2020 Outback Offers Option of Turbocharged Engine

The 2020 Subaru Outback combines the capability of an SUV with the handling of a sedan. Also, for the first time since 2009, the latest Outback offers the option of a turbocharged engine.

Under the Hood

The standard engine for the 2020 Subaru Outback is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter BOXER. This direct injection engine produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. 

Available on XT models, the turbocharged 2.4-liter BOXER engine churns out 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. Regardless of what engine buyers choose, it’s paired with a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission offering an 8-speed manual mode with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Comfort & Convenience

The 2020 Outback’s cabin is three decibels quieter than its predecessor, resulting in a quieter, more comfortable ride. Subaru’s engineers quieted the 2020 Outback through the use of thicker, sound-insulated glass and new weather strips on the doors.

Heated front seats and a 10-way power front driver seat with lumbar support come standard on all versions of the 2020 Outback except the base model, while the Touring and XT models include heated rear seats as well.


Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering is standard on all trims. The 2020 Outback also features a Front View Monitor, which captures images in blind spots in front of the vehicle, displaying them on an 11.6-inch display screen. This feature provides safety and assistance when checking road conditions ahead or parking.

Driver-assistance technologies available as upgrades include LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and EyeSight Assist Monitor with head-up display.

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