On the inside, you’ll find a new optional infotainment display: a tablet-style 11.6-inch screen powered by Subaru’s Starlink system. Starlink is one of the better infotainment systems on the market thanks to its easy-to-access information and quick response times. While we haven’t had real-world experience with this new screen-and-software pairing, we suspect the Starlink system will be right at home on this brilliantly good-looking new screen.
What Comes Standard?
The new 2020 Outback will be available in seven trim levels: base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT. The base, Premium, Limited and Touring models all get the 2.5-liter engine, while XT models get the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine. Standard on all models is Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology — a suite of active and passive driver aids. That suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist (plus lane centering), and DriverFocus, an infrared camera with facial recognition capabilities that can spot driver fatigue or distraction.
Standard on all but the base model is that aforementioned 11.6-inch touchscreen display, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. On upper trim levels, available features include LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic braking, a head-up display, a 180-degree front-view camera, heated and ventilated front seats, four USB ports and a power rear liftgate.
As is the case with all of Subaru’s SUVs, the Outback has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, meaning it’s more than ready for inclement weather and some light off-roading.