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[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Is it a wagon? Is it a lifted hatchback? Is it a crossover,
or is it an SUV? I don’t really know. But I do know is this is
the 2020 Subaru Outback. And we’re here, Northern
California, taking it out for a first drive. We’re going to show you
what’s new about it, what’s new under the hood, and all
the cool tech and safety features that you can get. And we’re going to
take it off road. But before we do that, be sure
to subscribe to our YouTube channel and go to Edmonds.com
for more information. So what’s new about the Outback? Well, pretty much everything. Under the hood, the base model
gets a 2.5 liter four cylinder, which is the same as
the last generation. But it’s actually a new
engine, same size, new engine. This one, however, has the turbo
charged 2.4 liter engine, which replaces the old six cylinder. And this one gets more
power, more torque, and better fuel economy– all
great things for a new car. There’s different sheet
metal, different styling up front and in the back– different set of roof rack
systems with tie-down sections. It’s also got the same
tent weight rating as the previous generation got. So you can put a
700-pound tent on here while this thing is parked,
or a 176 pounds while moving. As you go down the
side of the vehicle, you notice some Subaru styling. They’ve styled it
they said to look kind of like a hiking boot
with the rubber on the bottom but a little bit nicer up top. Then you come around
back, different tail lights, different rear fascia. And if you get the option, you
can have a power lift tailgate with the hands-free section. But it doesn’t use a foot swipe,
like some other manufacturers do– just uses a little sensor
here in the tailgate. On the inside of the new
Outback, there’s a lot to like. For starters is the
big party piece– this optional 11.6 inch
tablet style touchscreen. Now, there are a couple of
things to note about this. First, it’s really high quality. It’s high resolution. The touch screen moves easily. It responds to touch mode
stuff well to your inputs well. But it is a little bit small. If you look up, like, Apple
CarPlay player Android Auto, that seems a
little kind of shrunken, because width-wise,
it’s not very large. Otherwise, though, the nav
map shows up really cool. It’s powered by TomTom. So it’s got good
directions in here. This is a really nice system. It does, though, intrude a
little bit on storage space. You can’t really
put much down here. There’s two USB plugs here. And there’s an option
for dealer accessory, charging wireless pad. Now, over here on
the passenger side, there is some more
smartphone storage space. But it’s not a lot. There are some nice
soft touch points on the side for
your elbows here. It really feels good
to drive and relax in. And the center console here has
this nice little top section and then a larger section
below for more of your gear. Now, you can’t put a smartphone
here in the center console. And there’s a nice little
addition for cup holders. These are nice and deep. And also on the passenger
side here, there’s another bit for storage. So small item storage, it
seems like they’re kind of making due with the space. When you go down into
the touch screen, there are a couple of
things worth noting. It’s got all of the controls
for the driver aids in here. You’ve got systems,
like, auto stop, start are integrated
into the touch screen. The climate control also
integrated into the touch screen. Sure, you can do the heat
and cooling buttons here. But the fan buttons are here. And they’re small
and don’t always respond to your touch inputs. It’s kind of annoying. And when you get deeper
into the screen settings, you can go into things that
have to deal with the car and driving its distance. So you can look at the
pre-braking collision, turn that on or off. Or you can going into
lane departure warnings and see which ones you
want to turn on and off. One of the coolest
parts, though, is you can go into the
cruise control acceleration characteristics on
the menu and change it from level one, eco,
two, comfort, three, standard to four, dynamic. Now, what this means is you
can adjust the level of speed that the car picks up
when someone gets out of your way on the
highway, and you’ve got adaptive cruise
control engaged. This is a complaint we
have on tons of cars that when someone
gets out of your way, and the adaptive cruise
control re-engages, the car kind of takes
some time to pick up. But on this one, it
can adjust it yourself. Steering wheel is great. It’s pretty much the same
as the previous generation, got heff to it. And while at first glance, it
seems like it’s kind of crowded with buttons, and you
get a little overwhelmed, things fall the hand easily. And once you got it figured
out on the road a couple hours behind the wheel,
you’re not going to have a problem
with these buttons. It’s also nice that there
is still a volume knob here, despite there being
one over here. And the driver display
system, it’s bright. It’s got a good
font, good contrast. And it doesn’t distract
you from the road. There’s not a lot of extra
information going on there. This is, all in all,
a great place to be. We’re out on the road. Moving to the back seat, I
have the seat set for me, and I’m 5 foot 9. There’s definitely
enough knee room here for somebody
who’s even taller. If I sit all the way
back and upright, there’s plenty of space here. A lot of foot room underneath. And there’s plenty
a head room up top. There’s also a couple
of nice features back here for passengers, like
your two USB charging ports and outboard heated seats. So it’s a little cold. People sitting on the outboard
seats– be nice and warm. And then the center
here, obviously, you’ve got the full data center
console with cup holders. You have the 40/60 split seats. And if you sit in
the middle, it’s not entirely uncomfortable. Now, I wouldn’t want to be
here for a long road trip. But a trip to the
store, no problem. We’ve got a hands-free tailgate
and a couple of cool features in the back here. For instance, let’s say you
do have a bunch of stuff. Your hands are full. And you want to load it in. But it’s too large
for this cargo cover– simply push down on
it, slides right up. It’s pretty awesome. Now, back here, you’ve got
32.5 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats,
which may seem smaller than the previous generation
because it’s a smaller number. But it’s just a difference
in the way the [? SCAE ?] ratings work out. This is actually more space than
the previous generation car. And you’ve got the folding
seats there with the handles. And you get, now,
over 75 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more
than enough for two adults to lay down in a camping
trip or just enough to put a lot of lumber in. Either way, it’s a spacious SUV. [MUSIC PLAYING] A lot of people are going to
buy this car with the base engine– the 2.5 liter naturally
aspirated boxer four cylinder. And I would tell them not
to, because this 2.4 liter turbocharged engine is
definitely the one to have. It’s got a ton of get up and
go, 260 horsepower, 277 pound feet of torque. And it’s honestly a really
nice engine to drive. Even with the CVT, it feels
like it’s got down shifts. It feels like it’s got
some real get up and go. I’m just a fan of it. It’s not grading either. It’s not wheezy or loud. And even when you’re
going up grades, it seems to have a
good low tone to it, unlike some other
turbo-charged four cylinder engines, especially when
they’re paired with CVTs. You don’t get that with
this 2.4 liter engine. And this is the
same engine that you get in the Subaru Ascent,
their big three-row crossover. Oh, it’s got some power. It feels good, especially on
a straight away like that. Brakes are good too. Turn in is good. Really, it feels
kind of sporty, which is something I
didn’t think I’d find myself saying after driving
this car for a few hours. But it feels like something
that I could definitely go on, like a
canyon run in, which is weird for a
midsize SUV/crossover. Now, there are a couple of
competitors in the class that give you that same vibe. The Passport is very similar. We just did a video with
the Passport and the Blazer. And while I’m not a huge
fan of the Blazer myself, I do agree that it’s
got a very sporty vibe. But despite this
outback’s outdoorsy looks, it’s a car that really
holds its own when it comes to curvy roads and
getting around and having a little bit of fun. This is definitely not something
you would think is an SUV. It kind of lends to the
idea that this feels more like a wagon or a car, which
in my opinion is a good thing. Yeah, I know
everybody likes SUVs. They’re really popular. That’s why Subaru has made this
car bigger and more capable over the years. But the party trick
that it’s kept is the fact that it’s still
really capable around corners. Steering has a good
on-center field, returns the center really
easily in your hands. It’s got good weight to it. And where you don’t get all this
body roll and heave to and fro. And on the highway, it’s
really comfortable– good ride quality, good seats. It’s a little bit noisy in here. You can probably hear kind
of that low hum of the tires. But it’s not too bad. You turn on the music, and
it drowns out real easily, especially with the optional
Harman Kardon sound system that this trim level has. There’s a lot of
passive, active– all kinds of safety features
available– optional standard on this Subaru. And some of those, like, lane
keep assist and blind spot monitoring– those
are across the board in a lot of different vehicles. You can get them
pretty much everywhere. But this car has a system
that’s very unique. It’s called driver focus. And there are actually
infrared radar systems here that read my face and can tell
if I’m looking down too long or getting drowsy. It also knows who I am. You can store up to five driver
profiles in here that greet you when you get into the car. And well, it seems
kind of Skynetty. I do like it. It’s fun. And it sets up your
seat based on your face. It’s definitely a new and
interesting system but one I’m happy to get used to. So what I’ll do here is,
I’ll look up at the road. I’ll put my head down. And in a second, the car
should figure out– yep, you hear that beep? The car just figured out that I
wasn’t paying attention– told me to keep my eyes on the road. So if you’re looking at
your cell phone, which you absolutely
shouldn’t be doing, it will make that noise as well. One of the great features too
about the inside of this car is that everything is
kind of down and away. It’s out of my line of sight. It’s a great flat dashboard,
tons of forward visibility. And there aren’t really
any appreciable blind spots in the Outback. But there’s an optional
180-degree front-view camera helpful when you’re
out on the trails. And there’s a nice big
rear-view camera display in this 11.6 inch tablet. Now, these seats– these
are pretty comfortable too. From the second you
get at them, you realize that you don’t really
have to adjust much when you’re out on the road. There’s good bolster support. There’s adjustable
lumbar support. That was lane departure. I got out of the way of a
truck that was oncoming. Now, when it comes
to this driver aids, they can be a little
bit sensitive. But honestly, it’s
probably still one of my favorite
systems on the market. There are other systems,
like, for example, the Honda One that’s a little
bit more sensitive, and I’m not a huge fan. But this Subaru system
is, it’s really intuitive. And you can adjust things,
like, how fast it pulls away from adaptive cruise. And someone gets
out of your way. And you can just turn off
some of the systems entirely. And it goes around
corners pretty well– look at that. So what’s the Outback
like on the road? Honestly, it’s really good. Same as last generation. It handles well. It steers well. Sure, it’s no sports car. This steering is a
little bit vague. But it’s definitely more
connected than somebody on frame SUV competitors. And it’s got a good heft
in your hands, good return to center field here. And I would enjoy driving
this on any back road. [MUSIC PLAYING] So now that we’ve done
some on-road stuff, we’re going to do some
off-roading in this Subaru Outback. And really, there
is a difference between this kind of off-roading
and the kind of stuff you might see on
Jeep commercials. We’re going over a
few water crossings here through some ruts. And there’s plenty
of ground clearance, because this Subaru, just like
all its Subaru SUV brethren, has 8.7 inches of ground
clearance at the lowest places. It’s got OK approach
and departure angles. But it has dual X-Mode. So it’s the upgraded
version of the base X-Mode. This is deep mud engage X-Mode. OK, so let’s go into
the system here. X-Mode is on. And I will move
forward for deep mud. I did just fine. Honestly, that wasn’t
really that deep. So we’ll ignore that part. But the X-Modes come in two
available software systems. There’s the base X-Mode,
which allows you to do hill, descent control– things like that– kind
of manages the traction of the all wheel drive system. And then there’s the dual
X-Mode, which is on this car and which allows for
sand, snow, rocky areas. It gives you some wheel
slip so you can get out of kind of hairy situations. So if you live in an area
where there’s a lot of snow, or you know you’re going to be
traversing trails more often, than maybe go for one of the
Outbacks with the dual X-Mode. Now, as we go
through this section, you can see that I’m going
between a cut down tree. And it is really precarious–
find something maybe two, three inches wider– wouldn’t make it through there. And one of the nice
things about this vehicle is that it does have kind
of smaller dimensions than some of its
bigger competitors, like the forerunner. Out here on the trails too,
most of the stuff you’re going to find isn’t Moab. Look, I know jeeps are good. I know forerunners are good. I know a Raptor can go anywhere
and do jumps in the desert. But vehicles you want to
live with on a daily basis are ones like the Outback. OK, I’m not a huge fan of CVTs. But this one is
really well-tuned. And the 2.4 liter turbo-charged
engine has plenty of power. It’s also got plenty
of space in the back. And as opposed to
a high-riding SUV, it’s got a nice low load floor. So you can get big heavy items,
your camping totes, your kid’s strollers, whatever
in the back, easier than you could if you had
something that was higher up, like a pickup truck or
a body on frame SUV. It’s got its benefits. And it’s going to be
less expensive than some of those competitors too. So there’s a good reason to
check this one out first. [MUSIC PLAYING] Does the 2020 Subaru Outback
deliver on all its promises? Absolutely. This is one of the
most comfortable, capable, spacious and high
tech midsize SUVs on the market today. It’s hard to tell yet whether it
will edge out top competitors, like the Honda Passport. But once we get it
in-house at Edmonds and do a full instrumented test,
we’ll be sure to let you know. So for more information
for vehicles like this and for all of its
competitors, go to Edmonds.com. And feel free to subscribe
to our YouTube channel and go to Facebook or Instagram
for more great content. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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