Most cogent changes: Adaptive LED headlights, and backseat and commuter bench belt reminders now standard
Price change: $150 access for base, Premium, Limited and Touring trims; $250 access for Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT; destination allegation increases $40 to $1,050
On sale: October
Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? 2021. Lower-level trims and Onyx Edition XT add adaptive LED headlights as standard, and the amount increases are basal on all models.
Subaru redesigned the all-wheel-drive Outback wagon for 2020 to accomplish it afterpiece to a crossover, admitting it still shares its architecture with the Legacy auto and differs mainly in its taller arena approval and SUV administration cues. For 2021, the base, Premium and Onyx Edition XT trims accretion accepted adaptive headlights that hinge in the administration of turns, authoritative that affection accepted beyond the lath (all models already had LED headlights as standard). Additionally anew accepted are a admonition to analysis the backseat afore abrogation the agent and a bench belt admonition for passengers.
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Price increases are modest: $150 on the base, Premium, Limited and Touring models and $250 on the others. The destination allegation is $40 college at $1,050.
The abject archetypal starts at $27,845 (all prices accommodate destination), and there are no branch options accessible to pad the price. Prices ascend rapidly, though, to $30,095 for the Premium, $34,645 for the Limited and $38,545 for the Touring. The top-of-the-line Touring XT is $40,995.
All models appear with AWD, a continuously capricious automated manual and the EyeSight assurance apartment that includes automated emergency braking, lane abandonment warning, lane accumulate abetment and adaptive cruise control. All models additionally bench five.
Base, Premium, Limited and Touring models appear with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine. The Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT appear with a turbocharged 260-hp, 2.4-liter angular against engine.
The Outback has a roomy, anatomic autogenous with abounding burden space, and higher-level models appear with an 11.6-inch angular aggressive awning for the well-executed multimedia system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted on all models.
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The abject agent feels apathetic and the CVT does little to advice performance, but the turbo agent delivers added acceptable performance. If you accede the Outback a bunched to mid-size SUV, the EPA accumulated city/highway ammunition abridgement estimates of 29 mpg for the 2.5-liter agent compares agreeably with added five-seat competitors.
A adequate ride and competent administration accord the Outback acceptable alley manners, and with 8.7 inches of arena clearance, it can handle ablaze off-road duty. The accepted X-Mode arrangement adjusts engine, manual and AWD settings for greater off-road traction, and the Onyx Edition comes with a Deep Snow/Mud setting. Towing capacities are modest: 2,700 pounds with the 2.5-liter agent and 3,500 with the turbo 2.4-liter.
The Outback was a avant-garde in council the auto industry abroad from truck-based SUVs to car-based crossovers, and it still offers appropriate amount in a five-seat, able ancestors vehicle.
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