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What is the difference between the 2018 Subaru Outback Trims?

Have you chosen the 2018 Subaru Outback as your next capable, versatile, and supremely safe new crossover SUV, but are unsure of the differences between each trim level? To show you the features that come with each 2018 Subaru Outback trim package, the experts at McLaughlin Subaru in Moline, IL have created the following page. If you have initial questions for a product specialist at our Subaru dealership near the Quad Cities before continuing, call us at (866) 960-7363.


2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium

The 2018 Subaru Outback lineup begins with the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trim levels. Both models are equipped to help you make the most of every drive with impressive safety and technology features. Check out the key differences between the Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Premium when it comes to performance, technology, safety, and comfort below.



Both models are powered by the same 2.5L I4 SUBARU BOXER® engine that produces 175 HP and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. Drivers who spend ample time on the road will also appreciate the fuel economy rating of 25 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.



Key technology differences between the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Premium include:

  • Both models have the SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia system, however the Outback 2.5i as a 6.5-in. touchscreen, and the 2.5i Premium features an 8-in. touchscreen
  • Magellan® navigation is standard only on the 2.5i Premium
  • Hands-free phone connectivity is standard on both the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, but the 2.5i Premium also adds text messaging connectivity


If safety is at the top of your list, then our experts agree you'll prefer the 2018 Outback 2.5i Premium trim level, equipped with STARLINK® Safety Plus which includes the following features:

  • Automatic Collision notification
  • SOS emergency assistance
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Monthly vehicle health reports
  • Diagnostic alerts

Interior Comfort

Do you want to enjoy a comfortable commute inside your 2018 Subaru Outback? Find out whether the 2.5i or 2.5i Premium trim levels have the comfort features you need below.

  • Cloth upholstery is standard on both models, however the Outback 2.5i has a 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat compared to the 2.5i Premium which has a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat
  • Only the 2.5i Premium has the All Weather Package which includes heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, and a heated windshield
  • A dual-zone climate control system is only standard with the 2.5i Premium trim level
Interior of a 2018 Outback Limited

2.5i Limited vs. 2.5i Touring

Taking convenience to the next level is the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring trim packages. The 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring trim levels have all the features included with the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims, while adding several more to the mix. Decide which model best suits your lifestyle by examining the key differences below.



The Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring are both powered by the 2.5L I4 SUBARU BOXER® engine. If you have a lengthy commute, you'll definitely appreciate the 28 combined MPG.



Regardless of if you choose the Subaru 2.5i Limited or 2.5i Touring, you'll receive premium technology features such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Key technology differences include:

  • The 2.5i Touring adds Traffic® and Travel Link® to the SUBARU STARLINK® multimedia system
  • The Harmon Kardon® premium audio system with 12-speakers is standard on both trim levels


Both the 2018 Outback 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring offer next-level safety features that will provide the peace of mind you need while behind the wheel. Key differences between the two trim packages are as follows.

  • The Outback 2.5i Limited features blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Only the 2018 Outback 2.5i Touring has LED steering responsive headlights
  • Eyesight® driver assist technology is only standard on the 2.5i Touring trim level
  • The 2018 Outback 2.5i Touring features high beam assist and reverse automatic breaking

Interior Comfort

From leather-trimmed upholstery to wood grain accent trim, the 2018 Outback 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring provide the comfort you need for your next adventure. Learn more about the key differences between each trim level when it comes to comfort and convenience below.

  • Both models feature leather-trimmed upholstery, but the 2.5i Touring adds Java Brown leather and a heated steering wheel
  • A power moonroof and keyless access with push-button start are standard on both models
  • The 2018 Outback 2.5i Limited features a power rear gate with memory functions
  • The 2.5i Touring features piano gloss black interior trim
A white 2018 Outback 3.6R driving towards the viewer

3.6R Limited vs. 3.6R Touring

Adding on to the features available with the rest of the 2018 Subaru Outback models in the lineup, the 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring trim levels offer unmatched convenience, performance, and safety. Learn more about what sets these two trim packages apart from one another below.



The 2018 Outback 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring utilize the same 3.6L V6 SUBARU BOXER® engine that produces 256 HP and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. Both models also feature the Lineartronic® transmission with 6-speed manual mode paddle shifters for a spirited driving experience.



There is one key feature that differentiates the 3.6R Limited from the 3.6R Touring that you should be aware of. Only the 2018 Outback 3.6R Touring adds Magellan® navigation to the SUBARU STARLINK® multimedia suite.



While both the 2018 Outback 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring offer advanced safety features, only the 3.6R Touring features EyeSight® driver assist technology, high beam assist, and reverse automatic braking.


Interior Comfort

Whether you choose the 3.6R Limited or 3.6R Touring, you'll feel comfortable on trips of any length. Both models feature leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, and premium interior materials.

A 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback Specials and Incentives

Are you ready to take off in your new 2018 Subaru Outback for a price you'll brag about? You can take advantage of the Subaru Outback special offers available at McLaughlin Subaru near the Quad Cities. Contact us for more information, or schedule a test drive with any Subaru Outback SUV in our new inventory today by calling (866) 960-7363.


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