The Subaru Outback, redesigned for 2020, just keeps getting bigger, beefier and better. How much bigger? The Outback debuted in the 1995 model year as a diminutive wagon, weighing in at just 2,990 pounds, and powered by a 135-horsepower boxer engine. Our latest test car, a 2020 Outback Limited XTJ, has nearly double the horsepower of the original and weighs just short of a half-ton more. Yet luggage capacity is actually less for 2020 — 32.5 cubic feet, compared with 36.1 cubic feet in 1995.
Such comparisons reflect more on consumer preferences than automaker conceits, but it’s worth noting that our big, high-powered 2020 Outback beats the little ’95 model by 4 mpg in the fuel-economy category. It’s rated at 23 mpg city, 30 highway. Choosing the smaller, non-turbo, 182-horsepower engine bumps fuel economy to as much as 26/33.