Subaru has been offering the Outback for the past 25 years. Even though the craftsmanship philosophy hasn’t changed, technologies have advanced with time. Safety features are first rate, along with the styling.
Subaru engineering allows you to break out and explore, while remaining connected to the real world.
The Outback has a solid track record that speaks favorably about its service and ownership. In fact, 98% of Outback vehicles sold in the last ten years are still on the road today.
Standard Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist powers Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, and is one of the hallmark features under the Subaru brand. There is also DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System as an additional defense against fatigue and numerous sources of distraction in the real world.
The new, high-resolution 11.6-inch touchscreen is the window into the apps you need. At the same time, Subaru StarLink Multimedia lets you connect just about anywhere through standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Other technologies assist in the experience, while features like Remote Engine Start with climate control make Outback an even more comfortable car to drive.
The standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a new direct-injection Boxer engine achieve up to 33 mpg for fuel efficiency.
For greater towing capacity, there is a turbocharged engine option that is capable of putting out 260 horsepower.
Outback is beautiful with the Crimson Red Pearl color exterior, and is complemented by a comfy and classy interior with perforated leather-trimmed upholstery. Outback offers 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory and 8-way power passenger’s seat.
The 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with arm rests allows for easy access to the cargo storage. Roof rails with tie down assist straps and integrated cross bars in the back provide for additional cargo service. The cargo volume is 32.5 cubic feet with seats up, and grows to 75.7 cubic feet with seats folded down.
Leather is prominently found. The steering wheel is leather wrapped as is the shift knob. Features that are usually reserved for more expensive vehicles, like power windows with auto up/down for all, are standard in Outback.
I would have preferred a better positioning of side mirror controls and more room to handle the window controls. Gauges and lettering for gas tank, clock, etc. also need to be larger to improve readability.
The DOHC 4-cylinder 2.5-liter Boxer engine provides 182 max horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 176 lb.-ft. at 4,400 rpm. A Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) regulates the engine power.
The stylish Outback, built on the Subaru Global Platform, has an 108.1-inch wheelbase and 191.3-inch overall length. It rests on 18-inch alloy wheels, black with machine finish.
Subaru X-Mode is a software system that optimizes the engine and Symetric AWD system for better traction on slippery surfaces. The new dual-function X-Mode adds snow, dirt, and mud handling to the standard X-Mode system.
The Subaru Outback has the best resale value in class for 2019 according to Kelly Blue Book.
Outback is ready to join your family. It can be a work car through the week, but ready for play over the weekend. With Outback, your family has more options for a vacation destination. Outback is ready go; your only challenge is to decide where to. From start to finish, you will travel in a safe, comfortable car. No territory is too challenging.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starts at $33,445 for the Limited trim. A $2,045 options package adds Power Moonroof, heated steering wheel, upgraded multimedia system with navigation, and DriverFocus Distration Mitigation System.
3-year/36,000-mile New Car Limited Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
5-year/Unlimited mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour Roadside Assistance
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or [email protected]