I’m in Seattle and not abiding whether the snow will anytime stop. Cars are sliding, trucks can’t get up hills and it’s a claiming aloof to get out of the auberge parking lot.
I aloof appetite my family’s 2017 Subaru Outback! We’ve enjoyed accepting it in the Midwest and on continued trips through the South, but I get why so abounding bodies in the Northeast and Northwest buy them. They beam at snow.
With this amusement in mind, I couldn’t delay to drive the absolutely redesigned 2020 Outback Touring.
Designers had the befalling to absolutely reimagine the Outback as a glassy wagon, boxlike crossover or article between, but back they interviewed owners, orders were clear: Make it attending like an Outback.
So stylists diffuse it marginally, sleeked it out and graced it with corner-following LED headlamps. Jeep-challenging 8.7 inches of arena approval and 18-inch auto remain.
Touring models barter the antecedent generation’s slimline baggage balustrade for the full-function arbor with chip crossbars. Accustomed the car has a lower roof acme than best SUVs, it’s easier to attic bicycles and kayaks, too. It’s acutely an Outback.
According to Subaru, Outback barter are well-educated, accustomed 37% accept academy degrees while 32% becoming post-graduate degrees. Household incomes ambit from $75,000 to $99,000. While they can accept added big-ticket cars, they accept Outbacks. But a added comfortable Outback wouldn’t hurt.
That’s area the affluence Touring trim comes in. Sliding in the new cabin, cartage aboriginal apprehension the 11.6-inch book appearance touchscreen in the centermost birr to allegedly ascendancy infotainment that includes Harman Kardon audio, Tom Tom aeronautics and automated altitude control. It accomplish up with amber Nappa covering seats, woodgrain and stitched dash/door trim.
Heated/ventilated advanced seats, acrimonious rear seats and a acrimonious council caster add abundance — as do extendable lower driver’s ancillary cushions and ability moonroof. Affix with wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Families can feel safe. Beyond a annealed anatomy anatomy that absorbs blast armament like a animate sponge, our Touring copy is loaded with all of the latest assurance gear.
Equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight arrangement with accompanying cameras aloft the rear-view mirror, the car has lane accumulate assist, adaptive cruise, advanced blow admonishing with auto anchor and dark atom detection. Add to that lane centering, about-face auto braking and a advanced camera to aid back departure alleys or topping trails. This all earns the car an IIHS Top Assurance Pick ranking.
Gone is the previous-generation’s alternative six-cylinder engine, replaced by a new 2.4 liter turbocharged angular against four-cylinder that delivers 260 application and 277 foot-pounds of torque. If you’re counting, that’s 78 application added than the abject 2.5-liter non-turbo engine.
Both affix to the all-wheel-drive arrangement through a continuously capricious transmission. Ammunition abridgement is rated 23/30-MPG city/highway.
I consistently anticipation my family’s Outback rode and handled well, but the new one’s stiffer anatomy anatomy and aesthetic abeyance is better.
Where my car’s abeyance can bulky a bit over asperous impacts, this one aloof soaks it up like an Audi. The torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive is absorbing in the way it hardly over-rotates the rear to bind corners. Council feels added absolute for a added agreeable active experience.
When off-roading, columnist the XMode button that configures the absorption control, powertrain and acropolis coast ascendancy to about-face torque amid auto on boxy trails and bit-by-bit it bottomward abrupt hills. Combine that with 8.7 inches of arena approval and you accept a appealing austere off-road machine. Few owners will anytime analyze the Outback’s accurate capability.
I acclimated to antic that if I anytime ran a business, I’d buy a Subaru Outback…because everybody would apperceive they ability as able-bodied cycle on in because I’d be there. Even after a business, my ancestors has enjoyed the all-weather capability, able ammunition economy, abounding autogenous and abounding baggage amplitude in our 2017 edition.
The all-new 2020 Outback Touring takes all I already admired and fabricated it so abundant better. I aloof ambition I had it in Seattle.
The 2020 Subaru Outback starts at aloof $26,645, ascent to $40,705 all-in. That’s $15,000 beneath than the Volvo V60 Cross Country, with agnate equipment, and about identical to the Buick Regal TourX.
Casey Williams is an Indianapolis automotive journalist. Send comments to Casey at [email protected]; chase him on [email protected] To see a video of this review, bang on this URL — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5BBZGShag
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