The Subaru Outback can stake its claim as one of the industry’s original crossover SUVs, and it’s still thriving with good reason: It does just about everything well. More of a tall wagon than a boxy traditional SUV, the 2018 Subaru Outback is nevertheless one of the more capable models in its segment, thanks to a very generous 9 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive.
Available with a 2.5-liter flat four or a 3.6-liter flat-six engine paired to a continuously variable transmission, the fifth-generation Outback is a pleasant daily driver with a good amount of space. Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system has made great strides, but still isn’t among our favorites, and Subaru’s well-calibrated EyeSight driver assist technologies aren’t standard on all models. Even so, the Outback is packed with intrinsic goodness, from the $25,895 base 2.5i model to the $35,395 3.6R Limited (all prices subject to taxes and destination fees).
The Outback has been one of Subaru's most popular models for a long time. A wagon-slash-crossover sibling to the Legacy sedan, the current version was introduced for the 2015 model year. The Subaru Outback received a big update for 2018, with changes including a slightly new look as well as tweaks to the steering, suspension and continuously variable transmission.
For the 2019 model year, Subaru has made more technology standard on all Outback models, including its EyeSight active-safety suite and dual USB ports. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance, all-wheel drive and rugged styling, the Outback has a reputation for thriving at the end of dirt roads -- but it's just as well-suited to urban commuters.
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