2019 Subaru Outback

Interior


#4 out of 7 in Wagons

$26,345 MSRP
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2019 Subaru Outback Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The 2019 Subaru Outback may be best known for its surefooted handling, but this wagon's interior also shines. A class-leading amount of cargo space, an impressive amount of standard technology, roomy seats, and a well-built cabin are among its highlights.

  • "The interior has plenty of soft-touch materials … with nice-looking trim textures, too. The build quality is solid, and we experienced no squeaks or rattles with our test car, even when driving off-road." -- Edmunds
  • "Lower-trim models use cloth, while higher models are outfitted in leather. In Touring trim, the Outback can pass for a premium car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Outback's interior quality can go toe to toe with any midsize SUV except the Murano, which is in a class above its competitors. The Outback's interior has a classy, understated design. I wouldn't call it luxurious, but it has higher-end qualities without being flashy. The matte imitation wood trim contrasted well with the light leather and silver trim on our test car." -- Cars.com (2017)

Seating

The Outback comes with room for five people on two rows of comfortable seats, along with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. Its airy cabin provides excellent visibility for the driver, while the standard tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel and optional 10-way power adjustments make it easy to find the right seating position. The rear seats provide an abundance of legroom and fold with a 60/40 split. Seating upgrades include leather upholstery, perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

For child safety seats, the Outback has two sets of lower anchors for the outboard seats and three tether anchors. You can also borrow lower anchors from adjacent seats to clip a child seat into the middle seat.

  • "The inside of the Outback is a great place to spend time on the road. The front and rear seats provide all-day comfort, and the soft suspension offers a smooth ride. But the car lets in more road and wind noise than we'd like, and longer-legged drivers will want additional lower thigh support." -- Edmunds
  • "Up front, the seats are comfortable and well-supported, and the view out is commanding." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Headroom is good above all passenger positions. Drivers and front passengers can find plentiful stretch-out space. Adults riding in back have fine legroom, especially with front seat backs that are deeply sculpted to add space. The driveline hump is prominent enough to limit comfortable seating to two grown-ups, though a third might fit in a pinch. Big windows and slender roof pillars provide an airy feel to the cabin, and excellent all-around driver vision." -- Consumer Guide (2017)

Interior Features

The Outback comes standard with the Starlink infotainment interface, HD Radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and two USB ports. A number of apps – such as Pandora, Aha, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio – are also integrated into the system. The base trim level features a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, and all other models include an 8-inch touch screen, voice-activated controls, and hands-free Bluetooth text messaging. The system earns praise from reviewers for its ease of use and sharp graphics. Surrounding buttons and knobs are straightforward.

The Outback also stands out for the advanced safety features that come in every model. Newly standard for 2019 is EyeSight, a safety suite comprising pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist. A rearview camera is also standard.

Several optional safety features are available, such as blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, LED steering responsive headlights, and reverse automatic braking. Other available upgrades include navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and push-button start.

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  • "What the Outback gives up in performance it makes up for in technology. Most all digital systems are controlled through the touchscreen. It has a bright, high-contrast display, with large buttons and clear text. Setting up your phone is easy, and there are plenty of ports to charge your devices." -- Edmunds
  • "The Outback's infotainment systems have been upgraded for 2018, with improvements both expected and surprising. In the former camp, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are now standard. Among the latter, new apps will guide you to everything from birding to parking." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Cargo

The Outback has 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats and 73.3 cubic feet with the back seats folded. Both dimensions are the highest in our wagon rankings. It's easy to load items in the back of the Outback, thanks to its low load floor, quick-folding rear seats, and optional power liftgate.          

  • "The Outback is just as versatile as other top small crossover SUVs. It has a lot of available cargo space in back and useful small storage areas for your personal items." -- Edmunds
  • "… one of this Subie's best traits is its interior roominess. There's good legroom in the second row and excellent cargo capacity overall. With rear seats in place, there's 35.5 cubic feet for your gear. Fold the seats and it opens to a huge 73.3 cubic feet of mostly flat, usable space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Living up to its station-wagon promise, the Outback's ample cargo area loads at bumper height onto a molded mat designed to trap dirt and water. A hatch in the cargo floor lends access to the spare tire and tools, as well as some hidden flat-item storage. Tie-downs and a power point are provided in the cargo area. The rear 60/40-split seat backs can be dropped remotely via levers in the cargo area or more directly through flippers built into the seats. When the seats are folded, they rest very nearly flat and with no interruption from the cargo floor." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
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