The Subaru Outback has all the time been a left-of-center contender within the midsize crossover-SUV area. It’s extra of a tall wagon than an upright sport-utility automobile, with loads of floor clearance and many area inside. We just like the Outback as a result of it thinks barely outdoors the field. And the brand-new 2020 Outback that debuts on the New York Auto Show this week provides updates that broaden the mannequin’s attraction with out straying from that charming formulation.
For starters, the 2020 Outback now rides on Subaru’s world platform that underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and redesigned, the latter of which largely varieties the premise for this redesigned wagon. The new Outback is not a lot bigger than its predecessor, however Subaru says the construction is considerably stiffer than earlier than.
On the powertrain entrance, the large information is the return of a turbocharged engine possibility. In its greater XT trims, the Outback makes use of the two.Four-liter turbocharged flat-four engine from the Ascent and Legacy, tuned to supply 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a repeatedly variable transmission, Subaru estimates gas financial system numbers of 23 miles per gallon metropolis and 30 mpg freeway with this engine, plus the power to tow as much as three,500 kilos.
Non-XT fashions will use Subaru’s 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. This engine is barely extra environment friendly, with Subaru estimating gas financial system of 26 mpg metropolis and 33 mpg freeway. As with the turbo engine, the two.5-liter H4 is paired with a repeatedly variable transmission and all-wheel drive.
Subaru says the 2020 Outback has quite a few improved suspension parts that must make it extra gratifying to drive. Should you need to enterprise off the overwhelmed path, the Outback provides eight.7 inches of floor clearance — the identical as earlier than — and all fashions get the corporate’s X-Mode perform with hill-descent management.
Inside, the brand new Outback will get an enormous tech improve, by means of the 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment show, which is normal on all however the base trim stage. This new touchscreen runs an up to date model of the automaker’s Starlink infotainment system, with optionally available TomTom-based navigation and a brand new app known as Chimani (which sort of appears like a granola-based snack), which provides detailed details about all 417 nationwide parks within the US — how appropriately Subaru.
Whether you get the large touchscreen or go for the bottom mannequin, each 2020 Outback comes normal with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio and over-the-air updates. All Outbacks additionally include Subaru’s EyeSight security tech, which incorporates adaptive cruise management and lane-centering tech. LED headlights, reverse computerized braking, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up show and a front-view digicam are all out there as choices, or bundled into greater trim ranges.
The 11.6-inch, vertically oriented touchscreen from the 2020 Subaru Legacy makes its means into the brand new Outback.
Otherwise, the Outback’s inside is not radically bigger than earlier than, although Subaru says it is lots quieter, with higher total supplies. The Outback has 75.7 cubic toes of area behind the rear seats — about the identical as different midsize crossovers — and might be had with a hands-free energy liftgate. Instead of kicking your foot beneath the bumper like on many automobiles with this tech, the Outback’s system prompts while you wave a hand (or arm, in the event you’re carrying grocery baggage) in entrance of the Subaru emblem on the hatch.
For the additional rugged amongst us, Subaru provides the Onyx Edition Outback, which begins with the second-from-base Premium trim, and provides water-repellant seat materials, distinctive 18-inch wheels and the turbocharged 2.Four-liter engine. The Onyx Edition additionally will get a hands-free energy liftgate, front-view digicam and a dual-mode X-Mode drive setting.
The Onyx Edition XT is one in every of a number of 2020 Outback fashions, together with Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Limited XT and Touring XT. Pricing for all of those fashions will probably be introduced when the Outback arrives in Subaru sellers this fall.