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New 2020 Subaru Outback Is Here But Something Is Missing

Can you see what is not on the new 2020 Subaru Outback SUV?

The new sixth-generation 2020 Subaru Outback arrives this fall with lots of changes inside and a few outside, but it is missing something. The 2020 Outback exterior colors have not yet been announced, but don’t expect any new wild colors. Subaru has always seen the SUV as its flagship model and doesn’t want to do anything that will mess up its formula for success. But some customers want something new on that exterior besides Wilderness Green Metallic.

Subaru’s formula

Subaru Corp has always been about safety and it remains a high value for Outback. Fun can be translated in different ways, but the brand is also known for producing a stable of grocery-haulers that are fun-to-drive. All-wheel-drive with a “go-anywhere” attitude is another characteristic of the Outback. But where are the cool colors?

Fun is missing

Outback fans would like new fun colors like the new-generation Crosstrek with "Sunshine Orange” and the new "Cool Gray Khaki," a shade that can also look a light shade of blue depending on the light. The new colors are going over big with a younger generation of buyers, and Subaru knows the Outback typically attracts an older demographic so the Japanese automaker must think they won’t buy them.

Subaru introduced the second-generation Crosstrek with cool new colors and had so many requests from customers wanting the Tangerine Orange Pearl exterior color after it was dropped in 2016, they decided to bring it back in the form of "Sunshine Orange,” a brighter shade than the orange previously offered on Crosstrek.


The other new Crosstrek color, "Cool Gray Khaki” is also going over big with a younger generation who are the biggest demographic buying the new crossover. Because Crosstrek attacks a younger buyer, Outback lovers will get left out of the fun colors. One of our readers says, “Outback needs cooler color choices, instead of the boring colors they offer! It needs an orange!”

The top-selling Outback colors are conservative. They are Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, and Crystal Black Silica. The other current colors on Outback are Abyss Blue Pearl, Cinnamon Brown Pearl, Crimson Red Pearl, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Wilderness Green Metallic.

The new 2020 Subaru Outback arrives in showrooms this fall, but won’t likely be getting any cool new colors like Crosstrek. Fans will likely have to settle for Wilderness Green Metallic and Tungsten Metallic.

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I think they missed the mark on the exterior. I’ve owned a 05XT, 07XT, and 09 3.0R OUTBACK. The 2020 XT needs a Hood Scoop and the Panoramic Sun roof. I understand my 16 Crosstrek and the Legacy not having it. For the price Outback needs to have this.
We have owned Outback’s since 2012. (Ice silver metallic? Was our first. After that initial colour. I have gone with wilderness green. Got our 2 15 Outback’s and our 18 Outback’s.
New colors will arrive in subsequent generations for sure.
I have the 2017 crimson red. I agree Outback should have cooler colors. I do like the black interior. My thing is Subaru should offer an adventure package for the Outback. All terrain tires, black wheels, lift kit, LED off road lighting. I love taking my Outback through the backroads of the National Parks and Forests.
I loved Subaru. I previously had a 2002 Legacy. Currently i have Legacy 2013 and 2007 Outback. I am looking again for another outback but I choose another exterior color that I like the interior is Ivory. I love the gray and black interior or all gray interior. I wish I have an option to pick and interior color. The 2020 outback is so nice but I dont like to pay premium gas its too costly. I think turbo is for young generation. Subaru shouldnt make everything Turbo. Not everybody likes that. Itshould be optional.
I agree with being able to get a option on interior colors ,i would like the touring in the lighter ivory with napa leather, wife doesnt care for the java brown only in the top models, also the turbo doesn't require premium fuel, its 87 octone recommended for everyone that doesn't know!
It is optional. 2020 outback will have option of 2.5 non turbo or 2.4 turbo.
My first Subaru was a 2000 legacy. Finally I moved into a 2018 outback with the winter package and I am loving it. My outback is wilderness green. Its nice, however, if the jade green offered to the forester was made available, I would have opted for that. Also, The upholstery weave seems a bit loose. The legacy material was denser. I cannot say if this is going to be a problem down the road ... I just wanted to mention it. Thanks Subaru for making great cars.
I have owned Subarus since our new one in1982, our wagon is similar to the outback, a gl. We chose lt metallic blue with a navy interior. Also had a 1985 wagon with same color. Great color,holds up well. My current car is a 1998 legacy outback with a darker green called spruce that actually changes color on overcast days. I need to repaint, hope I can find the original color.
After three great Foresters, we're expecting to buy a 2020 Outback this year, primarily for further safety features and, we hope, a bright color. We are weary of our Subarus being invisible (or hidden) in parking lots packed with the white/gray/silver vehicles ubiquitous in Florida. OK, black and red are almost always options, but in my declining years I want outrageous.. I'd also sorely love to see a user-friendly manual key, preferably one at-least-available with a head. But the good news and the bad news copntinue the same. Our Subarus last forever, and I become so attached I hate to part with them. I still miss (and prefer) the boxy models. We keep trading our Subarus for ones with the latest and best safety features long before they are the least bit tired. I know, with all this to moan about, how lucky are we?