2020 Subaru Outback: What's It Like to Live With?
Versatility rules and the Outback is one of the best at it. The countdown to 20,000 miles starts now with 8 miles on the odometer.
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Latest Highlights (updated 11/12/20)
- The Outback is really comfortable on the road.
- The large touchscreen is good for the most part.
- Climate controls should be in their own area. Hard buttons aren't a bad thing.
- The turbo engine is awesome. Can we get an eight-speed auto instead of the CVT?
2020 Subaru Outback: Real-World Fuel Economy
The Outback is rated as one of the better fuel-sippers for the midsize SUV class. At 26 mpg combined, the EPA says our Onyx Edition XT should get 481 miles on one tank. The road trip ideas are already coming in.
Average lifetime mpg: 22.3
EPA mpg rating: 26 combined ( 23 city / 30 highway )
Best fill mpg: 24.6
Best range (miles): 397.8
Current odometer: 3,522
"We opted against the $1,845 package that added a moonroof, reverse automatic braking and navigation. That makes us reliant upon navigation apps on our phones, which we're fine with. This weekend I noticed, however, the CarPlay projection from my phone displays really tiny buttons. See them on the left rail while the navigation screen is up? They are smaller than my fingertip. I wish they were bigger." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"My son and I skipped town for a guys fishing getaway over the weekend. There was plenty of space for his car seat on the upright side of the 60/40 folding seat and our poles on the lowered side. It's always a plus when you don't have to break them down for transport. The rest of our gear easily fit in the cargo area behind his seat." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations