2020 Subaru Outback Revealed With Turbo Power And Massive Touchscreen (Live Pics)

Subaru has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2020 Outback at the New York Auto Show, giving us a first look at the sixth generation of the popular crossover wagon.

As ever, the 2020 Subaru Outback is a jacked-up wagon version of the also new Legacy, adopting the same design but with added ruggedness, featuring plenty of body cladding and model-specific bumpers to show off its more adventurous character.

By switching over to Subaru’s latest global platform, the Outback will benefit from better rigidity and more refinement, as well as improved handling. The new model also features 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is greater than most competitive SUV models in the market.

The new generation of the Subaru Outback has ditched the six-cylinder powetrain of the outgoing model in favor of the turbocharged 260hp 2.4-liter unit found in the Legacy and the Ascent. Base models will get the naturally aspirated 182hp 2.5-liter flat-four unit. Both powertrains will be paired to the company’s latest CVT gearbox that also features an 8-speed manual mode.

The 2.4-liter turbo XT models deliver a 3,500-lb towing capacity, the biggest ever in the Outback’s history. In addition, fuel economy is estimated at 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter and 23/30 mpg city/highway for the turbo.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the new Outback can be found inside; the cabin is made out of better quality materials and features a huge 11.6-inch high-definition infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and over-the-air updates.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist system with Lane Centering Function is standard fit, with systems like DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system, Front View Monitor, LED Steering Responsive headlights and Reverse Automatic Braking to be optional.

The range of the new 2020 Subaru Outback will include the Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT models. The Onyx Edition XT features black detailing on the exterior, with matching 18-inch alloys and badging over an exclusive gray two-tone interior.

Subaru will announce the pricing details of the new 2020 Outback closer to its market launch this fall.

*Article updated with live images from the New York Auto Show



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  • :/ Yurr

    Subaru needs some nicer wheel designs.

    • Bash

      Subaru needs some nicer designs. Period

      • :/ Yurr

        Lol…I think the interiors are getting a lot better in them, but the rest could use some more work for sure.

  • charlotteharry57

    Current Outback owners will be able to spot the differences but the rest of us surely won’t be able to. A bit too cautious, Subaru.

  • SteersUright

    If you buy this, expect to be pulled over and fined for driving something so ugly it distracts other drivers.

  • Matthijs

    Subaru needs a proper designer. There is a lack of one for many years now. But I heard Subaru is doing really well in North-America..

  • wonderdallas

    Black wheels? Ugh, I’m over this being the “sporty” look.

  • Belthronding


  • Dennis Scipio

    I know this is based off of the Legacy, but the interior design, particularly the dashboard could have looked different, but it was only a cost cutting measure.

    • Matt

      Pointless and expensive to offer different dashboard variations on what is essentially the same car.

  • Brian Regan

    Outback design peaked with the 05-09 generation, IMO. This, much like the current model, is inoffensive. The only real ding I have against it is that giant touch screen but that’s just a pet peeve of mine in general.

  • ErnieB

    I really like this.. it’s a Subaru .. nothing dramatic is expected .. I really like the Volvo-like interior.

    • Bash

      I Volvo like interior! Come on mate!

      • ErnieB

        Well that center infotainment system looks very volvoish.. lol

        • NeoShark

          A plus: it has physical buttons for air conditioning


    Funny mustache…

  • eb110americana

    I would describe their exterior design as “finicky.” I almost feel like they fired all their designers and tasked the janitor or someone with adding unnecessary lines and flourishes to the old design, just to say that they did something. The interiors look good though. I am guessing that the big central screen isn’t standard, but it still caught me off guard as decidedly upscale. Especially for a brand like Subaru, which had some very basic interiors in their past cars, no matter how much you paid.

  • I like it. I can’t wait for my lab/golden retriever and my vest wearing partner to drink their mocha latte in it and listen to some Jack Johnson and Sufjan Stevens in it while we drive around the mountainous regions of Oregon/Colorado.

  • Rocket

    Subaru’s strategy continues to be: “if it ain’t broke …”

    Honestly, it wouldn’t hurt them to fix it a little bit. But then who am I to question their methods? They seem to be doing just fine without my advice.

  • Justin Spencer

    Looks like an updated Outback. Why not just make the entire dash a huge flatscreen???🙄. I think that in dash screen is a bit obnoxious!

    • :/ Yurr

      Better than a tablet screen that’s just mounted. Like every other car maker.

  • AMG44

    Subaru. No nonsense Solid cars. Trademark AWD and Boxer engines.

  • IMHO, it’s even uglier than the 2019 model. Makes me miss the 05-09 even more.


  • MarkoS

    Well enough, but stop with the silly black wheels already! The wheel designs don’t fit this car either. The two-tone ones on the current generation are much nicer.

    • Mike anonymous

      I mean… you don’t ‘have’ to get them in black. They do offer other options.

      • MarkoS

        Comprehension helps Mike. The first sentence mentions color, The second sentence mentions design. Obviously subjectively different.

        • Mike anonymous

          Thank you @disqus_EAxJiuX5uQ:disqus , I understand.When I had said “they do offer other options” I was referring to your comments in both sentences regarding the wheel color as well as the wheels design. I presume they have (, had, or will have,) other options for both (the design & colors).

          I actually prefer the previous generations’ design to this new version (although a number of the interior upgrades are very much so welcome. I still don’t mind the design, but it does not seem to add up as well as the previous generation.

          But again, I am sure that in regards to the vehicles wheel design, wheel color, (and for me personally the body color) they do have, or will have, other options available, apart from what is shown here.

          • MarkoS

            Other than a base wheel we are probably looking at them, I think they only offer like 3 or 4 (special addition) now, that will not likely change.

  • willhaven

    I like it. I’ll heavily consider one if the wife agrees. Its cargo capacity is massive.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Before the recent refresh, both the Outback and Legacy were trying to look more modern, generic, with the same styling genes seen on every other modern vehicle. Now, it seems like they’re trying to re-Subaru-ize these designs, and they don’t look too bad.

  • Astonman

    Love that interior

  • Alpina

    This is true SUV, and not those 90% other “SUVs” for wich car manufacturers are trying to convince us.

    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s a Legacy Estate/Wagon/Kombi dressed up in plastic bits.

  • Enter Ranting

    Hooray. Subaru finally got lobster claw tail lights and a giant touchscreen.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Plenty of unnecessary plastic trim. We’ll take all they can send us here in Colorado.

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