2018 Subaru Outback Release Date, Price, Design Overview

2018 Subaru Outback Review

There is a new updated version of the 2018 Subaru Outback under way. This model has been a worthy competitor in the SUV segment for a while now and it was able to provide an outstanding offer with great capability on its side but also a viable price rate to boot.

So what do we get with the Outback car? We get a viable mid-size vehicle capable of seating its passengers in a very comfortable manner and also it offers plentiful cargo spacing as well. What it also offers is a powerful engine that has an all-wheel drive system and great off-road capabilities that not so many cars can afford to have. But the Subaru Outback manages to bring a complete offer all on its own.


What is new for the 2018 model year is an update for the Subaru Outback which will make the car competitive in the market and one which will still manage to bring a simple yet very useful offer. When it comes to the SUV segment, the Subaru Outback is already a popular choice but it will become an even greater one when the update is implemented.

The news came once the pictures of the 2018 Subaru Outback were released so now we only need to wait and see when the release date will come.

When is the Release Date for the 2018 Subaru Outback?

Judging based on the latest statements that were given, the 2018 Subaru Outback will probably make its appearance by the end of 2017. The model has been seen in its final stages of production so the model is near production ready. Its release date will be officially announced soon.


Given Price for the 2018 Subaru Outback

The new 2018 Subaru Outback will have a very similar price with the current one. We do not expect to get any drastic changes for the update that comes soon so the model will have a base price closer to the current MSRP rate of 25,645 dollars. The priciest is the Touring version which will come at a price of 38,195 dollars.

What are the Exterior updates?

The new 2018 Subaru Outback will still have the wagon shape that it has been known for. The car was able to add some luxury details along the years but it still retains its familiar and legendary details. Although it has been heavily based on the Legacy model, it does not share any sheet metal with it for the current version. The last major changes which were introduced for the car happened two years ago, so we see them retaining the majority of those design cues and building upon them.


The changes included to this version of the 2018 Subaru Outback will focus on making the car more assertive and space-and-functionality orientated. It will be rakish and a little bit swept back in the rear but will also be blunt like an SUV model is. The grille has also an upright type of a design and also the hood is a little bit different as it has changed the curves up a little bit. Everything else will be pretty much the same as in the outgoing car.

Which Updates make it on the Inside?

The interior of the 2018 Subaru Outback will also have a lot of similarities with the outgoing car. It will retain its functional and stylish dash and there are some smaller changes which will make the dash easier to discern and see. First of all, the black upper part has been separated with a glove box and also a tasteful wood trim and it makes it a lot better this time. The Touring trim will now offer Java Brown leather upholstery with contrasting ivory stitching, only available for this trim, and also a number of changes that will be implemented additionally as well.


Powertrain Ability and Specs

The new 2018 Subaru Outback will offer the same set of engine options. The smaller base version is a 2.5-liter flat-4 engine that makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and also has the tow capacity of 2,700 pounds. The bigger engine is a 3.6-liter flat-6 unit which is offered optionally and is capable of making 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque and also has the ability to tow 3,000 pounds. You can get both engine variants with either a continuously variable transmission system or a conventional, 6-speed automatic.

What is the 0-60 mph Ability?

Given that the 2018 Subaru Outback will retain the same engine setup for its new model, the same specs are also available. The time needed to speed up to 60 mph from a standstill is 9.1 seconds and the drag limited top speed is 126 mph.

Fuel Economy Rating


The fuel economy ratings will also stay the same for the new 2018 Subaru Outback. The fuel consumption will be good enough for an SUV model so the first base engine version has an EPA rating of 25 mpg city drive, 32 mpg highway drive and a combined 28 mpg. The bigger engine will be able to make 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, 22 mpg combined.

Dimensions for the Car

With the update made to the 2018 Subaru Outback come no changes made to the dimensions of the car. The only possible changes which were planned for the future would perhaps come for the new generation model which is still in the plans but will not come out for quite some time now. Thus the updated version of the Outback car will have a full length of 189.6 inches and a wheelbase of 108.1 inches. The height remains 66.1 inches and the width is 72.4 inches with a curb weight of something between 3700-3900 lb. The interior volume is still kept to a very good number of 108 cu ft while the cargo volume is at a class leading 36 cu ft.


Safety Specifications and Changes

The newest version of the 2018 Subaru Outback will simply transfer the safety ratings for now. The cars are pretty much the same so the rating given by the IIHS which scored it at an overall “Good” and gave it a Top Safety Pick+ rating will be applicable for the latest model also. The standard set of features includes a rearview camera system, the usual array of airbags, a rollover sensor and many more. Subaru also offers a Starlink Safety Plus system which is an advanced safety system which offers an additional set of features provided for the car.

Competition Cars

The segment where the 2018 Subaru Outback is slotted is a big one. There are many cars which deserve to be there, but the Outback has always had an advantage due to its excellent offer of comfort and off-road capability. The models that we need to watch out here for are the Audi Allroad, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Volvo XC70.

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