There have been a number of SUVs at this year’s New York International Auto Show, including models from Toyota, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai. Subaru joined its competitors to showcase its 2020 Outback, which now includes a turbocharged engine option.
For the XT trims, the Outback, capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds, adds the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine from the Ascent and Legacy, which delivers 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a variable transmission for 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The non-XT models will feature a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque for 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2.5-liter H4 engine is also paired with continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive.
According to Subaru, the 2020 Outback features enhanced suspension components for a more enjoyable drive. Off-road, the Outback provides 8.7 inches of ground clearance and the standard X-Mode function with hill-descent control.
The interior showcases a tech upgrade with an 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment display, standard on all models except for the base trim level. The new touchscreen operates an updated version of the Starlink infotainment system, with optional TomTom-based navigation and a new app called Chimani that provides comprehensive data on the 417 national parks in the US.
The 2020 Outback also includes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio and over-the-air updates, as well as the automaker’s patented EyeSight safety tech that features adaptive cruise control and lane-centering tech. Other options include LED headlights, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display, and a front-view camera.
Though not significantly larger than before, the Outback's interior is much quieter. Designed with superior materials, the SUV has 75.7 cubic feet of space behind the front seats and an optional hands-free power liftgate, which can be activated by waving a hand in front of the Subaru logo on the hatch.
Subaru is also offering the adventurous Onyx Edition Outback, which features water-repellent seat material, exclusive 18-inch wheels, and the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine. The Onyx Edition also includes a hands-free power liftgate, front-view camera, and a dual-mode X-Mode drive setting. The Onyx Edition XT is one of several 2020 Outback models, including Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Limited XT and Touring XT. The price point for all models will be revealed when the Outback arrives in Subaru dealers in the fall.