We recently replaced our 1998 Avalon with a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i. The Outback will primarily be used as our kid taxi, but it will also be used for longer road trips as well as exploring the great outdoors. We went with a Subaru for several reasons; we needed a safe all wheel drive car for the family, a car that gets decent gas millage, and car with enough room for a family and gear.
After owning the Outback 2.5i for 3 weeks we are extremely happy with our choice. We have put on nearly a thousand miles with a mix of city and freeway driving. We are averaging 24mpg and the CVT transmission is amazingly smooth with the lack of gear changes. The all wheel drive system allows the car to hug the road and provides great traction around every corner!
The Outback has plenty of room for a family of 4 with 2 car seats and all our belongings. The back of the Subaru Outaback Wagon is great for getting the kids ready for activities once we have arrived at our destination.
We recently added a hitch (Subaru Hitch Review) to the Outback, making it easy to add a bike rack to the back. Future plans also include utilizing the built in roof rack system by purchasing bike rack trays that attach to the top allowing the car to carry more bikes than passengers if needed.
We sold our Avalon with 250k miles, and I look forward to putting 250k on this Subaru!