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2018 Subaru Outback: New York Auto Show

 What Is It?

The 2018 Subaru Outback boasts a subtle restyle, enhanced suspension and steering, and some new features compared to last year’s model.

The styling changes are most obvious at the front, where there’s a bigger and bolder grille along with more distinctive headlights. The front body cladding has also been redesigned to enhance the Outback’s ability to resist the rigors of light off-roading. There are also new wheel designs.

New features include a larger base touchscreen (6.5 in versus 6.2) and a new 8-in touchscreen option. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included. There are also an extra pair of USB ports in the back seat, which should be good news for your power-hungry kids. New safety features include optional adaptive LED headlights and automatic highbeams. The interior also benefits from improved materials and a slight center console redesign.

Mechanically, the 4- and 6-cylinder engines carry over, but the suspension has been updated for a better ride while the steering was altered for smoother, more linear responses. Subaru’s engineers also set out to make things quieter, including reshaping the mirrors, adding sound-insulating glass and altering the 4-cylinder’s transmission. Of course, that sounds good on paper, but a proper test drive in the future will be needed to see if the 2018 Subaru Outback will indeed drive better than last year’s model.

 How Much?

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect a slight increase over the 2017 version’s base price of $25,645.

 When Can You Get It?

Summer 2017.

 Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

It looks better, apparently drives better and has more features than the current version, which was already Subaru’s best-selling model.

 Other Cars to Consider

2018 Buick Regal TourX: Wagons are starting are to reappear on the market and the Regal TourX is the latest one to re-enter the fray. It offers somewhat similar space as the Outback, but with ritzier styling and interior trappings.

2017 Honda CR-V: This is the go-to choice for those seeking a compact crossover with the sort of abundant space and functionality the Outback specializes in.

Used Volvo XC70: Here is one of the few luxury-branded wagons, which like the Outback, has a modicum of off-roading ability. Its higher price tag, plus the fact it’s no longer on sale, makes a used version recommended.

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