The Outback has been one of Subaru’s greatest success stories, long being the make’s best-selling model. Changes for the 2018 version shown at the New York Auto Show focus mostly on mild styling tweaks and additional features.
A freshened “face” incorporates what Subaru says is a “bolder, more rugged look” with a wider lower-grille opening and revised bumper and fascia.
Equipment additions extend to adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, a paddle-shifted manual mode for the CVT automatic transmission, and driver-selectable X-Mode that adjusts transmission ratio and activates Hill Descent Control in off-road situations. Also newly available are individual tire-pressure readouts and vehicle guidelines (which adjust with the steering) for the standard rearview camera.
The 2018 Subaru Outback is due on sale this summer.
Subaru argues that the Outback was instrumental in starting today’s crossover craze 20 years ago, and it has always appealed as a more carlike alternative to traditional midsize SUVs. It’s clearly a concept that has proved attractive, and additions for 2018 make it even more so.