Which 2018 Subaru Outback Is Right for You?

a silver 2018 subaru outback

The Subaru Outback needed to a refresh, and the 2018 model delivered. Better materials make the interior more comfortable, and the technology changes make the Outback more enjoyable to drive.

We’re comparing each trim to help you determine if it’s worth upgrading.


The 2.5i is the base trim and starts at $25,895. Even though it’s the least expensive, the Subaru Outback 2.5i has some great features that make it a quality, affordable option. First, it has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-Mode, which optimizes your Subaru to drive up steep inclines or rough roads. It also comes with the Subaru Starlink multimedia package, adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Finally, this trim has raised roof rails with integrated cross bars for more cargo space.

2.5i Premium

The 2.5i Premium starts at $27,995. This trim is perfect for drivers who are concerned about security and safety. It has the Subaru Starlink Safety and Security package, which adds automatic collision notification, SOS Emergency assistance, vehicle security alarm notifications, enhanced roadside assistance, and more. The Subaru 2.5i Premium also includes an All-Weather package with heated front seats.

2.5i Limited

The 2.5i Limited has a starting MSRP of $32,695. This trim is perfect for buyers who want a good sound system coupled with a little bit of luxury. Drivers will immediately notice the leather-trimmed upholstery and keyless access featuring Push-Button Start. Additionally, the trim comes with a Harmon Kardon premium audio system that uses 12-speakers with a 576-watt equivalent. As if that wasn’t enough, it also has a rear power gate. You’ll never have to manually raise the back liftgate again.

2.5i Touring

Are you looking for even more luxury? The 2.5i Touring starts at $36,490 and has everything you could need. It features exclusive Java Brown leather-trimmed upholstery and a heated steering wheel for cold days. It also includes low-profile roof rails, GPS navigation, and LED steering responsive headlights. To increase the safety of the Touring, it utilizes Subaru EyeSight, which monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and alerts you if you sway into another lane.

3.6R Limited

For more power, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited is your best bet. It starts at $35,395 and has everything from the 2.5i Limited but substitutes a much stronger engine. The 3.6-liter Subaru Boxer engine can produce 256-horsepower, which will give you the perfect amount of power behind the wheel. The 3.6R Limited comes with LED steering-responsive headlights, which can help you see better around corners by turning in the direction you’re going. This allows you to react faster if there’s something in the road.

3.6R Touring

Finally, for those that want it all, the 3.6R Touring starts at $38,690. This trim uses a powerful 3.6-liter Subaru Boxer engine and adds luxurious features that may have you searching for reasons to drive. It has the exclusive Java Brown leather-trimmed seating that’s found in the 2.5i Touring, as well as Subaru EyeSight, low-profile roof rails, heated steering wheel, and a GPS navigation system.

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