What’s New In The Redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback?

The 2020 Outback may look like the Subaru wagon of years past – after all, it is sporting a gorgeous exterior, an adorable central stack of high-tech features, and luxurious touches from hood to hatch – but this redesigned crossover is undoubtedly the best Outback to date. In reality, all these new additions to Subaru’s hottest vehicle firmly place it in the category of “most anticipated SUV of the year.”  

2020 Subaru Outback Birmingham

What new additions, you ask? We’ve got the updated list of 2020 Outback specs and features, so let’s go over the differences between the new model and the outgoing 2019 Outback.  

Outback Trims 

Subaru emphasizes the need for drivers to personalize their vehicles. Select the all-new 2020 Onyx Edition XT trim at our Birmingham Subaru dealership, and you’ll be welcomed by glossy black-finished exterior accents, 18-inch alloy wheels, specialty Outback badging, and a glorious two-tone cabin. Creature comforts and in-vehicle tech are also top notch; enjoy water-resistant StarTex™ seats, Dual-Mode X-MODE, and more. 

New Turbocharged Engine Option 

For the first time in over a decade, the new Subaru Outback will be available with a turbocharged engine. Each 2020 Outback XT trim will come standard with this behemoth, a 2.4-liter turbo BOXER that makes 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at a low-end 2000 rpm. This flat-four turbo replaces the outgoing, naturally aspirated 3.6L power plant. The upgraded 2.4L turbo BOXER, returning up to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, is quite an improvement over the previous 3.6L engine (20/27 mpg). 

The 2020 Outback also features a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque, both of which are increases over the 2019 Outback’s base engine. Standard 2020 Outback 2.5-liter engines will return approximately 26 city/33 highway mpg, which is a tic above the 2019 model’s fuel economy. 

Both engines pair with the award-winning Subaru Lineartronic CVT.  

Exclusive Features 

The upcoming Outback is the first Subaru to come with an ultra-convenient Hands-Free Power Gate, which allows owners to abracadabra their way to the cargo area with the simple wave of a hand. An additional single-touch cargo lift cover is also available or standard on most Outback trims.  

New Subaru Outback Technology

Highlighting the cabin is a stunning 11.6-inch Full HD display. This all-new tablet-styled touchscreen is the largest and most advanced in Subaru’s history. It offers direct touch controls for everything from climate to media to select Outback settings. The Full HD display also includes Near Field Communication (NFC) and has exclusive rights to the Chimani app, which provides users with information about nearly every national park in the country.  

Another first-time feature on the Outback: in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspots. Need we say more? 

Improved Safety & Structure 

Boasting a world-class array of safety features, the ’20 Outback is one of the safest vehicles in America. Standard on all 2020 Outback trims will be Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering, and more. The additions of a segment-only DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System and a Front View Monitor – both new for 2020 – ensure all drivers and passengers are protected.

The exclusive Subaru Global Platform, unveiled in 2017, has gone through some massive changes in preparation for the release of the 2020 Outback. It’s stiffer compared to last year’s platform, allowing it to absorb more than 40% more energy in crashes. This high-end crash protection should put the new Subaru Outback on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list yet again.  

That’s all added to a new suspension. Lightweight and highly responsive, Outback’s latest suspension system is comprised of MacPherson front struts with innovative rebound springs, aluminum L-arms, and brand-new hollow stabilizer bars in front and back.  

Towing Increase 

Thanks to its enhanced design and a stronger SGP frame, the 2020 Subaru Outback wagon, fitted with the available turbo engine, can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. This is a significant improvement over the previous Outback’s 2,700-pound towing limit, and the highest tow rating of any Outback ever made. 

New Outback Cargo Space Specs


The Outback sees some modest gains on the spec sheet for 2020. It’s slightly longer (191.3 inches vs. 189.9 inches) and wider (73 inches vs. 72.6 inches) than the 2019 Outback, but Subaru’s design team has gone to great lengths to ensure the new model feels even more spacious.  

Outback’s cargo area sees a 0.6-inch lift in loading and unloading height. Passenger volume is also up, with most of that added 1.1-cubic-feet being noticeable in the back row; rear legroom has increased by an inch and a half, as has headroom (up 0.2 inches).  

Are You Eligible for 0% APR Subaru Outback Financing? 

Jim Burke Subaru Birmingham Dealer

At Jim Burke Subaru, we proudly stand by our “Where The Sale Never Ends” slogan. Now through July 1, 2019, you may be qualified to finance a 2019 Subaru Outback with no down payment and 0% APR at our Subaru dealership near Hoover! Simply view our current Birmingham Subaru specials and contact a member of our auto financing team at (205) 588-6281 for more details or to start your SUV loan application. There’s no better time than the present to join the Subaru family.  

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