The Best Subaru Outback Models from the Past 10 Years

Most of the wagon car models have been now replaced by crossovers and hatchbacks. On the contrary to this, the Japanese car-maker Subaru has kept the legacy of the wagons alive – in the form of Subaru Outbacks.

Subaru Outbacks made its first debut in 1989 and offered two different vehicles: a legacy-based station wagon Outback and an Impreza-derived hatchback with the name Outback Sport.

Over the past 10 years, the Outback models have faced drastic changes in its design, from the exterior looks to the engine touch-ups. Today, we take a look at the best Subaru Outback models from the past 10 years.

Subaru Outback 2010-2014

The fourth-generation Subaru Outback was introduced in April 2009 at the New York International Auto Show. This Outback saw the biggest wheelbase, expanded by 3.6 inches, given the new Outback has quite a spacious cabin.

The 2010 Subaru Outback saw a significant change in its exterior design. It had more SUV styling rather than the wagon-style that was seen in its previous generations.

The makers did not replace the 2.5-liter 4 cylinder engine producing 173 HP and 173 lb-ft torque. However, they introduced the 3.6-liter 6 cylinder engine against the old 3.0-liter engines.

The new engine was capable of producing 260 HP and 247lb-ft of torque. The 4th generation Outback also gained the Subaru Eyesight technology giving it the latest and greatest safety tech.

Subaru Outback 2015-2019

The 2015 Subaru Outback was put together keeping proactive people in mind who take delight in hiking. The new Outback saw an increase in the cabin volume, from 105.4 cubic feet to 108.1 cubic feet; also the cargo area gained an extra 2 cubic feet space.

The exterior look was face-lifted with a raked windshield as well as the roof-rails at the top. The new Outback featured the usual symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The base model has a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine with improved efficiency and quieter operation.

The top of the range was the 3.6-liter engines, same as the previous models. With the manual gearbox system no longer available, the continuous variable transmission is the only available option.

While the EyeSight Driver Technology has become standard for all the Subbie Outback cars, the 2019 Outback also houses some additional safety features like 4-wheel anti-lock braking system, brake override system, LED daytime running lights and a high-resolution rear-vision camera.

Subaru Outback 2020

The finalist of the 2020 MotorTrend SUV of the year award, this 2020 outback has more powerful engines, new technologies, and of course the symmetrical all-wheel drive.

Under the hood of the outback is the upgraded 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer engine producing 182 HP and 176 lb-ft of torque. This generation of the outback has a CVT that mimics eight-speed automatic transmissions. The upgraded 8.7 inches ground clearance makes the Outback capable of traveling through the gravel roads, grass, steep hills, and rutted two tracks.

The inside of the 2020 Subbie houses vertically oriented 11.6-inch touch screen infotainment display and also steering mounted media functions. The all-new 2020 Outback offers a superb mileage of 33MPG on highway roads and 26MPG on city roads.

Subaru Crosstrek 2020

Subaru discontinued the Outback Sport nameplate in 2011 and replaced it with the Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek featured a more substantial suspension lift providing a ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

The new 2020 Crosstrek is equipped with the standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine that delivers 152 HP and 145 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has three trim levels namely Base, Premium and Limited. The base as well as premium trims come with the standard 6-speed manual transmission with an optional CVT transmission. While the CVT transmission is the only available transmission offered on the Limited version of the car.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for more power and capability, the Subaru Outback is a perfect choice. Plus, the Subaru Outbacks have always been an economical class of cars, whether budget-wise or mileage-wise.