With the latest releases coming out recently, we have the 2018 Subaru Outback being released as well. The model has been rumored for a while and showcasing pictures of the Outback have teased the audiences so far, but the recent spy photos that we have gotten show us more than that. The car is getting ready for production soon and it will be labeled as a 2018 model.
The Outback model is viewed as a worthy competitor in the SUV segment and has already showcased its prowess and usability. But the new brand promises to update the features and offer us so much more than we have been usually expecting to see from the Subaru brand. One of the main advantages of this car was the price and we are hoping that it remains competitive for this version as well.
What this model has always had is a substantial ground clearance compared to other rivaling cars. The car featured 8.7 inches of clearance and made it a very tall car for the SUV market. Based on this it gave a rugged demeanor to the Outback, tromping many of the competition brands at the same time.
Now with the release date getting closer and closer we have felt that it was time to present what the upcoming 2018 Subaru Outback might present to us. Here is a review based on the offered renderings and currently available pictures of the car.
When will the 2018 Subaru Outback get its Release Date?
We are expecting the 2018 Subaru Outback to appear in 2018. The model looks almost production ready with a few nips and tucks needed to be addressed so the car gets to be prepared for the sales. Thus the release date is inevitably going to be in the start of 2018 model year.
What is the 2018 Subaru Outback Price Going to be?
The 2018 Subaru Outback will continue the premise of being an affordable car. The previous Outback models were characterized by being very affordable and this one will have the same premise. The starting base MSRP price is going to be around 25,645 dollars for the base option while the Premium goes up to 27,695 dollars, the Limited is 32,390 dollars and the Touring version is 35,995 dollars.
What are the 2018 Subaru Outback Exterior Changes?
The design of the 2018 Subaru Outback is kept to its traditional standard way. In fact, the Outback is the best wagon-like car that you will see in the market currently, even with the segment filled with all sort of crossover vehicles. This design is kept to its traditional standards with a few updates here and there. Although it is based on the Legacy model, it does not share any sheet metal with it and keeps mostly to itself when it comes to the redesign.
The last time the Outback was redesigned was in 2015, when the car got a more comprehensive update. Those features were kept and we see the same kind of look here with minor tweaks which change the appearance of the model. The new look is a bit more rakish and swept back and actually presents a more space-and-functionality-orientated approach. The specific changes include a more upright grille and different curves placed on the hood.
Interior Changes for the 2018 Subaru Outback
The inside of the 2018 Subaru Outback includes a number of functionality features which make it a better car. It does manage to bring in more stylish features and uses a strong and upright center stack which also comes flanked with an enormous dash. The visual separation is made with an added glove box framed with wood trim accents.
The Touring trim adds some more perks on the inside. There are the Java Brown leather upholstery which are contrasted with ivory stitching. This trim also comes exclusively available with a Brilliant Brown for the exterior so the whole car can be combined in a unique way.
Engine Capacity and Specs
The engines for the 2018 Subaru Outback are not going to be changed. It will continue to use the same two engine choices that were available last year. The base option is the 2.5-liter flat-4 engine that makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. But if you want a bigger and stronger option, there is the 3.6-liter flat-6 engine which makes 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque and also offers 3,000 pounds towing rate, opposed to the 2,700 pounds of the base version.
What is the 2018 Subaru Outback 0-60 mph Acceleration?
With the same engines, the 2018 Subaru Outback will offer the same speeding ability. It will come down to 9.1 seconds to reach 0-60 mph and also offers a top speed of 126 mph. The vehicle is not so light so we cannot expect to merely upgrade the acceleration rates so easily. But it still fares well and the towing rate is what is more important here.
Fuel Economy Specifications
Do not expect the 2018 Subaru Outback to gain a lot of improvements when it comes to fuel economy. The car will still have the same kind of rates that it had before. Although unfavorable it still has a usual kind of performance for the segment in which it competes. The base version offers an EPA rating of 25/32/28 mpg, while the larger engine is set at 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 22 combined.
Dimensions and Trunk Space
With the update given to the 2018 Subaru Outback version, we are not going to change the dimensions. The exterior of the car is going to be kept the same so the overall length is 189.6 inches with a wheelbase of 108.1 inches. The height is kept to its regular 66.1 inches and the width is 72.4 inches. Although the car looks rakish compared to before, this is not owed to the dimension changes but to some changes made for the exterior of the car. The weight is also going to be at around 3700-3900 lb. The interior volume of the car remains at around 105-108 cu ft while the trunk capacity is set to an outstanding level of 36 cu ft.
The previous version of the Outback received good safety ratings and it will be transferred to the 2018 Subaru Outback as well. The IIHS has given it a Top Safety Pick with Good overall rating thanks to the expanded optional equipment that the car offers. Besides the added equipment, the Subaru Outback also made some structural changes with the last update making the interior substantially safer. These changes will be kept for this version as well and we can expect to get a traditionally good looking and safe model at the same time.
There are a lot of models to consider in the segment competing against the 2018 Subaru Outback. But in fact the wagon-like model is unique in so many ways. It offers a range of both styling and functionality features that other competing vehicles do not have. But the cars that we need to mention include Audi Allroad, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Volvo XC70.