Subaru now considers it an SUV, but the 2020 Subaru Outback in Bend OR began as a station wagon with ground clearance.  Its capability as both a cargo hauler and an all-weather companion appeals to buyers with adventure on the mind. Subaru's signature horizontally opposed engines—a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder—provide exceptional fuel economy.

What You Can Expect

The all-new 2020 Outback will ride on Subaru’s more-rigid and crash-worthy "Global Platform" that will now underpin almost all of Subaru's vehicles. A new 2.5-liter base engine with 182 horsepower is expected on the 2020 model year, which is up from 175. An optional 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 260 horsepower will likely rocket the Outback from 0-60 in less than seven seconds. Improvements to the Subaru Eyesight system including DriverFocus distraction mitigation, as in the Subaru Forester, are expected. Mimicking the Tesla, a large tablet-style 11.6" infotainment system will be offered on the new Outback.


The Outback's design will likely match that of the new 2020 Suabru Legacy but with a higher ride height and a wagon-style body. The interior layout should be practically identical, which is a very good thing because it looks classier than ever. All but the base trim of the SUV will get a new 11.6-inch portrait-oriented infotainment screen.


Safety takes the front seat in the Outback and in addition to stellar crash-test results, Subaru provides a suite of driver-assistance features on every model. All-wheel drive is standard—a hallmark of the Subaru brand—and helps the Outback maintain its reputation as an outdoorsman's carryall.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite now comes standard on all models, and it gains lane centering for even easier use of the adaptive cruise control. Top trims have driver fatigue monitoring that can tell when driver’s attention is straying from the road. The range-topping model has a Front View Monitor that uses cameras to monitor the forward blind spots.


The biggest change for the new Outback will be its new underpinnings. It will shift to the same new global platform as the Legacy, which promises increased rigidity, sharper handling, and improved refinement.

A turbocharged Outback also seems a sure bet to return to the lineup, replacing the old six-cylinder 3.6R; similar to the Legacy, it's likely be called the Outback XT and use the same turbocharged 260-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine first introduced in the Ascent three-row SUV. A mostly carryover 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 182 horsepower will remain the base engine, and all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will be standard on all models.

2020 Honda Passport

The 2020 Passport in Bend OR has come from the technology of the Pilot, meaning that the new, smaller Passport got a larger 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

In addition, all trim levels of the 2020 Honda Passport in Bend OR will sport massive 20-inch wheels. With the 245/50R all-weather tires, the Passport most certainly feels like a grown-up vehicle. Each trim level will feature its own unique wheel design.

Choosing the right car can be a challenge, however, our team at Subaru of Bend is available to give you all the necessary information to make an informed decision.

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