Subaru has once again come through with some great upgrades to an already favorite model. The 2020 Subaru Outback has the same body style that Outback fans like while adding some new functionality and comfort that are sure to impress. This classic SUV-wagon is slightly wider on the outside with reinforced safety plating and an underside designed to look like a hiking boot with durability to match. The interior has seen some serious technical upgrades, exchanging the old interface for a 7-inch touchscreen in the basic model and an 11.6-inch screen when upgraded. Also new are the USB high-speed charging ports inside, stacked LED headlights outside and did we mention the turbocharge engine upgrade?

What's New for the 2020 Outback?

The 2020 Subaru Outback keeps it classic in look and feel, but there are a few goodies that have been introduced this year with improvements to the engine, cargo space and technology.


Technologically, the 2020 Outback introduces tablet-style touchscreens where there used to be only a button-controlled display. This is a great upgrade that also integrates smoothly with your phone using either Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto for hands-free functionality. Connecting with Bluetooth is the best way to go for phone feature integration and you don't have to worry about running low on battery for long trips. The new 2020 Outback comes with two fast-charging USB ports in place of the old "key garage" and the upgraded model has two more USB charging ports in the backseat for passengers.

Interiors & Comfort

The interiors are the same reliable design as you remember with durable cloth upholstery and adjustable seats. To help increase comfort on long drives, Subaru introduces adjustable back seats in the Outback. The back seat can tip back allowing passengers to stretch out or catch a nap.


The outback features a little over 30 cubic feet of cargo with the backseats upright. With the back seats folded down, the Outback transforms into a cargo machine with more than 70 cubic feet of cargo room for your items.


The coolest thing about the 2020 Outback in terms of performance is the upgrade to a turbo-powered engine. The latest base model can hit 0-60 in about nine seconds of smooth acceleration and settles nicely into a long high-speed trek across the country. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance allows one to navigate the off the beaten path with ease.

2020 Outback Safety Rating

Physical Safety Features

Subaru took the time to make the 2020 Outback even safer than previous models by adding more high-strength steel and reinforcements for small-overlap crash protection. This makes the new Outback 70 percent stiffer and able to absorb over 40 percent more energy in front and side crashes. It also features eight total airbags including side-curtain airbags for rear passengers. The headlights have also been upgraded with LEDs and stacked fog lights to provide further and clearer visual distance for drivers.

Tech Safety Features

The technology side also saw improvement in its safety features. All Outback models are equipped with Subaru's custom EyeSight system. This is a suite of driver-assist and safety systems that work together to provide greater safety on the road by helping the driver. The suite includes collision detection and warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control with lane centering.

The lane positioning systems are reported to be a great improvement on previous Subaru lane control iterations and among the highest quality lane control for the under-$30,000 price range. There is also a wide range of additional safety features including turning headlights, front-view cameras and 180-degree blindspot monitoring.

2020 Outback Fuel Economy

The 2020 Outback shares the same engine and transmission model as the Forester with a 2.5-liter flat-4 that provides 182 horsepower combined. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with a manual mode that simulates moving through eight gears. All Outbacks feature the all-wheel-drive you've come to know and love. It's all the power you need without being overcharged for this fairly lightweight SUV-wagon.

The upgraded 2020 Outback features a 2.4-liter turbo-4 from the Ascent model, providing the Outback with a turbocharged option for the first time since 2009.

It is estimated that the Outback will be EPA-rated at 23mpg in the city and up to 33mpg on the highways, making it competitive with the hybrid engines that have been growing in popularity.

2020 Outback Performance and Standard Features

Standard Features

The standard features for a 2020 Subaru Outback do not fall short. Every model comes with new and improved touch-screens, USB charging, Bluetooth and CarPlay and Android Auto integration. All models have advanced safety features like lane position and emergency braking along with reinforced with a stronger body and eight airbags for the front seat and backseat protection. All 2020 Outbacks come standard with a roof rack allowing a place for bikers and paddlers to tote their larger sized gear.


The base price is $28,000 and even with all the bells and whistles added to a base model, the price is still below or around $30,000.

Transmission and Performance

The engine hums like any good road trip and offroad-capable SUV should with a smooth CVT transmission that can lightly simulate an 8-gear automatic for fans of classic driving. Acceleration from 0-60 is nine seconds and it's not jumpy about getting and staying up to speed or switching into cruise control.

Comfort and Quality

In terms of quality and comfort, you can't beat the Outback without leaping into the luxury car range. There's enough room for four six-foot passengers to relax especially with the backseats tilting back a bit for extra passenger comfort. There's plenty of storage in terms of compartments, pockets and cupholders, not to mention the spacious 30-70 cubic feet of cargo.

Subaru has outdone themselves yet again in bringing us the 2020 Outback, a marvel of efficient design, enhanced safety and still the perfect SUV-wagon to take on any road trip, camping trip or off-road adventure. Whether you're taking to the highway or exploring the back trails, you'll be comfortable, secure and able to take advantage of the latest in travel technology every step of the way. Contact us for more about the 2020 Outback or visit Muller Subaru at our Highlands Park Subaru dealership location!


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