AutoFOCUS Test Drive: Subaru Outback XT


The Adventurous Subaru Outback had 93-straight months of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales growth and for good reason with the Subaru Outback XT's wide range of capabilities.


The Subaru Outback is so successful. In a sneaky way; with a keen understanding of its customer base, the adventurous Outback XT is in a class by itself - its part SUV, Part off-road vehicle and part wagon. On top of that, it has three advantages.

The drive, The design and interior and functionality. Lets start with - you guessed it - the drive


The Drive

The most advanced Outback offers DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System2 for the first time ever. The 2020 Outback features standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with up to 33 MPG. What's the XT mean? The “X” is for maximum traction”, all-wheel-drive, and it means it’s off-road capable. T- like terrain means its all-wheel-drive system was perfected in the snow, dirt, and gravel on the world rally courses. The 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer-four delivering 270 lb-ft of torque. Subaru says that a quarter of Outback owners actually use their cars' off-road capabilities. Features include

  1. Continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that mimics an eight-speed automatic, again all Outbacks have all-wheel drive,

  2. Handles on gravel, grass, steep hills, and rutted two-tracks.

  3. The rigid Subaru Global Platform takes 40 percent more energy in a frontal collision than before

  4. The updated suspension consists of hollow anti-roll bars in the front and rear that save weight.

Exterior Design

Subaru standards seems to put form and function over style - but this exterior design is stunning. From the front grill the Subaru rally racing DNA is clear.

  1. That’s the look, aggressive, sporty, spacious, handsome

  2. The front from the ground up with 8.7 inches of ground clearance,

  3. Black Bold Lower spoiler with fog lamps, Bold Black Grille, confident face

  4. Strong bumper design and Sweeping headlights

  5. Yokohama AVID GT tires/ versatile, adjustable roof rails

  6. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - so behold

Interior Design and functionality

For me - this is where its at - the performance gauges - perfect!

  1. The dominant feature: a cascading 11.6-inch infotainment display - for entertainment, navigation, media, climate control

  2. A glossy stick and functional space divider

  3. Door design - clean lines, chrome and quality leather with stitching and storage

  4. There’s plenty of space in the rear seat and legroom.

Final Thoughts

The Outback is Subaru's best-selling model; a beautiful cross between rugged wagon; SUV, and rally sport crossover for those that enjoy the city and the outdoors. Subaru delivers value with the Outback at around $37,750 - a bargain for sure for those in that space.




"AutoFOCUS World Updates" is a new web series from Lesesne Media Group which focuses on consumer purchasing information, tips and insights. "AutoFOCUS World Updates" will also highlight what manufacturers are doing in motorsports racing and technology, innovation and concepts.

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