There are several nice mid-sized crossover SUVs you can buy nowadays but the 2018 Subaru Outback holds a special position amidst the crowd. Despite Honda, Ford, Nissan and others releasing their contenders in this segment the Outback enjoys a steady popularity in global markets. For 2018 the Outback is getting a revamp. It is expected to have the winning combination of great fuel economy, higher ground clearance, spacious cabin and sturdy ride. 2018 will lock horns with Nissan Murano, Honda CR-V, and Ford Edge.
2018 Subaru Outback – Unique Feature
The 2018 Subaru Outback will get some design changes but they will not be drastic. Since Subaru builds the model on Legacy chassis, some design elements of 2018 Legacy will be seen in the upcoming Outback too. The expected changes will be in bumper and hexagonal grille on the exterior. Overall, the exterior will look sleeker and sportier. It will get colors like Tungsten Metallic, Lapis blue pearl, wilderness green metallic etc. There will be total 6 trim levels.
The cabin of 2018 Subaru Outback will get premium quality materials, like the 2018 legacy. Based on the trim you buy, you get cloth or leather upholstery. On some trims, there is Java Brown leather-trimmed perforated upholstery along with Ivory contrast stitching. Both rows of seats offer comfort and cargo space is good enough for this segment.
2018 Subaru Outback – Drivetrain Configuration
The base trim gets a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine and top trim gets a powerful 6-cylinder engine with an enhanced output. The output may be enhanced for 2018. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive of Subaru and Vehicle Dynamics Control improve ride quality.
The 2018 Subaru Outback offers good safety features and amenities for its class and price range. All trims get airbags, hill holding assist and except base trim, every other gets EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package. It includes lane keep assist, sway warning, lane departure warning,pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control. All trims barring the base get High beam assist and a high-resolution rearview camera.Reverse automatic braking is standard in Touring trims.
The base 2.5i trim gets 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, and Subaru’s Starlink Multimedia infotainment. In 2.5i Premium, you get an eather-wrapped steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, satellite radio and voice controls. 2.5i Limited trim gets 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, Harman Kardon sound system with 12 speakers. In 3.6 R Limited trim, there is xenon headlights. The Limited and premium trims can be loaded with Driver Assist Technology package. The Touring trims get Driver Assist Technology package as standard and dark exterior trim, heated steering wheel and upgraded leather upholstery.
2018 Subaru Outback – Price and Release Date
Official pricing of 2018 Subaru Outback is not known. However, base trim price may be around $24000 at default setting and top trim price will cross $35,000. It will have a late 2017 release date.
The Subaru Outback 2018 seems an interestingproposition for midsized crossover shoppers with excellent technology and design upgrades. With right pricing, Subaru can produce a winneryet again.