2020 Subaru Outback XT Onyx Turbo - All the official details!

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Subaru just announced the all-new 2020 outback, now with an optional 2.4 liter turbo and a special Onyx edition?  Check out this new episode of driving sports TV to get all the details! 


All new 2020 Subaru Outback

This is the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback, like the new Legacy announced back in February this one also looks remarkably similar to the outgoing model considering its riding on an all-new global architecture. Thanks to this new structure, the Outback’s rigidity is much improved; this benefits overall handling and safety.

picture of the new 2020 subaru outback onyx 

New Safety Features of the Outback

All trim levels of the Outback also comes standard with Subaru’s eyesight safety system for active collision mitigation, the latest version of the system also provides steering assist as well as lane centering, which helps reduce fatigue on long highway journeys.Another new feature to the Outback is the driver focus distraction mitigation system, this uses facial recognition technology to warn of driver fatigue or distraction before it becomes a safety issue, it's like a nanny riding along next to you. The new model is also available with a new front view monitor system; this provides a 180-degree view extending from the side blind spots all the way to the front of the vehicle, which should help in parking and driving conditions.

New 2.4 Engine

Now, let's talk about the motor, Subaru has chucked out the old aged six which was getting long in the tooth, in its place is a new 2.4 liter 4-cylinder turbo engine from the Subaru ascent.
Here the motor makes 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, the standard engine is still a naturally aspirated 2.5 liter, but it has been updated to now provide a peak 182 horsepower up seven from last year's model.

Torque on the naturally aspirated option is 176 pound-feet, as always all flavors of the Subaru Outback feature Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. If you are hoping for a manual transmission, yeah you're living in a dream world, all drivetrains of the new outback comes standard with a CVT. It does feature an 8-speed manual mode with paddle shifters, so it does have that going for it. Towing capacity has been increased from a maximum 2,700 pounds on the outgoing model, to an impressive 3500 pounds when paired with a turbo motor.

new interior design of the 2020 subaru outback 

Other features and improvement

Subaru expects the EPA rating on all models to improve thanks to these drivetrain updates, expect to see up to 26 miles to the gallon city and 33 highways for the base engine option and up to 23 city and 30 highway for the XT turbo models. Inside the cabin Subaru has really focused on improving overall driver comfort, with improvements to the aircon system, seats, ride quality and the, you can't miss it, massive 11.6 inch HD tablet infotainment system, this tablet will be standard on all the base trim levels.

Of course since it's a Subaru it'll still come with the STARLINK connectivity system, as well as apps and all that. Second row leg and Headroom is also improved, top trim levels will offer up to 4 USB ports and two 12 volt DC sockets.

Cargo space should be excellent with up to 75.7 cubic feet of capacity when the second row is folded down, as another first for the 2020 outback an optional hands-free system will open the rear door by simply waving a hand over the Subaru emblem.

New 2020 outback trims

Now, let's talk trims, the new outback will be available in base, premium, limited, touring as well as limited XT, touring XT and Onyx XT editions. Yes, I said Onyx XT, this new trim level will follow the current trend of providing a blacked out trim package with some extra bonuses, and it’s similar to what Toyota offers with their Highlander SE.

Onyx edition cars start with the premium trim level, then they add special 18-inch wheels, exclusive badging, a full-size spare tire and they also feature grey two tone interior with seats wrapped in weather repellant materials. It also comes with the XT turbo engine, hands-free power gate and the front view monitor options. The Onyx is also the only way to get Subaru’s new dual mode X mode system, all other trims just gets standard X mode. To see how dual X mode differs from standard and why you may want it, watch our 2019 Forester X mode video linked here.

2020 outback climbing a mountain trail 

2020  Subaru outback price

Pricing will be released later this year, if it tracks based on last year's model with a modest increase, look for base models to probably come in around $27,000 with loaded Touring editions going for as high as 40,000. And before you say 40,000 is too much for an outback; just remember you can buy a loaded Hyundai Santa Fe for $40,000, so it's not really as crazy as it may sound. Cars? They’re just expensive.

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