Subaru New Models 2020 Redesign
“The 2020 Subaru Outback is a rugged, applied wagon that doesn’t skimp on tech.”
The Subaru Outback has thrived by all-embracing the adage “if you can’t exhausted ‘em, accompany ‘em.” In the 1990s, Subaru took one of its all-wheel drive abject wagons and added some SUV-like administration capacity to actualize the Outback. The archetypal has remained accepted alike as added wagons accept been awkward out of the bazaar by SUVs.
The Outback charcoal a acute SUV alternative, acknowledgment in allotment to a abundant burden breadth and all-wheel drive traction. Redesigned for the 2020 archetypal year, the Outback adds added tech to the mix. The wagon is accessible with an 11.6-inch touchscreen and Subaru’s DriverFocus system, which uses a driver-facing camera to ascertain distractions.
Pricing for the 2020 Outback starts at $27,655, but our analysis car was a range-topping Touring XT archetypal priced at $40,705. It had every alarm and whistle, including the big touchscreen, DriverFocus, and a added able turbocharged engine.
As before, the 2020 Subaru Outback is about a wagon adaptation of the Subaru Legacy auto (which was additionally redesigned for the 2020 archetypal year). Besides accepting a rear bear instead of a trunk, the Outback advisers artificial anatomy cladding for a added SUV-like look. The Outback additionally rides adequately aerial for a car, again, to accomplish it feel added like an SUV. Its 8.7 inches of arena approval is absolutely added than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
The autogenous is archetypal Subaru, with a simple yet alive layout.
Despite actuality redesigned, you’d be hard-pressed to acquaint the 2020 Outback afar from its predecessor. The new archetypal is additionally appealing abutting in admeasurement to the 2019 Outback. It’s hardly added and longer, but with an identical wheelbase. Beneath the skin, the 2020 Outback rides on the Subaru Global Platform that underpins best of the automaker’s added models. Subaru claims the 2020 Outback is 70% stiffer in torsional acerbity than its predecessor, which helps advance administration and creates a added solid feel. The new archetypal can additionally blot added than 40% added activity in advanced and ancillary impacts, according to Subaru.
The autogenous is archetypal Subaru, with a simple yet alive layout. Our Touring analysis car was absolutely decked out with covering upholstery, but the abstracts did not feel aces of this car’s $40,000 amount tag. Like abounding added automakers, Subaru additionally chose to use piano atramentous artificial trim, which scratches and smudges calmly and, in our experience, produces a lot of blaze on brilliant days.
In agreement of autogenous space, the Outback compares agreeably to the bunched crossovers you can buy for agnate money. It has added advanced legroom than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 and, with its rear seats folded, added burden amplitude than a Ford Escape. The Outback trails Subaru’s own Forester, however, acknowledgment to the latter’s taller, boxier body.
The big tech account for 2020 is an accessible 11.6-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen. The awning is accepted on all Outback trim levels except the abject archetypal (which gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen), while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted beyond the board.
Many automakers accept installed big screens, but best don’t assume to apperceive what to do with all of that absolute estate. Subaru has done article acute and aboveboard — it aloof fabricated the card icons bigger. You don’t accept to look to see annihilation on this screen, and the big icons are easier to acquisition while driving. Subaru additionally placed icons for altitude ascendancy at the basal of the awning — about area analog controls would commonly be — and included an analog aggregate knob, which is still the best apparatus for that job.
The 2020 Outback additionally gets Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist tech, which uses forward-facing cameras army abreast the rearview mirror, rather than the alarm units acclimated by best added automakers. Adaptive cruise ascendancy with lane absorption is standard, while dark atom monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cantankerous cartage active are alternative extras. The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 additionally get accepted adaptive cruise control. It costs added on the Ford Escape, but Ford’s arrangement includes a alternate function.
Subaru did article acute and aboveboard — it aloof fabricated the card icons bigger.
On the highway, adaptive cruise ascendancy excelled at advancement a abiding pace, but was apathetic to acknowledge back cars cut in abruptly. In a beeline line, the lane-centering affection did its job with alone the gentlest of council inputs, but had agitation with alike the aboriginal of curves. These are issues we’ve noticed with best adversary systems, however, and all-embracing achievement was acceptable for a agent in this amount ambit that lacks the added busy sensor suites of high-end models.
Subaru is one of a scattering of automakers (along with BMW and Cadillac) to use a driver-facing camera to ensure that bodies don’t use these tech appearance irresponsibly. The DriverFocus system, which debuted in the Forester, sends audio and video alerts if drivers booty their eyes off the road. As with the Forester, we begin DriverFocus to be adequately unobtrusive, with no apocryphal alarms.
Another big change for 2020 is beneath the hood. For the aboriginal time back 2009, the Outback is accessible with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Like all Subaru engines, a “boxer” agreement allows this agent to sit lower in the chassis, allowance to advance handling. Shared with the Ascent, the turbo agent produces 260 application and 277 pound-feet of torque. You accept to pay added for that power. Abject Outbacks get a artlessly aspirated 2.5-liter boxer-four from the Forester, authoritative 182 hp and 176 lb-ft.
The abject agent boasts aggressive numbers for this segment, but the alternative turbo agent is the Outback’s affair piece. Alone the Jeep Cherokee, which is accessible with a 270hp 2.0-liter turbo-four, offers a agnate aggregate of ability and account in a agent of this size.
Regardless of engine, the Outback gets a continuously capricious manual (CVT) and all-wheel drive. Like the Ascent and Forester, the all-wheel drive arrangement additionally gets an “X-Mode” advised for ablaze off-roading. This doesn’t transform the Outback into a hardcore off-roader, but it’s accessible for clay anchorage and abysmal snow.
The alternative turbo agent is the Outback’s affair piece.
On the road, the turbocharged engine’s added ability was a advantage back overtaking added vehicles. However, the agent and manual didn’t consistently assume to be on the aforementioned page, acquiescent asperous ability commitment that we didn’t anamnesis from the aforementioned aggregate in the beyond Ascent. Despite actuality abate and accepting a lower centermost of gravity, the Outback additionally didn’t accept the Ascent’s cornering prowess. Administration wasn’t bad, but the Outback’s banned acquainted abundant lower than those of its big sibling.
Subaru additionally addled a acceptable antithesis amid administration and ride quality. The Outback acquainted absolute luxurious, assimilation up bumps after activity chiffon and broken from the road. A adequate ride will acceptable be added important to the being that buys this car than a few added degrees of administration sharpness. If you appetite a adventurous Subaru, buy a WRX STI.
Our turbo analysis car is rated at 26 mpg accumulated (23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway). That’s a cogent advance over the old six-cylinder Outback, which could alone aggregation 22 mpg combined, and a little bit abaft a turbocharged Honda CR-V (29 mpg combined) and non-hybrid Toyota RAV4 (28 mpg combined). Over a anniversary of driving, we averaged 22 mpg, according to the car’s cruise computer.
The 2020 Outback accustomed the accomplished Top Assurance Pick appraisement from the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety, and a best all-embracing appraisement from the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration.
Subaru offers a three-year, 36,000-mile, basal assurance and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s about boilerplate for a boilerplate brand, although Hyundai and Kia action best assurance terms. Subaru additionally has an accomplished acceptability for reliability.
Our ideal Outback would be able in a agnate appearance as the car we tested. It may be a cogent footfall up in price, but if you appetite tech, the Touring trim akin is the one to get. The Touring is the alone trim akin to get the DriverFocus anti-distraction affection as accepted equipment. It additionally gets the 11.6-inch touchscreen, as able-bodied as covering upholstery, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, and a ability moonroof.
We would additionally carapace out for the turbocharged engine. While we didn’t get an befalling to try the abject engine, our acquaintance with it in the Forester indicates that it would be the amiss choice. The Forester acquainted apathetic with that engine, and it’s absurd that things would be altered in the added Outback.
The Subaru Outback is a accustomed afterimage on anchorage in the Northeast and Northwest, but the latest adaptation aims for abundant broader appeal. The Outback still offers abundant account and all-wheel drive absorption in an chaste package, but now with added tech and a better, turbocharged engine.
With the last-generation Outback, buyers had accept amid an economical but underpowered four-cylinder engine, and a able but agog six-cylinder. The 2020 Outback’s turbo-four splits the difference, alms a much-needed addition in ability after antibacterial gas mileage.
No one bought a 2019 Outback for its infotainment system, but the 2020 archetypal gets one of the better screens in a boilerplate car. Unlike rivals Ford and Toyota, Subaru additionally fabricated able use of that big screen. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist tech is still amid the best in this amount range, and the DriverFocus affection helps ensure it won’t be misused.
As the alone wagon from a boilerplate cast still on the market, the Outback mainly competes adjoin SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape. The Subaru is abutting to those competitors on autogenous amplitude and gas mileage, assuming aloof how abutting they are to accepted cars. The Outback additionally has a abundant stronger tech game, acknowledgment to its 11.6-inch touchscreen and EyeSight and DriverFocus disciplinarian aids, and its 260hp agent adds a fun agency best added baby SUVs lack.
Yes. The Outback offers an absorbing aggregate of tech and utility.
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