2019 Subaru Outback

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2019 Subaru Outback
2019 Subaru Outback

Key specs

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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

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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

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 design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Comfortable, Reliable Car

The 2019 Outback is really nice. Comfortable ride, handles well, great safety features. Also, unlike the newer models, the 2019 still had buttons and knobs for controls and it does not have the auto stop/start feature (which I find highly annoying).


Subaru Outback

So far we haven’t had any problems with it and we would recommend the car to anyone. We’ve wanted to get a Subaru for some time now.


Love my Outback

I love everything about my Outback except....1) there is no way to shut the radio off. It seems to turn off when you exit the car, however, when you turn it back on the radio comes blaring to life. This is an annoying feature but it is on all new Subarus. You just have to turn the volume done every time. 2) I have had to bring my car for service to fix several problems with the Bluetooth connectivity. They would reboot the software but the problem returns a while later. I guess this is a common problem. Neither of these would stop me from buying another Subaru.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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