Quiet and a little rugged, much like the boy your daughter is apt to fall for, the newly refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback was revealed today ahead of its upcoming debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12. The Outback returns with the same four trims as the 2017 Outback: Standard, Premium, Limited, and Touring. It has been given some slight adjustments to its appearance and offers new safety technology and upgrades to the interior.
The 2018 Subaru Outback received a new grille with wider, lower openings, new headlights with LED running lights, and high contrast wheel design. Inside, the cabin received upgrades to its tech and center console. Higher trims get an 8-inch touchscreen over the standard 6.5 inch with integrated Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and iPod control. Voice recognition has been improved and intuitive enhancements made to the infotainment system and controls for a more hands-free and distraction-free driving experience.
New Safety Tech
With that, more safety tech has become available, including Steering Responsive Headlights that aim the lights as the driver steers. The Subaru EyeSight system returns and features automatic high beams, blind spot monitor, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic brake, and rear cross-traffic alert. A backup camera comes standard for all trims.
More Comfortable Ride
Limited and Touring trims come with upgraded materials including stitched leather seating, dashboard, and woodgrain patterned interior trim. New acoustic glass has been added to cut down on road noise for a more enjoyable drive, and the air conditioning unit got an upgrade for a quicker cooldown of the cabin and uniform temperature throughout.
Under the hood, the standard 2.5 L 4-Cylinder engine (175 HP / 174 lb-ft torque) and the available 3.6 L 6-Cylinder (256 HP / 247 lb-ft torque) are paired with a continuously variable transmission, now with 7-speed manual mode. The active AWD still keeps the tires gripping the road in all weather conditions and ample ground clearance, 8.7 inches, lets you move off pavement for a little adventure. Speaking of adventure, roof rails and step-style door sills come standard on all trims so you can get that kayak you’ve been talking about.
The 2018 Outback arrives in showrooms this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.