2020 Subaru Outback Promises A Lot, But Does It Deliver?

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.

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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.


  • Six_Tymes

    40 grand for a loaded Outback… wtf?! anyone who pays that isn’t to bright.

    • Ian Park

      Too bright, are you?

    • Paul

      A lot of people will because it’s a nice car and has good features in it.


      What’s the problem? Subarus are very good vehicles unlike GMs

      • :/ Yurr

        Subarus and GM vehicles are actually both above average in terms of reliability. You take care of your car it’ll take care of u.


          Uhh no GM has the most recalls more than Subarus

          • :/ Yurr

            That’s because GM has the most cars you?, the more cars you have…more issues will happen.

          • :/ Yurr

            Thats because GM has the most cars ?…Subaru is Subaru. GM has Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac a.k.a more cars to deal with.

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            And every week GM still has recalls

          • :/ Yurr

            And every week every brand still has recalls.

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Which is GM

          • :/ Yurr

            Have you ever owned one??

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            I know it’s a POS

          • :/ Yurr

            Probably never gave it an oil change ?, my fam had a 2013 and 2015 impala. And 2 cruzes. The only thing that would go bad on the Cruze was the ignition coils. Everything else was perfect. But carry on sir??‍♂️, your just biased.

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU


          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            GM cars are not reliable son. No where as good as Subaru

  • no25

    I miss when the Outback looked like an Outback. This new one looks like a long crossover with a bit of minivan vibe. Subaru seemed to go more of a “luxurious” route instead of sticking to the route buyers originally liked about the preceding Outbacks (just my opinion – idk if anyone else feels this way…) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b505f0687c3ffc49f78184901d2dfc9c013dca8418b4f6c4302b6a324c8bff83.jpg

    • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

      Subaru & Mazda keep pumping the image to be sit in premium spot up from family and down under luxury

  • Bash

    Subaru and Mitsubishi are a like in my book. Two companies that are capable of making amazing concepts yet they make a good cars but gives the impression that they don’t think of the future they don’t know how to evolve their cars; bad management I guess.

    • Super Rob

      I’ll go with the exact opposite. Subaru sells like crazy as the have a huge streak of breaking their own sales records. They DO NOT take chances. Other companies can invent new things. When the tech is mature and works, then Subaru will add it. They aren’t ever going to be cutting edge as that comes with issues. Make sure everything is solid and works before Subaru is interested. Every other company would love to have the Subaru customer base, and the increasing sales.

  • Paul

    I like that bit abut the driver focus system he mentions all the while not keeping much attention to the road and looking to the side at him getting this on film. Ha ha ha.

  • NormT

    “…70 percent of new Subaru vehicles are now the object of recalls or service campaigns within two years of being purchased, noting that the “permissible limit” should be around 10 percent.” Thetruthaboutcars

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Listen, I’m not championing Subaru. Merely citing the sales figures that show that people actually want their cars.
      No doubt part of the issue is that they haven’t controlled suppliers and new workers quality control standards as their sales continued to blossom.

    • :/ Yurr

      Every vehicle has atleast 1 recall?

  • NormT

    “…70 percent of new Subaru vehicles are now the object of recalls or service campaigns within two years of being purchased, noting that the “permissible limit” should be around 10 percent.” Thetruthaboutcars dot com

  • Linguist87

    Subaru is currently suffering a lot of quality issues, and it might be having some effect on sales. Crosstrek sales are down Y-O-Y and Subaru has just launched a new television commercial for the Crosstrek bringing back the dogs that have been so popular. The Outback is selling well because it’s the right size, starts at a relatively low price point and enjoys the popularity that the brand conveys – thanks primarily to well managed advertising and marketing efforts that have been successful for over ten years. Pundits have been predicting the imminent decline of Subaru for years, but I can’t see it happening any time in the near future.

  • 85ZingoGTR

    Does it deliver it seems…ask GM and VW how their Regal TourX and Golf Alltrack is working out for them.

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