2018 Subaru Outback Review

The Subaru Outback has had quite the makeover for the 2018 model. The 2018 WRX and Legacy were rolled out before this particular remodel and it is clear that the changes to the Outback are a continuation of those excellent updates. You will certainly note the improvement in quietness and increase in safety equipment.

The new look of the Outback gives it a bulkier bumper with a wider and lower grille. There are chrome wings that sweep from the logo and the new headlights make it look even more intimidating and adventurous. In addition to these changes, the Limited trim also gives you the option of a new wheel design.

Power in Spades

 As for what you will get with the engine in the new 2018 Subaru Outback, remember that Subaru is one of the few manufacturers that uses horizontally opposed engines. The powertrain on the engine has changed very little so that you will receive the same quality and power of engine as in previous models.

The Outback has either a 2.5-liter flat-four engine that will give you 175 horsepower and 174 pounds per feet of torque or you can get a 3.6-liter flat-six engine that will give you 256 horsepower and 247 pounds per feet of torque. Whichever engine you choose will be paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This now has a manual mode as well as paddle shifters so that it is easier for you to manipulate.

All models of Kansas City Subaru Outbacks come with all-wheel-drive. The 2.5i model is split between the base, the Premium, the Limited, and the Touring trims. As for the 3.6R engine, it is only available in the Limited and the Touring.

In the process of updating and improving the new Outback, the power-assisted steering wheel has been revamped so that its response is quicker and the suspension dampeners give you a smoother ride. The 2.5i model has changes that mean reduced noise. The rear wheels are thicker, the side mirrors are a different shape, and the front door windows now have insulated glass.



The outside of the 2018 Subaru Outback is still rugged but the inside has been remodeled to include more luxury. The console has been redesigned and includes new stitching on the dash for all trims above the base trim. The Limited and the Touring trims have stitching on the seats and door panels and there is a black and silver glossy trim around the controls. There are now four different color choices available for the interior - Titanium Gray, Slate Black, Warm Ivory, and Java Brown.

The entertainment system has been updated too. The new screen is now 6.5 inches across and there is an 8-inch screen available. There is now Bluetooth support as well as USB and auxiliary inputs. It gives you the option of using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto depending on the cellphones and tablets you own. The upgrades also include TomTom navigation.

Safety features that have been upgraded are the option of swiveling headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive guidelines for the rearview camera, tire-pressure monitors for each individual tire, doors that lock automatically, and a reverse braking system. Another safety feature you can choose to have is the EyeSight camera and sensor package that now kicks in now at 37 mph.

The engine and transmission on the new model are actually unchanged from previous models and there is only one transmission available - the CVT. The engines used are horizontally opposed or “flat” as previously mentioned. The six-cylinder engine is only for the 3.6R Limited and the 3.6R Touring.

Inside the 2018 Subaru Outback

The inside of the 2018 Subaru Outback is still as comfortable and spacious as ever. There are soft touch cup holders in the upper dash and the armrest has great cushioning. As stated above, the Limited and Touring trims have had upgrades to the stitching on the seats and doors and a Titanium Gray color has been added to the color lineup for the inside. Everything within the Outback is easy and simple for you to use. The infotainment unit is touchscreen and the steering wheel has audio and cruise controls mounted on it.

The 2.5i does not include automatic climate control, heated seats, or a driver seat that is power adjusted. However, if you were to move up to the 2.5i Premium then those items will be included. The Limited and Touring models also give you luxury items like leather seats, a power-adjustable front seat on the passenger side and climate control vents for those in the rear seat. There is also an abundant amount of space available in the new 2018 Subaru Outback.

The infotainment system is very easy to navigate and it responds quickly to touch commands. The layout of the menu is easy to follow. The screen on the system is now 6.5 inches across on the base trim and all of the other trim levels get an 8-inch screen. As stated above, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support are now standard and if you get anything above the base model, you will get two USB ports.

One of the Safest Vehicles on the Road

The standard safety features are as follows: side-curtain airbags, a backup camera, and front-seat and side-seat cushion airbags. The optional safety features include the EyeSight safety system, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking and lane-departure warning. These are only available on the Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels.

The safety report card for the Outback has no changes for the 2018 model. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are two agencies that evaluate vehicles for crashworthiness in the USA. The new Subaru Outback has received top scores from both of these agencies and is one of the safest choices for a crossover vehicle out there.

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