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The Top 5 Settings You Will Want To Change On Your New Subaru

If you just bought or are planning to buy a new Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, or other new model in the near future, here are the top 5 settings you will want to change on your new 2023 or 2024 Subaru.


When you buy a new Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, or another new model, it can be overwhelming learning all about the settings, features, and controls. In this report, I will cover five settings you may want to change on your new Subaru. 

Some of the information comes thanks to Subaru insider Alex Prestigiacomo. Check out the YouTube video below for more details related to Subaru features. 

2024 Subaru Outback settings

Photo credit: Tucson Subaru

He says, "Even if you don't want to change these Subaru settings, it's important to know where they are and what these features do. Adjusting your Subaru settings is easy once you see how it's done."

The Top 5 Settings You Will Want To Change On Your New Subaru

1. How to turn off Subaru's Auto Start/Stop 

The most annoying feature on a new Subaru is the Auto Start/Stop. I have written reports on why it's the most disliked feature on any Subaru model.  

2024 Subaru Outback Stop/Start feature

Photo credit: Tucson Subaru

The frequent starting and stopping of the engine are tiresome to some drivers who live in urban areas, especially if you commute in heavy stop-and-go traffic every day. And many Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent owners say they don't like the car stopping and starting because it shakes the car every time the engine starts back up.

The new Outback and Legacy do have a feature on its new 11.6-inch touchscreen menu, and you can turn off the system. On the home screen, push the car icon button to change the settings and click "Others," allowing you to turn off the Auto Stop-Start system.

2. How to set Subaru maintenance reminders 

Knowing the maintenance schedule is essential to keep your vehicle in top shape. Click the home button on the touchscreen, touch the Car Info button, and then on maintenance. The screen lets you set maintenance reminders for oil changes, tire rotation, or general maintenance schedules. You can schedule by a specific date or by the vehicle's mileage.

3. How to turn off your Subaru lane departure settings 

The lane departure setting for the alert can be annoying, and many customers want to know if you can turn it off. The answer is yes. The cameras pick up the lines on the road, and they are sensitive. 

I am not particularly fond of the lane departure warning because I hug the inside lane while driving on narrow two-lane mountain roads, and it goes off all the time, but it can be turned off.

Go into the vehicle settings, click the car icon, driving assistance, and then lane departure. There are a few settings that you can change. Lane departure and lane centering depending on which feature you want to turn off.

4. How to turn on Subaru Auto Vehicle Hold

Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH) is a driver-selectable feature designed to help reduce driving fatigue by allowing you to bring the vehicle to a stop and remove your foot from the brake. While sitting at a light, in heavy traffic, or if you are waiting for a train, the feature holds the vehicle in place.

To turn it off, tap the AVH button on the touchscreen. Remember, when you turn your vehicle off, it has to be tapped again because it will automatically reset to the default setting.  

5. How to connect your phone with Subaru Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. 

To connect wirelessly, go to the touchscreen and click on the add device icon, click add, and then go to the settings on your iPhone or Android. Go to the Bluetooth setting and find your vehicle on the phone display. 

Once connected, it will ask you if you want to connect with CarPlay. Click on that setting, and you are set with a wireless connection. You can now use the navigation system, listen to music on your phone, or make a phone call all from the touchscreen display.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru report. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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Check out the YouTube video from Alex Prestigiacomo for more details.

I am Denis Flierl, a 12-year Torque News senior writer with over 20 years of Subaru and automotive journalism experience. I enjoy bringing you, the Subaru fans and customers, the most up-to-date Subaru news, reviews, and new model information. You'll find the latest Subaru stories on the Subaru page. Follow me on my The Dirty Subaru website, Dirty Subaru blogSubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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John M. (not verified)    October 30, 2023 - 11:03AM

Dennis F. - The Subaru Ascent doesn' t have the Auto Stop/Start feature. That's the reason I purchased an Ascent over the Outback.

Dave B (not verified)    October 31, 2023 - 7:47AM

Have you actually tried disabling the auto start/stop feature? Clearly not because that menu option only disables it until you turn the car off and back on. But so does the button on the main screen. I've got a 2024 Outback and I absolutely hate this. Only way to truly disable this is with a plug in accessory for the dual camera on the windshield.