I drove the 2017 Outback and really liked it, except for the wind noise and road noise. I read that Subaru was going to make improvements in that department with new glass and insulation in the wheel wells. I'm glad I waited for the 2018. The difference is very noticeable. The new interface for the infotainment system is nice, too. The fit and finish is excellent. I'm very pleased with this vehicle.
After many many test drives between the 2017 and the 2018 loaded outbacks in both engine versions we decided to go for something else. Subaru has come a very long way over the years, so much so that we almost bought one. The MAIN reason I was hesitant was the front seats, AGAIN!! They have gotten so much better over the years but aren't quite right for me. Subaru SERIOUSLY needs to take a lesson from Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Acura, Lexus, VW, anyone for that matter in how to make driver and passenger front seats. Lumbar is always excessive and I like good lumbar support but at its lowest setting it's still too much for long trip. I've had two whiplashes on my life so I appreciate good headrest support but come on!! At the furthest back setting and the lowest height I could get comfortable. No clue who could ratchet it forward for petes sake. For those of us who live in a car for their jobs we like a little adjustment versus someone deciding for us how we sit. You get my point. Come on Subaru I've now walked away from three Subaru's over my life because of seats. Only other gripe is please offer ventilated seats on the upper models. Touring didn't even offer it. For a $40000 loaded car heated steering wheel and ventilated seats should be standard on upper models. Especially with the $3000 V6 limited and touring models. Crazy!! That's all the BIG negatives I have and was happy with everything else. 2018 is worth the money over the 2017. Do your research because it's a lot more than a few cosmetic details!!!!!!
I have wanted to puchase a new Subaru for several months but the driver's seat comfort has always been an issue for me. I waited for the 2018 Outback to arrive but after a test drive there doesn't appear to be any improvement. The seat cushion is to still too short and firm without much memory foam. There are many other makes of cars with more comfortable seats. I like just about every thing else about the car. Subaru's have a great ride and handling. They are a great value that does about everything well but if the seats are not comfortable it will probably not work for me. I suppose if Subaru can still keep increasing sales volume they are not concerned about seat comfort. This would have been my 4th Subaru.