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2020 Subaru Outback

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Customer reviews

4.8 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 33 highway, 29 combined

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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.

All Subaru Outback years

New this year

  • The Outback is available in a variety of new trims, including the Limited XT, Onyx Edition XT, Premium, Touring, and Touring XT.
  • The 2.5I, 3.6R Limited, and 3.6R Touring trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Outback trims have been upgraded with A/C Seat(s), Leatherette Seats, and Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment this year.
  • Rockford Fosgate Sound features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Cloth Seats, Rear View Camera, Lane Departure Warning, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Automated Cruise Control, Rear Defroster, Air Conditioning, Side Airbags, Overhead Airbags, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Alloy Wheels, Full Roof Rack, 4WD/AWD, Automatic Transmission, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Satellite Radio Ready, Auxiliary Audio Input, AM/FM Stereo, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

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Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Wagon

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Subaru Outback

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.

Similar vehicles

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

The go-anywhere attitude of the 2017-2020 Subaru Crosstrek starts with standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. The Subaru AWD system uses advanced torque vectoring to get power to the wheels with the most grip, helping you get places you didn't think were accessible. A 152-hp four-cylinder engine powers all three trims. There's 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space at the rear, and the 2017-2020 Subaru Crosstrek AWD with the 2.0L engine can tow an estimated 1,500 lbs., when properly equipped.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Subaru Crosstrek include:

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen with smartphone app integration

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® connectivity

  • Symmetrical AWD with multiple surface modes

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

5 customer reviews
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RepairPal reliability rating

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 19th out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.

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2020 Subaru Outback trims


  • 182-hp, 176-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Mirrors
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
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Limited XT:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • 260-hp, 277-lb-ft of torque 2.4L
  • Sunroofs
  • Memory Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Smart Key
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
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Touring XT:

Onyx Edition XT:

2.5I Premium:

2.5I Limited:

2.5I Touring:

More about 2020 Subaru Outback

Color options

Exterior 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

Interior details

  • 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.

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