2020 Subaru Outback Pricing Announced; Crossover Starts at Less Than $27k
Base Price Goes Up $335 After Destination Compared to Predecessor
Subaru announced pricing of the 2020 Outback, revealing the all-new crossover's base price of $26,645 plus $1,010 for destination and delivery. That $27,655 total is only $335 more than the outgoing Outback, which strikes us as a good deal given the new model's improved interior and modernized platform.
First Look - 2020 Subaru Outback
Base versions of the Outback are powered by a thoroughly revised (90 percent new parts, according to Motor Trend) version of Subaru's familiar 2.5L flat-four boxer engine. The engine makes 7 hp and 3 lb-ft more than the 2.5L boxer it replaces, for a total of 182 hp and 176 lb-ft, and it sees a 1-mpg fuel economy bump relative to the 2019 Outback. A stout 600-mile highway range is enabled by EPA ratings of 26 city/33 highway mpg, and the whole kit is paired to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.
Replacing the 2019 Outback's lusty 3.6L flat-six engine as the upgrade powertrain is the same 2.4L turbocharged flat-four found in the three-row Ascent crossover. Producing 260 hp and 277 lb-ft, the engine is both stouter and more efficient than the old Outback 3.6R, and it has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The turbo engine will achieve 23 city/30 mpg and will come standard on the Outback XT.
Relative to the 2019 Outback, the 2020 model comes mounted on an all-new vehicle architecture, boasting 70 percent greater torsional stiffness and 70 percent greater front suspension mount stiffness. It's also much more resistant to lateral flex, and Subaru says it will absorb 40 percent more frontal and side-impact crash energy. A revised suspension layout includes better damping to ease pogoing over large bumps, and the rear antiroll bar grows while the front one shrinks. That should give the 2020 Subaru Outback more neutral, playful handling.
While exterior styling is very similar to the outgoing crossover, the new Outback gets a totally redesigned interior, headlined by an 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen that's standard on all but the base model. Predictably, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is near-field communication for Android devices. TomTom navigation and a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo are optional Improved materials and added sound deadening should make the 2020 Subaru Outback a pleasant place to spend time.
The crossover's safety roster carries over largely unchanged from 2019, with standard Subaru EyeSight automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, available reverse automatic braking, and more. However, for 2020, the Outback gets standard adaptive cruise control and lane centering, easing fatigue on long journeys. The 2020 Outback also gets an available Front View Monitor that spots hazardsâsuch as parking blocks, kids' errant bicycles, and rough potholesâin the driver's forward blind spots at low speeds.
That aforementioned 27 and change will get you the base Outback, which comes standard with a dual 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system powered by Subaru Starlink. The upper 7-inch screen houses audio controls, while the lower unit controls climate, EyeSight active safety, and X-Mode off-road systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard.
Moving into the Outback Premium, which demands $29,905 with destination, adds that 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen, as well as an All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a windshield wiper deicer). The Premium also gets dual-zone climate control, LED foglights, a power seat, and two extra USB ports in the ear center console, among other niceties.
The Outback Limited is the cheapest way to get leather upholstery in your "sport-utility wagon," at $34,455. In addition to the perforated leather seating, the Limited also gets gloss black and silver interior trim bits, 18-inch wheels with a black finish, memory settings for the 10-way power driver's seat, an 8-way power passenger seat, hands-free operation for the power liftgate, heated rear seats, and rear HVAC outlets. Keyless access and reverse automatic braking also come standard on the Limited, among many other features.
Subaru asks $38,355 for the top-dog Outback Touring, which gets added chrome brightwork for the exterior, exclusive Java Brown Nappa leather upholstery with front-seat ventilation, a power moonroof, heated steering wheel, and embedded navigation.
The turbocharged Outback XT is available in Limited ($38,755) and Touring ($40,705) grades, justifying the price increase not just with added power but more features as well. The Limited, for example, gets standard navigation, a moonroof, insulated front door glass and a heated steering wheel. Meanwhile, the Touring gets that sound-damping insulated glass and special tailpipes.
The 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition is an XT-only offering, designed for active adventurers who need a relatively affordable way to get to the trail in a hurry. Starting at $35,905, the Onyx Edition comes with water-repellant StarTex upholstery in a grey two-tone color scheme. Building from the Premium trim level, the Onyx gets a hands-free power liftgate, that Front View Monitor, a fullsize spare, and added off-road driving programs for the X-Mode drive selector.
Getting Out and Back
With pricing that comes close to matching its predecessor, it's fair to expect the 2020 Subaru Outback to continue to be one of Subaru's most popular and recognizable products. What's more, buyers can add option packages to each trim level, allowing for a fairly wide variety of equipment levels depending on the customer's priorities. The new Outback arrives in dealers in the fall, just in time for northerners and mountain dwellers to put one in the driveway before the flurries fly.