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In freshening the 2018 Outback, Subaru made some styling, infotainment, and technical updates. Chief among those is the upgraded interior. Subaru says the Outback is even quieter inside the cabin. Other changes inside include a redesigned center console and more upscale stitching detail on higher-trim models. One long-overdue improvement is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities to the infotainment system choices. All-wheel drive remains standard, and the engine choices are unchanged: 175-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The 2018 models get a revised air conditioning system that supposedly cools the cabin more quickly, and the new Outback gets a redesigned clock that’s apparently larger and easier to read. The EyeSight safety suite is available. The 2018 Outback arrives this summer. Pricing has not been announced.

Highs

  • Better mpg than a midsized SUV with either the four or six cylinder engines
  • Much more room and better equipped than a similarly priced small SUV

Lows

  • Hardcore roof-rack users might need a workaround for the integrated roof rack system
  • Outside temperature and clock not very prominent

Best Version to Get

The best value is the 2.5i Premium, which can get you a well-equipped all-wheel-drive wagon, including the EyeSight safety equipment, for just over $30,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the 3.6R Limited is very well-equipped and satisfying for about $37,500 including EyeSight. 

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience