Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Western NY
Car: 05 OBXT & 16 Crosstrek
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The start/stop feature can be turned on or off. My wife hated this in the 19 Forester, and opted for the outback instead. While I can not guarantee this, based on the ability to turn on/off in the current lineup, it is highly likely to be available for the 2020.
Yes, there are headunit problems with the 19's. I have both a 19 outback premium w/nav and a 19 WRX limited w/ nav & hk. The outback has the worst sounding stereo of any new car I've purchased. I got it sounding reasonable now, but it still isn't great by my standards. I'm not looking forward to a road trip.
We have also had numerous issues with Android Auto. The headunit has gotten stuck multiple times not playing any audio, or only playing from the rear speakers.
On the WRX, it likes to freeze and not do anything when connecting a phone through either Bluetooth or Android auto.
These appear to be 100% software issues, I'm sure Subaru will figure it out, but they haven't yet.
My in-laws have a 19 Ascent, and 19 outback base. I haven't heard many issues from them, but I know they don't use the connected features as much, and have iPhones, so are using Apple Carplay instead. Not sure if this is it or not.
That said, I think getting a more mature model would make sense. Either get a 19 or get a 21. Let some initial kinks get worked out. I do have high hopes for the new 20 XT. It looks good, has some nice features, and the 2.4DIT from the Ascent has some up and go.