The fourth-generation Subaru Outback, especially the 3.6R, is a beaut on a dirt road, says Morne Lombard.
My wife, Shirley, and I started looking for a vehicle in 2012 to take on dirt roads – coincidentally the year my Subaru Outback was first registered. I mostly ride motorcycles, and thus Shirley would use the car more than I would. Because she’s quite short of stature, we never really considered a second hand Prado, Fortuner or double cab.
At that point, I even considered a Renault Duster, but I also heard good things about Subaru. My friends suggested, however, that I choose the Outback over the Forester. My mechanic specifically recommended the Outback 3.0 because that model’s H6 engine is considered to be the most reliable of all Subaru’s engines, plus it has a timing chain rather than a belt that wears out faster.