Main theme: We take a deep dive into our first impressions of the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback. And, as it goes with most new models, the new Outback has its strengths (it has a comfortable ride), as well as a few weaknesses, like the all-new and overly complicated big-screen infotainment system. We talk about some of the differences between the two available engines, as well as what it’s like to live with this popular wagon.

Driven: 2020 Subaru Outback

Audience questions:

  • How should buyers handle car dealers who mark up the price of popular models, such as the Kia Telluride?
  • Is there a reliability risk if I buy the first model year of a redesigned car?
  • How much extra power should car owners expect to get when using premium fuel?
  • How likely is it for a car that starts out having reliability issues to remain troublesome?
  • What’s the best-handling compact sports sedan?
Consumer Reports Talking Cars panelists Keith Barry, Mike Quincy, and Jake Fisher
Panelists: Keith Barry, Mike Quincy, and Jake Fisher

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

• Ford Explorer, episode 216
• The Rising Cost of Car Ownership, episode 215
• Volkswagen Arteon, episode 214
• Cadillac XT6, Trusting New Tech, episode 213
• Tire Buying, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, episode 212


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