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5 New Technologies On Redesigned Subaru Outback To Know About Before You Buy The Old Model

An inside look at the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback. Check out the new technology before you buy the outgoing model.


If you are trying to decide whether to by a current-generation Outback SUV, check out the new technology on the newly-redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback before you do. There are lots of good deals on the 2019 models as dealers try to move out inventory before the new models arrive, but you might want to wait.

What’s coming

The new 2020 Outback has been completely redesigned, with a turbocharged Boxer engine returning to the family SUV after a hiatus. Outback gets the new XT turbo model along with new technology adding new safety and giving customers less stress on the commute. For starters, Subaru Corp brings standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a new high-resolution 11.6-inch touchscreen.

2020 Subaru Outback1. Improved safety

The roads are getting more crowded and having a better view of what’s going on around you is a good thing for commuters. The 2020 Outback brings even more safety tech and a new available 180-Degree Front Camera that provides drivers with a full range of visibility. All Outback trims now come standard with a rear-vision camera to keep you from backing into someone or worse, run over a small child.

All new Outback trims also come standard with EyeSight driver assist that act as a second pair of eyes, with a new Lane Centering function that warns you when you sway outside your lane and new Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control that applies full braking force in emergency situations helping you avoid a rear-end collision.

2020 Subaru Outback2. Distracted driving

The new 2020 Outback DriverFocus is designed to help drivers who may be distracted. The SUV will come equipped with a system that uses facial recognition technology to determine if a driver is fatigued or distracted. It’s similar technology used on the new iPhone X and is the first of its kind in the compact SUV segment. More expensive cars like Lexus employ this type of technology, but Subaru offers it on the new-generation Outback for under $40,000.

3. Tow more

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Outback adds 3,500 pounds worth of towing capacity to haul your toys to your next adventure. Outback stays with its original design as an all-weather, off-road capable vehicle with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

4. Dual-Mode X-MODE

Outback gets even more off-road capability with a new available dual-mode X-MODE, available on the Onyx Edition XT. The new dual-function X-MODE has settings for snow, dirt, and mud and adds additional capability when you get into deep snow and mud and steep inclines when you are farther away from civilization. Outback still comes with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and along with Hill Descent Control, the SUV can ascend and descend rocky trails with ease.

2020 Subaru Outback5. Onyx Edition XT 

Outback gets a new Onyx Edition XT with the new 260-horsepower direct-injection 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine. It also features a front-view monitor, Startex water-repellant washable upholstery, a full-size spare tire, and black exterior accents. This model is the one for outdoor enthusiasts. Other new highlights include a new hands-free power rear gate.

If you are thinking about buying a new Outback, you might want to wait for the all-newly-redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback. It arrives in showrooms this September.

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Pakhong (not verified)    June 23, 2019 - 2:11PM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Would recommend Subaru planning and engineering departments to consider the following features:

1. Night infrared image windshield display.
2. Upgrade to 8 or 9 speed automatic transmission to obtain better fuel economy.
3. sun/moon roof should be strictly an optional item.

Maria Paret (not verified)    June 23, 2019 - 7:31PM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

I am a long time Subaru owner , having owned 5 Subarus in the last twenty years plus. I have a 2018 Outback at this time but I am looking forward trading up to the 2020. I would love to see Subaru add as a standard feature an a/c vent for the back seat passengers!

Michael Judiesch (not verified)    June 22, 2019 - 2:19PM

How do the new safety features and interior (console, leather seats, etc.) compare with those on the 2019 Forester?

Kayla (not verified)    June 22, 2019 - 5:05PM

Maybe you should study the product a little bit more - back up cameras and eyesight was already standard before the 2020 - and X-Mode was also available before the 2020. Thanks!

Ty (not verified)    June 23, 2019 - 11:49AM

In reply to by Kayla (not verified)

Dual-X mode is new to the outback for 2020, it's an additional mode designed for deep snow and mud. Whether it's worth an upper level trim is up to you but it is new. The new Forester has it.

Lee Taplinger (not verified)    June 23, 2019 - 8:53AM

Anyone here ever owned a turbo vehicle and kept it well over 100K miles? I'm wondering if a turbo can last the life of an engine or if it's an expensive maintenance item. I'd feel more comfortable if Subaru didn't already have ongoing problems with engines (head gaskets, oil consumption) and transmissions (CVT early failures) before they add more complexity.

Cirio Sanchez (not verified)    June 25, 2019 - 8:42AM

In reply to by Lee Taplinger (not verified)

Ive owned 3 Subarus and currently have a 2004 sti with 175,000 original miles on engine. Motor still pulls strong and have only done routine maintenance. I must agree on CVTs; I had a 2017 forester XT and had to trade it in due to CVT issues/concerns with long term reliability.

Bob Hansen (not verified)    June 23, 2019 - 2:57PM

The word by should read buy in the first sentence in the introduction. Don't let the writer work on your vehicles.

Jesse (not verified)    June 24, 2019 - 9:17PM have to take your eyes off the road to read "Keep eyes on road" message on the instrument panel. Talk about irony!!