The new 2020 sixth generation Subaru Outback is now out and the reviews are in. Everything looks good with the new Subaru Outback, but there are a few changes that might surprise potential owners.
Unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April 17, 2019 and new car delivery that began in July 2019. the redesigned Subaru Outback keeps the same basic recipe as the previous iterations of the vehicle, with a few small changes, that are more a fine tine, than a major overhaul. It may look the same, but it looks and rolls differently
Changes On The Outside
On the outside of the new Subaru Outback there are new taillights, although there was really nothing wrong with the old ones. For the car nuts, they kept the base version with the under-powered granny engine at 2.5 liters and ditched the powerful and popular 3.6 liter engine for a new turbo 2.5 liter engine that develops 260 horsepower at full horses. The problem is that turbos break down all the time, so they took a pretty reliable car and just made it unreliable. The best anyone can expect to get out of a turbo is 60,000 miles and this one may last a lot less than that. Not something you want to worry about when you are stuck in a blizzard and the turbo starts acting up.
The Subaru Outback Ride
Fuji industries (who makes Subaru cars) cannot make a final decision on how they want the Outback vehicle to ride, so they keep changing it on each version on the theme. This version is quite stiff, whereas the fifth generation was very soft. The fourth generation of the Outback was similar to the Sixth, where you could feel every bump.
The All-New Interior On The Subaru Outback
A true Subaru Outback owner doesn’t really care too much for the quality of the interior, as their focus is about getting a super-safe car that holds the road like nothing else in bad weather. Subaru decided that too many other cars are now nipping at their heels, so they needed to up their game inside. The all new interior provides all manner of luxury that is not normally associated with a Subaru Outback.
Top Ten Reasons To Own The New Subaru Outback 2020
- The car has great rally lineage and uses a tried and trusted symmetrical AWD design that locks this car to the road in bad weather
- Smooth driving and control
- Stellar collision safety record
- Gear shift paddles located on the steering wheel to give the ride a more sporty feel
- Past Boxer engines have been noisy and not the greatest MPG, the new engines turn this all around
- Current Outback owners will adjust very easily to the new controls
- More luxurious interior than before and a good multimedia display
- A quieter cabin with less road and engine noise
- Top of the range version only costs $41,000
- They have solved the software error which caused the headlight burn-out issue that plagued the 4th and 5th generations of this vehicle
Top Ten Reasons NOT to Own The New Subaru Outback 2020
- Remarkably, you must still remove the front wheels to replace a main-beam headlight light bulb. A sad but true statement and a common lament by Subaru owners and mechanics the world over.
- Many of the Subaru parts are proprietary, making them quite expensive and rare to find, causing delays and price gouging when fixes are needed. Subaru often requires special tools for mechanics to work on them, meaning that not every garage can undertake work on the Outback. E.G. proprietary wheel bearings that fail after 60K miles.
- The eyesight system still takes up a large amount of real estate in the windshield and interferes with an owners use of their own dash cam.
- Subaru does not have a good record into owning up to past mistakes and it has taken a number of consumer lawsuits to force them to fix dangerous problems with past Subaru Outbacks see http://www.subarucomplaints.com
- LED brake lights are still not standard on the Subaru Outback. Studies show that quick-response LED brake lights provide an extra 12 feet of braking distance for cars behind, often making all the difference.
- With the introduction of the turbo, the reliability of the top version of the Outback just went downhill. Turbos often break when you need them the most, rendering the car inoperable and you on the side of the highway.
- The rear cargo space just went down by 3 cu ft.
- Memory seats are still not an option, even on the top of the line model.
- The Outback still suffers from sticking windows, that will not roll down, which can be scary. A quick elbow to the window temporarily solves the problem, but could be devastating if the car is already underwater and there is no other way out.
- The problems with leaking engine oil have still not been solved, requiring the engine to be regularly topped up with appropriate oil. It also takes over 15 minutes for the oil light to go out even though the oil is full.
In addition, The 2020 Subaru Outback still does not have a hybrid version and you might as well forget about an all-electric version of the popular classic, as that is still twenty years away for Fuji Industries.