2018 Subaru Outback Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,543 - $33,828
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
175-256
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,543 - $33,828
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
175-256
Seats
5

Ranks #6 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.3 Overall Score
Performance 3.8 Comfort 3.7 Styling 4.0 Value 4.3

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Subaru Outback crossover SUV is quite possibly the most recommendable vehicle for the broadest range of buyers and tasks. It's spacious, efficient, comfortable, a great value in the near and long term, and -- thanks to standard all-wheel drive and excellent ground clearance -- can tackle any road or weather condition.

Subaru Outback Models & Trims

Base $23,543 - $27,706*
Horsepower: 175 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Premium $26,408 - $30,909*
Horsepower: 175 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $28,679 - $33,712*
Horsepower: 175 hp - 256 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4, Regular Unleaded H-6
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Touring $28,536 - $33,828*
Horsepower: 175 hp - 256 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4, Regular Unleaded H-6
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.78

195 Reviews

82% 16% 2% 2 star 0% 1%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

The Subaru outback promotes safety and awareness in all aspects of driving.

I drive a Subaru outback. It is such a comfortable and easy to drive car. It is equipped with all the newer technology to keep you safe on the road. It keeps me in my lane and notifies me when I drift out. It tracks the vehicle distance in front of me and keeps me at a safe distance. You can choose how close or far way you want to be from the car in front of you. The rear view camera works perfectly to help guide you in revere. The guide lines turn with you. It alerts you to cross traffic behind you as you are backing out of a parking space. I feel so safe in my Subaru outback!

- Susan L

The Subaru Outback in review.

It is very reliable, handles well on ice and snow. It gets great gas mileage and the ride is smooth. It is big enough to have room to haul quite a number of items. We have enough room so that our family can all fit and ride comfortably. My complaints are that the front drivers seat is short on head room, with the seat height for a tall person is limited. The car's radio automatically comes on when started which is annoying, the car cannot be locked when running which does allow for warming your vehicle up in a larger city safely.

- Karen K

The car is extremely sturdy! I had no injury after being rear ended.

The car is extremely durable and dependable. I have driven it through a snowstorm, and it handled very well. I work in sales, so comfort is important. Fortunately, the driver's seat provides lumbar support, and I am able to drive without stopping for a least three hours. The speakers that the car come with are decent, but the car is loud when driven on the freeway. Sometimes the automatic sensors are overbearing and my car has had to be manually reset because the computer freezing several times.

- Natasha S

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$23,543 - $27,706
$26,408 - $30,909

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
175 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4
2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Not Available
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.9 in.
42.9 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.8 in.
38.3 - 40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.1 in.
38.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.9 in.
38.9 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Not Available
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Not Available
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/65HR17
P225/65HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
108.1 in.
108.1 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.1 ft.
36.1 ft.

Width

Width
72.4 in.
72.4 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3622 .lbs
3642 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
175 hp

Torque

Torque
174 ft. lbs.
174 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
2700 .lbs
2700 .lbs

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
270 .lbs
270 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
29 mpg
29 mpg

City

City
25 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 mpg
32 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings