2019 Subaru Outback Costs More Up Front, But You Get More All Around

2019 Subaru Outback

For the 2019 model year, Subaru's iconic Outback wagon/ SUV/ crossover will start at $27,320 — including a $975 destination fee — an increase of $510 over 2018 models. Base Outback 2.5i models now come standard with Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety technologies that includes safety features like lane departure warning and and a backup camera. It also includes the new 6.5-inch multimedia system.

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2019 Subaru Outbacks are equipped with all-wheel drive and continuously variable automatic transmissions across the board, mated to either a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The 3.6-liter Outback is only available in Limited and Touring trim levels.

Notable standard features on other trims of the Subaru Outback:

  • 2.5i Premium models ($29,420) add an all-weather package that includes heated seats and mirrors, as well as a larger 8-inch multimedia screen.
  • 2.5i Limited models ($33,820) up the luxury inside the cabin with leather seating surfaces, and improve passenger comfort with heated rear seats and rear air-conditioning vents. An auto-latch power liftgate and keyless entry with push-button start are also standard.
  • 2.5i Touring models ($37,770) get an exclusive interior color treatment with brown leather and contrasting white stitching. Outside, dark-gray grille inserts, 18-inch wheels and silver-finish roof rails complete the Touring's exterior look. Standard safety features at this level include LED adaptive headlights.
  • 3.6R Limited ($35,970) and 3.6R Touring ($39,970) don't add extra features but will produce more power from those extra two cylinders under the hood.

Subaru sees a new competitor for the Outback this year in the Buick Regal TourX wagon, which has a similar price range but will cost a few thousand dollars extra from the lowest to the highest trims. As always, it's worth pointing out that while $40,000 for a new Subaru Outback may seem exorbitant, its SUV competitors — the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano, among others — can cost significantly more than the Outback without any appreciable increase in capabilities or features.

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