2018 Subaru Outback First Look | Edmunds

2018 Subaru Outback First Look

A Face-Lift That Sweats the Details


The 2018 Subaru Outback's new face signals a modest yet thorough refresh that updates the rugged-looking wagon in a variety of areas. Since the Outback is Subaru's best-selling model, no area escaped scrutiny. Beyond the massaged front fascia, its driver assistance feature portfolio has been broadened, the cabin trim upgraded and the noise levels brought down. It's also said to ride smoother and steer more adroitly.

Revisions to the engine calibration and the continuously variable automatic transmission's chain drive have made for a quieter powertrain. Meanwhile, acoustic side glass, reshaped side mirrors and thicker wheelwell liners knock down the noise reaching the cabin. There are revised dampers to take the edge off impacts, and the brake and steering systems have been recalibrated, presumably for a more natural feel.

2018 Subaru Outback

A 6.5-inch center touchscreen replaces the previous 6.2-inch one, and an 8-inch one is optional. Subaru also upgraded the screen's response times, enhanced the voice recognition capability and added apps to the multimedia system. High-end trim levels get over-the-air updates. Two USB ports have been added in the backseat, the console has been redesigned, interior touch points have been upgraded to classier materials, while higher trim levels include a smattering of stitched cabin features.

You'll no longer have an excuse for clipping a boulder when venturing off-road. That's because adaptive headlights that swivel in concert with the steering wheel are optional, and automatic high beams are available on Limited and Touring trims.

The 2018 Subaru Outback reaches dealers this summer.

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