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2019 Subaru Outback

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2019 2.5i 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $26,345
2019 2.5i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,445
2019 2.5i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,845
2019 3.6R Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,995
2019 2.5i Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,795
2019 3.6R Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,995
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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.

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2.5i

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2019 Subaru Outback has popped a few grey hairs, but it’s still a desirable wagon that does a lot of things right as it straddles the line between car and crossover. In this new model year, things carryover mostly, save for a few new safety nannies like standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. Can the aging Outback keep up with the latest and greatest in the automotive world? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Subaru Outback gained a lot of new standard safety features, like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise, and lane keeping assist, making the base model a decent value. That said, the best value is the next model up, the Outback 2.5i Premium.

This trim level comes with a wide range of premium features like heated side mirrors, fog lights, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power driver’s seat, roof rails, an eight-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a six-speaker audio system, and much more. This trim also opens the door an optional package that adds a power liftgate, navigation, moonroof, and a handful of important safety features for $2,945.

  • Model:2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
  • Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 175 hp / 174 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 25 City / 32 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price: $29,420 (including a $975 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price: $29,420

Performance

Subaru OutbackSubaru’s legendary all-wheel-drive system is standard on all 2019 Outback models, making it more than capable off the beaten path and in poor weather. Add its crossover-like 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and you have an off-road-ready wagon that can tackle anything on your path to soccer practice.

Comfort is also key in the Outback with its surprisingly soft ride for a vehicle that can handle moderate trail duty. And, almost in spite of its soft ride and high-riding body, it’s perfectly comfortable in the corners.

You may find trouble getting up the speed to have any fun in those corners because the standard 2.5-liter engine makes acceleration an exhausting task. The optional 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine improves the Outback’s straight-line acceleration, but its touchy throttle takes some getting used to in stop-and-go traffic.

Style

The Outback wears its rugged simplicity like a badge of honor with its down-to-earth styling and unpainted lower bumpers. This is a face that begs you to take a sharp left down that tight trail and let it live free. After a quick shower, the Outback’s styling is presentable enough for a night out on the town, too.

While these looks are right up the alley of a Subaru fan, the Outback may turn away buyers looking for a more traditional appearance.

Inside, the Outback drops the rugged persona for a softer look. There are even upscale materials like leather and wood trim to choose from. For those looking to run the Outback off the beaten path, the fear of muddying up that pretty interior may be a deterrent.

Need to haul gear? The Outback has you covered with its 36 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats upright and 73 cubes with those seats lowered. Add the optional power liftgate and accessing this cavernous cargo area is a cinch.

The Best and Worst Things

The Outback’s do-it-all personality is an incredible benefit. Not only is it comfortable and confident on pavement, it also has off-road chops that make SUVs envious, loads of cargo capacity, 38.1 inches of rear leg room, and a 2,700-pound towing capacity.

The 2019 Outback fails to deliver in the powertrain department as neither engine shines and each has major flaws that its competitors’ powertrains do not.

Right For? Wrong For?

Subaru OutbackThe Outback is the perfect ride for a family that lives just outside the suburbs and may encounter the occasional unfavorable driving conditions but doesn’t want an SUV.

City folk looking to tinker around town will take on the full brunt of the Outback’s biggest flaws, including its lackluster base engine, touchy and fuel-hungry six-cylinder, and uninspiring CVT.

The Bottom Line

The Outback is a purebred Subaru genetically modified to fit a broader spectrum of buyers. It makes small sacrifices in areas like its styling and performance to allow it to fit a wider range of needs. If you’re a flexible shopper looking for a do-it-all vehicle, the 2019 Subaru Outback is the rig for you. Short of that, you may find yourself trading it in on something more your style sooner rather than later.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 175 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Lineartronic 6-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 175 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
73.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
189.6 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
66.1 "
Front Headroom
40.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.9 "
Front Legroom
42.9 "
Rear Legroom
38.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,622 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
4 / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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