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Executive Summary

The 2019 Outbacks are on sale now at Planet Subaru!

Subaru engineers most of its products, including Outback, on a five year "product cycle."  The 2019 Outback will be the fifth year of this generation (first introduced in 2015).  Rather predictably, Subaru typically "refreshes" the car with various mid-cycle changes in the fourth year, which they did on last year's model.  That fourth year brings a host of improvements and modifications to keep the vehicle looking fresh and to stay competitive with new models from other manufacturers. Expect an all-new 2020 Outback, built on the new, more rigid and crashworthy "Global Platform" that will eventually underpin almost all of Subaru's vehicles.

Subaru made only a few changes to the 2019 model:
  • For the first time ever, Subaru's Eyesight driver safety suite will be standard across the entire Outback line-up.
  • The 2.5i base models gain an overhead console shower light and dual front center console USB ports.
  • A high-grade instrument panel combination meter with 5.0-inch LCD display is now standard for all models.
  • Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models have a standard auto-dimming rearview compass mirror with Homelink® featuring a thin-frame design.

Take a deep dive into the 2019 Outback, including pricing:

Outback for 2019
Equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7-in. ground clearance, X-Mode, Hill Descent Control, Hill Holder and roof rails, the roomy Outback is a master of outdoors-oriented activities and everyday versatility. The 2019 Outback 2.5i is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trims; the 6-cylinder Outback 3.6R is available in Limited and Touring trims.

The Outback 2.5i, starting at $26,345, includes standard EyeSight and the updated STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia system.

Priced from $28,445, the Outback 2.5i Premium adds the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), dual- zone automatic climate control system, fog lights, 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and dash panel with silver stitching, auto-up/auto-down front windows, overhead console shower light, illuminated front inner door pull handles and foldable body-color side mirrors.

The Outback Premium and Limited trims feature as standard the SUBARU STARLINK 8.0" Multimedia Plus system. STARLINK Connected Services are available as an opt-in feature on Premium and above.

Options available for the Premium include Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Power Rear Gate, Power Moonroof, and the STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation. The latter also features 12 Harman Kardon® speakers and a Harman Kardon 576-watt equivalent amplifier.

The Outback 2.5i Limited is priced from $32,845 and increases luxury with perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, power rear gate, heated rear seat backs and cushions, rear-seat air conditioner outlets, 4-way power front passenger seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, fog lights, turn-signal side mirrors and woodgrain-pattern matte-finish interior accent trim. In addition to the options available for the Premium trim, the Limited also offers LED Steering Responsive Headlights.

The Outback 2.5i Touring, at a starting price of $36,795, is distinguished by low-profile roof rails in a silver finish along with lower body cladding accented by chrome Outback badging. A dark gray grille insert and 18-inch wheels with machined finish dark gray accents accentuate this model's styling. LED Steering Responsive Headlights are also included.

The Outback Touring interior features exclusive Java Brown leather-trimmed seats, door panels and armrests with contrasting ivory stitching. The interior is trimmed with a unique woodgrain finish and piano-black switch panel accents. Standard amenities above the Limited trim include a heated steering wheel, auto-up/auto-down power windows on all four doors and the STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation, including the Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound system.

Both the Outback Limited and Touring trims are also available as 3.6R models with the 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine. The Outback 3.6R Limited has a starting price of $34,995; the 3.6R Touring is priced at $38,995.

SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security systems offer two packages that are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

2019 Outback Option Packages
Code Description MSRP
1 Standard Model N/A
11 Standard Model Premium N/A
13 Blind Sport Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Power Rear Gate + Turn Signal Side Mirrors $1,100
15 Blind Sport Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Power Rear Gate + Moonroof + Navigation System + High Beam Assist + Turn Signal Side Mirrors $2,945
21 Standard Model Limited (2.5i & 3.6R) N/A
24 Moonroof + Navigation System + High Beam Assist + Reverse Automatic Braking + LED Steering Responsive Headlights $2,150
31 Standard Model Touring (2.5i & 3.6R) N/A
2019 Outback
Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
2.5i CVT '01 $26,345 $27,320
2.5i Premium CVT 11, 13, 15 $28,445 $29,420
2.5i Limited CVT 21, 24 $32,845 $33,820
2.5i Touring CVT 31 $36,795 $37,770
3.6R Limited CVT 21, 24 $34,995 $35,970
3.6R Touring CVT 31 $38,995 $39,970

To read about the significant changes to last year's (2018) model, read on:


New Design
The Outback showed a bolder, more rugged looking face, highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and a new bumper that complement the iconic Subaru hexagonal grille. The C-shaped headlights, parking lights and new horizontal character lines extending outward from the grille subtly suggest the piston motion of the BOXER engine, a Subaru core technology. The redesigned headlights feature distinctive "Konoji" daytime LED running lights.

The redesigned front cladding enhances protection from mud and stones when the vehicle is driven off pavement. A new high-contrast wheel design on Limited trim highlight the luxury-class appearance for the 2018 Outback. The 2.5i base and Premium trims are equipped with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, and all Limited and Touring models offer 18-inch alloy wheels.

More Safety Tech
A proven safety standout, the Outback added to its array of driver-assist features, including available new Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aim the lights into turns as the driver steers. Outback Limited and Touring models with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology feature High Beam Assist, which automatically turns the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions.

The brand's available award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, available on most trims, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. The Lane Keep Assist system now activates earlier, at just above 37 mph. Models with EyeSight also come with Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which includes Lane Change Assist.

All Outback trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera. When reversing, the guidelines displayed on the screen move in sync with the steering to provide more accurate vehicle positioning.

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) detects pressure changes at individual tires. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is larger and was been moved from the mirror's surface to its side. In highline trims, redesigned LED turn signals in the mirrors are easier to see. Automatic locking doors were also new, and improved LATCH anchors made child seat installation easier.

More Responsive and Quieter
Enhancements made throughout the Outback chassis included retuned suspension dampers for a smoother ride, along with retuned steering and brake systems for a more direct feel and a more enjoyable driving experience. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) yields a smoother, more linear response to driver input.

Subaru made the Outback even quieter. The Lineartronic CVT for 2.5i models now uses a quieter short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that further reduced wind noise. New sound-insulating glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

The transmission offers smoother response, thanks to a retuned electronic control unit (ECU).

Enhanced Comfort Throughout
All trim lines Outback line introduced new premium materials and a redesigned center console, highlighted by an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities. The Premium and higher trims feature genuine stitching detail on the dashboard, while Limited and Touring models also add stitching detail to the seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels for various controls. A new Titanium Gray interior is now available, in addition to Slate Black and Warm Ivory, and the new steering wheel has a more luxurious look and feel.

The revised air conditioning system cools the cabin more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout the cabin. The temperature setting indicator is located inside the control dial for more intuitive operation. As an added convenience, interior power is retained for a short time after the ignition has been switched off. The redesigned clock is larger and easier to read.

Subaru Multimedia Upgraded
The Outback offers the brand's latest SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The top-level system includes TomTom navigation with three years of free map updates. Two USB power ports are added to the back of the center console for rear seat passengers' convenience.

The standard STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia system is an upgrade from the previous STARLINK 6.2" system and offers quicker performance. The available STARLINK 8.0" system debuts a new 8-inch central touch-screen display that provides smartphone-like operation. More smartphone-linked operations improve the multimedia experience while reducing the need to divert attention from the road or hands from the steering wheel.

Now using two microphones and technology by Nuance (maker of Dragon Dictation apps for computers and other devices) voice recognition is significantly improved. The driver can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google voice commands, and the system is compatible with multiple languages.

Among standard features on all SUBARU STARLINK systems are Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. High-line trims add dual USB ports and other features. Smartphone integration features Aha and Pandora, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather. Apps added for 2018 include: 
  • Magellan NAVI offers advanced cloud-based mapping.
  • eBird advises of local bird sightings and locations.
  • Best Parking locates and compares parking rates.
  • YELP delivers crowd sourced reviews of businesses.
  • Glympse provides real-time location sharing.
  • RightTrack monitors driving habits and recommends improvements.
  • Quick Guide is a digital reference guide for the vehicle.
  • eventseeker provides information on local events.

Premium, Limited and Touring Outback STARLINK Multimedia systems are also compatible with Over the Air (OTA) updates using WiFi.

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Outbacks through the years:

Originally introduced in 1995, the first Outback was basically just a Legacy wagon with two tone paint and a little cosmetic differentiation.  In 1996, Subaru produced the Outback that you would recognize today, with aggressive cladding, raised suspension, and bigger engine.  1997 saw the first Outback Sedan, a vehicle unlike anything sold at the time.  It was available all the way through 2007.   

2015 through 2019

This latest generation is slightly larger in every dimension, and the upscale interior abounds with technology and infotainment functions.  Airbag count rises to eight with the addition of seat cushion airbags that deploy from the flat part of the seat to hold front occupants in place during an accident.
2010 through 2014
Sales went through the roof with the introduction of a larger Outback, close in size to traditional sport utility vehicles but a heckuva lot more economical and responsible.  Continuously variable transmission debuts and causes steroidal fuel economy gains.  Eyesight appears in 2013. 
2005 through 2009
 In 2005, we welcomed a quieter, more upscale Outback, even though the size remained pretty much the same.  Six airbags were standard.  Subaru offered a turbocharged XT model only on this generation. 
2000 through 2004
 This generation ironed out the wrinkles in the previous version, especially in the interior, formerly an expanse of hard plastic and curious ergonomics.  Hood scoop from the Techno-Brutal era of Japanese auto styling goes away and no one misses it.  First optional six cylinder arrived in 2001, along with Vehicle Dynamics Control.
1995 through 1999
 Arguably, Subaru created the "crossover" segment by building a car with the sport utility capabilities of a truck.  No wonder that "Subaru" comes quickly to mind when people think rugged, practical, and economical.  This was a functional car, but not a pretty one.  Dual sunroof model, also known as the "Double Bubble," appears in 1998. 

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