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2020 Subaru Outback Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: November 5, 2020

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Subaru is one of the few manufacturers which were stubborn enough to keep using the Boxer engines while all of the worlds moved on to Vs and inlines. While this bold move helped them in producing lightweight and robust engines it also helped the brand to garner a name in the good books of enthusiasts worldwide. Subaru has been renowned to manufacture fast and agile cars that are a tailor-made match for those who think of their car as a companion rather than as a good.

While cars such as the WRX, Impreza, and BRZ were earning the auto-marque a name by burning down drag strips and subjugating rallies worldwide, there is a product that helped the brand cement a spot in the hearts of SUV-aficionados as well, and it's none other than the Subaru Outback. First launched in the year 1994, the 2020 Subaru Outback is now in its 6th generation.

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Pros

Spacious Interior

Heart-warming Fuel Economy

Impressively Comfortable

Tech Loaded

Cons

Impractical Interior storage space

Bumpy ride quality over soft terrains

Lethargic Base Engine

What's New?

Increased dimensions

Updated Suspension


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26645

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

176 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

Lineartronic Continuously Variable

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/12.4

dimensions

wheelbase

108.1 in.

length

62.8 in.

width

73 in.

height

66.4 in.

curb weight

3634 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

109 cu ft.

cargo volume

75.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

payload capacity

1071 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/32/28 mpg

highway range

592 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Colors and Styles

2020 Subaru Outback in Abyss Blue Pearl color 2020 Subaru Outback in Crystal White Pearl color 2020 Subaru Outback in Ice Silver Metallic color 2020 Subaru Outback in Magnetic Gray Metallic color 2020 Subaru Outback in Crystal Black Silica color
Abyss Blue Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.3

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Subaru Outback Base

Base

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$26,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,645 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Subaru Outback Premium

Premium

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$28,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $28,895 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited

power
TBD
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$33,445


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $33,445 MSRP (25/28/32) Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT

Onyx Edition XT

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$34,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Onyx Edition XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,895 MSRP (25/28/32) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Subaru Outback Touring

Touring

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$37,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $37,345 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Subaru Outback Limited XT

Limited XT

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$37,745


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $37,745 MSRP (25/28/32) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Subaru Outback Touring XT

Touring XT

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$39,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $39,695 MSRP (25/28/32) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The Subaru Outback is one of the most potent arrows in the company's quiver, combining robust off-roading capabilities with immense power. The 2020 Subaru Outback is offered with two engine options, a 2.5L flat 4 cylinder, and a more powerful 2.4L Turbo flat 4 cylinder across its variants. It is coupled to a CVT transmission setup which is impressively linear and free from the Rubberband effect that is common among most of the CVTs in the present day. Subaru has made sure to fill it with all the latest safety features and tech on the inside. The 2020 Subaru Outback is now underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform, making it a more powerful and reliable car.

The Outback offers a lot of plus points, at a price that is just too hard to believe. The base model can be procured at a humble price of $26,645. Though there are a lot of positives on this Subaru's side, there is one adversity it goes against and that's the number of competitors in its league, which are at each other's throat to cement the top spot here. The 2020 Subaru Outback goes against the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage. So will the Outback be able to soar over these rivals? Scroll down to find out.

2020 Subaru Outback three quarter view
2020 Subaru Outback rear three quarter view

8.0/10
Pricing and Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

6.3/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2020 Subaru Outback Pricing and Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Subaru Outback is available in seven feature-rich trims. With two engines and a plethora of interior and exterior features, they have made sure that the trims are all different and not mere marketing gimmicks! The safety features are standard from the base up making even the base trim appealing. The Subaru Outback pricing is competitive and goes from a starting price of $26,645 to $39,695 for the top of the line Touring XT model.

There are two engine options on offer include a 2.5L flat-4 and a more powerful 2.4L Turbo flat 4 across its variants. All the XT trims equip the 2.4L Turbo Flat 4 powertrain and thus have an upper hand in terms of displacement. 

Trims

Base

Premium

Limited

Touring

Onyx Edition XT

Limited XT

Touring XT

MSRP (AWD)

$26,645

$28,895

$33,445

$37,345

$34,895

$37,745

$39,695

 Key Features    

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Adds/Replaces these from Base

Adds/Replaces these from Premium Adds/Replaces these from Limited Adds/Replaces these from Touring Adds/Replaces these from onyx Edition XT Adds/Replaces these from Limited XT
 

SUBARU STARLINK Dual 7-inch Multimedia

Dual Zone Climate Control

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery

Power tilt moonroof

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery 

Nappa Leather-Trimmed Upholstery

 

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

10-WAY power-adjustable driver's seat

18-inch alloy wheels

Satin Chrome finish ORVMs

Body-colored door handles

ORVMs with integrated turn signals

2-position Driver Seat Memory

 

Lineartronic CVT

Heated Front Seats

Power adjustable driver and front passenger seat

Ventilated Front Seats

StarTex water repellent upholstery

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

 
 

Hill Descent Control

(HDC)

Dual Rear seat USB charging ports

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

STARLINK 11.6-inch navigation

     

Which trim should you buy?

The Premium trim of $28,895 is the pocket-friendly one that comes with all the latest safety features and is a shockingly impressive off-roader. If you are willing to shell in a few more bucks, then the Onyx Edition XT, which is procurable at $34,895 makes more sense with Subaru’s more powerful 2.4L Turbo Boxer engine which pumps out 260 horses and a more adaptive 4 wheel drive system. It even gets a unique water repellent upholstery on the inside for your weekend beach getaways.

2020 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

7.7/10

The Subaru Outback has got rid of the old 3.6L flat-six which never used to sync as a whole package. It now houses two varying disciplines; a 2.5L Flat four and a more powerful 2.4L turbocharged flat-four. With a very complementing all-wheel-drive setup, the Outback can take you places!

All non-XT trims of the Outback are powered by a 2.5L flat-four pumping out 182 horses and 176-pound feet of torque. The XT trims are all powered by the 2.4L turbocharged Flat-4 motor producing 260 horses and 277-pound feet of torque. All of the above are coupled to a continuously variable transmission which mimics an 8-speed setup. The transmission panel delivers the power to all the wheels, as the Outback offers AWD as the standard drivetrain. 

2020 Subaru Outback engine bay

It is surprisingly silent given the fact that it houses a flat-four. The CVT doesn’t make the vehicle feel laggy nor does it feel slow while catapulting from a standstill. It complements the car’s character well. At times the more powerful variants tend to get choppy at offroading. The ride tends to get sensitive with acceleration and is not that comfortable for crawling or over soft terrains.

Models

Subaru Outback AWD

Hyundai Santa Fe FWD

Nissan Rogue FWD

Kia Sportage FWD

MSRP

$26,645

$25,900

$25,200

$23,990

Engine

2.5L Flat-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

Transmission

CVT with manual shift

8-speed Automatic 

CVT with automatic shift

6-Speed Automatic

Power

182hp@5,800rpm

185hp@6,000rpm

170hp@6,000rpm

181hp@6,000rpm

Torque

176lb-ft@4,400rpm

178lb-ft@4,000rpm

175lb-ft@4,400rpm

175lb-ft@4,000rpm

Subaru performs better than most of its competition, except the Hyundai Santa Fe which has 3 ponies and 2 pound-feet of torque extra than the Outback. Moreover, Subaru is the only one with an all-wheel-drive setup which helps in tackling varying terrains. Nissan Rogue is the least powerful of the lot with 170hp and 175lb-ft of torque. The added premium of Subaru is totally justified with all its perks which makes it a better ride.

How quick can the Subaru Outback go from 0-60 MPH?

The outback sprints from 0-60 in a decent 8.7 seconds and crossed the quarter-mile within 17 seconds, 16.6 seconds to be precise, at a speed of 86.1 mph. Given the fact that it is the heaviest of the lot, the figures are pretty decent.

2020 Subaru Outback hits 0-60 mph just in 8.7 sec

The All-wheel drive system is a boon as it helps propel the car without any latency which helps it achieve such numbers. The CVT is impressive as it doesn’t have any lag and has a very direct and instantaneous response.

Models

Subaru Outback AWD

Hyundai Santa Fe FWD

Nissan Rogue FWD

Kia Sportage FWD

0-60 MPH 

8.7 sec

8.6 sec

8.7 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile 

16.6 sec

16.5 sec

16.9 sec

16.5 sec

Top Speed  139 MPH N/A 122 MPH 125 MPH

Engine

2.5L Flat-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

The most powerful car in this competition, the Hyundai Santa Fe does 0-60 miles in 8.6 seconds. It marginally surpasses the Outback in spite of having the upper hand. Kia Sportage is the quickest of the lot, doing 60-0 sprint in 7.2 seconds, courtesy of a very impressive power to weight ratio which outclasses the rest.

How are the driving dynamics on the Subaru Outback?

The Outback drives like no other Subaru. In Spite of being tagged as an SUV, it handles more like a premium sedan! All this is thanks to the all-new SUBARU GLOBAL Platform which has upped the torsional rigidity by a whopping 70%. This has given the engineers at Subaru the liberty to fiddle with the suspension, steering, and brake setup.

2020 Subaru Outback rear three quarter view

The Outback has the excellent body control and also handles well. The car feels very nimble because of the short steering ratio which requires less movement for maneuvering the vehicle. This makes it a breeze to drive even in cities in spite of its dimensions. Speaking of the corners, the Outback is definitely not as agile as other Subarus such as the WRX or the BRZ, owing to its mammoth dimensions. However, you can still throw a corner at this SUV and see it coming out of it with ease. Though there is a slight presence of body roll, yet the Outback does its part.

What's really impressive about the Outback is its capabilities of measuring rough terrains, and that's a forte it simply dominates. Accrediting to the standard AWD drivetrain and dimensions, the Outback knows how to go off-road with precision. No other contender of this segment is as off-road capable as the Outback. 

Is the Subaru Outback a stern stopper from 60 MPH to zero?

Braking is not the strong point of the Outback. The combination of weak brakes and a hefty body makes it a poor stopper. The 2020 Subaru Outback deploys 12.4-inch front brake rotors and 11.8-inches towards the rear. The brake pedal isn’t progressive either, but it still comes to halt from 60mph in 130 feet.

2020 Subaru Outback brakes

In terms of the feel, the brakes are well-modulated and inspire a lot of confidence during all conditions. Step on the brakes hard, and you will find a considerable amount of nose-dive. However, this isn't unnerving and the car manages to maintain a straight line, even as the braking gets harder. The ABS unit works just fine as well and combined with the superb AWD setup, you will find grip and traction and superb braking power, all at the same time.

Models

Subaru Outback AWD

Hyundai Santa Fe FWD

Nissan Rogue FWD

Kia Sportage  FWD

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12.4

12.6

11.7

12

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.8

12

11.5

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3634

3591

3464

3305

60-0 MPH (ft)

130

114

113

115

Compared to the competition, the Subaru stays head to head in terms of dimensions but loses on braking performance due to sheer size and weight. The Nissan Rogue pulls off the best 60-0 figure of 113 feet, followed closely by the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sportage. 

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2020 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

7.9/10

Subaru returns an acceptable fuel economy with a combined range of 29 MPG. With a 33 highway MPG figure, it can travel long distances without hiccups. The most impressive part is that in spite of flaunting an all-wheel-drive setup, it still manages to give a very good range.

Models

Subaru Outback (Base)(AWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe (Base)(FWD)

Nissan Rogue (Base)(FWD)

Kia Sportage  (Base)(FWD)

MPG (City)

26

22

26

23

MPG (Highway)

33

29

33

30

MPG (Combined)

29

25

29

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.5 18.8 14.5 16.4
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 481/611/536 414/545/470 377/479/420 377/492/426

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

6.8

7.1

6.1(est.)

7.0

The Nissan Rogue and Subaru Outback give a combined MPG of 29 thus leading the class. Hyundai Santa Fe is the least fuel-efficient ride of the segment with a combined mpg figure of 25, while its cousin, Sportage rakes in the third spot with a 26 combined mpg.  Another advantage that the Outback has is its cavernous fuel tank, which can store up to 18.5 gallons of gasoline, thus lending this SUV the best in class range.

2020 Subaru Outback Interior

8.5/10

Subaru has completely revamped the interior of the Outback and we dare say, it is the best interior of any Subaru to date. The 2020 version as compared to the 2019 Subaru Outback gets soft-touch plastics, leather upholstery on perfectly contoured seats with ample head and legroom. The generous seating dimensions do not compromise on the cargo space as well. The entry and exits are wide for comfortable pass through. It provides a perfect balance of occupant comfort with ample legroom for a 6 footer to sit behind another one.

2020 Subaru Outback seating layout

Well, Subaru Outback's contoured seats with excellent support all around keep the occupants cocooned and comfortable. The rear seats are raised which gives the passengers a clear view of the road in front. The optional Nappa leather makes the cabin ooze in luxury. There is even a neoprene based upholstery on the Onyx Edition XT which Subaru sweetly calls StarTex. Subaru claims it to be water-resistant so that you are not hesitant to foil it after your weekend chill at the beach.

Models

Subaru Outback (Base)(AWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe (Base)(FWD)

Nissan Rogue (Base)(FWD)

Kia Sportage (Base)(FWD)

Seating Capacity 5 5 5 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/58.1/42.8

41.2/59.1/44.1

41.6/56.6/43.0

39.3/57.1/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/57.4/39.5

39.2/58.3/40.9

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.1/55.1/38.2

The added length and width of the Outback have improved seating comfort. It has a power-adjustable driver's seat with the heated front row. Automatic climate control with sound insulation on the front windows makes it a quiet place to be in.

What the Subaru Outback has to offer for infotainment needs?

The most highlighting feature is the introduction of a massive 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment display which takes up all of the centers in the dashboard. This is available in all trims except the base which uses two 7 inch screens, one for multimedia and the other for the climate controls.

2020 Subaru Outback has 11.6-inch infotainment system

Subaru uses two processors to power the whole setup to provide a seamless and fluidic experience. The top trims have optional navigation-equipped units which give out a TESLA vibe. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard for better ease of usage. The 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment panel on the 2020 Subaru Outback is intriguing and displays all the information in the form of crisp graphics. The panel is great at feedbacks and delivers spontaneous responses to all your inputs. Some of the most  eminent infotainment features aboard the Outback are:

  • 6 speakers
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Window grid antenna
  • AM/FM radio
  • Voice-activated radio

What are the convenience features on offer in the Subaru Outback?

The 2020 Subaru Outback is high on performance but that doesn't mean that it compromises upon the comfort factor. The SUV is loaded with several comfort features that ensure that all its occupants are at ease at all times. Some of the most prominent comfort features in the 2020 Subaru Outback are:

  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Nappa Leather-Trimmed Upholstery
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Outboard Seats
  • Eight Cup and Bottle Holders
  • Sun Visors with Illuminated Vanity mirrors
  • Water Repellent StarTex Upholstery(only on Onyx Edition Trim)

How much space does the Outback Cargo provide?

The cargo space is at 32.5 cu-ft, which is decent given the fact that it has grown on both seating and the cargo. The 32.5 cubic feet of space is more than enough to accommodate your whole family's luggage for a weekend outing. The Outback is a typical two-row SUV which has a 60-40 split second row. Fold the rear seats down and you end up with 75.7 cubic feet of space meant to store your cargo. 

2020 Subaru Outback cargo area

Apart from the 32.5 cubic feet of space under the trunk lid, there are enough slots inside the cabin to hold your belongings. The 2020 Outback gets 8 bottle/cup holders which can hold your cappuccinos. Apart from that the large compartment in front of the shifter is pretty handy and can be useful for holding phones. However, the door pockets are somewhat short and narrow. 

Models

Subaru Outback (Base)(AWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe (Base)(FWD)

Nissan Rogue (Base)(FWD)

Kia Sportage  (Base)(FWD)

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

32.5

35.9

39.3

30.7

With 39.3 cu-ft, Nissan Rogue has the most cargo space followed by the Hyundai Santa Fe at 35.9 cu-ft. Kia Sportage comes in last after the Subaru with 30.7 cu-ft. of cargo space. 

Also Read:

How spacious is the Hyundai Santa Fe?

How much luggage can a Kia Sportage hold?

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2020 Subaru Outback Exterior

6.3/10

The design has not gone through much of an overhaul when compared to the outgoing model. But nevertheless, it has been refreshed to get noticed enough. With longer and wider dimensions than before, it's impressive that the Subaru retains its offroading character. When the terrain gets challenging, there are certain limitations due to the long front overhang. It tends to scrape when going through a steep ascent or descent. Most of the owners seldom take it for extreme offroading, so it doesn’t create much of a situation.

2020 Subaru Outback three quarter view

The use of high strength steel helps keep the A and B pillars thin for better outward visibility. The low beltline also gives a better view of the road upfront and the sides. The use of plastic cladding on the lower half of the car makes it usable on frequent offroad trails. The combination of the colored top and the black cladding gives the outback a distinctive look.

Models

Subaru Outback (Base)(AWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe (Base)(FWD)

Nissan Rogue (Base)(FWD)

Kia Sportage (Base)(FWD)

Curb Weight (lbs)

3634

3591

3464

3305

Length (in)

191.3

187.8

184.5

176.4

Width (in)

73.0

74.4

72.4

73.0

Height (in)

66.4

66.1

66.3

64.4

Ground Clearance (in)

8.7

7.3

7.8

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

108.1

108.9

106.5

105.1

The Subaru Outback's dimensions exhibit the fact that it is the most off-road ready vehicle of the segment. The humongous 8.7 inches of ground clearance can make this SUV soar over rough patches more easily than any of the other rivals. Apart from that, the Outback gets a 108.1-inch wheelbase, that directly translates into a more liberal interior with great cabin and cargo space. However, these dimensions have an impact on the ride's curb weight, making it the heaviest vehicle of the lot. 

What are those eye-catching features on the Subaru Outback?

The Outback surely looks the part and has a massive road presence. It's one of the biggest cars to sport the Subaru badge. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the 2020 Subaru Outback are:

  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights
  • Roof Rails
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Endurance Plastic Body cladding
  • ORVMs with integrated turn signals
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2020 Subaru Outback Safety

9.0/10

Subaru has kept the Outback safe by providing all the important safety features from the base up. Adaptive Cruise control and side curtain airbags for the rear passengers are features that come in as standard. The body has also been souped up with high strength steel and reinforcements to the chassis for better crash protection. This also makes the ride much more rigid which improves handling as well. The 2020 Subaru Outback has not yet been crash-tested by the agencies, however, considering the list of safety features aboard the Outback, we do anticipate it to pass all the safety tests with flying colors. Some of the most prominent safety features of the Outback are:

  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • High Beam Assist(HBA)
  • DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
  • Blind Spot Detection 
  • Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Brake Override System
  • High-Resolution Rear Vision Camera
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Daytime running lights
  • 8 airbags

2020 Subaru Outback Competition

7.5/10

Subaru Outback Vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is the most powerful of the lot in performance figures. But this bump makes it suffer in fuel efficiency due to its added power. The interior of the Santa Fe is more cramped and the outside visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars. The Subaru is superior in all of these aspects and is a very competent offroader. The Outback is the better choice of the two as it provides better power, efficiency and comfort features.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

Subaru Outback Vs. Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is the least powerful of the lot and this also translates to sluggish acceleration. This makes it a very poor offroader. It also loses in the interior which is dated and houses an outclassed infotainment system. Outside visibility is a bummer that slashes it below the Outback in almost all aspects. With all these, the Rogue doesn’t stand a chance against the All rounded Subaru

2020 Nissan Rogue

Subaru Outback Vs. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage makes a good cause with its excellent ride and handling, comfortable and spacious interiors and a very immersive dashboard layout. The sound insulation brings it at par with the Subaru Outback. But the Outback outshines it in cargo space and better power transmission and makes it a better offroader with a dedicated all-wheel-drive setup.

2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The Subaru Outback falls into a very sweet spot that incorporates all the best features of its competitors while eliminating the downsides. It combines practicality, comfort, and power in a well-rounded package which is hard to come by. Being a Subaru it is very light on the pocket to live by as well. If you are in the market for an utterly reliable, spacious, and feature-rich SUV which can occasionally take a beating then the Subaru Outbreak is the one for you. Who else would be willing to throw in a water repellent upholstery so that you can have fun!

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2020 Subaru Outback FAQs

How many seats does the Subaru Outback have?

The Subaru Outback is a 2-row crossover estate that is offered only in a 5-seater configuration, the boot is huge and gets tie-down hooks and nets, but due to the low roofline, it can't accommodate jump seats at the back

Can the Subaru Outback be flat towed?

Subaru does not recommend flat-towing the Outback due to its complex AWD system, it should only be flat towed in case if a break down for a short distance, otherwise, Subaru recommends using a flat-bed to transport the Outback.

How big are the Subaru Outback tires?

The Outback comes with two different wheel sizes. The 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trim levels have 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that need 225/65 R17 size tires. The other Outback trim levels are equipped with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/60 R18 tires.

What is the difference between Subaru Outback Limited and touring?

Both models are offered with heated front and rear seats and leather-trimmed upholstery. The major differences include: The 2.5i Touring trim includes a heated steering wheel and silver accents. While the 2.5i Limited trim includes wood grain-patterned accent trim.

Which is better Subaru Outback premium or limited?

If leather trim is what you prefer then go for the Outback Limited, as other convenience features are available as an option on the Outback 2.5i Premium. You can expect most of the features with the optional EyeSight package on the premium. Therefore, the Premium with EyeSight is one of the popular Outback models to choose from the vehicle lineup. 

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2020 Subaru Outback Overall Reviews


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Terry S. Bartley

2021 Subaru Outback

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 11, 2021

2021 Suabru Outback

Pros - Safety, effortless drive

Cons - I dislike nothing

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

A car worth buying in every aspect.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

AB

Andrew C. Berkeley

2021 Subaru Outback

Touring XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 11, 2021

2021 Subaru

Pros - Cargo space, sporty interior, peppy engine

Cons - Mileage could be better

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Looking for a reliable car than this is the car you should buy.

10/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Larry C. Coley

2021 Subaru Outback

Limited XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 11, 2021

2021 Outback

Pros - Stylish, spacious, airy

Cons - Mediocre interior quality, auto start/stop

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

I would definitely recommend this car! It is the best purchase I have ever made.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Used Subaru Outback for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2021 Subaru Outback 0 $26,455 13 Listings
2021 Subaru Outback 0 $28,791 22 Listings
2021 Subaru Outback 0 $39,624 1 Listings
2020 Subaru Outback 1 $22,994 1095 Listings
2020 Subaru Outback 7 $17,900 757 Listings
2020 Subaru Outback 2 $25,815 772 Listings
2019 Subaru Outback 50 $16,750 2016 Listings
2019 Subaru Outback 5 $20,000 988 Listings
2019 Subaru Outback 1 $25,819 25 Listings
2018 Subaru Outback 12 $17,793 1169 Listings
2018 Subaru Outback 0 $23,995 5 Listings
2018 Subaru Outback 103 $13,895 2602 Listings
2017 Subaru Outback 13 $16,387 641 Listings
2017 Subaru Outback 137 $9,695 2639 Listings
2016 Subaru Outback 2 $10,999 79 Listings
2016 Subaru Outback 41 $6,900 872 Listings
2015 Subaru Outback 0 $12,995 15 Listings
2015 Subaru Outback 47 $5,995 852 Listings

Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

2021 Suabru Outback

A car worth buying in every aspect.

by Terry S. Bartley

9

User Overall Rating

2021 Subaru

Looking for a reliable car than this is the car you should buy.

by Andrew C. Berkeley

9

User Overall Rating

2021 Outback

I would definitely recommend this car! It is the best purchase I have ever made.

by Larry C. Coley

8

User Overall Rating

Subaru's perfection on display

I'm positive we have a long way ahead of us before we really think about trading it off with a new car

by Douglas Blackmer

8

User Overall Rating

More of a city driver

For a city dweller, outback is going to be the best car considering how good it drives in traffic

by Marirose Brown

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