2020 Subaru Outback Competitors Comparison

 

The 2020 Subaru Outback is all set to take the SUV crossover market by storm. But before it does, it's going to have to stand up to four major contenders in its class, namely; the Audi Q5, the Buick Envision, the 2020 MINI Cooper, and the Volvo V60. We took a close look at the competition's specs, performance, and new features to see who has the best chance to come out on top.

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Audi Q5

Subaru is giving the 2020 Outback a handful of upgrades, including a new modular chassis, a new set of trim packages, next-generation safety technology, boosted turbo 260-hp boxer engine, an 11.6 inch Starlink touchscreen, an SUV busting 8.7 inches of ground clearance, driver-assist/adaptive cruise, off-road adaptive traction control, and more. Exterior styling remains largely unchanged due to the fact that buyers have expressed no small amount of affection for the classic Outback look.

As usual, the Audi Q5 is giving the Outback a run for its money. We still think the Outback comes out ahead, but we'll let you be the judge with a rundown of some key comparison specs.

Spec Check

The Outback pulls ahead of the Q5's 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas engine with its own 2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas power plant. Both vehicles deliver an 18.5 gallon fuel capacity, making it clear that they are competing for the same prize. Outback sports a smooth Lineartronic transmission, leaving the Q5's 7-Speed Automatic looking a bit bland. Both offer all-wheel drive in keeping with the crossover vehicle class. The Outback's turn radius measures in at 36.1 ft, which is markedly tighter than the Q5's 38.4 ft turnabout. In the area of fuel economy, the Outback takes the win with City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 32 MPG over the Q5's City: 22 MPG / Hwy: 27 MPG. We know that is a lot of information for one paragraph so we broke it out in the chart below for you.

 2020 Subaru Outback

 2020 Audi Q5

 2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas Power Engine

 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas Power Engine

 18.5 Gallon Fuel Capacity

18.5 Gallon Fuel Capacity

 Lineartronic Transmission

 7-Speed Automatic

 All-Wheel Drive

 All-Wheel Drive

Turn Radius: 36.1 ft

Turn Radius: 38.4 ft 

  City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 32 MPG

 City: 22 MPG / Hwy: 27 MPG


In addition to its winning specs, the 2020 Outback sports a host of advanced safety features and tech, including eyesight driver assist, lane centering and an advanced new driver distraction mitigation system. All in all, the new Outback is set to make a splash in the coming months.

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Buick Envision

Next year's Subaru Outback and Buick Envision are competing for shoulder room in a tight race to take the lead spot for 2020's high-end SUV crossover class. Let's see how they stand up in a side to side comparison. 

Spec Check

The two vehicles sport comparable 2.5-liter engines. Outback's is a flat 4, whereas the Envision offers an inline-4. Outback's transmission is an innovative Lineartronic (CVT), which stands out against Envision's six-speed automatic. Envision drops the ball with only front wheel drive, not a great choice for a utility vehicle. The Outback, on the other hand, tows the line with all-wheel drive. When it comes to fuel economy, the Outback retains its edge with City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 32 MPG. Envision falls behind slightly in efficiency with City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 27 MPG. When it comes to cargo capacity, Outback is clearly superior with 76.00cu.ft compared to Envision's disappointing 57.30cu.ft of storage space. Finally, the 2020 Outback leaves the 2020 Envision in the dust by far out-pacing it in horsepower at 277hp compared to Envision's 192hp.

 2020 Subaru Outback

 2020 Buick Envision

  2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas Power Engine

 2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas Power Engine
 Lineartronic Transmission

 Six-Speed Automatic

 All-Wheel Drive

Front Wheel Drive 

 City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 32 MPG

City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 27 MPG 

 Cargo Capacity: 76.00 cu. ft. 

 Cargo Capacity: 57.30 cu. ft.

Horsepower: 277

Horsepower: 192 


In addition to its superior specs, the 2020 Outback features a number of new safety features and tech contributing to its across the board 5-star rating from the NHTSA including driver assist, lane centering, and driver distraction mitigation. With specs like these, the new Outback is turning heads and raising the bar in its class.
2020 Subaru Outback VS 2020 MINI Cooper JCW Countryman

The MINI Cooper has long been a popular choice for those looking for utility and style in a non-assuming package. Let's see how the 2020 MINI JCW Countryman compares with the upcoming 2020 Subaru Outback.

The JCW Countryman Cooper is a fierce competitor. However, we think the Outback still comes out ahead with a lower barrier to entry and higher performance. Here's an overview of some comparison specs for your consideration.

Spec Check

Outback's 2.5-liter flat 4 gas engine is noticeably more muscular than the MINI's 2.0. MINI's 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission might take the edge in sophistication compared to Outback's reliable Lineartronic (CVT), but it's not as reliable. Both vehicles come with AWD. Surprisingly, the larger Outback does slightly better on fuel economy than the MINI with 32, 25 highway MPG respectively. The Outback leaves the 2020 MINI in the dust in terms of cargo room with 76.00cu.ft compared to MINI's 15.8. When it comes to horsepower, the MINI does well for its size, but Outback has it beat at 277hp compared to MINI's 228hp.

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Mini Countryman 

 2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas Power Engine 

2.0-liter Flat 4 Gas Power Engine

 Lineartronic Transmission 

8-speed Steptronic Sport Transmission

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Cargo Capacity: 76.00 cu. ft

Cargo Capacity: 15.80 cu. ft.

 City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 32 MPG

 City: 22 MPG / Hwy: 30 MPG

In addition to its competitive specs, the 2020 Outback offers a host of advanced safety features you won't find in the MINI. The outback earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Even the venerable MINI Cooper can't quite keep up with specs like these.

2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2019 Volvo V60


Volvo has always been strong when it comes to reliability, efficiency, and utility. This year, the 2019 Volvo V60 is hanging around to challenge the 2020 Subaru Outback. Let's see how they fare in our one-on-one review showdown. The newest Volvo V60 poses stiff competition in the SUV crossover class. But the Outback still stands out with a lower sticker price and superior specifications. Here's an overview of comparison specs for your consideration.

Spec Check

At first glance, the 2020 Outback gains an edge with its 2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas engine, compared to the V60's 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4. However, that turbo could make a decisive difference for performance fans. Outback's Lineartronic (CVT) is more advanced than the V60's, 8-speed Automatic but may not be as reliable. Having had more time to prepare, the Outback wins on off-road capability with All-Wheel Drive, whereas the V60 only has FWD. The Outback gets better gas mileage in city environments with 23MPG compared to Volvo's 24MPG. But the Volvo does better on the highway by 4MPG. Of course, the V60 will need its superior efficiency considering that it holds four fewer gallons of fuel than the Outback. Finally, we see that the Outback makes good use of its inferior efficiency with greater power. The Outback offers 277ft-lbs HP compared to V60's 250ft-lbs.


 2020 Subaru Outback

 2019 Volvo V60

 2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas engine

 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4

 Lineartronic Transmission

 8-speed Automatic

 All-Wheel Drive

 Front Wheel Drive 

Horsepower: 277

 Horsepower: 250

 18.5 Gallon Fuel Capacity

 14.5 Gallon Fuel Capacity

City: 25 MPG / Hwy: 32 MPG

 City: 24 MPG / Hwy: 36 MPG

 Cargo Capacity: 76.00 cu. ft. 

Cargo Capacity: 23.2 cu. ft.

 Towing capacity: 2,700

 Towing capacity: 1,650 lbs


Interestingly enough, the Outback loses out in fuel efficiency here but still has standard All-Wheel Drive, larger cargo capacity and a larger towing capacity.

The Final Verdict

Each and every model explained in this comparison has their advantages and disadvantages. With any vehicle shopping it will come down to your personal preference. Don't just take our word for it, stop by today and see why the 2020 Outback is competing so well with these other models.

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