2018 Subaru Outback AWD and Engine Explained – Video
The combination of standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring gives Outback confident grip in all weather conditions. In all 2018 Outback models, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is an active system that uses an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch, to actively manage torque distribution based on acceleration deceleration and available traction. The 8.7-inch ground clearance on all Outback models excels many crossovers.
For driving in challenging conditions, standard driver-selectable X-Mode optimizes engine output and CVT ratio position, increases active all-wheel drive engagement and uses enhanced control logic for the Vehicle Dynamics Control stability system to reduce individual wheel spin. Engaging X-Mode also activates Hill Descent Control, which uses engine braking to help maintain a constant vehicle speed when traveling downhill. The Outback also features standard Hill Start Assist.
The Outback 2.5i is powered by a 175 horsepower double overhead cam 2.5-liter BOXER engine that produces 174 pound feet of torque. The Active Grille Shutter system helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance. The 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine in the Outback 3.6R produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound feet of torque, sustaining 90 percent of peak torque from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm for exceptional response at all vehicle speeds. Both engines are teamed with standard Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) now with a seven-speed manual mode and paddle shift control switches.