“Subaru has almost no tech. we need at least Bluetooth and satellite radio”
The dealer is the problem.
While my 2011 Outback undoubtedly has less technology than…let’s say…a BMW with the hated I-Drive system, it is not exactly old-fashioned in that regard either. My car has a very nicely integrated system that combines the 9-speaker 440-watt HK satellite audio system with its Bluetooth feature, the GPS system, and the backup camera. Central to all of it is a very clear 10 inch flat-screen display in the center of the dashboard
If I am listening to satellite radio or a CD when I get a phone call, the audio is automatically muted so that I can take the call. Additionally, the sound quality of its Bluetooth is better than that of my friend’s Toyota-based Bluetooth.
I can toggle back and forth between the map for the GPS system and the display for the audio system. If I shift into reverse, the image from the backup camera overrides any other display.
If I wanted to watch a DVD while the vehicle is parked, it also has that capability, but I have no interest in ever using that feature.
“Almost no tech?” I beg to differ.
However, I will grant you that models with the 6-speed manual trans are rare, indeed. If you want an Outback with the manual trans, the dealer would likely have to search for it. If you want one that also comes with the optional tech features that I mentioned above, you will have to special-order it. Expect about an 8 week delivery time, as the Lafayette, Indiana factory is backlogged with orders for Outbacks. Legacy sedans, and Toyota Camrys–all of which are built there by Subaru of America.