While other manufacturers are doing away with wagons in the United States, Subaru is one manufacturer whose wagons actually sell well here: so far this year (2019), Subaru has sold a whopping 93,711 examples of its popular midsize wagon. So it's no surprise that Subaru decided to renew the Outback for another generation for 2020. The sixth-generation model, which debuted at the 2019 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) just this past April and shares its platform with the also-new-for-2020 Legacy midsize sedan (another segment that Subaru isn't giving up on: pricing hasn't yet been released for the 2020 Legacy) will reach American showrooms next month. However, you'll have to look past its basic design to spot all the changes Subaru has in store for the new Outback- it knows that the Outback's design is what makes it sell so well. The 2020 model features updated exterior styling, new technology features, and a new turbocharged powertrain courtesy of the larger Ascent three-row crossover SUV.
Subaru has just released pricing for the new Outback, and it starts at a very modest $26,645, which is up only $300 from the 2019 Outback's $26,345 base MSRP. That's a very small increase for all of the changes that are in store for 2020. Let's go over the 2020 Subaru Outback lineup, and detail which each trim level includes (editor's note: all prices below do NOT include destination charges, taxes, or any other applicable fees, which vary depending upon your location).
The entry-level 2020 Subaru Outback model, which doesn't have a name, starts at $26,645, and includes many desirable features for a modest price point. Powered by a 182-horsepower, 2.5L Horizontal Four-Cylinder (H4) Subaru Boxer engine mated to a Continuously-Variable Automatic (CVT) Transmission, the base model of the Outback includes features such as Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive (AWD) with X-MODE (a features that was previously optional on the 2019 Outback, and not available on the base model), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), a Traction Control System (TCS), Active Torque Vectoring, seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in black with a machine finish, 225/60R17 102H all-season tires, LED headlamps, black folding side mirrors, body-color door handles, two-speed windshield wipers, a rear window wiper, roof rails, a 6-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, a reclining 60/40 rear split seat back, cloth upholstery, an electronic parking brake, automatic on/off wiper-linked headlamps, auto-up/down front windows with anti-pinch protection, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, a 3-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls, a manually-adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column, transmission paddle shifters, dual front USB inputs, eight cup holders, an overhead console, a center console, cargo area bag hooks and tie-downs, underfloor cargo storage, a removable cargo area tray, cargo area rear seat back release levers, an automatic climate control, a seven-inch Subaru Starlink multimedia system, a 4-speaker audio system, EyeSight driver assistance technology, High Beam Assist (HBA), a 4-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, a Brake Override System, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS), LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL's), a high-resolution rear view camera system, a Subaru advanced SRS airbag system, side curtain SRS airbags, a front passenger seat SRS cushion airbag, anti-whiplash front head restraints, rear adjustable head restraints, height-adjustable three-point seatbelts, rear child door locks, the LATCH system for child seats, a collapsible steering column, a ring-shaped reinforcement frame, keyless entry, and a security system. As a (well-equipped) base model, no options or packages are available for the base model Outback. Needless to say, going with a base model Outback is still a smart decision.
Next up in the Outback lineup is the Outback Premium, starting at $28,895. The Outback Premium adds the following features to the base Outback trim: a dual-zone climate control, LED fog lamps, body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals, windshield wiper and rear wiper de-icers, a 10-way power-adjustable front driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, dual rear seat USB charging ports, a retractable and removable rear cargo area cover, an 11.6-inch Subaru Starlink multimedia system, a 6-speaker audio system, and Subaru Starlink Connected and Multimedia Services. You can also add packages that include keyless access with push-button ignition, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
If you're looking for luxury-oriented features, you'll want to go for the Outback Limited, which starts at $33,445. The Outback Limited adds additional luxury and convenience features to the midlevel Outback Premium trim, such as leather-trimmed upholstery, a hands-free power liftgate, eighteen-inch alloy wheels in black with a machine finish, 225/60R18 100H all-season tires, LED steering-responsive headlamps (SRH), dual power-adjustable front driver and passenger seats, a 2-position driver's memory system ,heated rear outboard seats, keyless access with push-button start and PIN-code access, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, auto-up/down functionality for all four windows with anti-pinch protection, a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking. Additional packages add features such as a power moonroof, a heated steering wheel, GPS navigation, and the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation.
For those shoppers looking for the ultimate in luxury and all-weather capability, there's the top-of-the-line Outback Touring trim. Starting at $37,345, the Outback Touring adds even more luxury-oriented features to the already luxurious Outback Limited trim, such as satin chrome-finish power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, body-color door handles with chrome inserts, a power tilt/sliding glass sunroof, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery, GPS navigation, and the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. The Outback Touring trim comes fully loaded, so there are no additional packages or options available.
For those who are looking for just a little bit more power out of their Outback will want to consider the Outback Onyx Edition XT trim. Starting at $34,895, the Outback Onyx XT adds turbocharged power to the Outback, and additional features such as a 2.4L Turbocharged Horizontal Four-Cylinder (H4) Subaru Boxer engine producing 260 horsepower, Crystal Black Silica-finished heated folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and Subaru StarTex water-repellent upholstery. An additional package adds a power moonroof, GPS navigation, and Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) to the already well-equipped Outback Onyx Edition XT.
If you like the features of the luxurious Outback Limited, but wish it had more power, then you'll want to look at the Outback Limited XT trim. Starting at $37,745, the Outback Limited XT adds turbocharged power the Outback Limited, and other features such as a 2.4L Turbocharged Horizontal Four-Cylinder (H4) Subaru Boxer engine producing 260 horsepower, and GPS navigation. There are no options or packages available for the Outback Limited trim, as it's already very well-equipped.
Finally, if you're looking for everything the Outback has to offer, there's the top-of-the-line Outback Touring XT trim. Starting at $39,695, the Outback Touring XT adds turbocharged power to the luxurious Outback Touring, and includes a 2.4L Turbocharged Horizontal Four-Cylinder (H4) Subaru Boxer engine that produces 260 horsepower. As with the Outback Touring, the Outback Touring XT trim is already very well-equipped, and offers no additional options or packages.
Depending upon the trim level chosen, there are nine exterior color options to choose from: most are familiar colors such as Abyss Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Cinnamon Brown Pearl, Crimson Red Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl, but there's also a new hue available for 2020: Autumn Green Metallic. That color replaces Wilderness Green Metallic for 2020. For those wanting to take their Outback experience a bit further, there are plenty of accessories available. The Outback, as with its predecessors (and its sedan sibling, the Legacy), is assembled at Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana assembly plant, which is located about an hour outside of Indianapolis.
With the wide variety of trim levels Subaru offers on the all-new 2020 Outback, shoppers are sure to find one that meets their needs and budget, although no matter which trim level you choose, every Outback includes the reliability, safety, and technology features that Subaru has always been known for. Which trim level would you choose? Hop on over to Subaru's website and build your all-new 2020 Outback, and comment down below with your build!