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Early Review Raves About the 2020 Subaru Outback

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A red 2020 Subaru Outback on a scenic highway
Apparently a revolution approaches
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Subaru enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newly redesigned 2020 editions of two fan-favorite models: the Outback and Legacy. If a recent review of the 2020 Outback from is any indication, then their patience will be well-rewarded.

In the article, editor Aaron Bragman said that the 2020 Outback doesn’t exactly reinvent the vehicle’s appearance, but it’s easily the best rendition Subaru has ever produced. His opinion was based on several main factors: performance, safety, comfort/tech improvements over the previous model year, and its remarkable value when compared to SUV competitors.

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The review mentioned the fact that Subaru knew perfectly well that customers were and are satisfied with the way the vehicle looks, so only minor changes were made to the styling. Instead, the automaker put its entire focus on making the Outback an absolute blast to drive. The implementation of the new Subaru Global Platform increased torsional rigidity (a fancy term meaning the minimum amount of force needed to deform an object) by 70 percent, giving Subaru’s engineering team carte blanche up their game on suspension, handling, and braking.

The result, according to Bragman, is remarkable. “Put simply, the Outback drives like a premium luxury vehicle,” “…not SUV competitors like the Chevrolet Blazer, Hyundai Santa Fe or Jeep Grand Cherokee.”

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The other major point the review makes is that even the basic trim level offers a staggering number of standard safety features, including forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and more. What’s even more impressive is that models fully loaded with every available piece of safety and entertainment tech still don’t quite hit $41,000 MSRP, at least $10,000 less than fully-loaded Blazers or Grand Cherokees.

If the 2020 Outback is half as delightful as this review suggests, Subaru may see another record-breaking month/year in the near future.