Subaru’s rugged Outback crossover gets an all-new design for 2020 and offers a slightly more powerful 2.5-liter Boxer engine rated at 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, as well as a new turbocharged 2.4-liter unit producing 260 hp and 277 lb-ft, which replaces the naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter model. Both offer permanent all-wheel-drive and channel their power to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Outback’s new platform promises improved rigidity and refinement while the interior is subtly updated and all models come standard with an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and the EyeSight driver assist package. Seven trim levels are offered: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT. XT models get the turbocharged motor and notable features on higher trim levels include LED headlights, 10-way powered, heated and ventilated front seats as well as a head-up display.
With almost nine inches of ground clearance and AWD, the Outback is still well suited to the outdoors and should be on sale this fall. Prices should be slightly more than the current model which starts at $25,895.