2018 Subaru Outback

 
2018 Subaru Outback
 
2018 Subaru Outback
 

2018 Subaru Outback

MSRP 
$26,810
Invoice 
$25,275
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 32 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Regular Unleaded H-4, 175 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The genius of the Outback has always been its ability to straddle classifications; it helped create the crossover segment in the 1990s. As such, the Outback competes with family cars, SUVs and, of course, other crossover vehicles. With a base price just short of $27,000, the Outback should be affordable enough for families considering a new Camry or Accord. With better off-road credentials and a more usable luggage compartment, the Outback offers increased versatility over plain Jane family sedans. At the same time, the Subaru Outback offers the kind of fuel economy that most mid-sized SUVs struggle to match.

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What's New For 2018

The 2018 Outback is the latest vehicle in the Subaru lineup to receive a series of updates this year. The revised front end and lower paneling appears more capable and buttoned up aiding in ground clearance. New headlamps that include LED running lights and re-tuned suspension round out a familiar go anywhere exterior theme. Meanwhile the center console has been reworked to fit around a new infotainment system that now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This year Subaru implemented higher quality materials for the interior as well that include a stitched dash and available door trims, sound-insulated glass and thicker wheel well trim to stop excess ambient noise. The CVT transmission now includes a 7-speed manual mode via column mounted paddle shifters.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Est Target Price With Options

$26,810

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Specifications for 2018 Subaru Outback

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: Subaru STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo, 6.5" LCD multi touch gesture high resolution display screen, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, rear vision camera, 4 speakers, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, USB port and rear-in glass audio antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: 225/65R17 102H All-Season
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0" Aluminum Alloy w/Silver Finish -inc: black aluminum alloy center cap w/Subaru 6 star logo
  • Interior Features
    • Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: height and tilt adjustable head restraints, whiplash protection, driver height adjuster (pump lever type), full width seat fore/aft adjustment lever and seatback pocket
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Aha Selective Service Internet Access
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Upholstery
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Vinyl/Rubber Mat
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Features -inc: Cargo Tray/Organizer
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
    • Transmission: Lineartronic Continuously Variable -inc: 6-speed manual shift mode, X-mode and Hill Descent Control (HDC)
    • 4.111 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,695 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Steering Wheel Paddle Shift Control Switches
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 490CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 110 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.4
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 77.7
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 41.8
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 46.3
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 42.5
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 32.5
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 73.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 35.5
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 35.5
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 490
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 110
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 175 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 174 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 108.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 189.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.7
    • Liftover Height (in) - 27.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 108.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.3
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 55
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.1
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru Outback
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/65HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/65HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2700
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 270
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2700
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 270
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2700
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.58 - 0.62
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.67
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.11
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3622
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Subaru Outback Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Crimson Red Crimson Red Crystal Black Silica Crystal Black Silica Crystal White Pearl Crystal White Pearl Dark Blue Pearl Ice Silver Metallic Magnetite Gray Metallic Magnetite Gray Metallic Tungsten Metallic Twilight Blue Metallic Twilight Blue Metallic Wilderness Green Metallic
  • Crimson Red
  • Crimson Red
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Tungsten Metallic
  • Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Wilderness Green Metallic

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Introduction

A five-passenger wagon, the Subaru Outback is a compelling alternative to taller SUVs, offering excellent capability in all types of weather and brilliant handling on unpaved roads. Outback blends features of compact crossovers, SUVs, and small wagons.

Its superb all-wheel drive and long-travel suspensions were developed while winning world rally championships. Its Porsche-like horizontally opposed engines lower its center of gravity for improved handling dynamics, while a generous ground clearance allows quick travel on primitive roads and capability in rugged terrain. On paved roads, it feels smooth and refined, on wet roads it feels safe and secure.

The current Outback is in its fifth generation and was last redesigned for the 2015 model year.

The 2018 Outback features revised styling, with new headlights, grille, bumpers, and mirrors. An updated infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A new safety system locks doors when the 2018 Outback reaches 12.5 mph. Subaru claims reductions in wind, road, and engine noise. Improvements may be modest in scope, but they boost the refinement of a vehicle that’s already impressive.

Four trim levels are available: base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. Most Outbacks have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, horizontally opposed (flat) engine, making 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. We’ve found

A more powerful, smoother-running 3.6-liter flat-six is optional for Limited and Touring models. Developing 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet, the six-cylinder engine consumes more fuel.

All Outbacks use a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Outbacks are based upon Subaru’s midsize Legacy sedan. An elevated suspension, hefty roof rack, and unpainted black body trim raise its stature in terms of perceived capability.

An impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance helps boost the utility factor. Outbacks are not meant for serious off-roading, but they’re capable of conquering quite a few obstacles and inclines after the pavement ends.

Every Outback has eight airbags and a rearview camera. Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced safety technology is standard on the Touring edition and optional for Premium and Limited. It’s not available with base trim. The EyeSight group includes such features as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane-departure warning. Subaru installs forward-facing cameras inside the windshield, where they’re less likely to be impeded by debris or snow/ice.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Outback Good scores on each crash test. When fitted with the EyeSight group, it earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award, and was rated Superior for front crash prevention.

In crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Outback earned five stars overall and for frontal- and side-impact. Only the rollover rating (a calculated score) dipped to four stars, which is typical for taller vehicles.

Lineup

Outback 2.5i ($25,895) comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and roof rails. The 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Outback 2.5i Premium ($27,995) adds a power driver’s seat, heated front seats and mirrors, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Two option packages include the EyeSight safety suite.

Outback 2.5i Limited ($32,695) includes perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, Harman Kardon audio, 18-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, power front seats, heated rear seats, pushbutton start, power liftgate, and moonroof. An option group adds EyeSight and navigation. Outback 2.5i Touring ($36,490) features black cladding, dark gray wheels, Java brown leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, lower-profile roof rack, woodgrain trim, and EyeSight safety group.

Outback 3.6R Limited ($35,395) and 3.6R Touring ($38,690) get the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $915 destination charge.)

Walkaround

The styling has been revised for 2018, led by a new grille and bumpers, but the changes aren’t easy to discern. Though closely related to the Subaru Legacy sedan, the Outback conveys an outdoor-oriented demeanor, reinforced by bodyside cladding,

The hefty roof rack that comes on most models is highly functional, with stowable crossbars. A slimmer rack is used on Touring models, and cross bars are optional rather than standard.

Interior

Comfortable and roomy inside, the Outback features a particularly functional, cleanly designed dashboard. Soft-touch materials appear here and there. Limited and Touring editions combine simulated wood with genuine leather. Most Outbacks have French stitching on seats and dashboards.

Cloth upholstery in base and Premium models feels durable, while upper-trim Outbacks look and feel upscale.

Not only are front seats comfortable, they provide great views, especially useful for the driver. Nicely supportive and well-bolstered, they are mounted on long seat bases.

The center stack is not the prettiest, if sitting in the seat admiring the interior is something you like to do. Once underway, however, the controls for climate and audio prove to be ergonomically excellent, making it easy to changes settings in a flash. For example, one highly visible button turns on the seat heater; no need to work through menus as other automakers have you do. The navigation map on the center stack is big and easy to read, better than most of them. The radio on our test car annoyingly turned on every time the car was started.

Back-seat riders can rejoice, because they get plenty of space: 38.1 inches of legroom, to be precise. Additional sound deadening and laminated side glass for 2018 help curtail wind and road noise, making an already-quiet vehicle even more hushed.

Raising the tailgate reveals 35.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, with rear seatbacks upright. Fold those seats and cargo space grows to 73 cubic feet. Liftover height is far lower than competitors provide.

Driving Impressions

In addition to practical merits, Outbacks ride and handle well. In each version, crisp, carlike steering is complemented by a supple ride. Outbacks promise comfortable, composed motoring, even better for 2018, due to suspension tweaks. Limited and Touring models ride a little firmer, but differences are subtle.

Rolling through winding roads, an Outback is easy to enjoy. Standard torque vectoring can brake each wheel individually, to improve stability during brisk cornering.

The base four-cylinder yields adequate acceleration, feeling almost lively in urban driving. Passing power diminishes on upgrades and at higher altitudes. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder sounds rough and noisy at times, especially when slowly lugging up hills. The continuously variable transmission, or CVT, stresses smoothness. It’s an improvement over the rubber band feel of earlier CVTs, but there is still that feeling of elasticity between the power pedal and engine response. Using the shifter paddles on the steering wheel, the driver can induce the CVT to mimic a conventional automatic transmission with gears: Pull back on a paddle and the transmission will feel like it is downshifting to a lower ratio for quicker acceleration.

Subaru’s 3.6-liter six is smoother and produces greater thrust. Six-cylinder Outbacks accelerate effectively, even when filled with passengers and luggage. We prefer the responsiveness and power of the six-cylinder. The six-cylinder engine costs more, however, and it is only available on upper models. And fuel economy is lower.

Either way, the Outback is ready for gravel roads and two-tracks. Its 8.7-inch ground clearance helps it on rough roads, though it’s limited by long front and rear overhangs that might scrape on primitive trails. An X-Mode off-road setting alters throttle response and traction-control operation, while engaging hill-descent control helps the driver maintain control on steep, slimy downhills. We found the Bridgestone Dueler all-season tires on one of our test models lacked grip on packed snow at low temperatures. Real snow tires would turn one of these cars into an unstoppable winter machine. For fast travel on gravel roads, these cars are among the best.

On paved roads for everyday driving, the Outback is fairly smooth and reasonably quiet. It handles very well. The suspension is relatively soft and offers a relatively large amount of travel, great on rough roads. It’s easy and enjoyable to drive quickly on smooth, winding roads, but it doesn’t offer the crisp transient response of an Audi with a sports suspension.

Subaru’s four-cylinder engine is impressively thrifty, EPA-rated at 25/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. Fuel-efficiency isn’t the forte of six-cylinder models, EPA-rated at only 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined. Both engines use Regular-grade gasoline, while some of the competition requires more expensive, higher-octane Premium.

Summary

The Subaru Outback is a practical wagon with outstanding all-weather capability and excellent handling in slippery conditions. Well-equipped in each trim level, the Outback blends impressive utility with a classy cabin.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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