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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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JC (not verified)    April 22, 2019 - 9:59AM

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.

Nick (not verified)    April 22, 2019 - 11:37AM

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.

Jim (not verified)    April 24, 2019 - 2:40AM

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.

Mr Bullock (not verified)    August 6, 2019 - 9:29AM

In reply to by Dave Moyer (not verified)

Exactly. In large parking lots I often have to put my super-magnetic (diplomat-type) flagpole on the roof. Most colorful Seychelles flag helps me find silver-grey forester in the mass of white and silver-grey cars. As long as some Escalade or Yukon doesn't block it from view. I'm thinking about having new Outback painted bright garish.

Lucy (not verified)    April 26, 2019 - 2:44PM

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.

Nick (not verified)    May 3, 2019 - 9:44AM

In reply to by Lucy (not verified)

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!

michelle (not verified)    April 27, 2019 - 4:42AM

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.

mrscolumbo (not verified)    May 3, 2019 - 11:13AM

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.

1201SLD (not verified)    May 8, 2019 - 9:15AM

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?

Kathleen (not verified)    May 26, 2019 - 10:50PM

Would like to see "cooler" exterior colors for the Outback-I currently have a 2015 Ice Silver Metallic one. I would also like to see a grey instead of black interior, I have 2 80 lb dogs so I can't have the lighter colors. I am on my 4th Subaru (2 Foresters and 2 Outbacks) the 2020 will be my last-I am 70 years old! I used to live in Alaska and the joke was" that there was a Subaru and pickup in every driveway and in the winter the truck stayed in the drive"

Mr. Weed (not verified)    June 4, 2019 - 12:44PM

Maybe just a Levorg or two....STI Sport Black Selection or the GT-S Advantage.
I would certainly trade my 2016 with Pirelli’s and Nameless exhaust in.

Mr. Weed (not verified)    June 4, 2019 - 12:45PM

Maybe just a Levorg or two....STI Sport Black Selection or the GT-S Advantage.
I would certainly trade my 2016 with Pirelli’s and Nameless exhaust in.

George (not verified)    June 19, 2019 - 4:07PM

We just bought our first outback, cinnamon brown pearl. Beautiful color in the sun. Like all the safety features. Rides nice and has enough room. We have the 2.5 it has enough pickup for our needs. Talked to many people who own Subaru’s never heard anyone not like theirs.

stu brown (not verified)    June 24, 2019 - 11:15PM

Eye site...lane departure..etc so drivers can be more involved in texting and talking on the phone instead of eyes on the road....You know what no one has ever mentioned?....that windshield with eyesight...which has to be replaced in many states if you have a bullseye chip or crack..............factory style with installation at dealer $1,300...and over $800 at glass shops........a pain in the rear and the pocketbook too!

Lucy (not verified)    June 25, 2019 - 1:36PM

In reply to by stu brown (not verified)

For me the eyesight is helpful to drivers that the head swivel so much . It will help them to pay attention because it beeps when they swerve. Hopefully it wont happen to our 2019 Outback because it sucks when you spend that kind of money When some drivers swerved and ran over a stone hitting the windshield. But no matter what some drivers don’t care at all even with the fine. When my cell rings I never pick it up what I do I look for a patking lot and pull over it safer that way rather than on the highway.

Mike Emmendorfer (not verified)    June 25, 2019 - 7:07PM

I love the more powerful turbo engine. But while the Cinnamon brown is very nice, I do want some cooler colors. what about bright yellow. They had it with the Baja years ago. Saab had it with their 900 turbo and now its highly collectable. The VW Beetle in yellow went over well too. Both of those were called or considered quirky , Subaru was too. See the pattern? All made money, a yellow Outback Turbo would too. Make it even a special model Turbo in yellow only or something like that.

gerard scimeca (not verified)    July 18, 2019 - 6:29PM

In reply to by Mike Emmendorfer (not verified)

Yellow, definitely. Was hoping for it on the Ascent, and I'm just that simple I would have bought one. Hardly any yellow cars available, they don't make them b/c they don't sell, but I think that could change if offered as people always look for something new. Green has lots of potential,w/ lime, olive, even the color of this site, but the Subaru offering on green for both outback and forester both leave a lot to be desired. I'd stop complaining if Subaru would just look at Camaro and offer the same colors...

Donna Hutchinson (not verified)    July 16, 2019 - 4:56PM

Best color was the Outback LLBean Green. Looked like classic racing green that you saw on old MG sports cars.
The new army green looks muddy to me.

Mr Bullock (not verified)    July 19, 2019 - 6:58PM

In reply to by Donna Hutchinson (not verified)

I lament that my new Outback will be in some shade of pale Ugh!

Best green ever was 2000 Forester. Mine is still running perfectly with 205,000 miles. I only wish I could graft the new safety features onto it.

El (not verified)    August 18, 2019 - 1:52AM

I currently drive a 1994 Legacy GL. It is white with a beautiful blue interior. I was going to wait to buy a new one, but the colors inside are so drab. I figured by now that Subaru would figure out that most people like variety, inside and out. But, in all the years since, they seem to always follow the pack. I would love to see a translucent teal color that sparkles in the sun, with a lighter interior that doesn't hold the heat in. I'm not a lover of black or leather. By the way, my car has app. 320,000 miles w/original engine. Go Subaru!!!

steve evans (not verified)    August 20, 2019 - 10:30PM

The typical younger single guy..single girl drivers are the majority of your crosstrek drivers..........they have the gym bag or bag of golf clubs or yoga mats in the back seat and the bicycle rack on the back...they're the ones that will buy colors like flame orange, khaki and caribbean blue .etc..contemplating where they can purchase their next $8 bag of gluten free, range free, sodium reduced organic avocado chips.Typical Outback and forester drivers are the settled married folks submitting to practicality and go with the flow of basic colors....Keep in mind here folks with this comment the key word here is "TYPICAL"...not ALL!

Nancy Figueira (not verified)    September 2, 2019 - 2:54PM

We have owned Subarus since 1986 and never has one left us stranded by the roadside(except for flat tires). Go Subaru!! Loved our 2006 Legacy GT and have waited for the turbo to finally come with an Outback. Regarding colors— I agree with the overall drab selection! We loved our 2011 LLBean green which we discovered on a trip to ME that year— so did everyone else up there!! When we passed that car on to the children in 2016 we were disappointed with the Outback’s boring color options! The only color we liked was Tungsten Metallic since it was different! We are interested in colors other than white, black, gray, or silver so there are few options left. Yes, Subaru, there are many super active retirees who want younger colors on an Outback so Crosstrek here we come for our next car!! (Or maybe we will have to consider Toyota or Honda since they always have a nice color selection!) We will not even consider purchasing a 2020 Outback because there is not one color we like.

Di36464 (not verified)    September 4, 2019 - 10:33AM

I totally agree. I bought the 2019 6cyl Outback in March. There were 4 color choices: black, white, silver and wilderness green. I took the green, since it was the only ‘color’.
I would like some of the mini colors like that dazzling electric blue. The manufactured all seem to serve up the same boring color palette!

Michaela Ward (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 4:30PM

I am 69 years old and a woman! I have written to Subaru’s CEO and commented on all social media sites about not being able to get the Outback in ORANGE! I have told my dealer, I would buy today if I could get Orange and have been looking at other manufacturers just to get Orange! I am ready to trade in and will probably find someway to do orange rims on new Outback. The colors are boring and I am not boring. I still trail ride my horse all over and have a BIG ORANGE DODGE RAM Truck . Subaru is missing out on the whole Sort team Market, by not offering cool colors: from Cincinnati and the Orange would be a hit for the Cincinnati Bengals and the new Cincinnati Soccer Team! Look how many teams are Orange. get with it Subaru!