More and more of us are after bold experiences in our daily lives and leisure time. In fact, over half of the respondents to a booking.com survey said they plan to take more weekend trips than long vacations in 2019. And according to survey results in TrekkSoft’s Travel Trends Report 2019, travelers are choosing to immerse themselves more deeply in the local culture during their visit. We need one vehicle that can do it all, getting us to our most out-of-the-way spots, while making an everyday trip to the grocery store feel like a journey worth taking.
Since 1995, the Subaru Outback has delivered adventurous people to their uncommon, far-flung destinations and remained the durable, everyday garage staple owners have come to love. For 2020, the Outback is packed with more rugged capabilities, greater interior volume, a more luxurious passenger cabin, more powerful SUBARU BOXER® engines, benchmark dependability and the security that comes with some of the most advanced standard safety technology on the market.
Get There No Matter the Weather
Vehicle-based adventuring – a trip that gets you off the highways and secondary roads – is more popular than ever. Overlanding adventure forums such as Expedition Portal once had fewer than a thousand members, but the ranks have increased to well over 150,000 in recent years as more adventurers look for information and advice on outfitting vehicles to act as mobile base camps. And those adventurers have long relied on the Outback to get them there. It’s a comfortable, capable, dependable vehicle that’s up to your everyday tasks. But on the weekends, it’s built to get you to that remote fire tower in Maine’s North Woods, Last Dollar Road in Colorado or Denali Highway in Alaska. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive pushes torque to the wheels that grip, whether that’s on bare asphalt, wet roads, rugged fire roads or snowy access paths to state parks. And with up to 33 mpg,1 you can go virtually anywhere without forfeiting fuel efficiency.
Keep Moving in Deep Snow and Loose Gravel
Steep inclines with loose rocks can be daunting enough; crawling down the other side can be even more so. On a low-traction ascent, X-MODE® optimizes the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for maximum traction on slippery surfaces. On steep, rocky declines, Hill Descent Control maintains a constant speed so the driver can focus on steering around obstacles without brake or throttle input. New for 2020, dual-function X-MODE also allows some wheelspin in Deep Snow and Mud Mode to extricate you from sticky situations, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance makes it even easier.
Go behind the scenes of the 2020 Outback national park-themed debut: subarudrive.com/nationalpark.
Keep Your Gear Inside
Whether it’s just your solo camping gear or the suitcases for your extended family’s beach vacation, you’ve got a lot to haul on your adventures. For 2020, the interior of the Subaru Outback has been completely redesigned and features 37.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the seat raised for rear passengers. That’s an additional 1.6 cubic feet, which lets you pack one more carry-on bag than could fit in last year’s model. When you’re traveling with just two passengers, release handles open the cargo area to a cavernous 75.7 cubic feet, a space rivaling that of some three-row SUVs. And if you need to haul even more, the Outback boasts up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.²
Stow It on Top
In addition to the cargo volume that the Outback offers, all the adventure gear you’re toting – snowboards, bikes, skis, camping gear – needs a place to ride outside the vehicle. The standard roof rails with enhanced tie downs make it easier to load your lifestyle equipment, leaving plenty of space inside for stuff you’d rather keep dry.
Rugged Outside, Luxurious Inside
The Subaru Outback Touring has all the ruggedness of the Outback line. But the interior is elevated with soft, tan Nappa Leather seating, ventilated and heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
An available 12-speaker, 576-watt-equivalent Harman Kardon®3 audio system integrated into an 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen display, a power driver’s seat with memory function, a power passenger seat with height adjustment, modernized styling and enhanced materials make the Outback a luxurious personal space for your journey.
1Manufacturer’s estimated highway fuel economy for 2020 Outback 2.5L models at 33 highway mpg and 2020 Outback XT models at 30 highway mpg. Actual mileage may vary. 2 Maximum towing capacity varies by trim level. Trailer brakes may be needed. Some safety features, including Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart Rear-View Mirror, and X-MODE may not function properly during towing. See your retailer for details. 3Harman Kardon® is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.