Compare 2018 Subaru Outback vs 2017 Subaru Outback

Specs at a Glance

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

  • Standard Engine2.5L I-4
  • Horsepower175
  • MPG (city/hwy) *25 / 32
  • TransmissionCVT Automatic

2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Subaru Outback

  • Standard Engine2.5L I-4
  • Horsepower175
  • MPG (city/hwy) *25 / 32
  • TransmissionCVT Automatic

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2017 Subaru Outback

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The Subaru Outback provides the safety and versatility of an SUV with the comfort and handling of a car. The Outback continues to boast some of the best value-retention in the industry, ensuring your purchase will be a good investment. This versatile, value-rich wagon is a mid-cycle refresh in 2018, which means it is fundamentally the same design with slight changes and optimizations. The 2018 model is the fourth year of what has been a successful and popular five-year cycle that started in 2015. The Subaru Outback is a 5-passenger sport-utility wagon with 8.7 inches of ground clearance and comes standard with All Wheel Drive. The AWD system automatically applies power to the front or rear as it detects need. Subaru's famous horizontally opposed cylinder layout means you can have a flatter engine, which lowers the center of gravity, thus improving handling despite the Outback's raised clearance. Both models feature a continuously variable transmission, which gives a little bit of a manual transmission feel to an automatic transmission. Both the 2017 and 2018 offer Subaru's excellent EyeSight system. EyeSight is a camera-based active assist system, incorporating dynamic cruise control, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning with steering assist. The 2018 adds automatic brake detection when backing up to help avoid rear collisions.

Performance

From 2017 to 2018, there's no change to fuel economy. The fuel economy compares favorably to peers, with four-cylinder models offering 25 city mpg and 32 highway mpg, and the six-cylinder offering 20 and 27, respectively. The four- and six-cylinder engines are unchanged in this refresh, with the only noteworthy update being a slightly re-tuned transmission. In performance, the 2017 and 2018 are virtually identical, with the 3.6-liter six-cylinder models offering more power at the slight expense of economy. Interestingly, both sizes of engines in either the 2017 or the 2018 models are rated with the same tow rating of 2700 pounds. While Subaru claims a smoother ride will be had in 2018 models thanks to suspension, steering, brake and transmission tweaks, overall feel and performance hasn't drastically changed. The Outback still provides remarkable comfort and handling for a sport-utility wagon, all without compromising safety and versatility, which explains its enduring popularity and acclaim.

Appearance

The 2018's front grille has been toned down to emphasize the logo. The bottom of the front bumper is a more uniform color, whereas the 2017 Subaru Outback had a two-tone look with a lighter color featured near the center of the bumper. Some additional cladding has been added in the 2018 Subaru Outback to improve protection. The side-mirror of the 2018 features a thinner turn signal light, reflecting the design changes previously brought to the Impreza. The side mirror on the 2018 model is slightly more aerodynamic, which may improve cabin volume. In the 2018, the bottom of the rear bumper angles down slightly at the corners compared to the 2017. It's a subtle difference that may improve approach angles in light off-roading scenarios. The Limited edition of the 2018 features slightly redesigned wheels, with thicker spokes. Wheels on all models are attractive, and the limited wheels are only slightly different, but the change helps distinguish the Limited from other models. The interior of the newer model also features a smaller, redesigned steering wheel.

Features

The 2017 Outback brought welcome updates like extendable sun visors, cushioned armrests, and soft-touch door panels. It also featured reclinable rear seats with ample foot and headroom. The 2018 Outback adds automated blind-side detection to the side mirror, reducing the time you need to take your eyes off the road in front of you as you consider changing lanes. Both models offer Subaru EyeSight, but the 2018 provides an optional auto-dimming thin mirror in place of the third camera for the high beam assist. The high beam assist is built into the other two cameras. You can still get the third camera as an option on the 2018 if you wish. While the 2017 had steering-responsive fog lights, the 2018 features both steering-responsive fog lights and steering-responsive headlights. These lights respond to the steering wheel, turning in the direction of your steering. This new technology improves visibility while turning in the dark or inclement weather. Both models feature LED lights. The 2018 touchscreen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on even base models, which come with a 6.5-inch screen. Optional upgrades include an 8-inch display, up from a 7-inch upgrade in 2017 models.

Both the 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Subaru Outback offer value-rich sport-utility wagons with the enduring attributes of exceptional safety, comfort, and versatility. Contact your dealer today for more information on availability and options.


* EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.