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Notable Features in 2020
Five-seat mid-size crossover wagon
2.5-liter flat-four or turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine
Continuously variable automatic transmission
Standard all-wheel drive
New Onyx Edition available
Standard automatic emergency braking

Price Range     $26,645–$39,695
Consumer Rating      (4.2)4 reviews
MPG (Miles per gallon)    26-29
Body Styles     SUV

The Good
Vastly improved ride and handling
Quiet, spacious interior
Respectable fuel economy
Many standard safety systems
Highly versatile and easy to use
Exceptional value

The Bad
Jumpy X-Mode acceleration off-road
Blind spot warning costs extra
Engine stop-start defeat buried in menus
Dual-mode X-Mode available only on Onyx Edition
Long front overhang rubs off-road
Nervous, inconsistent lane departure warning

The verdict: The new Subaru Outback may not look terribly new, but it is — and it’s the best one Subaru has ever made.

Versus the competition: It has some impressive SUV competitors, but when you factor in the Subaru’s value-leading pricing, it’s hard to find one that drives as well as the Outback, includes as much equipment and costs so little to own and operate.

Two decades ago, when Subaru took its Legacy wagon and jacked it up, slapped on plastic cladding and gave it an outdoorsy name, nobody imagined the Subaru Outback would become the automaker’s most beloved, best-selling model. I drove an all-new sixth-generation 2020 Outback in Northern California at a Subaru media event, and all I can say is this: If you’re a fan of the current Outback, wait till you get behind the wheel of this one — you’re going to absolutely love it. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own lodging and airfare at such automaker-sponsored events.)

Looks the Same, Feels Completely Different
The redesigned 2020 Outback barely looks different from the outgoing model, with just a few slightly updated, vaguely evolutionary design cues in its chunky, hiking-boot styling. But fiercely loyal Outback customers don’t care — they like the way the Outback looks just fine; the old one was still selling in record numbers even as the new one was just a few weeks away.

To be fair, the design works. Selective use of high-strength steel keeps the pillars thin for excellent outward visibility.

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     36 months / 36,000 miles
Powertrain     60 months / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     5 years/80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms     Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain     7 years/100,000
Dealer Certification Required     152-point inspection
Roadside Assistance     Yes


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