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3.35 (Good)

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Generations

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.

2020 - 2020 Subaru Outback

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Subaru Outback

Major changes included:

This Subaru comes in five basic trims: Outback, Premium, Limited, Onyx Edition XT, and Touring. Prices range from $27,655 including destination for the base Outback to $38,355 for the Touring. Read more »

2020

2015 - 2019 Subaru Outback

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Subaru Outback

Major changes included:

Lower trim levels are only available with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. In order to get the 256-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder, you have to opt for the range-topping 3.6R Limited trim level. Read more »

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2010 - 2014 Subaru Outback

3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Subaru Outback

Major changes included:

The Outback is available with a 170-hp naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission (or optional six-speed CVT), or a new for this year, 3.6-liter six-cylinder with a five-speed automatic transmission. The CVT and automatic transmissions feature a manual mode with paddle levers on the steering wheel. Limited models feature leather seating, a six-disc... Read more »

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2005 - 2009 Subaru Outback

3/4 Front Glamour 2009 Subaru Outback

Major changes included:

The Subaru Outback has been redesigned for 2005. Exteriors are sharper, more stylish, less boxy. More important, the new models are larger outside, and roomier in many dimensions inside. The interior design is more contemporary, more attractive, more comfortable and more luxurious than before. The cars are lighter and more stable than before. They handle... Read more »

2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

2000 - 2004 Subaru Outback

3/4 Front Glamour 2004 Subaru Outback

Major changes included:

Subaru's Outback Wagon has been redesigned and re-engineered for 2000. The new one is a bit longer and wider than the previous model. A fresh interior is sportier and more conveniently laid out for the driver. Yet the Outback retains its versatility: part sport-utility, part car. Subaru's Outback is a hybrid that handles both on-road... Read more »

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004

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