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2018 Subaru Outback Overview

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The 2018 Subaru Outback is an SUV equipped to fit any lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a cargo-hauling machine or a commuting vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B, the Outback has your back.

The 2018 Subaru Outback comes in six trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited, and 3.6R Touring.


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2018 Subaru Outback

What’s New for the 2018 Subaru Outback?

For the 2018 model year, the Subaru Outback is receiving a technology overhaul. Multimedia systems inside the cabin will be significantly improved from last year’s model with the introduction of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Nuance voice recognition. Plus, safety will improve because drivers won’t have to take their hands off the wheel to stay connected. The interior was also upgraded to higher-quality seating materials and revised styling. Drivers can also enjoy an available Steering Responsive LED Headlight system for added visibility and safety during the darker hours.

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2018 Subaru Outback Exterior

The Subaru Outback’s exterior is expertly designed for optimum visibility and maneuverability. New this year, the SUV offers available Steering Responsive LED Headlights. Drivers can also enjoy auto-on/off wiper-linked headlights, fog lights, and a rear windshield wiper system. The 3.6R Touring is styled with 18-inch dark gray aluminum-alloy wheels with a machine finish.

The 2018 Subaru Outback is available in nine exterior colors: Crystal Black Silica, Crimson Red Pearl, Dark Blue Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Twilight Blue Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Wilderness Green Metallic, Crystal White Pearl.

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Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i

  • 17-inch silver-finish aluminum-alloy wheels, Projector-beam halogen headlights, Black folding side mirrors, Body-color door handles, Two-speed windshield wipers, Rear window wiper, Roof rails, Auto-on/off wiper-linked headlights

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
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  • Fog lights, Windshield wiper de-icer

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • 18-inch black machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheels, Body-color folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Power tilt/sliding glass moonroof

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring
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  • Dark gray aluminum-alloy wheels with machine finish, LED steering-responsive headlights, Body-color folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Body-color door handles with chrome inserts, Low-profile silver-finish roof rails, Rear bumper cover

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
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  • LED steering-responsive headlights

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring
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  • 18-inch dark gray aluminum-alloy wheels with machine finish, Body-color door handles with chrome inserts, Silver-finish low-profile roof rails, Rear bumper cover

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2018 Subaru Outback Performance

Standard on the 2018 Subaru Outback is a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER(R) four-cylinder engine paired to a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The standard powertrain produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard across all 2.5i trims. Beginning with the 3.6R Limited, the Subaru Outback is equipped with a 3.6-liter SUBARU BOXER® six-cylinder engine, also paired to the CVT, giving off 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.

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2018 Subaru Outback Efficiency

The Subaru Outback’s smaller 2.5-liter engine earns an estimated 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. If you upgrade to the 3.6-liter engine, your fuel economy will lag slightly behind at an estimated 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

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2018 Subaru Outback Interior

With new and improved interior materials, the Subaru Outback’s cabin is luxurious from top to bottom. The 2.5i Limited offers Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN-code vehicle access. For the most advanced audio, consider the 3.6R Touring’s 8-inch STARLINK™ Multimedia and Navigation System.

The 2018 Subaru Outback is available in seven interior colors and materials: Slate Black Cloth, Slate Black Leather, Warm Ivory Cloth, Warm Ivory Leather, Java Brown Leather, Titanium Gray Cloth, and Titanium Gray Leather.

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Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i

  • Interior: Six-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, Reclining 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, Cloth upholstery, Silver metallic accent trim with knurled finish, Three-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls, Cargo-area underfloor storage, Manually-adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system
  • Radio and Technology: STARLINK™ 6.5-inch Multimedia, Four speakers

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
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  • Interior: 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, Heated front seats, Auto-up/auto-down driver’s and front passenger window with anti-pinch protection, Retractable/removable cargo-area cover, Dual-zone climate control
  • Radio and Technology: Dual front seat USB ports, Dual rear seat USB ports, STARLINK™ 8-inch Multimedia Plus, Six speakers

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Interior: Power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, Heated front and rear seats, Leather-trimmed upholstery, Woodgrain-patterned matte-finish accent trim, Auto-dimming rear view compass mirror with HomeLink®
  • Radio and Technology: Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN-code vehicle access, Power rear gate with height memory function, Harman Kardon® premium audio system

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring
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  • Interior: Heated steering wheel, Woodgrain-patterned matte-finish accent trim with silver accents, Auto-up/auto-down windows in all positions with anti-pinch protection
  • Radio and Technology: STARLINK™ 8-inch Multimedia Navigation

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
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  • Same as 2.5i Touring

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring
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  • Radio and Technology: EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, STARLINK™ 8-inch Multimedia Navigation

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2018 Subaru Outback Safety

To help prevent an accident, the 2018 Outback offers passive safety features like a Traction Control System (TCS) and a standard Rear-Vision Camera for visibility in difficult-to-maneuver situations. Active safety features like Subaru’s advanced airbag system and a LATCH system help protect the driver and passengers in the event of an accident.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Subaru Outback

  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • Four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake Override System
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Rear-Vision Camera
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system
  • Side curtain airbags (SRS)
  • Seat-mounted front side impact airbags
  • Driver and front passenger seat cushion airbags (SRS)
  • LATCH system

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