2020 Outback Onyx Magnetite Gray
Brought her home. This is my first Subie. I am currently sitting back with a beer staring at her.
I just got home from a 450 mile trip in my 2020 Outback base. Here are my perceptions:
Likes: The ride is smooth and quiet.
The fuel economy is pretty good. I averaged over 33 MPG -including some stop and go driving.
The polished/black aluminum wheels on the Base and Premium models is shiny and attractive.
The basic instrumentation (speedometer, tachometer, fuel, coolant temp gauge) is very clear and legible.
The adaptive cruise control does what you would expect and the resume speed function can be set for gradual acceleration instead of an abrupt hard throttle application.
I love the heads up display for the lane departure warning. You can keep your eyes on the road instead of having to look down at the instrument panel to see what the alert is.
Interior is finished nicely, with a lot of soft touch materials
The Auto Stop/Start is annoying. Not just in traffic, but also when I go to park the vehicle - The engine shuts off immediately when I come to a stop and then when I shift into Park, it restarts 1 second before I switch off the engine. What a STUPID system. Yes I know I can disable the auto start/stop, but I must do that every time I turn the ignition on, and I must go through a menu system to temporarily disable the system. This may cause me to discard this vehicle too quickly.
The black cladding on the front an rear bumpers is too extensive and it looks cheap.
The Base model twin screen infotainment displays require taking your eyes off the road to operate. Real buttons would be better. There is no way to back out of some menus without shutting off the system.
The radio I can ignore, but the climate control settings are too complicated and, again require you to take your eyes off the road. One saving grace: there is a one touch hard button that will turn on the front window defogger at full blast to quickly clear a fogged up windshield.
I find the driver's seat to be uncomfortable for long trips. The Base model does not have a power seat, and there is no lumbar adjustment.
On part of my trip The Yokohama AVID GT tires seemed to cause the Outback wander in my lane even with the auto lane centering engaged. I don't know if it was the road surface or a cross wing that caused this.
I received the same photo for my first oil change on July 10th!
Still silver. I don’t think it’s as easy to replace the little bumperette as the rear is. At least I haven’t read up anything on here. And the diagrams on the parts website weren’t helpful.^^^. Nice, so what color is the front bumper then ?
Congratulations! I bought ours at Timmons as well.
Funny, I used to work with submarine sailors on installations , repairs and maintenance. You have no idea how foul mouthed one can can get until you try to take a saltwater soaked stainless screw out of a corroded aluminum missile simulator ( Usually in the dead of winter on a remote waterfront pier, with the the underway clock ticking!!) Those guys start talking in tongues!🤬