2020 Subaru Outback

MSRP $26,645

Ranked #6 in Compact Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2020 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 5, 2021

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The 2020 Subaru Outback has been fully redesigned and is now in its sixth generation. Its starting sale price is $26,645. The standard engine is a 182-hp 2.5L boxer-4 but the main highlight is a new 260-hp 2.4 turbo-4 engine that is only available on the Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT models. This engine is powerful and can do the 0-60 sprint in 7.6 seconds. This engine's towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds. 

2020 Subaru Outback three-quarter view

The Outback boasts a handsome interior and is now fitted with the latest technology. It gets an 11.6-inch touchscreen with upgraded infotainment software to keep up with the modern era. On the safety front, Subaru's EyeSight suite of latest safety technologies is standard on every Outback. All these updates make the Outback a great comeback to the segment. It competes against the Toyota RAV4, the Mazda CX-5, and the Honda CR-V

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Pros

Standard AWD

Powerful optional engine

Best-in-class off-roading ability

Snug fit and finish

Largo cargo hold

Cons

Base engine feels underwhelming

Not the most fuel efficient of the lot

CVT dulls the driving experience

What's New?

Fully redesigned

EyeSight active-safety suite is standard across all trims

New 11.6-inch touchscreen


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26645

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

176 ft-lb. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

108.1 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

73 in.

height

66.4 in.

curb weight

3634 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

109 cu ft.

cargo volume

75.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

payload capacity

1071 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$26,645 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Subaru Outback in Abyss color
Abyss

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The Outback does SUV things better than most SUVs and does it without pretense or overcompensation- Edmunds

The Subaru Outback is the perfect blend of the comfort of a family sedan and the utility of an SUV. Its symmetrical AWD system along with 8.7 inches of ground clearance makes it perfect for off-road trails. At the same time, the spacious cabin along with extremely comfortable seats will make you want to drive the Outback as your daily driver. The most notable update for 2020 is the inclusion of Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology.

Compared to other Japanese crossover SUVs, the Outback has a bit high ownership costs. Annually, you will see nearly $7,000 which includes various costs such as maintenance, depreciation, repair, fuel, etc. The miles per dollar ratio is calculated to be 9.12, which is pretty decent. However, when it comes to reliability, the Outback scored 76 according to J.D. Power, which is below average. It still has a great resale value in the US market.

2020 Subaru Outback SUV front angle view
2020 Subaru Outback SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

Competitive pricing and great resale values have contributed to making this the best-selling AWD crossover in its segment- Carbuzz

The Subaru Outback is offered in the form of seven trim for 2020. These include Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT. The base model is priced at $26,645 while the range-topping Touring XT trim nearly reaches the $40,000 mark. This excludes a destination charge of $1,010. The first four trim levels are the main trims of the Outback. The XT models feature a turbocharged engine and add a few features.

2020 Subaru Outback rear angle view

The new Outback benefits from a long list of standard equipment and hence gives a tight competition to its rivals. The Outback is also available with a few packages and options. You can add the Onyx Edition XT trim with a power moonroof, a navigation system, and reverse automatic emergency braking for $1,845. Similarly, the Premium trim can be equipped with a hands-free power tailgate, proximity keyless entry, and few safety features for $1,400. 

Trim

Base

Premium

Limited

Touring

Onyx Edition XT

Limited XT Touring XT

MSRP (AWD)

$26,645 $28,895 $33,445 $37,345 $34,895 $37,745 $39,695

Key Features

Cloth upholstery Adds/ Upgrades to Base trim Adds/ Upgrades to Premium trim Adds/ Upgrades to Limited trim Adds/ Upgrades to Premium trim Adds/ Upgrades to Limited trim Adds/ Upgrades to Touring trim
  Manually adjustable front seats Heated front seats

Leather upholstery

Nappa leather upholstery Water-repellant synthetic leather upholstery Power moonroof All the features are standard in this trim
 

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

Leather steering wheel & shift knob 8-way power passenger's seat Ventilated front seats Front view camera Heated steering wheel  
  Automatic climate control

10-way power driver's seat

18-inch alloy wheels

Power moonroof 18-inch black alloy wheels Navigation system  
  4-speaker stereo

LED fog lights

Heated rear seats Navigation system Black exterior trim Driver distraction monitor  
  Dual 7-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 11.6-inch touchscreen Auto-dimming rearview mirror Driver distraction monitor Upgraded off-road driving mode    
  Bluetooth connectivity

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Proximity keyless entry

Power moonroof

     
  SiriusXM HD radio 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system Heated steering wheel      
  Dual USB ports 6-speaker stereo Hands-free power tailgate        
  LED headlights Dual rear USB ports Adaptive LED headlights        
      Blind-spot monitoring        
      Rear cross-traffic alert        
      Reverse automatic emergency braking        

We Recommend

For most buyers, we would recommend the Limited trim. This trim brings few other active safety features as standard equipment and also adds other features such as heated rear leather seats, an auto-dimming review mirror, proximity keyless entry, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, hands-free power tailgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an 8-way power passenger's seat. 


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2020 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

7.7/10

Predictably, the new Outback is an enjoyable car to drive both on-road and off- Autotrader

The first four trim levels of the Subaru Outback are equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.5L boxer-4 engine and it's good for 182 hp and 176 lb-ft. of torque. The XT models are graced with a much more powerful 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 260 hp and 277 lb-ft. of torque. A CVT transmission and AWD system that offers all-terrain drivability are standard across the range. The base engine can tow up to 2,700 pounds whereas the 2.4L engine's tow ratings are at 3,500 pounds.

2020 Subaru Outback engine

The Outback shares its underpinnings with the Legacy sedan. It inherits its driving characteristics- a very stable and carlike ride. It is hard to believe that even after an 8.7-inch ground clearance, the Outback doesn’t handle like the other jacked-up hatchbacks and wagons. The trick is its boxer-four engine that sits low and yields a favorable center of gravity and reduces body sway and roll to a great extent. The standard AWD system ensures better traction in any driving scenario.

2020 Subaru Outback driving view

Both the engines are quiet throughout the rev range while the CVT is tuned to offer smooth gear shifts. The Outback passes the 0-60 MPH test in 8.7 seconds and the quarter-mile is traveled in 16.6 seconds. The XT models do the same sprint in 7.6 seconds. The engine delivers a linear and predictable surge of acceleration across the engine’s power band. The braking performance is average for this segment. The Outback screeches to a halt from 60 MPH within 129 feet. 

Models

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

MSRP

$26,645

$25,950

$26,830

$27,560

Engine

2.5L Flat-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

187 hp @ 6,000 RPM

190 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

176 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

184 lb-ft. @ 5,000 RPM

186 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

179 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH

8.7 sec

8.0 sec

8.3 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

16.3 sec

16.4 sec

15.9 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

122 MPH

120 MPH

120 MPH

Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs

3,500 lbs

2,000 lbs

1,500 lbs

The turbocharged engine in the Honda CR-V is punchy and hence, delivers brisk acceleration in this competition. The Toyota RAV4's engine is powerful for a base engine but it doesn't come with an optional engine like the Outback. The Mazda CX-5's optional engine is equally powerful as the Outback but with better acceleration. 


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2020 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2020 Subaru Outback doesn’t need hybrid batteries for good fuel economy- The Car Connection

The Subaru Outback doesn’t set the benchmark for this segment. The EPA-estimated figures are 26 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on a highway, and 29 MPG combined. It is frugal but there are others who squeeze out more miles from a gallon of gasoline. Choose the turbocharged engine and the fuel efficiency takes a drop by 2 MPG. 

2020 Subaru Outback rear driving view

Therefore, the fuel economy is about average in its segment. On the brighter side, the Outback is equipped with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank which makes it a great choice for long trips. Therefore, it delivers a class-leading range of 536 miles with the base boxer-4 engine. The driving range reduces to 481 miles if you opt for the turbocharged engine. 

Models

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Toyota RAV4 2020 Mazda CX-5 2020 Honda CR-V

MPG (City)

26

27

22

28

MPG (Highway)

33

35

27

34

MPG (Combined)

29

30

24

30

Fuel Tank (Gallon) 18.5 14.5 15.3 14.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

481/611/536 392/508/435 370/459/367 392/476/420

Looking at the figures above, the Honda CR-V has the best efficiency followed by the Toyota RAV4. The Toyota RAV4's fuel efficiency is somewhat similar to the Outback but it has the lowest fuel ratings and driving range. Overall, the Outback is a good cruiser and is an ideal choice for those who travel a lot. 

2020 Subaru Outback Interior

8.5/10

Contrast stitching and thoughtful trim selections add an upscale feel- MotorTrend

The Subaru Outback really scores well when we consider the overall fit and finish. The cabin has been put together well, it would be difficult to find hard plastics in the cabin. It actually looks pricier than you actually paid for. Climb up the trim ladder, you would be spoiled with full-fat leather trim, Piano Black trim, and wood inserts. The front seats are comfortable and offer great support for long journeys. 

2020 Subaru Outback dashboard

Higher trims offer power-adjustable front seats with heated functionality for both rows. Only the top two trims come with standard ventilated front seats. The heated steering wheel also comes wrapped in leather on top trims. The rear seats are also comfortable with plenty of head and legroom plus it's been made about 3 decibels quieter on the highway thanks to the use of acoustic glass and other changes.  

2020 Subaru Outback infotainment screen

There's a lot of new technology in the dashboard in this generation of the Outback. For starters, it gets a new 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen and it's powered by the newest generation of Subaru Starlink infotainment interface. The most basic Outback features two 7-inch touchscreens on the dashboard. The system is generally responsive and there are plenty of physical buttons for those intimidated by the large screen. 

Models

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Toyota RAV4 2020 Mazda CX-5 2020 Honda CR-V

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/58.1/42.8

39.5/57.8/41.0

39.7/57.1/41.0 38.0/57.9/41.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/57.4/39.5

39.5/56.4/37.8 39.0/54.8/39.6 39.1/55.6/40.4
Cargo Space (cu-ft.) 32.5 37.6 30.9 39.2

The Outback has won accolades for its utility. It has a trunk capacity of 32.5 cu-ft, which is average for the class. If you need more space, then the rear seatbacks can be folded to expand the space to 75.7 cu-ft. If you are not looking to carry tall boxes, then the Outback’s rear trunk space is all you will need. Otherwise, you can store them on the roof rack as well which can carry weight up to 150 pounds. Some other cabin highlights are:

  • Leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel
  • Power front heated and ventilated seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Push-button start
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Sensor-activated power tailgate
  • Dual 7-inch & 11.6-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Wireless charging

2020 Subaru Outback Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 Subaru Outback might look a lot like the 2019 Subaru Outback, but it’s completely redesigned- Kelly Blue Book

The Subaru Outback enjoys a very clever positioning. It embodies the characteristics of a wagon and a crossover. By doing so, it brings utility and ground clearance without bailing out on driving dynamics. That said, it is blessed with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The design in the front is familiar though if you look closely, the grille shape has been gently reworked and there is more black cladding along the bottom to amplify its rugged look. LED headlights are now standard on the Outback.

2020 Subaru Outback side driving view

Also, all but the base model gets LED fog lights. The protrusive design of the bumpers and rocker panel trim adds to its bulk and makes it look like an all-terrain vehicle. The integrated roof rack also builds its credibility as a go-anywhere vehicle. As far as the side, the main difference compared to the outgoing generation is the upward swoop at the window. It also matches the newfound swoopiness of the LED taillights. All in all, the Outback's exterior didn't change a lot but they did change the parts that matter to give it a fully modern look. 

Models

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,634

3,370

3,541

3,398

Length (in)

191.3

180.9

179.1

182.1

Width (in)

73.0

73.0

72.5

73.0

Height (in)

66.4

67.0

66.2

66.1

Ground Clearance (in)

8.7

8.4

7.5

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

108.1

105.9

106.2

104.7

The Mazda CX-5 has the lowest ground clearance in this competition but it's decent enough for an SUV. The Honda CR-V sports a short wheelbase but its cabin is roomy. This comes in handy to burn out quickly during acceleration. At 3,370 pounds, the Toyota RAV4 is the lightest SUV in this competition, which further aids for better handling. Some other exterior features are:

  • LED auto high-beam headlights
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • LED taillights
  • LED fog lamps
  • Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
  • Silver roof rails
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Chrome window trim
  • Black fender lip moldings
  • Black rocker panel
  • 17 & 18-inch alloy wheels

2020 Subaru Outback Safety

9.0/10

Every 2020 Outback comes standard with EyeSight safety tech- Autotrader

The Subaru Outback scores well when it comes to safety. It received a perfect 5-star rating by NHTSA, which is really great. It was honored with the Top Safety Pick+ award, which is IIHS' top-most award as it received 'Good' ratings in most crash tests. It also received a 'Superior' rating for the front crash prevention. 

2020 Subaru Outback IIHS crash test

These superb crash ratings signify that the Outback is a safe vehicle. Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver-assist features is standard in the Outback. Few other active safety features are available under different optional packages. For more protection, the Outback also comes with a total of eight airbags. Some safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward & reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Driver distraction monitor
  • Rearview camera
  • Lane keep assist

2020 Subaru Outback Competition

6.0/10

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is the truest rival of the Outback as both are similarly priced and the engines are equally powerful. The CX-5 feels lighter on the road but the Outback has a better towing capacity. Both the SUVs are equally spacious but the Outback is a great cargo hauler. The CX-5 shares stage with the Outback in terms of fuel economy. On the safety front, both SUVs earned top safety ratings. 

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

Unlike the Outback, the Toyota RAV4 comes with just one engine but displays a better on-road performance. It is also slightly cheaper and more fuel-efficient than the Outback. Inside, the Outback feels a bit upscale. The rear-seat passenger space and overall cargo volume exceed the RAV4. The RAV4 also offers a longer list of standard equipment, lower ownership costs, and better reliability. 

2020 Toyota RAV4 

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is an expensive alternative to the Outback. It offers an agile acceleration for a base engine thanks to its low curb weight but the Outback's optional engine is way too powerful. The CR-V lacks a standard touchscreen infotainment display with smartphone integration but is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this class. The Outback has better safety ratings and features. 

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback ticks all the right boxes. Both the engines under the hood are pretty capable. Although fuel economy is average, coupled with a standard AWD system, it makes an excellent off-roader. The interiors feel premium with ample space. It is also pretty updated in the tech department. Therefore, if you are looking for a crossover, you should seriously consider the all-new Outback.

2020 Subaru Outback three-quarter view

2020 Subaru Outback FAQs

How much can the Subaru Outback tow?

The 2020 Subaru Outback has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. 

Does the Subaru Outback use Nappa leather?

Nappa leather is standard only on the top-end Touring and Touring XT trims. 

What does XT mean in Subaru Outback?

The XT models get a 260-hp 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. 

Does the 2020 Subaru Outback have a 6-cylinder engine?

No, the 6-cylinder engine has been discontinued for the 2020 model year. 

How fast is the 2020 Subaru Outback?

The base engine can pull this SUV from 0-60 MPH in 8.6 seconds but the turbocharged engine offers quick acceleration and does it in 7.6 seconds. 

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