2018 Subaru Outback

Starting MSRP: $25,895 - $38,690

Estimated MPG: 25 city / 32 hwy

2018 Subaru Outback Review

Few vehicles are more domesticated than wagons, but the 2018 Subaru Outback is a wagon that adds a dash of ruggedness to the mix. The Outback is polished enough to allow you to cruise suburban streets in comfort, but its standard all-wheel drive and high ground clearance also facilitate treks down trails and fire roads.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 08/14/2017

The 2018 Subaru Outback is midsize wagon that seats five passengers. It's sold in 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring trims, and all models are governed by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A four-cylinder engine is standard on 2.5i models, while a six-cylinder engine comes with 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring trims.

For 2018, the Outback gets updated exterior styling and a refreshed interior. Adaptive headlights are newly available, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration is now standard.

Exterior

Exterior

With its sturdy-looking sheet metal, the Outback looks ready for adventure. Flared headlights border a hexagonal grille in front, and standard roof rails make it clear that the Outback can handle the gear you need for a weekend of hiking or kayaking. Standard 17-inch wheels connect this wagon with the pavement.

Base models come equipped with power-adjustable side mirrors. The list of upgrades includes heated side mirrors, fog lights, a power sunroof, a power tailgate, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and dual exhaust.

Interior

Interior

The Outback's cabin is home to an ergonomic design, and both rows of seating offer reasonably spacious accommodations. All models come with a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat. In back, the Outback's cargo area provides 35.5 cubic feet of capacity with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats lowered, cargo capacity swells to 73.3 cubic feet.

The range of standard interior amenities includes air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, power windows and door locks and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. You can upgrade your Outback with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel.

Performance

Performance

The 2018 Outback delivers the amenable handling you expect from a family-friendly wagon, and its 8.7 inches of ground clearance enables this Subaru to be a confident companion on off-road jaunts. All models come with all-wheel drive and a CVT.

Buyers have a choice of two engines. Outback 2.5i models are powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four engine good for 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, and this engine has an EPA rating of 25/32 mpg city/highway. Outback 3.6R wagons are motivated by a 3.6-liter flat-six engine that generates 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, and this engine achieves mileage of 20/27 mpg.

The Outback is capable of towing up to 2,700 pounds.

Technology

Technology

Subaru's Outback offers a competitive range of technology features. Base models come with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a four-speaker stereo and a rearview camera.

The list of available upgrades includes satellite radio, a handsfree text-messaging feature, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, USB ports, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, reverse automatic braking and collision mitigation with automatic braking.