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The Outback just got a little Outback-ier.
The front fascia has wider openings and the headlights pick up a redesign with new LED running lights.
The body cladding is also a bit beefier, which helps keep the panels free from rock chips and dents.
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.
The NVH benefits continue with insulating glass for the front side windows and thicker rear wheel well materials.
New materials and a redesigned center console are the highlight of a revised interior.
The AC cools the cabin faster and more evenly, and the clock has been made larger for easier readability.
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.
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.
The 2018 Outback goes on sale this summer.