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5 Reasons Why You'll Never Get Locked Out Of The New Subaru Outback

There is a good bet you’ll never get locked out of a 2020 Subaru Outback. Check out the 5 ways you can get into the new wagon.

If you’ve ever been locked out of your car, it’s the worse feeling in the world. It could be the reason why Subaru gives you five different ways to unlock the 2020 Subaru Outback. You already know two of the ways, which are simply using your key fob or inserting the key in the door’s lock. But there are more ways if those two aren’t enough.

You can also run your hand over the driver’s door handle to unlock the car. You will hear a beep that indicates you just unlocked the vehicle. To lock the car, there is a small button on the top of the door handle that you push and there is also a beep that lets you know the car is locked. There are other ways to gain entry into a 2020 Subaru Outback wagon even if you get locked out of the vehicle.

2020 Subaru Outback

You can use the My Subaru app which is another little-known way to unlock a newer Subaru model. First, download the app on your smartphone and it allows you to unlock your car if you don’t have your keys with you. You might also want to stay light on a hike or a trail run and you don’t want to keep your keys with you.

You can also start your vehicle and monitor its location in a crowded parking lot after going to a sporting event or concert. For some reason it tells you the time you lock and unlock the car if you ever need to know.

2020 Subaru Outback

There is a fourth way you might not know about. There is a small silver button on your key fob and when you push the button, a valet key pops out and it works like a regular key. You slide it back in when you're done and you are good to go.

The bonus step is a little known hands-free tailgate opening feature and you’ll never get locked out of the car. You can easily get back inside if you use a customized feature called Pin Code Access. This feature has been offered on some Subaru models since 2014, so check your owners manual to see if it’s available on your Subaru. Check out the detailed explanation below on how it works. If you own a 2020 Subaru Outback wagon, you’ll never need to call a locksmith.

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Mark Banjak (not verified)    June 28, 2021 - 4:35PM

Sometimes you need you lock your car with the air conditioning on for your pet. Many single people travel with pets. Sometimes, this is not easy to accomplish. Many cars come equipped to have a pet inside an air conditioned car. Some cars will always turn off automatically and cook your pet to death, 100% automatically no way to avoid it. Tesla, is really the best for pets, it even automatically displays a message to bystanders that the car is being kept cool by the air conditioner. Without to much trouble a 2020 Subaru Outback can be locked while the Engine is running and the air conditioning is on, So you can safely leave your pet inside the car while you go in to the rest stop. However, the locking mechanism is so bad, sometimes, the key will not work. I had my car on air conditioning on dog inside key fob and key in my hand and no way to get back in the car. I had five or six different people try and get into the car with the key. They could not use the key to get into the car. There is no way to get leverage on the key but still the locking Mechanism is so bad, it seemed impossible. Only my Subaru outback cannot be unlocked all the time if you have the key. That’s right sometimes the key for the car does not work. It will turn but not unlock the vehicle. I waited for about an hour and a half a policeman stopped by and was able to get in By constantly pulling on the handle and turning the key back and forth. I have had to use this method since, but I’m never sure it’s actually going to work. The dealer has said the lock is fine and is working as designed. So it is very hard to lock yourself out of a Subaru while it’s not running. If it is running none of the standard ways to get into the car work, Including your iPhone, the “mySubaru” app cannot unlock a running car; the button on the trunk cannot unlock a running car; the key fob cannot unlock a running car and sometimes even the manual key will not unlock your running car. However, you can lock your keys in your car and get in using the button on the trunk when you’re at the beach. Just never leave your car running. My dog was panicking because there were 10 people outside the car trying to get in. He was perfectly cool inside but he seems a little scared because we seemed a little scared. Dog tested and definitely not approved.
Some say you should never travel with your dog, since you should never leave a dog in a car, running or not. So, for all you single snowbirds before heading back to Florida remember to euthanize your pets.