2022 Subaru Outback VS 2020 Subaru Outback


When looking at buying a car, many want reliability, versatility, a name they trust and something that's fun to drive. Subaru has you in mind with the Outback, and it's been popular for a long time. No matter what model you buy, you are sure to have a good time. Whether you want an older Outback, or a brand-new model, you will be happy. Here is a look at the 2022 Outback VS the 2020 Outback.

First and foremost, you will want to know what's new in the 2022 Outback if you are on the fence about which year model you want. The biggest change is that the 2022 Subaru Outback has the Wilderness Edition available. With the Wilderness trim, drivers will enjoy the same powertrain as they would find on the XT trim, which is an impressive 260-horsepower, 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. While one may think that the Wilderness trim is only cosmetic, that would be a mistake. 

While Outback owners have already been modding their cars and making them even easier to take off-roading, Subaru has made that easier. The Wilderness has been described as an Outback that has spent some time in the gym bulking up. Owners will enjoy a washable rear seatback and a tougher, taller and wider ride. Basically, it offers the utility of a station-wagon, but it's much more fun to drive. It also has a hatch-mounted cargo light. The Wilderness offers an impressive tow rating of 3,500 pounds, which means it can tow a decently-sized boat. The roof rack can haul up to 220 pounds. This is enough to carry bikes or kayaks easily.

The big differences between Outback features are more pronounced between trim levels rather than between model years. Both the 2020 and 2022 Subaru Outback come with an 11.6-inch display screen in the center stack, EyeSight safety tech, a push-button starter and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, along with other goodies. The 2020 and 2022 models offer a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder, 182 horsepower engine and identical gas mileage. The 2022 Subaru Outback does win in that it offers 9.5 inches of ground clearance, versus 8.7 inches for the 2020 Subaru Outlook. Off-roading enthusiasts and those who appreciate more ground clearance should celebrate this. Since the Subaru Outback is in its sixth generation, it debuted in 2020, the 2021 and 2022 versions of the Outback have the same features, style and modern engineering. Basically, if you buy the 2020 or 2022 versions, you will expect the same great Subaru.

Without a doubt, if you are looking at either model, you are going to enjoy the same great Subaru experience. Both versions have the same amount of cubic feet of cargo space at 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 75.7 cubic feet when the seats are folded. This gives weekend warriors plenty of room to throw all their gear in the back and get going. It also is great for parents who want to load up the Outback with their kids and all their toys. Both the 2022 and 2020 Outback get a manual lift gate as standard, though buyers can pay for a hands-free power lift gate.

One of the main reasons people buy the Subaru Outback is because of all the room it offers. With supportive and comfortable front seats, drivers and front seat passengers are bound to be comfortable, even after a long drive. With five seats and four doors, backseat passengers are also comfortable, even on longer rides as well. Visibility is great, thanks to the Subaru offering large windows. While the passengers in the front are going to be comfy all day long, those in the back may suffer a bit. While legroom and headroom are generous, the rear seats aren't as cushy. Taller occupants shouldn't have problems, even being in the car for a few hours, and young children should feel like they are in first class. Both the 2022 and 2020 Outback offer the option to have genuine and synthetic leather seats, heated steering wheel and front seats as well as rear seats. Essentially, if you are in the 2022 or 2020 Outback, you and your passengers won't be the least bit uncomfortable, even on a long trip. 

Both models offer a carlike experience when driving. Meaning, the Outback doesn't feel like a clunky SUV or truck. It instead, gives over bumps and dips on the road, offering a comfortable ride, where passengers are none the wiser. The Outback is a breeze to drive off-road, in city streets or even to park it. As mentioned, the Outback Wilderness mode offers meatier sidewalls with its all-terrain tires, along with a raised suspension. However, both years offer great off-roading opportunities.

Both the 2022 and 202 models score very well on the IIHS safety ratings and the NHTSA safety ratings. The Outback has a host of safety features to help you prevent accidents in the first place. And, if involved in an accident, drivers are protected by a host of safety features that should minimize injuries for the driver and occupants.

If you want to buy a Subaru Outback, the 2022 Subaru Outback or the 2020 model are going to be great. Since they are in the same generation, there aren't a ton of differences. If you can find a 2020 model that fits your needs, you will have a good time. On the other hand, if you want a newer Subaru, the 2022 Subaru Outback would fit you well. Furthermore, if you are an outdoors and/or off-roading enthusiast, the 2022 Subaru Outback would be the way to go as the Wilderness trim is truly fun to drive and can take you places you wouldn't expect to go in a normal vehicle. Either way, once you decide on what Outback you want, you can head to Granite Subaru and check them out in person, and maybe even take one for a spin. Either way, you won't regret it.