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2020 Subaru Outback: See The Changes Side By Side

motor1 logo motor1 4/17/2019 Jeff Perez
Subaru Outback 2020

Blink and you might miss the 2020 Subaru Outback's updates.

The Subaru Outback stands out. Not just because it's a mix between a crossover and a station wagon, but because it's been one of Subaru's best-selling, most recognizable vehicle since the first-generation's debut in 1994.

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Now 25 years later, a brand-new iteration of the Subaru Outback is making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Like previous models, this one follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke don't fix it" in its styling. But it does get updated powertrains.

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The 2020 Subaru Outback has two engines: a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 260 horsepower (194 kilowatts) and 277 pound-feet (376 Newton-meters) of torque, and a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 182 hp (136 kW) and 176 lb-ft (239 Nm) of torque. Both come paired to a CVT and all-wheel drive.

While most of the 2020 Outback's updates are subtle, take a look at the new version alongside its outgoing counterpart and see if you can spot the differences.

See the New Outback: 2020 Subaru Outback Debuts With More Power, Familiar Look

Front

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No need to remove your glasses – these two cars look almost identical at first glance. But dig a little deeper and the fresh cues of the 2020 model come to life. The grille, while it maintains its same hexagonal shape, upper large accent bar, and centrally mounted logo, swaps chrome for all-black accents on this trim. The headlights, while they maintain their same boomerang-shaped LEDs and large bulb, they both move further to the front of the housing, with a more defined blinker, ending in a sharp point, sits adjacent to the hoodline.

Arguably the most distinguishable new design is the plastic fender. On the 2020 Outback, it’s much bulkier, and takes up more space on the front fascia and around the wheel wells. The round fog lights of the previous model are gone, in their place is a new set of three LED fog lights instead.

Back

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Again, the backside of the 2020 Outback doesn’t stray far from the previous-gen’s successful formula. The taillights are a bit sharper with agro black accents, and the enhanced black cladding up front carries over here, but the evolved Outback isn’t a far cry from the one it replaces. But we’re not complaining – it still looks great.

Interior

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Probably the 2020 Outback’s biggest change is in the cabin. The portrait-oriented, 11.6-inch infotainment screen is a big upgrade from the outgoing model. It’s the same screen as the one on the new Legacy. The new Outback also gets things like heated seats, and a hands-free power liftgate out back.

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