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.