2020 Subaru Outback essentials: Golf trip volume fore!

Our Opinion: My annual friends golf trip is in September of every year. Usually about July I start getting excited. Since I’m the driver of either two, three or four friends, I start plotting my vehicle about the same time. I’ve driven a Cadillac Escalade (got a speeding ticket), an emerald green Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon (friends thought it was lame, they’re idiots), a Volvo XC90 and now this Subaru Outback. It maybe didn’t live up to their expectations of what I was going to bring, but for what we’re doing and where we’re going, it was almost perfect.
The original plan was to drive four people; looking back now it would have been seriously tight in there, even with the more than 30 cubic feet of cargo space. Luckily one decided to drive himself. Something about making the home opener football game back in Detroit. We were golfing in the middle of the state, about 2.5 hours northwest of the city. So we were down to three people. I folded down one of the back seats and laid the clubs longitudinally in the back with a couple bags and a big cooler. I headed out to pick up golfer two when golfer three called and said he was running late and we should leave without him. We would have had plenty of space, even after a second set of clubs (a third would have fit), another cooler and two more bags. But at that point, we were off.
There’s a lot of tech in this Subaru. Tech to keep you in the lane, tech to watch the car in front, tech to watch your face and make sure you’re paying attention and more. Some of it is good, some is not so good.
The Outback watches your face when you drive. If you turn to look too long, it beeps at you. If you look down too long it beeps at you. You might think that’s annoying but in my 2.5 hour drive it only caught me 2 or 3 times. The adaptive cruise control is great. I set it at 84 mph and let it go for more than an hour. We left early enough Friday that normal Michigan going-up-north-for-the-weekend traffic hadn’t started yet. The Outback’s lane keeping/centering was a little more annoying. First, its default is on. Even if you don’t have the adaptive cruise running. That means that going straight, or around a turn, the Subaru makes little micro adjustments to say in the lane. That would be fine. I just lazily lay my hand on the wheel and let it do its thing. But, if you don’t add any steering inputs the screen tells you to put your hands on the wheel. So, I grip it tighter. Then all of those micro adjustments move my hand around, especially in turns. It almost feels like the steering wheel gets loose for a split second, then tight, then loose. Around the turns it sort of ping pongs near the middle of the lane. It’s worse when you have the full steering assist on. My passenger kept asking if I was doing it or if it was the car. Every new generation of this stuff gets a little bit better, a little bit closer to being able to drive seamlessly without the driver, but we still have a couple steps to go.