When the new Subaru Outback debuted at the 2019 New York auto show, many had trouble spotting the changes. We’ve already gone over the subtle design tweaks made to Subaru’s crossover-ized wagon, but what about the nitty-gritty details? Break out your calipers and measuring tape, as we’re about to dive deep into the 2020 Subaru Outback’s specs sheet.
Today’s crossovers get bigger and bigger with each new iteration. Such is the case with the Subaru Outback, but the dimensions haven’t increased that much. The new Outback is 191.3 inches long, 66.1 inches tall, and 73 inches wide. That represents a growth of just 1.4 inches in length over its predecessor. Width has increased 0.6 inch, but the height stays the same. At 108.1 inches, the wheelbase is also unchanged. Front track width remains the same at 61.8 inches, but rear track increases 0.6 inch to 62.8 inches. Front overhang increases by just 0.1 inch, though rear overhang grows by 1.4 inches.
The 2020 Subaru Outback boasts a 2.5-liter flat-four engine that makes 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. That’s up 7 hp and 2 lb-ft from the previous base engine. Subaru has ditched the old 3.6-liter flat-six for the Ascent’s 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four as the upgrade engine. The new engine makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque, up 4 hp and 30 lb-ft from the naturally aspirated flat-six.
Along with more power, the two engines boast better fuel economy. The base engine nets 26/33 mpg city/highway, up slightly from 25/32 mpg. The difference is even more significant on the upgrade engine: 23/30 mpg instead of 20/27 mpg. The tank capacity remains 18.5 gallons.
The previous model was able to tow up to 2,700 pounds no matter the engine. Now, the Outback can tow 3,500 pounds when paired with the more powerful turbo. That’s a pretty significant improvement.
Off the beaten path
Outdoor adventurers shouldn’t expect much change in off-road capability. The 2020 Outback boasts an approach angle of 18.6 degrees, departure angle of 21.7 degrees, and breakover angle of 19.4 degrees. Compare that to the 2019 model (18.4, 22.7, and 20 degrees, respectively). Ground clearance remains 8.7 inches.
Passengers will find a little more space in the rear. Legroom in the back has increased by 1.4 inches, and headroom has gone up 0.2 inch. Overall passenger volume has increased 0.9 cubic feet on models without the moonroof, and 1.1 cubic feet on models with the moonroof. However, front headroom has decreased 0.7 inch on models without the moonroof, and 0.6 inch on models with the moonroof.
EPA cargo volume comes in at 32.5 cubic feet with the seats up, down from 35.5 cubic feet. The liftover height, or the height you have to lift an item to get it into the back of the vehicle, has increased half an inch.
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Author: Kelly Pleskot