STATUS: Major updates for 2020 - The Outback wagon is kin to the Legacy sedan, and for the 2020 model year both get new engines, platforms and suspension components. Of course, being a wagon, the Outback goes its own way in terms of styling, but except for a more distinctive front end there's nothing too radical to be found in the way of change. It's slightly longer now, with most of the gain used to increase rear-seat room. Getting under way begins with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. That's a bit more punch than the outgoing car and fuel economy improves slightly. Also new is a turbocharged version of the 2.5 with 260 horses and 277 pound-feet. This engine, which originated with the larger Subaru Accent, is also installed in the Legacy sedan. One of the Outback's prime selling features is the standard all-wheel-drive system with Subaru's Active Torque Vectoring. It applies light brake pressure to the inside front wheel during a turn, which aids vehicle stability. Note that Subaru's EyeSight active-safety-technology suite is standard, but it doesn't include all the tricks. You'll have to pay more for reverse automatic braking, distracted-driver intervention and headlights that pivot as the Outback turns.
Base price (incl. destination): $27,650
Type: Midsize wagon
Engines: (h.p.): 2.5-liter H-4 (182); 2.5-liter H-6, turbocharged (260)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 26/33/29Base weight (lb.): 3,650