Redesigned Subaru Outback Is One Of The Best Midsize SUVs For Cargo And Fuel Economy
Is the 2020 Subaru Outback wagon big enough to carry all your cargo? According to a report from Edmunds, the Outback scores the Best Midsize SUVs for cargo room and fuel economy. Is the Subaru Outback a wagon or an SUV? It’s technically considered a wagon, but it has all the attributes of an SUV.
What sets the 2020 Outback apart from traditional SUVs is its standard all-wheel-drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode for additional off-pavement performance. But how much cargo space is in the 2020 Subaru Outback? For a five-passenger midsize SUV, cargo volume is surprisingly big with 32.5 cubic feet with the second-row seats up and 75.7 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.
The Outback has more maximum cargo room than the Hyundai Santa Fe (71.3), the Ford Edge (73.4), and Mazda CX-9 (71.2). And like those three models, the Outback has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs if you are pulling a small trailer.
How much power does the Subaru Outback have?
For the 2020 model change, the Outback gets a new 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. For those who are wondering what torque is in simple terms, it’s what gets a vehicle moving from a stop and helps pull the vehicle up a hill, and it’s needed when towing.
If you aren’t going to be driving the vehicle regularly over a high mountain pass or towing a small camper, you can also opt for the standard 2.5-liter engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. It has plenty of power for normal city driving. And it gets better fuel mileage than the Outback turbocharged engine.
Is the Subaru Outback fuel efficient?
The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Outback gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 26/33 city/highway and 29 combined mpg. The 2.4-liter turbocharged engine gets 23/30 city/highway and 26 combined mpg. And you can use regular unleaded fuel in each engine.
According to Edmunds, the 2020 Subaru Outback is one of the best midsize SUVs for 2020. It scores high in its cargo-carrying ability and it’s one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles. Is the Subaru Outback reliable? Check out the latest report below.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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