2019 Subaru Outback

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$26,345

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

28

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

189.6” x 66.1”

Dimensions

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • 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
See also: How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2019 Subaru Outback?

2019 Subaru Outback review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

What a ride!

Being disabled I was in the market for an accessible vehicle. With its wide doors and higher than average door and ride height coupled with a robust seat I was impressed with the level of ease and comfort while driving. It wasnt until a mishap sent me into a curb and then to a body shop. I got a rental....a higher end domestic SUV....it was at that moment I truly appreciated and sorely missed the build, ride ,performance and overall quality of my outback. I only have one negative thing to say about the outback and its the CVT....its the worst! Its the only weak link in an otherwise perfect vehicle. Subaru please reconsider and offer the outback with a standard transmission as a special order option.... I for one would be willing to pay extra for it.

2.0

3.6R Touring: 1st Outback will be my last

First of all, I had always wanted to own an Outback but took me until end of 2018 to do so. Not a good idea going from an A6 to an Outback, but that's another story. It's a car,and (generally) gets me from point A to point B. Chief complaint: I've had the 3.6R Touring for 4 years and 8-9 months. I just had to put the FOURTH battery in the car. No warning...may work great, and then you go to restart and it is dead-dead. Was told a variety of things the first few times like the key fob was kept too close to the car in the garage and was draining the battery, Jupiter was in the seventh house of Scorpio, etc. Seems like they finally settled on it being the Starlink system causing parasitic drain on the battery, but never told any owners. If you disengage the Starlink, however, you also lose Bluetooth capabilities. The alternator was also programmed to never fully charge the battery...this improves the gas mileage slightly. So, you have something constantly drawing a battery that never gets fully charged. Known problem, no recall, class action suit. Seating surfaces...started tearing at around 25K miles. Now at 40K and the tears are starting in the middle of the bolsters(?). Only center of the seating surfaces are leather,the sides are vinyl...and weak vinyl ,at that. Infotainment system - 60% of the time it works every time. USB connection seems to fritz out a LOT, if it even works at all. Sometimes requires turning car off/on. Car loves to drop USB connection when using a map/traffic app about 1-2 miles before a necessary exit. Last gripe...they show these cars going over mountains and off-road. My car somehow got its first ding after leaving the dealership, driving 3 miles home, putting it directly in the garage...and was dented the next morning. It has achieved several since, seemingly from just getting dirty looks. Can't imagine how the cars in the advertisements must have fared after climbing mountains, etc.

5.0

Subaru nailed it in the Touring

Absolutely have loved my Subaru Outback Touring. We have the 3.6 and it has not had a single issue after 43k miles. The interior is beautiful in the Touring. The nappa leather has held up surprisingly after my Audi's leather had cracks after only 12k. Love all the features you get with the Subaru and SPACE for the dogs without having to buy a huge SUV. First time Subaru owner after having owned an Audi A4, Infinity QX, Volkswagen Touareg as well as a Dodge. BEST one yet and it's not even considered a luxury brand. Cannot wait to get the next one!

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Safety

Based on the 2019 Subaru Outback base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
17.4%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
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
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