2018 Outback Delivers Power, Advanced Tech in Popular Wagon

The 2018 Subaru Outback boasts ample power, advanced technology, improved creature comforts amid a wealth of safety features.

Revised styling to the front and rear pair with significant upgrades to comfort, safety and multimedia capability. The combination of new engineering and sleek design details enhance the driving experience and versatility of the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Under the Hood

A 175 horsepower double overhead cam 2.5-liter BOXER engine powers the Outback 2.5i. This engine produces 174 pound feet of torque and an active grille shutter system helps improve fuel economy by cutting wind resistance. There’s also the Outback 3.6R, which enjoys 256 horsepower and 247 pound feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which offers a seven-speed manual mode and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The continuously variable transmission brings a buttery smooth response for 2018, thanks to its retuned electronic control unit.

All 2018 Outbacks feature Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive technology, an active system that electronically manages torque distribution based on speed and traction.

Comfort and Convenience

This year’s Outback features the most interior room among sport-utility wagons. The total passenger volume 108.1 cubic feet, plus 35.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.3 cubic feet with the standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback folded.

The load floor is nearly flat, combined with a cargo area that offers convenient rear seatback release levers.


A rear-view camera comes standard on all Outbacks. New for 2018, the guidelines displayed on the screen move in sync with the steering to provide more accurate vehicle positioning when driving in reverse.

Also new this year is a tire pressure monitoring system that now detects pressure changes for individual tires. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is bigger and moved from the mirror’s surface to its side. Automatic locking doors are another new feature, and improved LATCH anchors make the installation of child seats easier.

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