2018 Subaru Outback
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2018 Subaru Outback at Reedman-Toll Subaru of Exton

Subaru has always been the go-to brand for reliable and versatile vehicles, and the 2018 Subaru Outback checks all of those marks. This SUV does not have a single weakness and excels in fuel economy, space, off-roading abilities, and even standard technology. For the 2018 model year, there have been many changes, including exterior changes such as a more aggressive styling in the grille and fascias, along with new LED headlights. In the interior 2018 is bringing you a new infotainment system, giving you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a new center console, and even a new steering wheel design. Higher trims receive design updates too, such as contrast stitching specifically on the doors, dash, and even the seats. All of these features make the rest of the SUV segment pale in comparison.

Engine Performance

  • Standard 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine
  • 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway
  • Optional 3.6-liter flat-6 engine

Safety Features

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Optional EyeSight system
  • Standard hill descent control

Vehicle Design

  • Aggressive grille
  • Subaru Starlink 6.5-inch touschscreen interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity

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What does the 2018 Outback have for safety features?

Safety is always something that Subaru prides itself on, and the 2018 Outback is not different. Standard with your Outback is a rearview camera, hill descent control, and hill holding assist. More premium safety features include the EyeSight system that includes reverse automatic braking, pre-collision braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

What are the trim levels available with the Outback?

There are multiple different trim levels available with the 2018 Subaru Outback. The first of which is the 2.5i, offering a USB interface, an auxiliary audio jack, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Subaru's Starlink 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, roof rails, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, hill holding assist, hill descent control, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The next trim is known as the 2.5i Premium, and gives you a six-speaker sound system, three additional USB ports, satellite radio, an 8-inch touchscreen, a cargo cover, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, foglights, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated exterior mirrors, and rear privacy glass. Next up is the 2.5i Limited, adding a twelve-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, heated rear seats, rear air vents, a four-way power passenger seat, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, a front bumper under guard, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot monitoring system, and 18-inch wheels. Similar to the 2.5i Limited is the 3.6R Limited, but this level offers a more powerful engine and xenon headlights. The last two trims available are the 2.5i Touring and the 3.6R Touring. They feature a lot of the same equipment from the Premium and Limited trims but feature a heated steering wheel, wood grain interior trim, premium leather upholstery, fixed low-profile roof rails without crossbars, dark exterior trim, and 18-inch wheels.

What are the two powertrains available with the 2018 Outback?

There are two different engine types offered with the 2018 Subaru Outback. The first is the standard 2.5-liter boxer-4, which creates 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency for this engine is 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The other engine available is the 3.6-liter flat-6, giving you 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for this engine is 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Both engines come with a continuously variable automatic transmission that has steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual control. You will also find all-wheel drive to be standard. As for towing, all of the Outbacks have the towing capacity of up to 2,700 pounds.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Subaru Outback

The rest of the SUV segment has just been forced down into second place when the 2018 Outback rolls onto the road. This SUV has no weaknesses and encompasses a powerful engine, outstanding fuel efficiency, limitless amounts of technology, and a style all its own. Need more convincing? Try your hand at driving one of our new 2018 models by scheduling a test drive with us today!

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