The 2020 Subaru Outback could be the most luxurious vehicle the brand has ever built. They needed to get it right because Outback is the flagship model in North America. Subaru made Outback for families who want extra luxury and the top trim Touring ($37,345) delivers, especially in the cabin. WardsAuto even nominated Outback’s stablemate Ascent as a ten-best interior.
Subaru interiors have come a long way. The top Outback Touring trim comes with an 8-way power driver’s seat, power moonroof, plenty of cargo room for weekend excursions, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, driver assistance steering wheel controls, a large center stack screen, ambient lighting, Harman Kardon premium audio system, and Java Brown Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery.
2020 Subaru Outback
What changed for Subaru interiors?
Remember when the Japanese automaker’s interiors were the weak point for all, their cars? Well, the brand has come a long way since they had more hard plastic inside than anything else. Subaru interior materials were cheap and the fit and finish were poor. Those days have changed with the introduction of the Outback Touring.
In 2016, Subaru scored lower in body and interior dependability than in engine/transmission problems in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Lower quality interiors have been an issue for the brand in the past, but they seem to be making big strides in the past few years to improve this area of weakness. The new 2020 Outback Touring cabin is as luxurious as any mainstream SUV in America.
Subaru engineers spent time on the interior. Highlighting Outback’s new cabin is a tablet-style 11.6-inch full HD multimedia display. Subaru says the new Outback cabin is almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds over the outgoing model and it also gets the sound-insulated glass.
Outback gets a wider rear gate opening and a new Hands-Free power rear gate by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem (positioned in the center of the rear gate) as well as a new single-touch lifting cargo cover. Both features are a first for Subaru and are standard on the 2020 Outback Limited trim.
When asked what he sees happening with the newly-redesigned Legacy the new CEO had a revealing response. Doll told AN, “Based on our research, one of the reasons why people may have shied away from the Legacy sedan may have been because of the interior. If you look at the Legacy interior now, it's second to none.”
Subaru designed the new-generation 2020 Outback with the same attention to detail and luxury. It could be the best attribute of the new six-generation 2020 Subaru Outback.
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