The Subaru Outback has always been one of the market’s most unique vehicles. This rugged wagon is a perfect match for the adventure seekers who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. During the week, you can also use the Outback as your primary family vehicle.
An all-new Outback is scheduled to hit the streets later this year. Not only will the redesigned model deliver an improved driving experience, but it will also offer some exciting new features. Although the next-generation Outback still has a conservative appearance, there’s no overlooking its more modern styling. Prices for the all-new Outback are expected to start at nearly $30,000, which is a bit more expensive than the current model.
For 2020, Subaru will offer the Outback with two different engines. The base power source will be an updated 2.4-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. The output is expected to be around 181 horsepower. This is just enough power for most commuters. A continuous variable transmission comes standard throughout the lineup. No longer will the Outback be offered with a six-cylinder engine. You will be able to opt for a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is also available on the 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan. It should pump a potent 260 horsepower while returning even better fuel economy. Look forward to experiencing especially strong acceleration. We may also see a higher towing rating for the 2020 Subaru Outback.
On the road, the 2020 Subaru Outback is tuned to deliver a more poised performance. A stiffer body and new underpinnings will enable you to take curves with a greater sense of agility. Ride comfort is expected to improve as well. You’ll have no issues taking the all-new Outback on a long-distance road trip.
Fortunately, Subaru didn’t ruin the next-generation Outback’s rugged persona. It will still come standard with the automaker’s famous Symmetrical AWD system. This means you can prepare to have a thrilling off-road adventure. When approaching slippery terrain, an upgraded X-Mode system seeks to maximize traction. Above-average ground clearance also helps this tough-nosed wagon to confidently tackle trails. Furthermore, the new 2020 Subaru Outback remains a great vehicle for traveling in the snow.
Subaru has made it a priority to improve the 2020 Outback’s fuel efficiency. The arrival of direct fuel injection should help the base four-cylinder to perform more efficiently. Some sources anticipate an average of 27 mpg in town and 34 mpg on the highway. This will be an impressive rating for an AWD-equipped wagon. Furthermore, you can safely use regular unleaded fuel.
While fuel efficiency drops with the turbocharged engine, most drivers will be happy getting 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the open road.
Safety and Entertainment Features
The Subaru Outback has always been praised for its simple, straightforward interior design. To satisfy longtime fans of the Outback, Subaru didn’t equip the new model with any complicated controls. However, there are several updated features inside the all-new Outback.
Many people will be interested in the Outback’s available 11.6-inch multimedia display. Its tablet-style screen and high-resolution graphics are bound to leave you impressed. A vertical layout further enhances the interface’s user-friendly design. For the first time, you will be able to get Wi-Fi connectivity in the Outback. This is a major benefit for the drivers who need to regularly access the web. While heated seats will definitely be offered, Subaru has not mentioned the arrival of front-seat ventilation. Popular features, like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone support and Bluetooth, will come standard throughout the lineup.
For years, the Outback has ranked among the leaders in passenger safety. While the 2020 Subaru Outback has yet to be officially crash tested by the federal government, it should provide a top-tier level of impact protection. Several driver-assist safety technologies are available on the new Outback. Subaru’s EyeSight safety package is expected to come standard. While Pre-Collision Braking seeks to prevent frontal impacts, adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts your speed when approaching traffic. Lane-keep assist is also included in the EyeSight package.
Available Lane Centering technology transforms the 2020 Subaru Outback into an even more intelligent vehicle. By providing steering assistance when needed, this new safety feature helps drivers to stay on a direct path. DriverFocus is another cutting-edge safety technology expected to be offered on the new Outback. It’s engineered with facial recognition technology, which helps detect the physical signs of drowsiness.
How It Stacks up against the Competition
2019 Audi A4 Allroad
The 2019 Audi A4 Allroad is another beefed-up wagon to consider. Like the 2020 Subaru Outback, it has the ability to explore the backcountry. However, a lower ground clearance makes the A4 Allroad a bit less capable. Prices for the Audi Allroad start at more than $44,000, which makes the Outback a far better bargain. Greater passenger room also enables the Outback to better accommodate families.
2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
With a starting price of roughly $26,900, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a perfect match for the 2020 Subaru Outback. Although the Golf Alltrack may have a lifted suspension, it still sits lower to the ground than the new Outback. This may hinder the Golf Alltrack’s ability to travel off the beaten path. You should also consider the Golf Alltrack’s smaller cargo area.
2019 Buick Regal Tour X
Buick’s new Regal Tour X wagon is a good car for driving through the snow. However, its off-road capabilities are not on par with the 2020 Subaru Outback. You can also expect the Regal Tour X wagon to sip a bit more fuel.
Great Off-Road Performer for a Wagon
For good reason, the Outback has become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll find the new model to be a very skilled off-road machine. Although the Outback is not built to handle extremely challenging terrain, it will have no trouble maneuvering down a muddy trail.
Made for Families
The 2020 Subaru Outback can certainly handle the task of hauling around your family. It continues to provide a great deal of passenger and cargo space. Seat comfort is a definite strong point for the new Outback. Of course, everyone will benefit from the Outback’s superior crash protection.
The redesigned Outback promises to excite technology lovers. Subaru’s new HD touchscreen is a gem. You will also enjoy the wagon’s new safety features, especially the Lane Centering system.
Improved Driving Dynamics
Some people may be sad to hear about the discontinuation of the Outback’s six-cylinder engine. However, the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers even more performance. Although the base engine isn’t a powerhouse, drivers will love its strong fuel economy. While behind the wheel of the new Outback, expect to experience sharper handling and a smoother ride.
While there’s a lot to love about the new Outback, its exterior styling hasn’t changed much. Some people may have been hoping for a more aggressive look.