Petrolheads are a funny group of people, or at least a good bunch of them are. Maybe not the Kevin Hart kind of funny. The kind of funny that will make you laugh hard enough to awaken the dead. They will give you horrible advice about buying cars and leave you grappling in the dark; desperately looking for a streak of light, wait till you buy them a beer, and you will feel like you just attended a live Top Gear show. But unlike these guys, we consider ourselves decent car enthusiasts. That is why we will let you in on the "unbiased" details of this fantastic premium wagon. We tell it as it is, so ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the 2018 Subaru Outback.
What's new in the 2018 Outback?
For 2018, the Outback has received some new driver assist features including active headlights which turn in sync with the steering wheel and are available with an LED headlight package. The Touring and Limited models which come with EyeSight technology also have High Beam Assist, a feature that automatically dips the headlamps upon detecting oncoming traffic. We honestly think that many drivers will find the last one very useful because it is very annoying and dangerous to have your eyes blinded when driving.
What are the trim levels of the 2018 Subaru Outback?
The 2018 Outback is available in six trim levels. These are the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and finally the 2.5i Touring. All trims are available with a Lineartronic 6-speed Continuously Variable Transmission with OD.
How is the Outback's interior?
The inside of the new Outback is spacious, and both the front and back seats are comfortable and supportive. The wagon seats five people and has enough head and legroom for all adult passengers. The cabin of the Outback is creatively designed and is relatively quiet even at higher speeds. This car also offers its passengers soft-touch materials throughout the interior.
What Tech features does the new Outback carry?
The standard tech features of the Outback include a 4-speaker sound system, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Among the available features are a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, a Harman Kardon sound system, navigation system and an upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Although the infotainment comes with a touchscreen, there are also buttons and dials for easier control of some features.
How does the 2018 Outback perform?
The 2018 Outback comes with two engine options, the 175-hp four-cylinder base engine, and the more powerful 256-horsepower 6-cylinder. The base cylinder is an alright option if you only need a car to drive around without much weight. It will definitely disappoint if you weigh it down with passengers or cargo.
The six-cylinder, on the other hand, is much stronger and is simply the better choice if you will be towing stuff around since it is capable of towing up to 2,700 pounds. This means you can comfortably haul a small trailer around. Both engines are paired with a CVT that is well responsive to throttle inputs, but it does not keep the engine's revs up unnecessarily.
Which is the most fuel efficient Outback trim?
The most fuel efficient is the base Outback's engine which acquires the typical mileage of a wagon. In the city, it gets 25 miles per gallon, and that is stretched to 32 mpg on the highway. These are ratings you would find on a regular front wheel drive crossover like the Honda CR-V.
How much does the Outback cost?
The base Outback costs just a little under $26,000 which is a bit higher than most wagons cost. Nonetheless, it must be noted that there are more expensive competitors like the Volvo V90 and the Audi Allroad. The Premium and Limited trims have starting prices of $28,000 and $32,700 respectively. The Touring, which is the top of the line Outback, starts at around $36,500.