2020 Subaru Outback Specs, Release Dates, Prices

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback offering the most advanced features, design and capability in its history. The sixth-generation SUV comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. With an available tablet-style 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with integrated center information display, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System and new XT models with 260 horsepower, the 2020 Subaru Outback delivers greater technology, safety and performance than ever before.

NEW FOR 2020:

  • New XT models with 260-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine
  • Debut of Onyx Edition XT trim level with unique exterior and interior
  • Tablet-style high-definition SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch touchscreen
  • New Hands-Free Power Gate
  • Available segment-exclusive DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
  • Standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control and new Lane Centering function

Following a “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy, the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback is anchored to an “Active x Tough” concept. The result is a rugged and functional design that inspires wanderlust and enables active lifestyles. The Outback projects a large presence from thicker profile panel surfaces and raised rear gate as well as a sense of speed from its dynamic silhouette. Wider fenders, large hexagonal grille, front cladding and LED fog lights on the corners (standard on all trims except Base) emphasize the SUV’s capability. Cladding on the side of the Outback, meant to resemble a hiking boot, further enhances this concept.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform, which provides increased safety, dynamics and quietness as well as reduced noise, vibration and harshness, the Outback will be available in Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT models. The 2020 Subaru Outback is expected to go on sale before the end of the year and is set for a fall release date.

FEATURES & PRICING

The 2020 Subaru Outback delivers the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all Outback models are greater than many SUVs, yet the Outback maintains a comfortably low step-in height for both front and rear passenger entry.

All 2020 Subaru Outback models are equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that now features Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering Function, EyeSight Assist Monitor that offers a head-up display with EyeSight warnings and system status on the windshield, LED headlights (low & high beam) with High Beam Assist, and roof rails with tie down points and integrated crossbars.

The new Outback has a starting price of $26,645, an increase of only $300 from the 2019 model. The Base trim comes equipped with the SUBARU STARLINK dual 7.0-inch Multimedia system that features an upper 7-inch touchscreen with audio controls, and lower 7-inch screen that accesses the climate control system and controls for EyeSight, X-MODE and other vehicle systems. The multimedia system audio features include AM/FM/HD Radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, new STARLINK apps, and Clari-Fi music restoration.

Priced from $28,895, the Outback Premium adds the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), dual-zone automatic climate control system, LED fog lights, 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel and dash panel with silver or ivory stitching, auto-up/auto-down front windows, single-touch lifting cargo cover, 2.1A USB ports in rear center console (dual) and foldable body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signal.

The Outback Premium, Limited and Onyx Edition XT trims feature as standard the all-new SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system with an 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen with on-screen controls for audio, X-MODE, HVAC and vehicle features, combination meter integration, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and new STARLINK SmartDeviceLink apps, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity, AM/FM stereo, SiriusXM All Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link, HD Radio and over-the-air updates. STARLINK Connected Services are available as an opt-in feature on Premium and above trims.

The first of two option packages for Outback Premium includes Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Hands-Free Power Rear Gate. A second package also includes Power Moonroof and STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system.

The 2020 Subaru Outback Limited is priced from $33,445 and increases luxury with perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, gloss black with silver metallic finish interior trim and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels in black with machine finish. For added comfort and convenience, the Limited trim comes standard with 10-way power driver seat with two-position memory, 8-way power passenger seat, Hands-Free Power Rear Gate, heated rear seats and rear-seat air conditioner outlets. The Limited trim also adds Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, Reverse Automatic Braking, and exterior side mirrors with two position memory and auto-tilt for passenger mirror while in reverse. The Outback Limited has available an option package with STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

The Outback Touring, priced at $37,345, is distinguished by chrome pillar trim and door handle inserts, exterior mirrors with satin chrome finish, and roof rails with tie-down points and integrated cross bars in silver finish. The Outback Touring interior features Java Brown Nappa leather upholstery with tan stitching. Standard amenities above the Limited trim include Ventilated Front Seats, Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

The new 2020 Onyx Edition XT starts at $34,895 and features exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels and badging in black-finish, as well as an exclusive gray two-tone interior. Further, the seats are wrapped in a new water-repellant durable StarTex material. The Onyx Edition XT builds on the Premium trim and adds the new Hands-Free Power Rear Gate, Front View Monitor, full-size spare tire, and, for increased capability in a wider range of environmental conditions, exclusive Dual-Mode X-MODE. The Onyx Edition has an available option package with STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Power Moonroof and Reverse Automatic Braking.

At $37,745, the Outback Limited XT builds on the 2.5-liter Limited with standard features including STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, insulated front door glass and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. The Touring XT is priced at $39,695 and builds on the Touring by adding insulated front door glass and dual/single outlet tailpipes.

SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security systems offer two packages that are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

INTERIOR

The 2020 Subaru Outback offers a peaceful cabin that is almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds. Subaru engineers worked extensively to find ways to reduce unwanted noise coming into the cabin, fitting the Outback with new door weather strips that feature a baffle in the mid-section and dual lips on the roof side for improved quietness. Sound-insulated glass, which uses a sound-insulating inner film for the windshield and front-door glass, has been adopted, while glass thickness all around has been increased for quietness.

All trim levels (except Base) feature standard heated front seats and a 10-way power front driver seat with lumbar support and the Limited and Touring trims add an adjustable cushion length to the driver seat. Limited, Touring and XT models also include as standard an 8-way power front passenger seat and heated rear seats. For 2020, seat heaters come with three levels of temperature adjustment as well as extended coverage up to the shoulders for improved comfort. Touring models add ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel to their roster of standard features. Comfort and convenience in the Outback have been optimized for passengers with increases in rear head, shoulder and leg room. For powering and pairing personal devices, up to four 2.1-amp USB ports and two 12-volt DC power sockets are available.

With a cargo floor length of 75 inches with the rear seatbacks folded, the 2020 Subaru Outback offers up to 75.7 cu ft of cargo space and with a wider rear gate opening, the Outback can comfortably accommodate long items such as camping gear, golf clubs or strollers. For added convenience while loading the vehicle, a new Hands-Free Power Gate allows the owner to open the rear gate by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem (positioned in the center of the rear gate) as well as a new single-touch lifting cargo cover. Both features are a first for Subaru and are standard on most 2020 Outback models. For additional cargo versatility, the Outback offers standard roof rails with tie-down points and integrated and retractable cross bars.

POWERTRAINS

The 2020 Subaru Outback delivers the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all Outback models is greater than that in many SUVs, yet the Outback maintains a comfortably low step-in height for both front and rear passenger entry.

For the first time since 2009, the Outback lineup offers a turbocharged engine. Standard on XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine delivers robust all-around performance with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter BOXER, with direct injection and nearly 90 percent of its parts new, delivers 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.

All 2020 Subaru Outback models are paired with a Lineartronic CVT featuring an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers 23/30 mpg city/highway and has a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, the most of any Outback in history. The 2.5-liter achieves up to 33 mpg and a range of more than 600 miles on a single tank.

Complementing the more refined powertrains is an all-new suspension that is lighter and more responsive. The front suspension utilizes MacPherson struts with new internal rebound spring, aluminum lower L-arms and new 23mm hollow stabilizer bar. The rear suspension renders a double-wishbone layout with subframe, coil springs and new 19mm hollow stabilizer bar.

2.5-liter flat-4
182-horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
176 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/33 mpg

2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4
260 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
277 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg

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