty abounds.

Staying home was an option. But I enjoy driving. Coming here to a daughter’s home in the shadow of the Schunemunk was reason enough to hit the road. The 2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited wagon available for the drive was an added attraction.

The new Outback is much changed from the predecessor model that began life in the United States in 1995 as a jacked-up, duded-up Subaru Legacy L wagon. It still shares Legacy structure and components. But through the twin magic of computer-assisted design and engineering, it has shed the truck-like pretensions of that earlier model without losing any of Subaru’s famed all-wheel-drive agility.

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