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William Kinton
Automotive Editor - September 13, 2018

2019 Subaru Outback OVERVIEW

Subaru may not be as big as its other Japanese rivals like Toyota and Honda, but their customer base is probably one of the most loyal across the entire market. That loyalty will extend to the 2019 Subaru Outback, the wagon-SUV hybrid that the company built nearly their entire brand around. The 2019 Outback continues with the rugged go-anywhere character of its predecessors, along with its famous all-wheel drive and dependability.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, the Subaru Outback now comes equipped with the Subaru EyeSight suite of safety technologies as standard, and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen becomes standard on base models. Additionally, Subaru has adjusted the price and included some interior updates.

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Choosing Your Subaru Outback

The primary engine choice for the Subaru Outback is a 2.5-liter flat-four engine that's good for 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque which is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This engine manages to return an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 combined. For more power, Subaru offers a 3.6-liter flat-six that offers 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque on the Limited and Touring trim levels. This engine is attached to the same CVT as the 2.5-liter, but the extra power does come at the cost of a significantly reduced fuel economy, which falls to 20/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Like most Subaru models, the Outback comes standard with the company's excellent all-wheel-drive system, which features active torque vectoring to send power to the appropriate wheel when traction begins to suffer. There's also hill-descent control, which is vital for tackling trails with loose surface, and a hill-holder to keep from slipping backward when trying to ascend. Connecting everything together is Subaru's X-Mode, which helps monitor the transmission, all-wheel drive, and engine to maintain control. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, Subaru's EyeSight suite gives all models adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.


Starting at $27,320 (all prices include the $975 destination charge), the base 2.5i trim isn't as spartan as it used to be, but it still maintains the plain look that Subaru has become known for. As mentioned earlier, the 2.5i trim doesn't get access to the larger 3.6-liter engine, but only the 2.5-liter engine (as the name implies). It's very basic with manually adjustable cloth seats, and the only real luxury being the 6.5-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. That being said, you still only get four speakers to go with that system. No packages are offered.

2.5i Premium

The 2.5i Premium starts at $29,420 and includes more features that make it feel more livable than the base trim, making it the bread-and-butter of the Outback lineup. Standard features on the Premium are heated seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a bigger 8.0-inch infotainment screen, a six-speaker audio system, fog lights, and a windshield wiper deicer.

The Premium is also given access to a couple of packages, which aren't given names for some reason. The first bundles blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a power tailgate, and door mirrors equipped with turn signal indicators for $1,100. The second package adds cloud-based navigation by Magellan and a power moonroof to the features of the previous package for $2,945.

2.5i Limited

The 2.5i Limited adds more luxuries for a starting price of $33,820. New features include leather-trimmed upholstery, natural-finish wood trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, a four-way adjustable power seat for the passenger, keyless access, push-button start, and the nifty turn signal door mirrors that were optional on the Premium. Rear seat passengers will enjoy the Limited more too, as they get heated seats and air conditioning outlets just for them. The only option package includes navigation, a power moonroof, high-beam assist, adaptive headlights, and reverse automatic braking for $2,150.

2.5i Touring

The 2.5i Touring trim is the top level for four-cylinder Outbacks, and it starts at $37,770. The Touring gets unique roof rails, grille, wheels, and lower body cladding, while the interior is trimmed in Java Brown leather with ivory contrast stitching, a unique woodgrain trim, and piano black accents. Additionally, the Touring receives pretty much everything the other cars have as options including standard adaptive headlights, a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, one-touch windows, navigation, and a Harmon Kardon sound system with 12 speakers. No packages are available, because they've run out of stuff to offer.

3.6R Limited

If you're looking for more power in your Outback, it'll cost you at least $35,970. The 3.6R Limited is basically the same as the 2.5i Limited, but it adds the larger and more powerful 3.6-liter flat six, the biggest engine that Subaru currently makes. Otherwise, all features and packages are identical to the smaller-engined Limited.

3.6R Touring

The ultimate Outback is the 3.6R Touring for $39,970. Like the 3.6R Limited, the 3.6R Touring only adds the bigger engine to the Touring trim, and there's no additional options that are offered either.

CarsDirect Tip

Most drivers would do just fine with the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium. It may feel a bit sparse compared to other cars that hover around $30,000, but the Outback's character has always felt like a vehicle you can take anywhere. If you're going to drive through mud, snow, rocks, and dirt, there's no need for fine leather.

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