2020 Subaru Outback

absolutely! AUTO REVIEW | By Steve Kursar –

The 2020 Subaru Outback is all-new for this model year, and now it’s bigger, safer and more capable than before. This sixth-generation Outback SUV now comes standard with All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. Built on a new platform, this Outback was redesigned from the ground up to be quieter with a more powerful powertrain.  But, it’s still tough enough to survive in any climate you might find in Texas.

A couple of decades ago, Subaru vehicles were considered odd and offbeat, not cars you might see in most garages.  But, their reputation for toughness and reliability began to filter out, and Subaru sales began to rise. The automaker also realigned their car designs to fit into the mainstream and suddenly Subaru sedans, and SUVs caught on with the car buying public.  Subaru continues to hit sales records as other automakers slump.

The base Outback has an MSRP of $26,645, and it is powered by a 182 hp, 2.5 liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that gets EPA estimated fuel economy numbers of 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The unique design of the boxer engine allows it to be more compact and to sit low in the engine bay giving the Outback a low center of gravity and more stability on the road.  It’s clattering sound can be off-putting to some car buyers.

The higher trim Outbacks are available with a 260 hp, 2.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine that delivers fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.  All 2020 Outback models are paired with a Lineartronic CVT featuring an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters.

The exterior is a rugged and functional design, and according to the Outback’s press release, one that “inspires wanderlust and enables active lifestyles.” Cladding (decor) on the side of the Outback is meant to resemble a hiking boot.  Wider fenders, a large hexagonal grille, front cladding and LED fog lights on the corners are there to further emphasize the SUV’s capability.

The Subaru Outback’s upscale interior features the Starlink In-Vehicle Technology which offers an integrated cockpit experience by allowing the driver to control entertainment and vehicle settings through a large touchscreen display. The infotainment screen is an all-new tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD multimedia display that’s just one of the many new features sure to impress any new car buyer.