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A five-passenger wagon, the Subaru Outback is a compelling alternative to taller SUVs, offering excellent capability in all types of weather and brilliant handling on unpaved roads.Outback blends features of compact crossovers, SUVs, and small wagons.

Its superb all-wheel drive and long-travel suspensions were developed while winning world rally championships.Its Porsche-like horizontally opposed engines lower its center of gravity for improved handling dynamics, while a generous ground clearance allows quick travel on primitive roads and capability in rugged terrain.On paved roads, it feels smooth and refined, on wet roads it feels safe and secure.

The current Outback is in its fifth generation and was last redesigned for the 2015 model year.

The 2018 Outback features revised styling, with new headlights, grille, bumpers, and mirrors.An updated infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.A new safety system locks doors when the 2018 Outback reaches 12.5 mph.Subaru claims reductions in wind, road, and engine noise.Improvements may be modest in scope, but they boost the refinement of a vehicle that's already impressive.

Four trim levels are available: base, Premium, Limited, and Touring.Most Outbacks have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, horizontally opposed (flat) engine, making 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.We've found

A more powerful, smoother-running 3.6-liter flat-six is optional for Limited and Touring models.Developing 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet, the six-cylinder engine consumes more fuel.

All Outbacks use a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).Outbacks are based upon Subaru's midsize Legacy sedan.An elevated suspension, hefty roof rack, and unpainted black body trim raise its stature in terms of perceived capability.

An impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance helps boost the utility factor.Outbacks are not meant for serious off-roading, but they're capable of conquering quite a few obstacles and inclines after the pavement ends.

Every Outback has eight airbags and a rearview camera.Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced safety technology is standard on the Touring edition and optional for Premium and Limited.It's not available with base trim.The EyeSight group includes such features as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane-departure warning.Subaru installs forward-facing cameras inside the windshield, where they're less likely to be impeded by debris or snow/ice.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Outback Good scores on each crash test.When fitted with the EyeSight group, it earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award, and was rated Superior for front crash prevention.

In crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Outback earned five stars overall and for frontal- and side-impact.Only the rollover rating (a calculated score) dipped to four stars, which is typical for taller vehicles.


Outback 2.5i ($25,895) comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and roof rails.The 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Outback 2.5i Premium ($27,995) adds a power driver's seat, heated front seats and mirrors, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate control.Two option packages include the EyeSight safety suite.

Outback 2.5i Limited ($32,695) includes perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, Harman Kardon audio, 18-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, power front seats, heated rear seats, pushbutton start, power liftgate, and moonroof.An option group adds EyeSight and navigation.Outback 2.5i Touring ($36,490) features black cladding, dark gray wheels, Java brown leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, lower-profile roof rack, woodgrain trim, and EyeSight safety group.

Outback 3.6R Limited ($35,395) and 3.6R Touring ($38,690) get the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.(Prices are MSRP and do not include $915 destination charge.).


The styling has been revised for 2018, led by a new grille and bumpers, but the changes aren't easy to discern.Though closely related to the Subaru Legacy sedan, the Outback conveys an outdoor-oriented demeanor, reinforced by bodyside cladding,

The hefty roof rack that comes on most models is highly functional, with stowable crossbars.A slimmer rack is used on Touring models, and cross bars are optional rather than standard.


Comfortable and roomy inside, the Outback features a particularly functional, cleanly designed dashboard.Soft-touch materials appear here and there.Limited and Touring editions combine simulated wood with genuine leather.Most Outbacks have French stitching on seats and dashboards.

Cloth upholstery in base and Premium models feels durable, while upper-trim Outbacks look and feel upscale.

Not only are front seats comfortable, they provide great views, especially useful for the driver.Nicely supportive and well-bolstered, they are mounted on long seat bases.

The center stack is not the prettiest, if sitting in the seat admiring the interior is something you like to do.Once underway, however, the controls for climate and audio prove to be ergonomically excellent, making it easy to changes settings in a flash.For example, one highly visible button turns on the seat heater; no need to work through menus as other automakers have you do.The navigation map on the center stack is big and easy to read, better than most of them.The radio on our test car annoyingly turned on every time the car was started.

Back-seat riders can rejoice, because they get plenty of space: 38.1 inches of legroom, to be precise.Additional sound deadening and laminated side glass for 2018 help curtail wind and road noise, making an already-quiet vehicle even more hushed.

Raising the tailgate reveals 35.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, with rear seatbacks upright.Fold those seats and cargo space grows to 73 cubic feet.Liftover height is far lower than competitors provide.

Driving Impression

In addition to practical merits, Outbacks ride and handle well.In each version, crisp, carlike steering is complemented by a supple ride.Outbacks promise comfortable, composed motoring, even better for 2018, due to suspension tweaks.Limited and Touring models ride a little firmer, but differences are subtle.

Rolling through winding roads, an Outback is easy to enjoy.Standard torque vectoring can brake each wheel individually, to improve stability during brisk cornering.

The base four-cylinder yields adequate acceleration, feeling almost lively in urban driving.Passing power diminishes on upgrades and at higher altitudes.The 2.5-liter four-cylinder sounds rough and noisy at times, especially when slowly lugging up hills.The continuously variable transmission, or CVT, stresses smoothness.It's an improvement over the rubber band feel of earlier CVTs, but there is still that feeling of elasticity between the power pedal and engine response.Using the shifter paddles on the steering wheel, the driver can induce the CVT to mimic a conventional automatic transmission with gears: Pull back on a paddle and the transmission will feel like it is downshifting to a lower ratio for quicker acceleration.

Subaru's 3.6-liter six is smoother and produces greater thrust.Six-cylinder Outbacks accelerate effectively, even when filled with passengers and luggage.We prefer the responsiveness and power of the six-cylinder.The six-cylinder engine costs more, however, and it is only available on upper models.And fuel economy is lower.

Either way, the Outback is ready for gravel roads and two-tracks.Its 8.7-inch ground clearance helps it on rough roads, though it's limited by long front and rear overhangs that might scrape on primitive trails.An X-Mode off-road setting alters throttle response and traction-control operation, while engaging hill-descent control helps the driver maintain control on steep, slimy downhills.We found the Bridgestone Dueler all-season tires on one of our test models lacked grip on packed snow at low temperatures.Real snow tires would turn one of these cars into an unstoppable winter machine.For fast travel on gravel roads, these cars are among the best.

On paved roads for everyday driving, the Outback is fairly smooth and reasonably quiet.It handles very well.The suspension is relatively soft and offers a relatively large amount of travel, great on rough roads.It's easy and enjoyable to drive quickly on smooth, winding roads, but it doesn't offer the crisp transient response of an Audi with a sports suspension.

Subaru's four-cylinder engine is impressively thrifty, EPA-rated at 25/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined.Fuel-efficiency isn't the forte of six-cylinder models, EPA-rated at only 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined.Both engines use Regular-grade gasoline, while some of the competition requires more expensive, higher-octane Premium.


The Subaru Outback is a practical wagon with outstanding all-weather capability and excellent handling in slippery conditions.Well-equipped in each trim level, the Outback blends impressive utility with a classy cabin.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).34 cD
Angle of Approach18.9 degrees
Angle of Departure22.2 degrees
Front Head Room1,037 mm
Front Hip Room1,411 mm
Front Leg Room1,090 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,477 mm
Front track1,570 mm
Overall height1,680 mm
Overall Length4,824 mm
Overall Width1,840 mm
Rear Head Room988 mm
Rear Hip Room1,398 mm
Rear Leg Room967 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,456 mm
Rear track1,580 mm
Wheelbase2,745 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio4.11
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Displacement150 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power175 hp
Max RPM5,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque236 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsPZEV
Exterior Features
GrilleWith chrome bar
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City9.4 L/100 km
Combined8.5L/100 km
Highway7.3 L/100 km
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA7
Trans Type - VACVT
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
Roof rackYes
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessSelective service
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingH
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Automatic typeCVT
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speedsContinuously variable
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.5"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place1,005 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed2,075 L
Curb weight1,656 kg
EPA interior volume3,061 L
Fuel Capacity70 L
Gross vehicle weight2,130 kg
Ground clearance220 mm
Max cargo capacity2,075 L
Towing Capacity1,224 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Roof rack
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Manual-shift auto
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

Subaru CA Alternate Cash Credit
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Alternate Cash Credit
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Standard Finance Rates
All SUVs
6.74% 6.74% 6.74% 6.74% 7.14% 7.49% Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Finance Rates
0.5% 0.99% 1.99% 1.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.99% 1.99% 1.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.99% 1.99% 1.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.99% 1.99% 1.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Standard Lease Rates
All SUVs
7.55% 7.55% 7.55% 7.85% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Residuals
Outback 2.5i CVT (JD225)
59% 51% 42% N/A N/A N/A Apr 30, 2018

2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i (CVT) 4dr All-wheel Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

Gemini Motors, 26 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C-1L1

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