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2020 Subaru Outback Review | CarMax

Not quite a wagon, nor a crossover, the 2020 Subaru is classified as a midsize SUV, one that looks sleek like a car yet tough enough to handle almost anything on-road or off. The Subaru Outback is in a class of its own, thanks to distinct styling, a comfortable and well-equipped interior, and rugged capability, boasting all-wheel-drive and loads of driver-assistance technology. As a completely redesigned model, the 2020 version updates everything that makes the Outback fresh and versatile.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Subaru Outbacks on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Subaru Outback with similar features. Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Subaru Outback review:

Key Specs and Features:


  • The 2020 Subaru Outback with AWD, the 2.5L engine, and continuously variable transmission (CVT) gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

  • 32.5 cubic feet behind the second row
  • 75.7 cubic feet with seats folded down

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2020 Subaru Outback's towing capacity is an estimated 3,500 lbs. with the 2.4L engine, or an estimated 2,700 lbs. with the base 2.5L four-cylinder engine when properly equipped.2

Seating capacity:

  • The 2020 Subaru Outback seats five passengers.

Engine Options:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine making 182 hp on Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring models
  • A turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 260 hp on XT models/span>

Tech Features:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen (11.6-inch touchscreen available on Premium trim)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • EyeSight® driver-assist system including automatic pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control with lane centering


The Subaru Outback has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Well-equipped Off-Roader

Off road, the 2020 Subaru Outback is trail-friendly and ready for adventure. Subaru's famed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance make ruts and gravel roads a minor inconvenience. There's also the available X-Mode® system that includes hill-descent control and traction-control modes for difficult driving conditions. For families with an adventurous streak, the 2020 Subaru Outback will help you head out in new directions.

2. Strong Base Engine, and Optional Turbo Engine

The Outback comes standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that delivers 182 hp. That then gets mated to a CVT to help create a smooth and well-balanced driving experience. Those who crave more power can opt for the spirited 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 260 hp. That's plenty for passing-lane maneuvers. As far as powertrains go, the 2020 Subaru Outback offers a nice balance of power and performance.

3. All-Wheel Drive on All Trims

Almost all models of Subaru come standard with AWD. It's that simple, and it applies to every trim and variant of the 2020 Subaru Outback. And we're not talking about any ordinary all-wheel drive, either. Subaru vehicles are equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which is designed to keep the power routed to all four wheels as part of a balanced layout and solid connection with the road.

4. Comfort and Space

From legroom to space for golf clubs or backpacks, the 2020 Subaru Outback has what you need. There are 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with over 70 cubic feet of cargo hauling space in total. Room for elbows, heads, and toes is also plentiful: The 2020 Subaru Outback offers 40.1 inches of headroom, 42.8 inches of legroom, and 58.1 inches of shoulder room. All that adds up to an accommodating and comfortable ride.

5. Smart and Valuable Standard Technology

The 2020 Subaru Outback boasts a long list of standard technology. For example, all models get Subaru's Eyesight driver-assistance technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, adaptive cruise control, and more. Inside the cabin, standard technology includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with a seven-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera. The value of standard technology is yet another reason why the 2020 Subaru Outback is a serious contender in the SUV market.

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What You Need to Know

2020 Subaru Outback: Available Trims

  • BASE: Standard equipment includes LED headlights, keyless entry, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview camera, Bluetooth®, and more.
  • PREMIUM: Includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat, heated front seats, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen as standard.
  • LIMITED: Standard features include blind-spot monitoring, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, rear air vents, and more.
  • ONYX EDITION XT: Adds the 2.4L turbocharged engine, an upgrade to Subaru's X-Mode all-wheel-drive system, hill-descent control, heated rear seats, and new exterior cladding.
  • LIMITED XT/TOURING XT: Includes standard features from the Limited trim and the 2.4L turbocharged engine.

Available Colors

  • Abyss Blue Pearl
  • Autumn Green Metallic
  • Cinnamon Brown Pearl
  • Crimson Red Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Tungsten Metallic


  • The 2020 Subaru Outback has 32.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 75.7 cubic feet with seats down.
  • The 2020 Subaru Outback seats up to five passengers.
  • Standard equipment includes a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen while an 11.6-inch touchscreen is available on the Premium trim.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard on all 2020 Subaru Outbacks.
  • All trim levels (except Base) feature standard heated front seats and a 10-way power front driver seat with lumbar support.

Subaru Outback Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Subaru Outback is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. Pricing data for this model at CarMax is currently unavailable. See below to learn more about previous model years.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the Subaru Outback.3

The 2020 Subaru Outback is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Subaru Outbacks with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Subaru Outback.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $607.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Subaru Outback

The 2020 Subaru Outback has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Subaru Outback, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Subaru Forester

As a compact crossover, the Subaru Forester seats five inside a spacious cabin. Cargo volume totals 35.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats—expanding to 76.1 cubic feet with all seats folded down. 2017–2019 Foresters boast standard technology and driver-assistance features like Subaru's EyeSight system, which includes adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and more. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is also standard on base models. While the 2019 Subaru Forester received a redesign from 2017 and 2018, standard equipment remained mostly the same. All 2017–2019 models include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Roof rack
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth

Subaru Ascent

As the largest Subaru SUV, the Ascent seats seven or eight passengers. There's also ample room for cargo: 17.6 cubic feet behind the third-row seat back and 82.5 cubic feet with second- and third-row seats folded down. Standard technology features on the 2019 model include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and the Subaru EyeSight driver-assistance system. The Ascent, which debuted for the 2019 model year, includes the following standard features:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Four USB ports
  • Three-zone automatic climate control

Subaru Crosstrek

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the Subaru Crosstrek is a five-passenger compact crossover that offers on-road comfort and off-road capability. Cargo capacity measures 23 cubic feet behind the back row and 50 cubic feet when the seats are down. Technology-wise, the Crosstrek expands the availability of standard driver-assistance features such as Subaru EyeSight, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Inside the cabin, base model 2018–2019 Crosstreks are equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth. Standard features for 2017–2019 models include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Bluetooth
  • Rearview camera
  • Cloth seat upholstery
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

The Bottom Line

The Subaru Outback has a reputation as a rugged, practical, and versatile SUV—with a dash of sophistication and character. The 2020 model builds on that reputation, thanks to all-wheel drive as standard on all trims, a spacious interior, and a long list of helpful features and driver-assistance technology.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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