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.
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.
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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