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2020 Subaru Outback Interior

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2020 Subaru Outback Interior Review


Interior: 8.1

The 2020 Subaru Outback has a high-end interior with lots of seating and cargo space. There are some high-tech features that may require a little getting used to though.

  • "Even in a relatively lower spec, the cabin is a well-finished place to spend a few hours; in the higher, loaded-out trims, it felt requisitely upscale with optional Nappa leather and package-specific trim." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Subaru Outback’s interior is decidedly upscale, with attractive, high-quality materials and a new optional 11.6-inch vertical-layout touch screen that dominates the center stack." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Contrast stitching and thoughtful trim selections add an upscale feel." -- Motor Trend


The Subaru Outback seats five people. Cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat are standard.

Options include water-repellant synthetic leather upholstery, genuine leather upholstery, Nappa leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

Both rows of seats are comfortable and supportive with good outward visibility for the driver and front passenger. The second row has plenty of head- and legroom.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Outback’s rear outboard seats.

  • "The seats are comfortable for long distances and the EyeSight driver assistance tech make it a breeze to drive on the highway. Your back seat passengers will appreciate the generous legroom and headroom and the dual USB ports that come in most trims of the Outback." -- Autotrader
  • "Slim pillars aid outward visibility thanks to strategic use of high-strength steel, and the low beltline and hood enable good views in all directions. The seats are comfortable up front or in back, with plenty of legroom in either row. The backseats are firmer than expected and sit slightly raised, providing stadium-style seating to help backseat passengers see out the windshield." -- Cars.com
  • "Passenger space is especially good. Front seaters have plenty of headroom and legroom, and shorter folks may appreciate that the driver seat (at least the power seats we tested) go up really high. There’s equally good headroom in the rear seat, where my 5’9 frame fit easily behind a fully pushed-back front one, and getting in or out is a breeze." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 Outback include automatic climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, two USB ports, a four-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth.

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, proximity keyless entry, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a six-speaker stereo, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, two rear USB ports, an 11.6-inch touch screen, HD Radio, navigation, and wireless device charging.

Optional active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive headlights, driver distraction monitoring, and a front-view camera.

The Outback's infotainment system has sharp, clear graphics and generally responds well to inputs. Some critics say the interface has a slight learning curve with some important features buried deep in menus. There are simple physical controls for a few things such as volume, audio tuning, and climate adjustments.

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  • "Front and center is an available tablet-like 11.6-inch infotainment display. The touchscreen is clear and responsive, with physical volume and temperature buttons lining its sides." -- Motor Trend
  • "And then there is the touchscreen, the very concept of which I don’t love. This one (an 11.6-inch vertical) suffered from the same limitations they all seem to. It didn’t always register the right button when I touched it. And it is so big that it’s virtually inviting the driver to mess with it while driving, even though there is warning at ignition not to do that. All that said, the actual design of the menus and OS was less annoying to operate than most, and Subaru said that they also kept a number of physical controls and knobs in part because of feedback from owners in the snow belt who frequently wear gloves." -- Jalopnik
  • "In our experience, the new infotainment system was quick and useful, but some vehicle controls, like the ones that activated the off-road driving mode, were buried in a hard-to-navigate menu structure." -- Car and Driver


The Outback has 32.5 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and 75.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Those numbers are excellent for the wagon class. The load floor is low and wide, and the seats fold completely flat. A hands-free power liftgate is optional.

  • "Cargo space is impressive, though it tends to be lower in height but longer in floor space than in a compact or midsize crossover. The rear seat backs fold level with the cargo floor via releases on both the seat back and in the cargo area – a nice touch. There’s also a good amount of underfloor storage, including a wide slot where you can stow the cargo cover." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If you want to fold down the rear seats, there’s an easy-to-use door-handle-type lever on either side of the cargo area; a quick pull of the handle lowers each side. Cargo area has increased, whether the seats are up or flat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Subaru's adventurous, dog-loving clientele will appreciate the Outback's increased cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down, wider cargo floor, and easy-fold rear seats." -- Motor Trend
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