The 2020 Subaru Outback Still Your Go-To Wagon If You Don’t Dig SUVs

The Subaru Outback has always been a stellar choice for families that want to avoid going down the SUV-path combining chunky looks with elevated ground clearance, standard four-wheel drive, a roomy interior and cargo space while also striking an acceptable balance between on- and off-road performance.

Consumer Reports completed its first review of the new Outback with the high-riding wagon scoring points for retaining most of the characteristics that made it popular, while adding new technologies into the mix.

However, new doesn’t always mean better, and such is the case with the 11.6-inch infotainment system, offered on all but the entry-level model. Consumer Reports’ bashed it in their review, saying it has child-like graphics and is hard to navigate through.

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While some novelties haven’t been well received, the 2020 Outback’s reduced (comparatively) body roll through corners, decent steering response and soundproofing earn it extra points. CR drove the Premium and Touring XT variants of the new Outback, powered by a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated flat-four, with 182 hp, and a 2.4-liter turbo, rated at 260 hp, respectively. Unsurprisingly, they favored the more powerful version, stating that it makes the car more lively, even with the CVT, which is the sole choice.

The standard safety systems, like the automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist were praised. You can also spec the 2020 Outback with blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert with automatic braking.

This was CR’s first encounter with the latest Outback, and now they have to decide which variant to buy for a full year test. They have seven to choose from, including the standard Outback, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT, with prices ranging between $26,645 and $39,695.

 

  • Rocket

    Sounds like another manufacturer decided it was the time to go all in on touchscreens and safety tech. Not smart considering Subaru’s customer demographic. Let’s watch together as the Subaru brand plummets in the various consumer satisfaction rankings.

    • Alduin

      The fact that they made the climate controls integrated into the screen I don’t like. Jeep does that and there’s been alot of people out there have issues with their uconnect crashing. If it crashes or freezes up there goes your climate controls.

  • Bash

    But it doesn’t look like 2020!

  • Marcin Lewandowski

    Third consecutive gen. of looking the same crossover station wagon from Subaru. Is it fourth or fifth or sixth generation of Outback? I can barely guess. New car factor – switched off.

  • Nexus7

    Yeah, firstly, as mentioned, calling it a wagon is questionable, but the presence of the Forester does make it the wagon of their line-up.

    It is the ugliest, most uninspiring exterior design, boring engines, yet not daringly different enough to be cool. Ugliest isn’t the right word, it’s just utilitarian and looks as much. Not as much utility as a minivan, but in this crossover-SUV world, it is a shade better.

    Credit to Subaru, they stuck to their wagon-AWD formula for decades and reeled in the aspiring off-road warriors and pretenders, though what is pretension when the most unsporting of bodies are driving “sport” utility vehicles? It’d crush my soul when this is the last wagon available and I’m forced to consider it, but maybe its presence will give Peugeot or Volvo or other niche manufacturer the courage to break through with their wagons – at non-luxury prices.

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