New York LIVE: 2020 Subaru Outback [Video]by Byron Hurd
The king of Subaru's granola-mobiles is new from the ground up.
Subaru's lifted wagon is back for more with the introduction of the 2020 Outback--the sixth generation of one of Subaru's mainstay family vehicles.
The biggest change is under the hood, where the 3.6-liter boxer-six is no longer an option. Replacing it is Subaru's new 2.4-liter turbo-four, which produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Ever since that engine debuted in the larger Ascent three-row, it became inevitable that it would trickle down to other family cars.
Don't mistake this for an enthusiast powertrain, though. While it may be lighter and more compact than the six-cylinder it replaces, it's still mated exclusively to a CVT.
At the lower end of the power spectrum, the standard engine remains a 2.5L, naturally aspirated four producing a respectable 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.
Inside, the Outback gets updated tech, including the latest version of Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance suite. Combined with the lighter, more rigid chassis, it should make the sixth-generation Outback far and away the safest ever built.
Look for the 2020 Outback in the fall, and pricing details will be released closer to its on-sale date.