The new 2020 Subaru Outback hit showrooms on September 1, and Subaru die-hards all over the country rejoiced. Those who’ve been anxiously awaiting the rollout of this newly redesigned vehicle have probably already placed their orders. But those less familiar with the Outback may be wondering what the fuss is all about.

This new model is the sixth generation of the Outback. It hasn’t strayed far from everything that makes the Outback one of the best-selling vehicles in America and tops in the Subaru line-up. The styling is virtually the same as last year’s model with a few tweaks. According to research studies done by Subaru, that’s what customers want. The Outback’s rugged, adventurous profile appeals to many outdoor enthusiasts, so why mess with a good thing? The new Outback is still an all-wheel drive adventure-mobile with copious road clearance and the ability to go where few cars in its class would dare to. That’s what defines a Subaru Outback.

Increased Safety and Stability

With this new model, the 2020 Subaru Outback makes the transition to the Subaru Global Platform, completing the manufacturer’s efforts to get all models on the same platform. This platform is much stiffer than the old one, resulting in a smoother ride with less jostling on gravel roads. This platform also absorbs 40 percent more impact in a frontal collision than the outgoing platform could. The suspension gets an upgrade, with new hollow anti-roll bars in the front and rear contributing to a lesser curb weight than previous models.

Bigger and Better

The Outback base engine gets an overhaul, too. It now features a 2.4-liter flat-four engine with 182 horsepower. The three upper trim levels get a 260 hp turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer-four engine, a noticeable improvement over the Outback of previous years. All models feel plenty powerful and come standard with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive and continuously variable automatic transmission.

The 2020 Subaru Outback is slightly larger than the outgoing model, with the most noticeable application showing up in the rear seating area. Backseat passengers now have 1.4 inches more legroom for added comfort.

Premium Features Inside

Inside the 2020 Subaru Outback, you’ll find premium luxury features that are unexpected in an athletic car designed for adventure. Available touches like soft, genuine Nappa Leather seating, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated seats contribute to overall driving comfort. New and notable for 2020 is the huge 11.6-inch infotainment display. This vertically-installed multimedia touchscreen looks and functions much like a tablet computer, controlling such options as temperature and volume. Many tasks can be done with voice commands, and when the system is paired with a smartphone using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the hands-free user experience is top-notch.

The 2020 Subaru Outback keeps all the positive attributes from previous years and enhances them to make the driving experience even better. At first glance, the car may not look much different from last year’s model. But those familiar with previous models will notice the differences right away. And then they’ll get in line to order one of their own.

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