2019 Subaru Outback

2019 Subaru Outback

How Has the Outback has Progressed Over the Years?

The Outback started from humble beginnings as a Legacy and Impreza trim level that first debuted in 1995. Equipped with a partial protective plastic side body cladding and a raised suspension, the Outback offered a more rugged driving experience than what was previously available. The Outback Legacy came with a 2.5-liter engine that produced 165 horsepower.

As you can see, the Outback has a long history of offering rugged features. In recent years, the Outback has created a name for itself as a stand-alone crossover SUV. See how the Outback has changed in recent years and what the current Outback has to offer.


The Outback's History

Subaru has been honing the Outback's design and features ever since its conception in the 90s. Let's take a trip down memory lane to see how far the Subaru Outback has come.

  • 1998 - 2002: The Outback was initially marketed as the Legacy Grand Wagon in Japan but was named the Legacy Outback by Americans and simply the Outback by Australians. The first generation offered two engine options: a 135-horsepower 2.2-liter engine and a 165-horsepower 2.5-liter engine.
  • 2002 - 2003: During this time period, the Outback received several upgrades that changed the headlights and turn signals. The interior also changed with different styled plastic consoles.
  • 2003 - 2006: Marketed as just the Outback, this crossover came with a 2.5-liter engine and an available 3.0-liter engine. There was also the option of a five-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
  • 2006 - 2009: The Outback received updates to its engine options and safety equipment. Some of these safety features included dual-stage frontal airbags, side airbags, ABS, and electronic brake-force distribution. 
  • 2009 - 2014: The engine options continued to improve with better fuel economy. The interior was designed with better visibility, comfortable seating, and new performance features.
  • 2015 - Present: The most recent Outback carries the torch for rugged design with highly sophisticated stability and traction features that include X-MODE®, Active Torque Vectoring, and Hill Descent Control. The latest Outback also features innovative safety and multimedia technology for more safety and convenience. 

How Does the Outback Compare to the Forester and Crosstrek


At a glance, you will probably see three crossover SUVs that offer rugged features, advanced technology, and high-quality materials. As you dive deeper, it becomes clear that the Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek are three distinct vehicles that offer unique driving experiences. If you're not sure where to start in your search for a new crossover, then see how these three models compare to one another.

Size and Space

A good place to start when comparing these models is size since all three belong to different classes. The Outback is a midsize SUV, the Forester is a compact SUV, and the Crosstrek is a subcompact SUV. When it comes to maximum passenger volume, the Outback offers 108.1 cubic feet, the Forester comes with 111.9 cubic feet, and the Crosstrek has 100.9 cubic feet.

When considering adaptability and cargo space, you can expect to find a similar range with the Forester having the most cargo space, the Crosstrek with less, and the Outback in between.


The Outback and the Forester both come with a standard 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® direct-injection engine. However, the Forester produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque while the Outback comes with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The Crosstrek comes equipped with a 2.0-liter direct-injection engine that offers 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque but also offers slightly better fuel economy.

The Outback is the only model with a second engine option for a more powerful driving experience. The Outback has the option of a 256-horsepower 3.6-liter engine for those that want extra punch.

Some other differences are noticeable when it comes to stability and traction features. The Outback has the most standard stability and traction features, but the Forester has more available features total. All three SUVs comes with standard Active Torque Vectoring, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and Traction Control System.

Why Buy a New 2019 Outback?

The new Outback offers versatility, rugged features, and family-friendly design, making it the ideal fit for many drivers. As you explore the capabilities and features of the new Outback, you will find that whether you lead an active lifestyle or just need a reliable commuter vehicle, the Outback offers plenty of features for both. With the right balance of performance, technology, and design, the new Outback is a top contender for the all-wheel drive crossover class.

Standout Features of the New 2019 Outback

One of the most notable reasons to consider the most recent Outback is that EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes standard on every trim level. With highly sophisticated safety technology coming standard on the Outback, you will have extra confidence, awareness, and safety on every drive. EyeSight® has been tested by the IIHS and found to decrease the chances of a rear-end collision resulting in an injury by 85%.

EyeSight® comes with four standard safety features that have helped the Outback earn the highest possible rating from the IIHS as a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. These safety features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning
  • Pre-Collision Braking

Another draw to the new Outback is its robust selection of performance features. Whether you're heading off-road, driving through rough conditions, or just driving on dry pavement, the Outback's legendary stability and traction features help to keep you in control. The standard stability and traction features that you will find for the new Outback include:

  • X-MODE®
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Traction Control System
  • Hill Descent
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

For extra utility and functionality, the Outback also comes with standard raised roof rails and a 2,700-pound towing capacity.

Learn More About the New Outback

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