Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/22/20 3:59 p.m.

Sure, Subaru is touting the revised 2020 Outback as the "safest, most capable Outback ever," but perhaps the most exciting thing about the new model is the return of a turbocharged version.

The Limited XT, Touring XT and the Onyx Edition XT all come powered by a 2.4-liter, turbocharged Boxer engine. The rest of the lineup—the Base, Premium, Sport and Limited trims—are powered by a naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter flat-four.

Turbocharged models have 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, while the 2.5-equipped models make do with 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. Regardless of trim, all models transmit their power to all four wheels through an "eight-speed" CVT transmission.

Another set of numbers that might be important to you if you are shopping in this category: 32.5 cubic-feet of space behind the rear seats, with 75.7 cubic-feet available if you fold down the rear seats. Perfect for Diet Coke overlanding trips or just picking up little Timmy and his weird friend from practice. (We won't judge.)

Even though many Outbacks won't see too much off-roading besides the occasion unimproved dirt road, the lifted wagon is capable of an angle of approach of up to 18.6 degrees, an angle of departure of up to 21.7 degrees, and a break over angle of up to 19.4 degrees. (For comparison, the Jeep Gladiator Mojave we recently reviewed is capable of 44.7 degrees, 25.5 degrees and 20.9 degrees, respectively.)

We were given the keys to a nicely optioned XT Onyx Edition. To find out what it's like to drive, keep reading below.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/22/20 4:06 p.m.

Come for the car review, stay for the dog content.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/22/20 4:26 p.m.

And the dog just went poopy (outside). 

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