2020 Outback New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Subaru's Outback's gift is its superb capability and composure. It's also blessed with outstanding off-road capability. It adds a comfortable ride, excellent fuel economy, and spacious cabin with high technology.
For 2020 the Outback gets revamped and gets even better, with two new engines, tweaked styling, and a larger touchscreen with improved infotainment.
The Outback's previous 2.5-liter flat-4 engine has been replaced by an improved version taken from the Subaru Forester, making 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The previous 3.6-liter flat-6 engine has been replaced by a new 2.4-liter turbo-4 taken from the Subaru Ascent; it's much less thirsty than the old flat-6, while making a strong 260 horsepower.
The base flat-4 engine is EPA-rated at 26 mpg city, 33 highway, 29 combined, excellent mileage for an all-wheel-drive car of this size. The new turbo-4 also does well, with 23/30/26 mpg, mileage that stomps Subaru's previous flat-6 engine.
The 2020 Outback has been tested by the IIHS, earning that agency's top Good ratings in all six crash tests, as well as a Superior rating for its crash avoidance systems, resulting in a Top Safety Pick award.
Every Outback is equipped with active safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control, which is improved for 2020 with sharper sensors that eliminate the annoying bouncing from one edge of the lane to the other. Blind-spot monitors and forward-facing cameras are optional.
Subaru offers the Outback in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring models, with an XT designation for higher-output models. Every Outback is all-wheel drive.
Base Outbacks cost about $27,500 and include cloth upholstery, twin 7.0-inch touchscreens for vehicle functions and infotainment including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB charge ports, 17-inch wheels, a split-folding rear seat, and LED headlights.
At less than $30,000, the Outback Premium adds an 11.6-inch touchscreen, two more USB charge ports for rear-seat riders, power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and sound-insulating front windows. Optional equipment includes keyless ignition, navigation, blind-spot monitors, a power liftgate, and moonroof.
For about $38,400, the Outback Touring adds a driver attention monitor, a front-view camera, nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and cooled front seats.
An Onyx edition, equipped like the Premium with the turbo-4 engine, has blacked-out trim and costs just under $36,000.