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2020 Subaru Outback is solid and dependable

Written by Norris McDonald

WHITEHORSE, Yukon – When I was a kid, one of my favourite works of art was a narrative poem written by Robert W. Service called “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.” I would read it in my bed before going to sleep and found it to be terribly romantic. I never tired of it. Set in the days of the Yukon Gold Rush in the 1890s, it tells the story of McGrew, his sweetheart – the Lady known as Lou – and a mysterious stranger who’s struck it rich and plays a mean piano. There seems to be a history between McGrew and the stranger and the poem ends with a gunfight in which both men are killed. The stranger dies in the comforting arms of Lou, but that’s because she’s also busy stealing his poke (wallet). Which means I was in my glory several weeks ago when I travelled to the Yukon, scene of that wonderful poem, to drive the 2020 Subaru Outback, the sixth-generation of the iconic Japanese-manufactured SUV geared for people who like to get out there and camp and kayak and do all that other outdoorsy stuff. Let me say right off that if you like to fish and hunt and go mountain biking, then this is the vehicle for you.

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A dual 7-inch infotainment system with twin touchscreens is standard.

Outback has full-time AWD and a maximum 2,144 litres of cargo space.

Sassy and gorgeous, she made a beeline for me and giving my shoulder a little squeeze said: “It’s so nice to see you again, sir. Welcome back!”