2018 SUBARU OUTBACK: The Subaru Outback is an automotive nameplate used by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) since 1994. The “Outback” name has been utilized on two different Subaru branded vehicles. One of these models is based on the mid-sized Subaru Legacy and the other derived from the hatchback version of the Subaru Impreza.
The Outback is Subaru’s best-selling model, so it’s important that the automaker keeps it up to date. A slate of revisions for the 2018 model year, debuting at the New York Auto Show, keeps the Outback nice and fresh. The 2018 Subaru Outback doesn’t change much from the outside. The front fascia has wider openings, and the headlights pick up a redesign with new LED running lights. The body cladding is also a bit beefier, to help keep the panels free from rock chips and dents.
2018 SUBARU OUTBACK FEATURES
The 2018 Subaru Outback features upgrades to its technology, comfort, and style — on top of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive + 32 MPG, a spacious and comfortable interior, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. And it’s still the longest-lasting vehicle in its class.
The new Subaru Outback redesigned for 2018, the Outback stands out with updated front and rear bumpers; a new, more prominent grille; and advanced lighting technology. Limited models also feature an all-new 18-inch wheel design that looks right at home on- or off-road.
Mirroring the updates to the 2018 Legacy, the Outback’s sedan sibling, the wagon sees a host of minor changes aimed at improving refinement. The electrically assisted power steering has remapped for a more linear response, and the suspension dampers have retuned for a smoother ride. Changes to the CVT on 2.5i models designed to reduce noise, as thicker rear wheel-well liners, reshaped side mirrors, and new insulated glass for the front-door windows.
Minor styling updates are most evident up front. The 2018 Outback has new headlights with C-shaped LED running lights, redesigned grille and bumper, and revised front cladding for improved paint protection.
Base and Premium trim levels have standard 17-in. aluminum wheels, while the Limited and Touring equipped with 18-in. aluminum wheels. The wheel design for the Limited is new for 2018.
Steps have taken to quiet the 2018 Outback’s interior, from installing reshaped exterior mirrors to adding new sound-insulated front window glass. Subaru has also made revisions to the 2.5i model’s transmission in order to quell racket and has installed thicker rear wheel-well trim to suppress ambient noise.
Additionally, Subaru says it has improved the Outback’s interior materials. All but the base model have a stitched dashboard, while Limited and Touring versions add stitching to the seats and door panels. The latter version also gains silver and high-gloss black interior trim. The center console redesigned, and a new steering wheel installed.
Durable SUBARU BOXER engines combine with a Lineartronic CVT to deliver up to a fuel-efficient 32 MPG highway. A 256-hp 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine also available, even if more capability needed. The base trim gets equipped with a 2.5-liter engine which generates 175 horsepower. Of course, in higher trims you get a 3.6-liter flat-6 unit that makes 256 hp. Both the units clubbed with a continuously variable transmission unit. The maximum towing capacity is 3000 pounds. However, the fuel economy, however, is middle of the road and in certain situations, it is quite average. So, the Subaru also includes the amazing X mode—which comes with hill-start assist and hill-descent control. What improves the riding experience is the fact Subaru has 8.7 inches ground clearance in the Outback. The braking performance is where the Outback outshines all rivals.
The debut of the new 2018 Outback means the vehicle is equipped with the latest version of Subaru’s Starlink infotainment systems, which the company says will supply quicker performance than before.
So, the standard version of Starlink has a larger 6.5-in. display, up from 6.2 ins. It provides a USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-projection systems.
Outback offers a host of available active safety technologies. Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist warns you with a visual indicator in each side mirror if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots, while Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Reverse Automatic Braking, and a standard Rear-Vision Camera assist while backing up. Also, together with EyeSight, they provide an all-around suite of awareness and safety.
Fuel: Gasoline Fuel
Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
Body style: Crossovers
Technology Features: Security System, Engine Immobilizer, Back-Up Camera, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers, Intermittent Wipers, Luggage Rack, Automatic Headlights, Telematics, Bluetooth Connection, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Trip Computer, Remote Trunk Release, Cruise Control
The Subaru Outback is the longest-lasting vehicle in its class. Because of there no doubt that about 98% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years still on the road today. Just a couple of the reasons why the Outback retains. Its value better than any other vehicle in its class according to ALG.