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2019 Subaru Outback

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MSRP Range :
$27,320 - $39,970
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28 MPG
174 HP
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  • The proven player in the raised all-wheel-drive wagon segment
  • Spacious interior
  • Choice of a 4-cylinder or a 6-cylinder engine
  • Nearly 9 inches of ground clearance
  • Loaded with safety hardware


  • Only one transmission is available, a CVT
  • Is it a raised wagon or a crossover SUV?

What's New For 2019

  • Eyesight driver-assist system (which includes active cruise control, lane-departure warning and pre-collision braking) has been made standard
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2019 Subaru Outback Pricing

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$27,320 - $39,970

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We view the Outback as a raised all-wheel-drive station wagon with SUV-like abilities.

While the 6-cylinder Outback has considerably more power than the 4-cylinder, it’s much thirstier. The 4-cylinder version beats it by 5 mpg in both the EPA city and highway tests.

It does. This safety suite, featuring adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, has been made standard in the Subaru Outback for 2019.

Subaru’s engines all feature opposed cylinders on a horizontal (or flat) plane. Think of a vee-shaped engine whose cylinders have been spread open and laid totally flat, opposed at 180 degrees. This allows Subaru to mount the engine low in the chassis for a lower center of gravity and improved cornering performance.

2019 Subaru Outback Expert Review

The 2019 Subaru Outback may look like a jacked-up wagon, but given its growth over the years, it really now plays in the midsize-SUV domain. Whatever you call it, the Outback remains one of the most versatile, dependable and desirable family vehicles on the planet. Unlike the Volkswagen Alltrack and Buick TourX, the Outback combines its all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, meaning you can actually take it to all those rugged outdoorsy places shown by ads promoting the “active lifestyle” idea. Beyond its off-road abilities, the Outback features a bevy of standard driver-safety assists, has a huge interior, gets good fuel economy and scores at the top of its class in both crash-test scores and resale values.

Driving the 2019 Subaru Outback

Because it shares the same basic architecture as the Legacy sedan, the Outback enjoys a very stable, car-like ride. The Outback’s added ride height should result in lots of sway and bounce, but its boxer engine sits low in the engine bay, which in turn helps reduce the car’s center of gravity. The Outback’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder provides adequate power for passing and merging, and the CVT automatic does a good job getting power to where it’s needed, either by itself or with input from the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Those seeking more rapid acceleration should look to the 3.6R model with its 6-cylinder engine. Unlike all its competitors, the Outback’s AWD system is always engaged, a feature that, along with its impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance and X-Mode off-road system, helps it tackle terrain no Ford Edge or Hyundai Santa Fe would dare attempt.

Favorite Features

Standard on every Outback, the X-Mode system assists when tackling steep terrain by helping to decrease wheel slip, as well as optimizing the car’s throttle, brakes and stability-control systems. X-Mode also features Hill Descent Control to slow the vehicle during steep downhill maneuvers.

The Outback’s Starlink infotainment system features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM, as well as various apps like Aha and Pandora. Premium and Limited trims get a larger 8-inch screen and even more functionality, including available navigation. Optional safety and security upgrades include emergency assistance, collision notification and stolen-vehicle recovery.

2019 Subaru Outback Interior

All Outbacks have a 2-row/5-passenger setup, and one of this Subie's best traits is its interior roominess. There's good legroom in the second row and excellent cargo capacity overall. With rear seats in place, there's 35.5 cubic feet for your gear. Fold the seats and it opens to a huge 73.3 cubic feet of mostly flat, usable space. Up front, the seats are comfortable and well-supported, and the view out is commanding. Controls are easy to see and access. Lower-trim models use cloth, while higher models are outfitted in leather. In Touring trim, the Outback can pass for a premium car.

2019 Subaru Outback Exterior

The latest-gen Outback continues its evolution from lifted wagon to a crossover SUV. Up top is a unique integrated roof rack with swinging crossbars that hide away when not in use. On Premium and higher trims, large fog lights are embedded in the heavy front cladding while Limited and Touring trims add steering-responsive headlights. Complementing the Outback's outdoorsy appeal are rugged but stylish wheels and thick lower body cladding. Even the doorsills seem to demand you get out and get active: They're designed to act as a step, so you can access the roof to strap on your bike, canoe or skis.

2019 Subaru Outback Standard Features

The Outback comes in four main trims: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. Even the least expensive Outback includes EyeSight, all-wheel drive with X-Mode for off-roading, an automatic transmission, 6-way manual-adjust driver's seat, automatic headlights, cruise control, 17-inch wheels and 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, SiriusXM, CD player and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity. We recommend stepping up at least one level to the Premium, which adds an 8-inch screen, two more speakers (six total), dual-zone climate control, 10-way-power driver's seat, fog lights, heated front seats and four USB ports, including two in back. It also opens the door for more options.

2019 Subaru Outback Options

By climbing trims or checking the options box, you can outfit your Outback with even more driver assists such as high-beam assist, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. The available power liftgate has a programmable maximum height, and there's a voice-activated navigation system. Also available is a leather interior trimmed with classy-looking faux wood on Limited models, along with an upgraded harman/kardon audio system. There are also numerous dealer-installed items ranging from remote start to rack systems for bikes, kayaks or cargo carriers.

2019 Subaru Outback Engine

Subarus use an engine configuration known as a "boxer," where the pistons are parallel to the ground; imagine a "V-type” engine, then widen the V until it’s a flat line. This layout lowers the center of gravity, which aids handling. There are two engines available in the 2019 Outback. The 2.5-liter standard 4-cylinder offers up 175 horsepower, while the 6-cylinder version has a much more robust 256 horsepower. Both send power through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual control, and all-wheel drive is standard. The AWD system includes X-Mode for low-speed traction, and Active Torque Vectoring for high-speed stability in corners. All 2019 Subaru Outbacks are rated to tow 2,700 pounds.

2.5-liter boxer-4
175 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/32 mpg

3.6-liter flat-6
256 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
247 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg

How Much Does the 2019 Subaru Outback Cost?

The 2019 Subaru Outback crossover SUV has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $27,320 for a base 2.5i model. One trim higher, at $29,420, you'll get more creature comforts in the Premium trim. A top-line 4-cylinder Outback Touring model starts at $37,770, while a 6-cylinder Outback begins at $35,970 and can reach nearly $40,000 fully loaded. At these prices, the Outback is on par with an automatic-transmission VW Golf Alltrack, a similar rugged wagon, and is lower than a more traditional 2-row crossover SUV like the Ford Edge. The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe cost less but don't come with all-wheel drive as standard. Before buying, check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Subaru. On the resale front, the Subaru Outback holds its value very well, and it won an award in the midsize SUV/crossover (2-row) segment in the KBB 2019 Best Resale Value Awards.

Which 2019 Subaru Outback Model is Right for Me?

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine

All-wheel drive with X-Mode

Eyesight safety suite

LED headlights

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

Dual-zone climate control

Power driver’s seat

Fog lights

Electroluminescent gauges

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

18-inch alloy wheels

Power front seats

Keyless ignition

Blind-spot detection

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring

Dark gray 18-in. alloy wheels

LED steering-responsive lights

Reverse Automatic Braking

8.0-inch infotainment screen with Navigation

2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 

3.6-liter flat-6 engine

Power front seats

8-inch infotainment screen

12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Dark gray 18-inch alloy wheels

8-inch infotainment screen with Navigation

High-beam assist

Reverse Automatic Braking

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2019 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews


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2019 Subaru Outback

"Great Overall Value"

Very comfortable, efficient, roomy and capable
not fast as expected, we will see with the CVT...
I have only owned this car for 60 days after purchasing it new and have about 7,700 miles on it. Thus far I would say if it holds up I will buy another. I live in the mountains of California and up a very rugged dirt road. The car performs well over bad terrain and averages us about 30.5 mpg overall for mountain driving, in town and highway. Other than the expensive windshield cracking prematurely it has been flawless.
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2015 Subaru Outback

"Nice car to travel in"

Nice to drive
Noisy engine
We like the car . It's good in all seasons that's a plus! Good on gas. Don't like the recalls! Sold our Forrester because of the recalls.
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2019 Subaru Outback

"Cheap to insure"

Smooth, comfortable, and cheap insurance.
Not a speed demon.
Just got back from a fairly long drive, about 1000 miles, and the vehicle was very smooth and comfortable to drive. It also was way cheaper to insure than other comparably priced vehicles of a similar class.
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2016 Subaru Outback

"Amazing Car"

easy on the eyes and wallet.
wind noise and only holds five passengers
This is a great car for many reasons. It has fantastic gas mileage, very comfortable and roomy, desent acceleration, can be loaded up with tons of stuff (back seats flop down at a flip of a switch), power lift gate and dimming mirrors. Not to mention its considered a wagon not an SUV so insureance is cheap. The only down fall (for us) is it can fit only 5 passengers.
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2019 Subaru Outback

"Best SUV for the money."

Ride, nice comfortable seats
Haven’t found one yet.
I was going to wait for the RAV 4 . Glad I didn’t. The reviews coming out on the 2019 weren’t that good. I traded an Avalon for this and believe it or not the ride and comfort are much better. Don’t know what Toyota did to the 2015 Avalon but this Subaru blows it away. I know it’s probably too soon for a review but my sister has a 2017. She hasn’t had anything but regular maintenance on her outback.
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2019 Subaru Outback Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Internet Access
  • Smartphone Interface
  • Touch Screen Monitor
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • # of Speakers - 4 speaker
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 25 mpg
  • EPA Class - Small Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 32 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 28 mpg


  • Horsepower - 174 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5800 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.54 inches
  • Torque - 174 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4000 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Roof Rails
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/65HR17
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum Alloy
  • Rear Tires / Wheel Size - P225/65HR17
  • Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver - Port Installed


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 3 years


  • Axle Ratio - 4.11
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - AWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.70 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.3
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • CID - 152 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Transmission Sub-Type - CVT
  • Manual Mode - Lineartronic
  • Manual Mode - Manual Mode
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Paddle Shifters

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3624 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 108.1 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 143.6 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 18.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 38.9 inches
  • Height - 66.1 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 42.9 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 38.1 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.7 inches
  • Overall Length - 189.9 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 58.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 57.3 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 2700 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 73.3 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 36.1 feet
  • Wheel Base - 108.1 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 72.4 inches
  • Cargo behind second seat - 35.5 cubic feet
  • Cargo with all seats down - 73.3 cubic feet
  • Hip Room: Front - 55.5 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 55.0 inches
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2019 Subaru Outback Safety

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2019 Subaru Outback Safety Technology

Subaru Eyesight

All 2019 Subaru Outbacks now are equipped with this safety suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.

Blind-Spot Detection

Standard on the 2.5i Limited and above, this tech lets you know whenever there’s a vehicle in the Outback’s blind spot, which helps to make lane changes much safer. It’s combined with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Six airbags

In addition to a pair of frontal-impact airbags for the front passengers, the Subaru Outback is equipped with side-impact airbags in the front seats and side-curtain airbags that deploy from the headliner to offer head protection for both rows of occupants in side impacts or rollover accidents.


2019 Subaru Outback Rankings

174 HP
MPG Combined
28 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
2019 Subaru Outback
174 HP

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