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2019 Subaru Outback

$26,345 — $38,995 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
22-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Easy entry and exit
  • Backseat roominess
  • Visibility
  • Interior quality
  • Standard AWD
  • Exposed Latch anchors for car seats

The Bad

  • Roof rails mean car can be pitched around by heavy winds
  • CVT's lack of idle-creep leads to lurching starts
  • Rear center shoulder belt not integrated with seat
  • Sensitive lane departure warning system
2019 Subaru Outback exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Subaru Outback
  • EyeSight active safety suite now standard
  • Five-seat all-wheel-drive wagon
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Reverse automatic braking available
  • Steering adaptive headlights with automatic high beams available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback is a wagon derived from the automaker's Legacy sedan that masquerades as an SUV with standard all-wheel drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance and off-road-inspired styling cues. Most models use a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder; 3.6R models are powered by a 256-hp, 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder. All models have a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Outback competes with compact and mid-size SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe.

What’s New on the 2019 Subaru Outback?

Subaru's EyeSight safety system is now standard. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist. A multimedia system with a 6.5-inch screen, an updated instrument panel with a 5-inch display and dual USB ports on the front center console are also standard.

What Features in the 2019 Subaru Outback Are Most Important?

Subaru has long been known for providing all-wheel drive as standard, but now it also provides an impressive list of standard safety features, including the EyeSight suite of features, as well as available features such as blind spot warning and reverse automatic braking. Standard equipment also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Should I Buy the 2019 Subaru Outback?

The Outback is not quite an SUV, but it is a good alternative for those who want car-like performance in a functional, roomy vehicle that is easy to get in and out of and offers the security of all-wheel drive. The EyeSight system, meanwhile, has received the highest rating in tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

First new car in 40 years!

by BillO from Hazlet NJ on November 9, 2018

Looking for a road trip car with AWD I test drove the Outback. It hit all the marks on my requirements list. I'm looking forward to years of enjoyment and expect the car to be reliable. Read full review

(3.0)

Hopefully this subaru will be better than last one

by BH from Marietta, GA on November 7, 2018

We had trouble with a 2016 Outback idling rough. Subaru couldn't figure it out, after taking it in 16 times. Subaru corp is awful to deal with. They best they will do to help you is offer $1000 toward ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Subaru Outback currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Subaru Outback has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Outback received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker