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2019 Subaru Outback review

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Customer rating

Pros

  • Outward visibility thanks to high seating position
  • Spacious interior with upscale materials
  • Standard advanced driver-assistance features

Cons

  • Base engine offers slow acceleration
  • Handling is worse than most rivals
  • Engine performance doesn't focus on economy

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 22 combined

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Turn an ordinary trip into an adventure.

The 2019 Subaru Outback is a family-friendly vehicle ready to roll seamlessly from the soccer field to the campground. As the final year of the fifth generation, you’ll discover an array of features focused on making life easier. You can choose between the capable 174-hp 2.5L BOXER® engine and a muscular 256-hp 3.6L engine with standard all-wheel drive, smartphone integration, and a suite of driver-assist features.

All Subaru Outback years

What is new for the 2019 Subaru Outback?

  • Outback trims have been upgraded with Full Roof Rack as standard equipment this year.
  • The 2.5I trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, CD Audio, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The 2.5I Limited trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The 2.5I Premium trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The 3.6R Limited trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.

2019 Subaru Outback trims

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2.5i

  • The 174 hp 2.5L Boxer engine and continuously variable transmission

  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive

  • 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels

  • Roof rails

  • Manual cloth seats

  • Android Auto®/Apple CarPlay®

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2.5i Premium

2.5i Limited

2.5i Touring

3.6i Limited

  • The Boxer® six-cylinder 3.6L engine produces 256 hp.

  • The high-torque CVT includes hill hold, manual shift option, and paddle shifters.

  • 18-inch black finish alloy wheels

  • Blind spot detection

3.6i Touring

  • Heated steering wheel

  • Power lift gate with height memory

  • Automatic wiper-linked headlights

  • Unique lower door panels

  • Heated seats throughout

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Subaru Outback

1. Room for your life

2019 Subaru Outback: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

With its standard roof rails with retractable crossbars, you can secure your kayak, surfboard, skis, or luggage up top. When you need to bring home a boatload of supplies, fold down the back seat and open up a cavernous 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

2. Versatility that works for you

Every 2019 Subaru Outback includes one-touch rear seats that fold away in a snap. When you upgrade over the base model, a power liftgate with height memory takes the heavy lifting out of your daily grocery run. You can also opt for a driver seat with memory, a telescoping steering wheel, and even a kicking 12-speaker surround sound system.

3. Head off the trail and take it with you

The Subaru Symmetrical All-wheel Drive® means you are equipped to tackle rocky trails. Its elevated 8.7 inch ground clearance allows you to roll right over obstacles without hesitation. If you are heading up to the lake with your personal watercraft or ATV, your 2019 Subaru Outback is ready to tow it weighing up to 2,700 pounds when properly equipped.

4. Technology to keep you In touch

2019 Subaru Outback: Tech Dash | CarMax

Every 2019 Subaru Outback features the smart upgrades you expect in a contemporary ride including hands-free calling and audio streaming with Bluetooth® technology and app access for Android and Apple compatible smartphones. Other available upgrades include automatic climate control, smart high beams, heated seats, and keyless entry and start.

5. Ready for weather

2019 Subaru Outback: Backseats | CarMax

Built for fun, your 2019 Subaru Outback is prepared for cold weather adventure with available heated front and second-row seats. The headlights turn on when you activate the wipers. Worried about a little mud or snow? Heavy-duty cargo liners and floor mats rinse off in a snap.

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The Subaru Forester is a go-anywhere compact crossover with room for your whole crew. The 2017-2018 Forester has a standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine producing 170 hp or an available 250-hp 2.0L turbo-four. Starting in 2019, the Forester bumped base horsepower to 182 for the standard 2.5L but dropped the more powerful engine option. For 2017-2018, the Subaru Forester has 31.5 cubic feet of room behind the back seat, which increases to 33 cubic feet for 2019 and newer models.

Standard features on 2017-2021 Subaru Forester models include:

  • 6.2-inch touchscreen (6.5-inch for 2019+)

  • Height-adjustable driver's seat

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration (2019+)

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru Outback an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru Outback 10th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Subaru Outback features and specs

2.5I Touring 4WD/AWD 4D Wagon

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Remote Start
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

2.5L

Horsepower

175

Torque (ft-lbs)

174

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

18.5

Wheelbase

108.1"

Overall length

189.6"

Width

72.4"

Height

66.1"

Leg room

F 42.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 38.9"

Front tires

P225/60HR18

Rear tires

P225/60HR18

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

270/2700 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Crystal White Pearl

  • Tungsten Metallic

  • Wilderness Green Metallic

  • Magnetite Gray Metallic

  • Abyss Blue Pearl

  • Ice Silver Metallic

  • Cinnamon Brown Pearl

  • Crystal Black Silica

  • Crimson Red Pearl

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