The 2019 Outback vs. the All-New 2020 Outback

The Subaru Outback has been the go-to adventure SUV for Cascade drivers for years with its reliable and capable performance, versatility to meet all of your adventure needs, and award-winning safety. With so much to love it is no wonder that so many drivers choose the Outback time and time again and if you are in the market for a new Subaru you have two great model years to choose from. The well-equipped 2019 Outback or the all-new 2020 Outback. We have highlighted the differences between the two models to help you easily decide which Outback model year is just for you.


While both the 2019 and 2020 Outback have two BOXER engines for Colorado Spring drivers to choose from, the all-new 2020 Outback is more powerful and more fuel-efficient. The 2019 Outback is powered by a 175 horsepower, 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.6L six-cylinder that generates 256 horsepower  BOXER engine that can both tow up to 2,700 lbs. The new 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER under the hood of the 2020 Outback produces 182 horsepower and includes Auto Stop-Start Technology to get up to 33 highway mpg. The second BOXER for the 2020 model is a 260 horsepower 2.4L turbo BOXER engine that gets 30 highway mpg. and can also tow up to 3,500 lbs. This makes the 2020 Outback the most powerful Outback ever. One thing that has not changed from one model year to the next is Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-Mode for a commanding grip on and off-road. But if you are often taking the road less traveled the 2020 Outback Onyx Edition is for you with an all-new dual function X-Mode with deep snow, mud, and dirt settings for enhanced performance.

Interior Dimensions:

It might be hard for Fort Carson drivers to tell just by looking at the 19 and 20 Outback side by side that the redesigned 2020 Outback is slightly larger in additions to its sleek new look. The 2020 Outback is longer, wider, and a hair taller. The 2020 Outback also offers more interior space and more maximum cargo space for bigger adventures.

    2019 Outback:
  • Total Passenger Volume: 108.1 cubic feet
  • Headroom Front/Rear:40.8/38.9 inches
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 42.9/38.1 inches
  • Cargo Space: 35.5 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Space: 73.3 cubic feet
    2020 Outback:
  • Total Passenger Volume: 109 cubic feet
  • Headroom Front/Rear: 40.1/39.1 inches
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 42.8/39.5 inches
  • Cargo Space: 32.5 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Space: 75.7 cubic feet

Advanced Safety:

When it comes to safety the Subaru Outback has always been a class leader and there are just a few differences between the 2019 and 2020 model year. Both models come standard with Subaru's award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The 2020 Outback features the latest version of EyeSight which has added Lane Centering to the Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. Another difference in safety features between the two Outback models is the 2020 is available with Subaru's DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation to alert drivers when they exhibit signs of drowsy or distracted driving. The 2020 Outback also gains a 180-degree front-view camera. All other safety features between the two Outback model years remain the same.

Multimedia & Features:

The 2020 Outback arrives with a few new features that are not available on the 2019 model, like ventilated front seats. Subaru STARLINK in-vehicle technology equips both the 2019 and 2020 Outback with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Bluetooth Technology. The 2020 Outback, however, there are few new multimedia features and a stunning 11.6-inch touchscreen display. The 2019 Outback is standard with a 6.5-inch screen and an available 8-inch screen. The 2020 Outback is also available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.

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