Subaru’s best-selling model, the Outback, has been updated for the 2020MY getting more features, space for occupants and luggage, and a better overall value.
Based on the automaker’s global platform, it has generous approach and departure angles, which along with the standard all-wheel drive and a few other gizmos, make it feel at home on uneven surfaces.
The new Outback has a better on-road capability, with upgrades in suspension, a stiffer overall chassis and noise reduction. As a result, it feels sticker in corners and is much easier to live with than its predecessor.
Inside, the technology revolution makes it even more appealing. Starting with the massive 11.6-inch touchscreen display, with TomTom navi and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, to the camera-based systems that can identify the driver and adjust the seat accordingly, the 2020 Outback has it all. The adaptive cruise control now works in congested traffic, too, and users should appreciate the generous safety gear.
As standard, the 2020 Outback is powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four with 182 horsepower. The 2.4-liter, turbocharged engine, making 260 hp, is new and replaces the old six-cylinder unit. In both cases, output is directed to the wheels via the CVT gearbox with an 8-speed manual mode.
The new Outback has an starting MSRP of $26,640 that goes up to $39,695 for the Touring XT. It certainly makes a compelling case for itself, but to see if it delivers on its (many) promises, then you should check out the following review.
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