The 2019 Subaru Outback is an illustration of the automotive transformation, which has changed over the years from a station wagon to something more like an SUV. Whatever you call this Subaru, it’s a hit not without good reason. The Outback is the most recommended vehicle for various buyers and tasks. It’s efficient, spacious, comfortable, great value in the near and long-term. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and excellent ground clearance, the 2019 Subaru Outback can handle almost any road or weather conditions. And with advanced safety features, driving aids, and technologies such as Android Auto / Apple CarPlay compatibility, this Subie is only improving.
The 2019 Subaru Outback available in four trims levels: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. Even in its base form, the Outback includes all-wheel drive with X-Mode for off-roading, 17-inch wheels, an automatic transmission, automatic headlights, cruise control, 6-way manual-adjust driver’s seat, EyeSight, and 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, Bluetooth and CD player. It’s recommended to move up at least one level to the Premium, which adds fog lights, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, 10-way-power driver’s seat, an 8-inch screen, four USB ports, and two more speakers. It also opens the door for more optional features.
There are two engines available in the 2019 Subaru Outback. Both engines use Subaru configuration known as a “boxer,” where the pistons are parallel to the ground; imagine a “V-type” engine, then widen the V until it’s a flat line. This layout lowers the center of gravity, which helps provide a better handling. The standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. For more power, a 3.6-liter flat-six offers 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque on the Limited and Touring trim levels. Both are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Like most Subaru models, the Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive system, which features X-Mode for low-speed traction and Active Torque Vectoring for high-speed stability in corners.
In track testing, the 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R went from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. All 2019 Subaru Outbacks are rated to tow up to 2,700 pounds.
2.5-liter boxer-4 with CVT
175 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 25/32 mpg
3.6-liter flat-6 with CVT
256 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
247 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 20/27 mpg
The 2019 Subaru Outback crossover SUV is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base 2.5i model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $27,320 (all prices include the $975 destination charge). The 2.5i Premium trim starts at $29,420, while the 2.5i Limited has a starting price of $33,820. A top-line 4-cylinder Outback Touring model starts at $37,770. A 6-cylinder Outback 3.6R Limited begins at $35,970 and the ultimate 3.6R Touring start at $39,970.