Exciting 2020 Subaru Outback is safer and more capable than ever, AND includes some firsts!

The Subaru Outback is perhaps the most beloved Subaru in the lineup. It definitely is here in Colorado. Outback enthusiasts love their older models, but when a new one comes along, well . . . it’s hard not to gawk and start thinking about either trading up. If you’re considering becoming a Subaru owner for the first time, it will be hard to resist the 2020 model.  
The 2020 Subaru Outback recently debuted at the New York International Auto Show, and get those gears in your head turning because there’s a lot to love about it. Of course, we can’t cover everything in a single blog post, but here are a few things that are definitely worth noting about the brand new model. 
Turbo’s back!  
It’s been ten years, but a turbocharged Outback is back! A 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine comes standard on all XT models, delivering a powerful all-around performance with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. If you frequently drive in the higher elevations, you will love the extra power available from the turbo engine.  Should you not opt for an XT model, you’ve still got a lot of power to work with, as the standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter BOXER, with direct injection and nearly 90 percent of its parts new, delivers 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. 
For towing capacity, the 2.4-liter turbo delivers the most in any Outback history — a whopping 3,500 lbs, while the 2.5-liter provides more than a 600-mile range on a single tank. Manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy is 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter and 23/30 mpg city/highway for the turbo. 
Safer than ever
The 2020 Subaru Outback is the safest Outback to date. Built on the Subaru Global Platform that was introduced in 2017, it has been optimized to be 70-percent stiffer in both torsional and front-suspension rigidity and 100-percent stiffer in both front lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity compared to the previous Outback’s platform. What this means is that the newer body absorbs over 40-percent more energy in front and side crashes than the previous model, it also is a large factor in the improved ride and handling. If a crash does happen, the Outback is equipped with eight standard airbags, including a driver knee airbag.  
In addition to a stronger frame, the new Outback comes standardwith EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that now includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, which provides steering assist when the vehicle veers outside its lane, helping the driver maintain a direct path. Segment-exclusive DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System uses a dedicated infrared camera and facial recognition technology to identify signs of driver fatigue or distraction and provides audio and visual warnings to alert the driver and passengers.  
There are additional safety options available, and we’re fully anticipating a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) because of this and other factors. 
The Onyx Edition 
Everything looks sharper in black, and the 2020 Subaru Outback is no exception. The Onyx Edition XT is a stealthy model that features black-finish exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels and badging, and an exclusive gray two-tone interior. But don’t let the fancier look make you think it’s not made for the rugged Subaru lifestyle — the seats are wrapped in a new water-repellant durable StarTex™ material, and this edition builds on the Premium trim, adding the 2.4-liter turbo BOXER, Hands-Free Power Gate, Front View Monitor and exclusive Dual-Mode X-MODE and full-size spare tire for increased capability in a wider range of environmental conditions. The 2020 Onyx Edition XT takes the Colorado Subaru lifestyle and cranks it up to eleven, doing so in style.  
Quieter and comfier than ever 
Life can be chaotic and loud on the outside of your vehicle, but know that on the inside of the 2020 Outback, you’ll find peace and quiet. The Subaru engineers worked hard to find ways to reduce unwanted outside noise from coming inside the cabin, which is now almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds. (3db drop equals about a 50% improvement!)  The glass is thicker and more sound-insulated, and the doors of the vehicle are now better outfitted to keep the noise out as well. 
If you opt for a Limited or Touring model, you’ll also get 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, adjustable cushion length (driver only) and heated front/rear seats. The seat heaters now come with three levels of temperature adjustment as well as extended coverage up to the shoulders for improved coziness. Touring models add ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel to their roster of standard features. The new 2020 Outback also has been optimized for passengers’ comfort with more head, shoulder, and leg room. Plus, convenience for your electronic devices has never been easier, as up to four USB and two 12-volt power sockets are available.  
The 2020 Outback also offers a lot of cargo room. With a cargo floor length of 78 inches with the rear seatbacks folded, it boasts up to 75.7 cu ft of cargo space. Plus, it has a wider rear gate opening, which means it will more comfortably accommodate things like skis, camping gear, golf clubs, or other bigger items you need to take with you.  
For added convenience, the 2020 Outback now features two firsts — a Hands-Free Power Gate that allows the owner to open the rear gate by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem, as well as a new single-touch lifting cargo cover. Both come standard on most models, with additional standard roof rails with integrated and retractable crossbars and tie-downs. A weekend getaway to the mountains has never been easier! 
The tech is out of this world 
Highlighting the SUBARU STARLINK capabilities is an all-new tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD multimedia display, which is the largest, most advanced infotainment screen ever in a Subaru. It’s standard on all but the Base trim, offering direct touch control for multimedia, HVAC, X-MODE and vehicle settings, and includes Near Field Communication to its extensive list of features.  
Also, for the first time ever, the 2020 Outback will offer a new app called Chimani, which provides a comprehensive guide to more than 400 national parks in the U.S. and also includes highlights, tips, and park history information written by local travel experts. The perfect app for a Subaru enthusiast!  
Another first for the Outback is an available in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, which provides smooth internet access via high-speed LTE communications. A new multilayer instrument panel frames the large multimedia screen, with a soft-touch wrapped surface and available real-double stitching, which match the color combination of the seats and door trim, for a consistent look and feel.  
Pricing for the 2020 Outback will be announced closer to this fall’s on-sale date, and we at Greeley Subaru can’t wait to have them in our showroom. The 2020 Outback is sure to be one of the most popular models on the Colorado roads in coming years. Until we have them in stock, though, we have plenty of older models to choose from. Check out our online inventory and/or stop in to see one in person and take a test drive today. We look forward to meeting you!  

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