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2018 Subaru Outback Ups Ruggedness, Refinement

2018 Subaru Outback Ups Ruggedness, Refinement

Subaru is in the process of sprucing up its entire lineup. Now, the company is turning focus to the Outback, which is getting a host of small updates for the 2018 model year. While the updates are all minor at best, there’s enough of them to add up to a more rugged looking, more refined Outback.

Between the new Buick Regal TourX and other off-roading wagons, there’s clearly a new trend in the marketplace. Subaru is clearly trying to ensure its long-time wagon is keeping up with the trend by making the 2018 model look slightly more rugged with revised fascias. The tweaks all add up to making the Outback look a little tougher and aggressive than today’s version.

Behind the exterior changes is a list of refinements, similar to that of the 2018 Legacy. The refinements include a revised steering system for a more linear feel as well as additional insulation and sound deadening. Subaru has even gone to the extent of reshaping the exterior mirrors to make them quieter.

The quieter cabin has also been given the once-over by Subaru. Outback has seen a few appearance changes inside, such as a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard fare, while an 8-inch unit is optional for the first time in Outback. The larger displays are housed in a redesigned center stack, resting aside a redesigned steering wheel.

What hasn’t changed with the Outback is its powertrains. Subaru’s 2.5-liter inline-four is standard with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, while a 3.6-liter inline-six is optional with 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Power from both flows through a CVT automatic that now offers a manual mode.

Subaru is rounding out the changes with additional entertainment and safety features, such as support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Outback also gains the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight system, which includes lane-keeping and auto braking.





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. carnut
    member12
    I prefer the Buick Regal TourX based on styling.





    I own a 2014 model Outback. It's a good car but OMG that 2.5L and CVT combo is so loud. I'll probably keep the Outback for a long time, but if I wanted another similar vehicle I'd probably look at a Buick TourX if GM doesn't totally screw up the pricing and option configuration. Or the 3.6 Liter equipped Outback. I think Buicks have superior infotainment systems to Subaru though.


    Yes, it definitely looks more upscale and in that silver a bit performance (or something like that) oriented.
    Andrew_L
    germeezy1
    Subaru is a brand that I respect although they have no appeal to me whatsoever. I believe that their upcoming SUV will truly propel them to heights beyond their current level.


    We had several Subarus while growing up the last was a 92 Legacy wagon AWD 5 speed. It lasted up to 220k miles before we sold it. They were great cars but their current lineup leaves a lot to be desired.
    member12
    nsaporito
    I've heard the CVT is loud. Supposedly they've fixed that on the 2018's, but we shall see.



    I'm going to hang on to the Subaru but I will not buy another loud car after this. Between the Outback and the Accord, I've got a couple of noisy rides.
    germeezy1
    Subaru is a brand that I respect although they have no appeal to me whatsoever. I believe that their upcoming SUV will truly propel them to heights beyond their current level.
    nsaporito
    I've heard the CVT is loud. Supposedly they've fixed that on the 2018's, but we shall see.

    I am impressive with Subaru's focus on refining and honing in all their products right now.
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