From Automobile and Driver
Because the Subaru Outback enters its sixth era, it hews intently to the extremely profitable system that took it this far: it stays an all-wheel-drive lifted wagon model of the Legacy mid-size sedan, with rugged appears and an adventurous picture. However there’s loads of newness in retailer for the 2020 Outback, because it provides a turbocharged engine choice, gives an enormous optionally available touchscreen, and migrates to a brand new platform that guarantees improved dealing with and refinement.
A turbo engine has been absent from the Outback lineup for a decade, but it surely makes its return for 2020 and is as soon as once more badged XT. Changing the outgoing automotive’s 3.6-liter flat-six improve engine, the XT makes use of a turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer-four with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque that pairs with a repeatedly variable computerized transmission (CVT). Not solely ought to this present sprightlier acceleration than earlier than, it additionally helps the Outback present a 3500-pound towing capability, 800 kilos greater than earlier than. In different hauling information, Subaru claims a wider rear cargo opening. Now, most cargo quantity with the rear seats folded sits at 76 cubic ft, three cubic ft greater than earlier than.
Non-XT Outbacks make do with a 2.5-liter flat-four that makes 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, additionally with a one-choice-only repeatedly variable computerized transmission (CVT). Subaru says this engine is closely revised in contrast with the earlier automotive’s base engine, and gas economic system improves to an estimated 26 mpg metropolis and 33 mpg freeway.
All Outbacks, in fact, have Subaru’s signature all-wheel-drive system with torque-vectoring functionality, an off-road-oriented X-Mode, hill-descent management, and eight.7 inches of floor clearance.
Whereas Subaru is not but saying how the brand new Outback compares to its predecessor when it comes to measurement, we do know that it now makes use of the corporate’s modular structure that underpins the Impreza, the Ascent, and the brand new Legacy sedan on which the Outback is predicated. This new, stiffer platform guarantees to supply improved dealing with and elevated refinement, and Subaru says it has added sound deadening to scale back highway noise.
The Outback’s set of ordinary and optionally available options is complete. The EyeSight bundle of driver-assist options is normal throughout the board, and all trim ranges however the base mannequin get an enormous 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen with all types of connectivity choices together with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Extra options accessible on higher trim ranges embrace cooled seats, a forward-camera view system, and an LTE WiFi hotspot.
Trim ranges embrace base, Premium, Restricted, and Touring, all of which have the naturally aspirated engine, and Restricted XT and Touring XT, which have the optionally available turbo. There is a particular Onyx Version XT that mixes the Premium’s characteristic set and the turbo engine together with a blacked-out exterior look package deal, a two-tone grey inside with water-repellent seats, a full-size spare tire, an influence liftgate, and the entrance digicam system.
We anticipate pricing to principally maintain the road from the present Outback’s $27,320 beginning worth, with XT fashions cresting the $40,000 mark when absolutely loaded. It would hit dealerships this fall.
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