2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2019 Subaru Outback


Subaru is always looking for ways to improve its vehicles, and the Subaru Outback is the perfect example of how. While the 2019 Outback is a great vehicle all on its own, Subarus has improved a ton of things with the Outback in just a few years.

To help you understand the truly transformational experience between the 2019 and the 2022 Subaru Outback we came up with this guide. We'll break down all the major changes between the two vehicles and everything they still have in common.

Powertrain Options

One of the most notable changes between the 2019 and the 2022 Subaru Outback is noticeable as soon as you open the hood. In 2019 there were two engine options available for the Outback, a 2.5L inline-four-cylinder engine capable of 175 horsepower or a 3.6L V6 that pushed 256 horsepower.

2019 Subaru Outback Engine Options

2.5L inline-four

175 hp

3.6L V6

256 hp

However, by 2022 both engines that came with the 2019 Outback are different. The 2.5L inline-four cylinder is still the same block, but it's tuned to produce 182 horsepower. Not only that, but the six-cylinder engine option is completely out of the lineup.

Instead, they offer a turbocharged option of the 2.5L engine, and this turbocharged engine produces more horsepower than the six-cylinder engine option. It pushes 260 horsepower, which isn't a huge upgrade over the 6-cylinder.

But the tradeoff is a much more fuel-efficient vehicle with superior power numbers, a real win-win. Finally, the turbocharged engine also increases the overall towing capacity of the Outback. Instead of the 2,700-pound towing capacity that comes with both 2019 engine options, the 2.5L turbo engine maxes out at 3,500 pounds.

2022 Subaru Outback Engine Options

2.5L flat-four

182 hp

2.5L flat-four turbo

260 hp

Interior Dimensions and Cargo Space

Another extremely notable difference between the 2019 and 2022 Subaru Outback is the amount of usable cargo space and the total amount of room for passengers.

In the 2019 Outback second-row occupants get 38.9" of headroom, 38.1" of legroom, 55" of hip room, and 57.3" of shoulder room. It's a roomy enough interior, but there's no denying that the 2022 model gives those same passengers some more space.

The most notable difference is in the rear passenger leg room, where they gain a full inch of additional space.

Moreover, you can see the more spacious interior when you look at the total available cargo space. The 2019 Outback features a spacious interior with 73.3 cubic feet of storage space, but the 2022 Outback offers 75.7 cubic feet.

Furthermore, the 2019 Outback has 35.5 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk alone, with the rear seats up. The 2022 Outback has slightly less space in the trunk with 32.5 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats up.

It's still enough for most applications, and all that extra space goes back to giving the occupants in the car a little more space to work with.


2019 Outback

2022 Outback

Front Head Room



Front Leg Room



Front Hip Room



Front Shoulder Room



Rear Passenger Head Room



Rear Passenger Leg Room



Rear Passenger Hip Room



Rear Passenger Shoulder Room



Cargo Space Without Rear Seats

35.5 cubic feet

32.5 cubic feet

Total Possible Cargo Space

73.3 cubic feet

75.7 cubic feet

Standard Features

The truth is that Outback has been offering tons of standard features, even for their 2019 models. This is an area where both the 2019 and the 2022 Outback are actually pretty similar.

Both models feature standard collision warning systems with emergency automated braking and adaptive cruise control systems with lane-keeping assists. These are two top-notch safety systems that many other vehicle manufacturers make you upgrade and pay more for.

However, by 2022 there are a few more features that come standard instead of being an optional upgrade. Some of those features are the adaptive headlamps, rear seat reminder system, and the passenger seatbelt warning light and chime.

It's all more innovative safety features that Subaru incorporates into this family-friendly SUV, and who doesn't love that?

New Trim Level

Of course, we couldn't highlight the differences between the 2019 and the 2022 Outback without mentioning the brand new trim level that's available for the 2022 Outback. The Wilderness trim level features tons of unique things that you can't find with any other Outback.

For starters, you get an upgraded suspension system that they pair with a higher ground clearance. The 2019 and the 2022 Outback features 8.7 inches of ground clearance, but if you get the 2022 Outback Wilderness that increases to 9.5 inches.

Subaru also made the front and rear bumpers a little more forgiving for off-road driving, especially considering the 180-degree camera. If that's still not enough, you can opt for some upgraded underbody protection plates.

The Wilderness trim level also comes with a roof rack capable of holding up to 700 pounds, water-repellent upholstery, and you get Yokohama all-terrain tires. Oh and did we mention that the 2.5L turbo engine comes standard with this trim level?

Technological Features

Newer vehicles bring newer technologies, and the Subaru Outback is certainly no exception. The interior went through an entire refresh, starting with the size of the infotainment touchscreen. In 2019 the base model came with a 6.5" touchscreen, while every other model came with an 8" touchscreen.

By 2022 those dimensions grew. The base model in 2022 has a 7" touchscreen and when you upgrade that touchscreen grows to an impressive 11.6".

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in both, but the 2022 model features in-car Wi-Fi and options for wireless charging, both upgrades over the 2019 version.

Final Thoughts

Are you interested in either a 2019 or a 2022 Subaru Outback or do you have more questions about the two vehicles? The friendly experts at Granite Subaru would love to help you out and even get you behind the wheel of your own Outback. Reach out today and see what they can do for you!