With a substantial cargo volume and plenty of interior space, the Subaru Outback 2018 is certainly a good option for adventure-loving families. Some of its strengths include lots of advanced safety technologies, roomy and comfortable interior, excellent rear visibility, above-average off-road ability, and unrivalled safety scores. Its release date should be expected early next year.
For 2018, the Outback gains retuned shock absorbers and steering, inter-connected apps such as Stitcher, automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery, automatic crash notification, and optional Subaru StarLink system.
Many would consider Subarus quirky cars, and that would still hold for the new Outback. Here is a mid-size wagon based on its Legacy brethren and comes with an all-wheel-drive mode, raised ground clearance, and plastic body sporting. In today’s competitive automotive standards, this would be likened to a cladding paisley bell bottoms to an IBM boardroom press conference. However, die-hard enthusiast would still find plenty to like in this fresh vehicle.
Practically, the designers at Subaru redesigned the vehicle only last year with the view of injecting a new lease of life and making it feel as a mainstream car. The efforts finally paid off as people appreciated the efforts through ordering more Outbacks. The hard plastic clattered everywhere in the cabin and the oddball ergonomics of the prior models were swapped with contemporary and high-quality materials.
If the fresh 2018 Subaru Outback profile isn’t what you are looking for or the feature list doesn’t meet your priorities, other alternatives the segment provides include 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country, 2018 Subaru Forester, Volvo XC70, and 2018 Jeep Cherokee.
Subaru Outback – Available Trims
The five-passenger crossover 2018 Subaru Outback wagon is available in a walloping four trims: base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited. The numbers before the trims connote the engine size.
Interior Dimensions & Exterior Review – 2018 Subaru Outback
The base 2.5i list of accessories includes cruise control, air conditioning, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, 17” steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, roof rails, full power accessories, four-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding wheel, satellite and HD radio, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, Aha and Pandora audio streaming, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.
The 2.5i Premium trim builds on what the base offers and adds a 7” infotainment system, automatic climate control (dual zone), heated exterior mirrors and seats, 17” alloy wheels, expanded StarLink Connected services, six-speaker sound system, a 10-way power driver seat, a windshield wiper de-icer, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Options available for the above trim include adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, power folding side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, additional StarLink Safety Plus services, a power rear liftgate, and headlight washers.
Opting for the 2.5i Limited gets you a blind-spot monitoring system, driver memory settings, 12-speaker sound system, a power rear liftgate, 18” alloy wheels, heated rear seats, keyless entry and ignition, power-folding side mirrors, a comfort-tuned suspension system, rear cross traffic alert, and upgraded Harman Kardon sound system.
Finally, the range-topping 3.6R Limited trim chips in with adaptive xenon headlights, six-cylinder engine, and all of the 2.5i Limited’s equipment list.
Some exterior colors to expect include Carbide Grey Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, and Venetian Red Pearl.
2018 Subaru Outback Engine Specifications
A horizontally opposed four-cylinder turbocharged 2.5L diesel engine powers the needs of the standard 2018 Subaru Outback. The output generated by the 2.5L engine stands at 176 hp and 175 pounds of torque. The power produced drives all the wheels via the CVT system.
During our 2018 Subaru Outback test drive, a 2.5i Limited trim was able to dash to 60 mph in just 9.6 seconds.
The base’s EPA ratings stand at 26/32/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The maximum towing capacity stands at 2,700 pounds.
The high-performance 3.6R model takes the output a notch higher to 257 hp and 247 pounds of torque. Its fuel consumption ratings stand at 19/26/22 mpg.
Safety technologies include emergency assistance, side curtain airbags, automatic crash notification, disc antilock brakes, seat cushion airbags, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, and a rearview camera.
Others include forward collision warning system, blind-spot warning, lane assist, automatic brake intervention, and lane departure warning system.
Release Date & 2018 Subaru Outback Price
An MSRP starting from $24,995 will get you the base 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i trim, while the range-topping 3.6R Limited will demand from you an MSRP starting from $33,395. As for the 2018 Subaru Outback release date, expect it early next year.