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Small updates make a big splash in 2018 Subaru Outback

Featuring a host of updates to the interior and its telematics system, Subaru's best-selling car continues to improve upon a winning formula.

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The Outback just got a little Outback-ier.

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The front fascia has wider openings and the headlights pick up a redesign with new LED running lights.

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The body cladding is also a bit beefier, which helps keep the panels free from rock chips and dents.

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The suspension dampers have been softened, the electric power steering has been tweaked to be smoother, and the brakes have been altered for a more linear feel.

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The NVH benefits continue with insulating glass for the front side windows and thicker rear wheel well materials.

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New materials and a redesigned center console are the highlight of a revised interior.

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The AC cools the cabin faster and more evenly, and the clock has been made larger for easier readability.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now included. The voice-recognition system picks up a second microphone for improved performance, and rear-seat occupants now get two USB ports.

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You can have a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter H4 in base, Premium, Limited and Touring models. If you want some more power, a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter H6 is available in Limited and Touring trims.

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The 2018 Outback goes on sale this summer.

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