If you’re open to an alternative to an SUV or looking for a new wagon, the 2018 Subaru Outback remains a great choice to meet all your needs really well. In general, this five-passenger wagon offers a generous amount of versatility, in addition to a refinement and level of comfort ideal even for long drives of outdoor adventures. Its roomier interior compared to the crossover SUVs to load more definitely will benefit you greatly. However, when it comes to powertrain, we do expect that Subaru will improve it for the 2018 model year.
2018 Subaru Outback Interior
With a total of 73.3 cubic feet of cargo area, the Subaru Outback 2018 surely is a more versatile alternative to the compact crossover SUVs. The cargo area is also lower to the ground and boxy, thus allowing you to load even the large items inside easier. Most trims also offer a rugged rubber cargo tray, which surely is a helpful feature since it’s often available as a pricey add-in. The wagon’s height is also lower, which is another reason why loading things are easier, more particularly onto the roof. And as if this ease isn’t enough, the availability of the distinct roof rails which swing inwards, becoming the cross bars, improve it.
When it comes to passenger space inside the Subaru Outback 2018, the cabin is pretty similar to that of the midsize sedan. It isn’t surprising considering that Outback shares much with the Legacy. This means the back seat is cozier and roomier in general. Plus, the quality of interior and noise levels are also a bit better—compare to the Forester, and you’ll notice it. There are also places offering you a nice set of soft-touch materials, and those are the ones you frequently touch and see.
2018 Subaru Outback Engine
There are several engine options, depending on which trim level you choose. For the upcoming Subaru Outback, while we hope that the company will improve the performance, we predict that there will be only a little update made, though. The basic engine option is still a 2.5L boxer 4-cylinder producing meager 175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft., paired to an all-wheel drive and standard CVT. Higher trim offers a 3.6L boxer 6-cylinder generating 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque, matched to the same all-wheel drive and CVT.
2018 Subaru Outback Price
It is still unknown how much the new Subaru Outback will be sold at, but we can predict that the starting price will be around $30,000 just like the 2017 Subaru Outback was offered at. The release date is also still unknown, yet we expect that this wagon will arrive to the market no later than the last quarter of 2017.
But before you finally decide to bring home an Outback, you may also want to consider the other competitors in the segment first. The Honda CR-V, for instance, may be smaller but it’s tad less expensive. The Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester is also other alternative to 2018 Subaru Outback worth considering, especially since they offer greater refinement and comfort.