Subaru 2020 Outback
Judging the 2020 Outback

The 2020 Subaru Outback has more style, more comfort and more power than ever and the sixth-generation of the Japanese auto maker's signature wagon is also a standout in terms of stability and safety. This updated version keeps best parts of last year's model, while adding many new and modern touches. Plus, this year's lineup brings us the exciting, new Onyx Edition XT - a rugged, powerful and stylish vehicle that is sure to get heads turning.

Here are some highlights of Subaru's flagship offering...

Cabin and Interior Space

The Outlook's cabin impresses in both quality of materials used, and a wide array of technology features. The cabin is surprisingly quiet due to sound-insulated glass used in the windshield and front door windows, and helped by special interior materials. The reconfigured interior allows more comfort in both the front and back seat passengers, while the 78-inch long cargo floor now allows for more storage than ever before. Hands-free, powered rear-gate opening and an all-new, single-touch cargo cover add to the experience.

All 2020 Subaru Outback models are fitted with a state-of-the-art Starlink multimedia system. The display offered as standard is an 8-inch unit on the base trim and a brand-new, 11.6-inch, vertically oriented touchscreen with split-screen function on the other trims Both screens are easy to operate and offer drivers complete control over vehicle and entertainment settings, including audio, climate control and driving mode. Smartphone integration is also standard, along with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot abiity.

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Safety Features

The new Outback stands out when it comes to the advanced safety features offered standard as well. The new SUV line-up uses the Subaru Global Platform that offers impressive crash protection and rigidity all over the body, while Subaru’s state-of-the-art EyeSight safety suite installed on all trims includes adaptive cruise control, with lane departure and lane keep alerts, sway warning, pre-collision braking, throttle control and many other great features.

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Powertrain Features

The line-up uses two engine solutions across its trims: four out of the seven trims (the base, the Premium, the Limited and the Touring) use the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine, able to put out 182 HP, the other trims (the all-new Onyx, the Limited XT and the Touring XT) being equipped with an all-new, 2.4-liter, direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine capable 260 HP instead of the 3.6-liter engine used on the previous model-year version. All 2020 Subaru Outback models come with Lineartronic CVT, 18.5-gallon tanks and with estimated fuel efficiency of up to 33 mpg combined.

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Exterior and Construction

The 2020 Outback comes in six trim packages: the base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Limited XT,  Touring XT and the feature-rich newcomer, the Onyx Edition XT, all of them built on the Subaru Global Platform that has been much valued for its stability, quietness, dynamics, rigidity and safety ever since it was introduced.

The line-up offers two engine variations: the standard XT models haves a superb, new, 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine that delivers 260 HP at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft torque, while the standard versions of other trims use a naturally aspirated, 182 HP BOXER. All trims are fitted with a Lineartronic transmission with 8-speed manual function and they all use a brand-new suspension system with McPherson struts with solutions that serve stability and comfort with a redesigned internal rebound spring, a new stabilizer bar and other components made from stronger, but lighter materials. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard on all trims and models.

The Final Verdict

2020 Subaru Outback is an SUV with a noble past, built to carry today's buyer comfortably into the future. The quality of materials, the technical solutions employed and the attention to detail in appearance, comfort and maneuverability ensure that each member of the 2020 Outback line-up will be a well-loved investment.