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Why Your Smart Move Is To Not Buy The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback

With the new 2020 Subaru Outback SUVs arriving, you might want to buy an outgoing model instead. See why it could be the smart move.


If you are thinking of buying a newly-redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback, you might want to rethink your position. The all-new 2020 Outback models will be arriving any day, but the smart move could be to get the previous year 2019 model now. Just as Subaru Indiana Automotive is ramping up 2020 model change production at the U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana, there is still a good selection of 2019 models available sitting on dealer lots.

Subaru dealers will be giving financing deals and special offers to move the outgoing models off their lots to make room for the new Subaru Outback. The same could be true of the 2020 Legacy sedan. Dealers still have inventory and they will be getting new 2020 models about the same time as its stablemate SUV/Crossover.

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If you didn’t get a car on Labor Day weekend, September is still one of the best months to buy a new car. Subaru is still offering incentives to move the 2019 models off their lots. According to WalletHub, 69 percent of Americans surveyed are looking to purchase around this time of year, and it’s not too late.

This month, Subaru is offering a $50 reward card and 0% percent financing if you test-drive a 2019 Subaru Outback model. Now through September 30, you can get 0% for terms of up to 36 months on all Outback models. You can lease a 2019 Outback for $249/Month on a 36-month lease and also get the $50 reward card.

You can also get 0% financing on 2019 Subaru Legacy models through September 30, 2019, and you can get a new Legacy for $225/Month on a 36-month lease. Subaru is not offering the same $50 reward card for test driving a Legacy.

WalletHub says “Car-shoppers should make sure to do their homework in advance and then pit multiple car dealers against each other. When one quotes you a price, take it to the competition and see if they can beat it. Continue like that until you get the price you want, and don’t be afraid to walk away if you don’t.”

One large Subaru dealer near Denver told Torque News, “We are scheduled to receive our first two truckloads on October 11,” and they still have a large inventory of 2019 models to move. Your smart move could be to buy an outgoing 2019 Outback now before the 2020 Subaru Outback model change SUVs arrive.

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Bert Rankin (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 12:41PM

Funny, I'm an auto broker in Denver who just searched for a base 19 Outback for my client to grab these incentives...

There are ZERO base Subaru Outbacks in Colorado.

Great advice, bit expect to find only high trim levels in Colorado right now.

phillystyle (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 10:34PM

In reply to by Bert Rankin (not verified)

Hi Bert, I'm hoping you have some insight into a question I have.

I've been trying to find a great price on a 2019 (or even a 2018 leftover) Crosstrek with a manual transmission. So I was talking to a Subaru dealership here in New England. I told him I had noted that the Crosstrek sales have been down an average of about 20% y-t-y vs last year. It's been that way almost since January if I recall correctly. He said that it's not the result of "poor sales" but instead that it's low supply from Japan and that his Crosstreks fly out the door as soon as he gets them - not just with the manual tranny.

Do you have any idea if this is true about the short supply? My gut say it's consumer interest as all the dealerships in the area seem to have plenty of Crosstreks in stock. But I'm hoping you or someone out there has some real insight and maybe data so I'm not going strictly on "feelings" and "observations".


AB (not verified)    September 18, 2019 - 11:17AM

In reply to by phillystyle (not verified)

A lot of this articles information is wrong. I directly sell Subaru. #1 you try to hold off on a 2019 you probably wont find one. #2 if you try the bounce around dealership game we know and it will get to the point well we will let you walk. No business is worth that kind of headache. There are plenty of people that want to do square business. Also being lazy and phone shopping will get you nothing. We wont give prices over the phone. You show your lazy , not invested and playing the game. Give off your butt meet a salesperson make a friend and thats where your food deal is.....

Duke Woolworth (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 4:38PM

I'm waiting for a used 2020 Outback Touring. I'm very patient and have reliable wheels so I don't have to rush. There will be some, just as there are used Ascents now.

Johnny (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 6:56PM

Your suggestion is not good. The new 2020 is far better by everything. Money savings is no reason to hold back! Not for a mere couple thousand.

Mike (not verified)    October 1, 2019 - 5:08PM

In reply to by Aline Legault (not verified)

They designed it to the new Global Architecture. So it rides stiffer and feels less SUV bouncy. I LOVED the way the 2020 XT drove, even better than the Grand Cherokee Summit I tested. Also the 2020 is the only way to get the new XT Onyx model with the turbo and blacked out badging and rims. ALSO the multimedia on the dash is completely redesigned and is far better than the 2019. The 2020 is an upgrade in every. ALSO I think it looks much better in person than the older Outbacks. I am not even considering the 2019 Outback an option because of all the differences. To me its 2020 Outback XT or another brand all together, but I want the Outback

Matt Baum (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 7:37PM

As a Subaru salesman, there are great deals on the 2019 models left over, this is true. But inventory is basically all gone. I believe our dealership has 3 left.

Susan Baru (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 7:50PM

Article doesn't make much sense. Many dealers are sold out of 2019 Outbacks, and 2020's started arriving the end of August. Hard to imagine a dealership in Outbackorado that won't receive 2020 model until October 11th. The 2020 Forester, however, won't arrive until October. That's when dealerships across the US will see the car. Unlike the new Outback, this car won't really change.
I think you have your facts confused, and/or you're creating facts to fit your story, which seems to be a collection of car buying cliches. Hey, I read it, so I guess it worked:)

Taylor Bayait (not verified)    September 16, 2019 - 11:45PM

This article is based little on facts. I work for a Subaru dealer in N.C and the 2019 inventory I have left is literally silver or brown fully loaded Limited's or Touring's. Total I believe I have 12 of them. How does this get considered a news article and how do I get paid to post fake news

R. Adams (not verified)    September 17, 2019 - 6:16AM

The 2020 Outback and Legacy will have the new 2.4 engine from the Ascent as an option. If price is the only concern, buy now, but for a much more enjoyable car, wait a little longer and pay a little more for the 2.4. We're on our 3rd Subaru now, but we're on a call list when the 2.4 arrived

Bob Loso (not verified)    September 17, 2019 - 12:32PM

My local dealer has zero 2019 Outbacks, nor have they had any for about 3 weeks. I ordered a 2020 Outback in late July, hoping it would be one of the first to arrive, but alas I’m still waiting, with a due date the first week of September.
None of the dealers in northern New England have one coming in with my configuration of options. I checked. Ugh.

Legacy owner Boston (not verified)    September 17, 2019 - 5:15PM

I bought a Legacy on Labor Day weekend at 20% off MSRP (over $6,000 off!) which is fantastic. I was lucky that the local dealer had the color and configuration I wanted, as there didn't seem to be too many in a 50 mile radius to choose from.

DEBORAH MILLER (not verified)    September 28, 2019 - 8:17PM

I drive a 2014 Outback. Its my 6th Subaru. Normally I would have traded by now, but Im looking for a Hybrid. Looking at the CR-V since Subaru isn't offering one.

Roger Landriault (not verified)    October 21, 2019 - 6:11PM

We took delivery of our 11th Subaru two weeks ago; replacing a 2.5 and a 3.6 Outback.
I also have a 2013 BRZ that I drive in Summer only.
Our dealer gave us a $1500 rebate and a 0.49 % interest rate on a 36 month lease.
Having driven our 2020 XT for a couple of weeks, I can without a doubt say that our new Xt is an improvement in every way imginable over our 2019’s.

Robert Loso (not verified)    October 23, 2019 - 6:58PM

I took delivery of my 2020 Outback Touring in October 1st, and it has exceeded any expectations I had of the redesign. It is far and above a more sophisticated and refined vehicle. In another class completely!

Bob Loso (not verified)    October 24, 2019 - 10:03AM

I’d also like to mention that in the month of ownership, I have yet to find any defects in fit or finish, or in quality of materials used. It’s apparent they wanted to get this one “perfect”.

Zieg (not verified)    March 31, 2020 - 8:37AM

Just picked up my 2020 Outback yesterday and I spent the entire day trying to wrap my head around the electronics and infotainment. I have been driving a 2005 Outback and holy coyote, what a change! Frankly, it's too much. I just want a car, not a computer. But that's the world of new cars, I suppose. My truck is a 2002 Suburban (no infotainment), my motorcycle is a 1976 BMW (no electronics at all), and my job is training horses (maybe I'm a Luddite at heart?). Will I ever get used to this new Subaru?