Posted Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 10:14pm

2020 Subaru Outback long-term update: Delivering safety in spades

For decades, car buyers viewed the concept of vehicle safety as a largely passive idea. Airbags, crumple zones and proper engineering are what kept passengers safe in the event of a crash. But in the past five years or so, we’ve focused a lot more on technologies that help prevent crashes in the first place. They boil down to two phrases: Active safety features and driver-assistance systems.

Subaru is doing its darndest to make its mass-market vehicles some of the best-equipped on the road for the price. And that’s true of our long-term 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT. Yes, our long-roofed wagon costs $37,995 as it sits, but the reality is the extra coin largely isn’t spent on the active safety gear.