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All-New 2020 Subaru Outback: Priced for Adventure
19 July, 2019

  • Powered by an available turbocharged 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER engine for outstanding levels of performance and efficiency.

  • Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system and LED headlights are now standard on all Outback models.

  • Available vertically mounted 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

  • All-new Outdoor XT model the most off-road-ready Outback to date.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—A quarter century after it revolutionized the sport utility segment, Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is set to raise the bar yet again when the all-new 2020 Outback goes on sale this fall.

Now in its sixth generation, the 2020 Outback offers a car-like ride and handling with all the attributes that make it a true Subaru SUV, including standard full-time Symmetrical all-wheel drive, 220 millimetres of ground clearance and standard X-Mode with Hill Descent Control.

Securing its place atop the competitive landscape, the new Outback comes packed with the latest comfort, convenience and safety features — including Subaru’s EyeSight advanced driver-assist system and LED headlights, now standard on all Outback models.

The 2020 Outback is built on the Subaru Global Platform, offering world-class safety, and is powered by the choice of new engines that offer varying levels of performance while placing an emphasis on efficiency. The first, a 2.5-litre SUBARU BOXER engine, has been virtually entirely overhauled with 90 per cent new parts, as well as direct injection and auto start/stop for efficient operation and reduced emissions. The new 2.5-litre engine produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque.

The sixth-generation sport utility also marks the return of the turbocharged XT models to the Outback range, this time combining with the Subaru Global Platform to offer a sporty and engaging driving experience not typically found in the segment.

For those in need of additional performance, the 2020 Outback offers an available turbocharged 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER that produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Turbocharged Outback models benefit from a broad torque curve, achieving peak output between 2,000 rpm and 4,800 rpm.

Safety is at Subaru’s Core

While built to protect occupants in the event of a crash, the Subaru Global Platform that underpins the new Outback, along with an increase in the use of structural adhesive and ultra-high tensile-strength steel, also contribute to improved responsiveness and driving dynamics. In fact, torsional- and front-suspension rigidity increase 70 per cent and front lateral flexural- and rear-subframe rigidity increase 100 per cent compared to the previous Outback’s platform.

In the event of a collision, the new Outback’s body absorbs over 40 per cent more energy in front/side crashes than the outgoing model.

Of course, it’s Subaru’s goal not only to reduce the impact of collisions but also to prevent them where possible, and the 2020 Outback benefits from the brand’s roster of award-winning safety features that aim to do just that.

For increased safety and peace of mind, Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, lane-keep assist, lead vehicle start alert and more, is standard on all Outback models.

This latest generation of EyeSight also introduces Lane Centring Assist — a new lane-centring function integrated into the car’s adaptive cruise control system. While drivers must maintain control of the vehicle at all times and keep their hands on the steering wheel, this new functionality uses the EyeSight system’s stereoscopic cameras to recognize lane markings and the preceding vehicle to stay centred within the vehicle’s lane of travel.

Safety is elevated even further thanks to the available segment-exclusive DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. This award-winning system uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction, works alongside Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist suite to reduce the likelihood of a collision. Utilizing a camera mounted atop the dash, DriverFocus can register and recognize as many as five drivers and remember their individual pre-sets for seat position and door mirror angle, among others.

Subaru STARLINK Connected Services

Placing a further emphasis on safety and convenience is the introduction for the first time in Canada of Subaru STARLINK Connected Services. Available on most trims, the system comes with a free three-year trial subscription and uses the nationwide 4G LTE cellular network — and completely separate from customers’ mobile devices — to allow customers to stay connected to their vehicles while also allowing them to receive important information to keep them safe.

Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.

Customers utilizing these services will be able to receive automatic emergency assistance in the event of a collision, remotely access vehicle features, schedule service appointments with dealers and receive point of interest navigation information among much more.

Other features include remote services, such as remote engine start (including climate control and heated seats), remote lock and unlock, and remote vehicle locator, as well as vehicle alerts such as speed, boundary or curfew alerts that can all be controlled directly from customers’ smart devices.

Seven Trims to Choose From

The 2020 Subaru Outback is available in seven trim levels in Canada: Convenience, Touring, Limited, Premier, Outdoor XT, Limited XT and Premier XT.

Priced at just $30,695, the Outback Convenience offers an extensive list of standard features, including Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, EyeSight with Lane Centring Assist, a unique infotainment system that utilizes dual seven-inch touchscreens that split multimedia and HVAC controls, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, among many others.

Automatic climate control is also standard on the entry-level Outback, as are heated front seats, including the 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, auto up/down driver and front passenger windows, automatic door locks. Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and audio streaming, dual rear USB ports, automatic LED headlights with High Beam Assist, LED fog lights, an electronic parking brake and Auto Vehicle Hold are also equipped on the entry-level Outback.

Other standard features include Active Torque Vectoring, X-Mode with Hill Descent Control, a rearview camera washer, a one-touch retractable cargo cover and roof rails with integrated crossbars and tie-down loops.

Moving to the Touring trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming side-view and rearview mirrors, a power tilting and sliding sunroof, a proximity key with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto up/down on all windows, and Subaru STARLINK Connected Services with a free three-year trial subscription.

The Outback Touring also adds Reverse Automatic Braking and the Subaru Side/Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD) system, which includes blind-spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, while upgrading the infotainment system to a vertically-mounted 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen that incorporates vehicle, HVAC and multimedia controls.

Finally, the Outback Touring adds a power rear tailgate with a hands-free opening sensor, and centralized close and lock button that allows the tailgate to be closed and all doors locked with the press of a single button. The Outback Touring is priced at $34,795.

Priced at $38,995, the Outback Limited adds integrated navigation to the 11.6-inch infotainment system, as well as a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver’s seat and mirror memory function and adjustable driver’s seat cushion length.

The Limited trim also adds an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, rear console HVAC vents, steering-responsive headlights, silver painter front and rear under-guards and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Premier trim, meanwhile, is priced at $40,995 and adds Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a centre console-mounted CD player, front-view camera and power-folding satin chrome side-view mirrors, as well as Subaru’s award-winning DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

For those looking for a vehicle that will help further elevate their outdoor lifestyle through both form and function, the new Outback Outdoor XT trim answers the call. With the already-capable Outback forming its foundation, this new model gets an upgraded dual-function X-Mode system that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more capability to go virtually wherever necessary, a front-view camera, all-weather rubber floor mats, soft-touch weatherproof upholstery with green accent stitching, and a full-size spare tire. Rounding out the aesthetics are 18-inch alloy wheels, XT badging and front grille and door mirrors finished in black. The Outdoor XT model is priced at $38,695.

Moving to the Limited XT and Premier XT trims brings with them the same features found in the Limited and Premier models, with the addition of the 260-horsepower SUBARU BOXER engine and XT badging on the tailgate and floor mats. The Outback Limited XT is priced at $41,795, while the Premier XT is priced at $43,795.

The 2020 Outback will arrive at Subaru dealers across Canada this fall.











Outdoor XT


Limited XT


Premier XT


About Subaru Canada, Inc. Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 94 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit or or follow @SubaruCanada on Twitter.

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