A crossover made by Subaru, the SUV for those who don't need to compensate. First built in 1995 as a trim level for the Legacy, the Outback has evolved into its own model. A capable, sensible, and practical sedan (up to 2004) or wagon which thrives in conditions from icy mountain passes to dusty sideroads and the occasional mudhole. Not a full off roader, as everyone likes to point out, but somehow does better than most Escapes and even 4Runners.
1) The entire road was covered in ice, but the Outback didn't slip once.
2) Essential equipment for the Canadian: hockey
gear, camping gear, and an Outback.