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Over the years I’ve had many cars. From simply driving for enjoyment to the need for utility each one was special in some way. Here you can get a glimpse of each one.

2020 Subaru Outback 2.4T Touring XT

Turbo? Yes please!

Just as soon as the rumors began flying that the next generation of the Outback could see a turbocharged engine I began to get excited. I was eager to find out how gas mileage would be impacted but always felt the Outback could stand a little more power. Previously it could be had with a 6–cylinder but gas mileage was significantly less than the 4–cylinder version and I would inevitably favor improved fuel economy of the extra power.

It wasn’t long before the official announcement came out and all the details were apparent. Not only would the Outback get a turbocharged option but there were tech upgrades, safety upgrades and more which certainly attracted my attention. I wanted it all!

On September 30, 2019 I brought home my new Subaru Outback Touring XT!


Specifications   +/- All

Engine and Drivetrain -

Power | Torque 2.4–liter DOHC, Direct Injection Turbocharged (DIT), intercooled, aluminum–alloy 16–valve 4–cylinder horizontally opposed Subaru Boxer® engine with Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS)
260 hp @ 5,600 rpm | 277 lb–ft @ 2,000–4,800 rpm
Auto Start–Stop System Automatically turns off and restarts the vehicle’s engine when stopped, reducing vehicle idle time, emissions and fuel consumption.
Automatic Transmission Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) High Torque with Adaptive Control and 8–speed manual mode with paddle shifters.
CA Emissions LEV III/ULEV 125

Traction and Stability -

All–Wheel Drive type Subaru Symmetrical All–Wheel Drive
X–MODE® X–MODE® optimizes engine output and transmission ratio, increases all–wheel drive system engagement and uses enhanced control of the VDC system to reduce or increase individual wheelspin, providing optimal traction on various types of terrain and low friction surfaces.
Hill Descent Control (HDC) X–MODE® also incorporates Hill Descent Control that helps to maintain a constant vehicle speed when traveling downhill, enhancing vehicle control.
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) Standard VDC electronic stability control utilizes sensors, which constantly monitor wheel speeds, steering angle, brake pressure, vehicle yaw rate and lateral g–forces. If VDC detects a difference between the driver’s intended path and the one the vehicle is actually taking, VDC applies braking power and/or reduces engine torque to help correct vehicle path.
Traction Control System (TCS) VDC also incorporates an all–wheel, all–speed Traction Control System, which senses a loss of traction and applies braking force to the slipping wheel or wheels as necessary to maintain vehicle motion.
Active Torque Vectoring Active Torque Vectoring works in tandem with VDC to apply braking power to the inside wheels, resulting in better handling, sharper turn–in, more neutral steering and higher cornering limits when turning.
Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH) AVH helps to reduce driver fatigue by holding the vehicle in place when the vehicle is stopped, after the brake pedal has been released. Utilizing VDC and the Electronic Parking Brake, AVH can hold the vehicle stationary on level, decline or incline surfaces.

Fuel -

Economy (city/highway/combined) 23/30/26 mpg
Fuel requirement Unleaded gasoline (87 octane)
Fuel capacity 18.5 gallons

Chassis -

Steering Electric power–assisted quick ratio rack–and–pinion steering (EPAS). Turning circle: 36.1 feet.
Suspension 4–wheel independent raised suspension.
Front: Strut type with internal rebound spring. Aluminum–alloy lower L–arm. Stabilizer bar.
Rear: Double–wishbone. Stabilizer bar.
Brakes 4–wheel disc. Ventilated front and rear. 4–channel, 4–sensor ABS with Electronic Brake–force Distribution (EBD).
Brake discs (front/rear) 12.4 inches/11.8 inches
Brake Override System If both brake and accelerator pedals are pressed simultaneously, the system reduces the operation of the accelerator pedal to help prevent unintentional vehicle acceleration.

Wheels and Tires -

Wheels 18 x 7.0–inch aluminum–alloy. Black with machine finish.
Tires 225/60 R18 100H all–season
Spare Tire Temporary use T155/80 D17

Exterior and Interior Dimensions -

Length/Width/Height 191.3 inches/73.0 inches/66.1 inches (with roof rails)
Wheelbase 108.1 inches
Track (front/rear) 61.8 inches/62.8 inches
Headroom (front/rear) 37.7 inches/39.1 inches
Legroom (front/rear) 42.8 inches/39.5 inches
Shoulder room (front/rear) 58.1 inches/57.4 inches
Hip room (front/rear) 55.5 inches/54.8 inches
Passenger volume 105.6 cubic feet
Cargo volume 32.5 cubic feet
Maximum cargo volume 75.7 cubic feet with rear seatback folded
Base curb weight 3,937 lbs
Ground clearance (at base curb weight) 8.7 inches
Towing capacity 3,500 lbs

Exterior -

LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH) with High Beam Assist (HBA)
LED fog lights
Silver metallic finish front and rear bumper underguards
Automatic tilt–down passenger side mirror
Heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de–icer
Power tilt/sliding–glass moonroof (95% UV light–reducing)
Roof rails with integrated retractable crossbars and 4 tie–down points (150–lb. dynamic maximum load capacity)

Seating and Trim -

10–way power–adjustable driver seat with power–adjustable lumbar support
8–way power–adjustable front–passenger seat
Adjustable driver seat thigh support
Heated front and outboard rear seats
3–mode ventilated front seats
Heated steering wheel
Reclining, one–touch 60/40–split flat–folding rear seatback

Convenience -

Keyless Access with Push–Button Start and PIN–code vehicle access
Hands–Free Power Rear Gate with automatic close, height memory function and vehicle lock button
2–position memory driver seat and exterior mirrors
Auto–on/off wiper–linked headlights
Auto–dimming rearview compass mirror with HomeLink®
Driver and front–passenger auto–up/down power windows
Rear seat auto–up/down power windows
4G LTE Wi–Fi capability
Dual front USB input ports and dual rear USB charge ports
Manually adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column
8 cup and bottle holders
Cargo–area tray
Lifting and retractable cargo–area cover

Audio and Communication -

Subaru Starlink® 11.6–inch Multimedia Navigation System with 3 years of map updates, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, Starlink cloud– based applications, SiriusXM® All Access Radio6, Traffic® and Travel Link®, AM/FM stereo, HD Radio®, Bluetooth® audio streaming, hands–free phone and text messaging connectivity, 3.5–mm auxiliary jack
Harman Kardon® premium system with 576–watt–equivalent amplifier and 12 speakers, including center dash speaker and subwoofer

Instrumentation -

Electroluminescent analog speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level gauges.
LCD color screen displaying vehicle functions.

Climate Control -

Dual–zone automatic climate control system with air filtration

Security -

Keyless entry system with answer–back electronic chirp
Anti–theft security system with engine immobilizer

Safety -

Active Subaru Symmetrical All–Wheel Drive (AWD)
EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology: Pre–Collision Braking System, Pre –Collision Throttle Management, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
Blind–Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross–Traffic Alert
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System (DMS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
180–Degree Front View Monitor
Rear–Vision Camera (high–resolution)
Passive Starlink® Safety and Security enabled: Advanced Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, Diagnostic Alerts, Remote Engine Start with Climate Control, Remote Lock/Unlock, Concierge Services and more
Subaru advanced frontal airbag system with dual–stage deployment driver and front–passenger airbags (SRS)
Driver’s knee airbag (SRS)
Front-passenger seat cushion airbag (SRS)
Side–curtain airbags with rollover sensor protecting front and rear outboard occupants (SRS)
Seat–mounted front side–impact airbags (SRS)
Whiplash–reducing front seats with height–adjustable head restraints
Height–adjustable 3–point front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters
3–point seatbelts at all rear seating positions
Rear child–safety door locks
LATCH system: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren