When Subaru discontinued the Forester 2.0XT turbo model, it guaranteed the new 2020 Outback will stay their hottest model. It’s because the new 2020 Outback will come with a new FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged direct-injection Boxer engine. The last Outback to get a turbo powerplant was the 2009 Outback 2.5XT model. But it’s back after an 11-year hiatus.
Subaru Corp is bringing turbo power back and it arrives in the 2020 Outback Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT trims. The new Outback XT 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Forester only gets the 2.5-liter normally-aspirated engine with 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque.
When customers walk into the showroom, all they have to do is see what the sixth-generation 2020 Outback has under the hood. It also comes with the 2.5-liter gas engine like Forester, but the top 2.4XT models will stand out on the test drive. It’s going to be especially popular in the mountain states where the turbo will make a big difference at the higher altitudes. The additional horsepower and torque will get the SUV up and over the mountain pass even when it’s loaded with people and cargo. And Outback will be able to tow more too; up to 3,500 lbs.
What about fuel mileage?
Customers looking for fuel efficiency won't lose that much gas mileage by opting for the new 2.4-liter turbo over the 2.5i non-turbo engine. The new 2020 Outback FA24 2.4-liter turbo engine manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy is 23/30 mpg city/highway. Manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy is 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter Boxer engine. Both engines take 87 octane fuel, so customers won’t need to put more expensive premium fuel in when they fill up the Outback XT.
With Subaru bringing the turbo model back after a decade-long hiatus, look for the new 2020 Subaru Outback XT trim to be the most popular model with customers when it arrives this fall. Forester will remain popular but without the XT it won’t overtake Outback as the number one SUV in the lineup.
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