What's the Difference Between 2019 Subaru Outback and 2020 Subaru Outback?

2019 Subaru Outback shown.

Here in our northern neck of the Virginia woods, the great outdoors spreads out in all directions. You'll need a rugged wagon-become-modern compact crossover SUV to tack into it all. That's none other than a Subaru Outback. But with the 2019 model having undergone some exciting updates, followed in 2020 by a complete redesign, it can be tough to tell which model year's right for you. After all, there are plenty of differences between the two Subaru SUVs. Luckily, Reynolds Subaru has made figuring them out a lot easier.

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

  • The latest Subaru Outback comes built on the new Subaru Global Platform, making it a smoother, more comfortable ride with lower noise, vibration, and harshness.
  • The base engine power in 2020 Subaru Outback got bumped up to 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 model puts out just 175 and 174, respectively. There's also a new 2.5-liter turbo engine available for 2020 ready to churn out 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet. 2019 Subaru Outback only reaches up to a respective 256 and 247. The verdict: the former's a tad more capable.
  • There's a new eight-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the latest model year. Last year's Lineartronic was only a six-speed, making 2020 the banner year for near-seamless gear shifts and, therefore, easier handling.
  • 2020 Subaru Outback gets improved fuel economy, up to 26 mpg in cities like Charlottesville and 33 on the highway to Culpeper mpg by EPA standards. The 2019 model achieves 25 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway.
  • This year's Subaru Outback can tow 2,700 to 3,500 pounds. Last year's could only shoulder 2,700 pounds max.
  • The EyeSight suite, aside from coming standard, now features a new lane-centering assist system for 2020 as well as a new 180-degree front camera. This means easier course management and better situational awareness.
  • The 2020 model gets slightly better passenger volume, 109.0 cubic feet, with a touch more rear head, shoulder, and leg room to boot. The 2019 model, though still capacious, measured 108.1 cubic feet.

There's much more to experience here at 249 Madison Road in Orange. Call our sales department, and we'll be glad to schedule you for a test drive, so you can check out the differences up close and personally!

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