The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback “Sport Utility Wagon” continues to evolve…gradually, just the way its fans prefer. No radical changes in styling for the 6-th generation, save the expected larger grille and fresh LED lighting. 

On our first drive in California, the new Outback proved plenty capable with 8-point-7-inches of ground clearance; more than some genuine SUVs. Our time in the base 182-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine included about 10-miles of pretty gnarly trails with steep climbs, and tight passages. With all-wheel drive naturally standard, we found Hill Decent Control worked great and torque vectoring traction as solid as ever.

With XT trim comes a 2.4-liter flat turbo-4. It kicks out 260-hp and 277 lb-ft of torque at a basement level 2000 rpm. Replacing last gen’s larger six cylinder, the turbo-4 has plenty of power. Still, the base engine is more than adequate for most buyers.

Inside, like its Legacy sedan kin, a new 11.6-inch tablet-like touchscreen is standard on all but base trim. It handles climate control, vehicle dynamics, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Eyesight driver assist is standard with adaptive cruise control and emergency braking. 

On sale now, pricing for the 2020 Subaru Outback starts at under $27,000. 


  • Engine: 2.5 liter / 2.4 liter
  • Horsepower: 182 / 260
  • Price: Starts under $27,000