New for 2018:Subaru

Christian Wardlaw | Oct 11, 2017

In addition to introducing a redesigned Crosstrek compact crossover SUV for 2018, Subaru has freshened the Legacy midsize sedan, Outback midsize crossover, and WRX performance car. Limited-production versions of the BRZ and WRX STI debut, too. Next on Subaru’s to-do list: Launch the 7-passenger Ascent SUV.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium front quarter left photo

Detailed changes for each 2018 Subaru car and SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.

2018 Subaru BRZ

  • New BRZ tS (tuned by STI) version debuts, with production limited to 500 units
  • The tS installs STI-tuned suspension components, additional engine compartment bracing, Brembo high-performance brakes, and lightweight 18-in. aluminum wheels wrapped in 215/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires
  • BRZ tS design upgrades include STI fog light covers; front, rear, and side underspoilers; adjustable carbon fiber rear spoiler; and unique trim details
  • Inside, the BRZ tS includes black leather and Alcantara suede seats with red stitching, red bolsters, and red seat belts; frameless rearview mirror; cast-black center console finish; and red accents throughout the interior
  • All BRZs now come with welcome lighting, automatic headlight operation when the windshield wipers are used, and one-touch lane-change signaling
  • Premium trim adds standard heated exterior mirrors
  • Limited and tS trims receive a new version of Starlink infotainment with a 7-in. display screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

  • Redesigned for 2018, now based on the Impreza 5-door hatchback
  • Continues to offer standard all-wheel drive, raised ground clearance of 8.7 ins., and SUV styling cues
  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 152 horsepower
  • 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission
  • Available X-Mode to enhance drivetrain’s off-roading capability
  • Upgraded safety and next-generation infotainment technologies
  • Standard, Premium, and Limited trim levels
  • 20.8 cu.-ft. trunk expands to 55.3 cu. ft. of maximum cargo space

2018 Subaru Forester

  • New 2.5i Black Edition package, based on the 2.5i Premium trim level, gives the crossover a blacked-out exterior treatment in addition to other upgrades
  • Versions equipped with EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology add automatic high-beam headlights and automatic reverse braking system
  • Touring trim comes standard with EyeSight
  • 2.0XT Touring trim now includes Active Torque Vectoring

2018 Subaru Impreza

  • In most versions, the headlights automatically activate when the windshield wipers are used

2018 Subaru Legacy

  • Updated exterior styling and interior design
  • Subaru says the cabin has higher quality materials and is quieter
  • Transmission enhanced for more responsive acceleration
  • Suspension retuned for a smoother ride and more agile handling
  • Revised steering and braking promise improved driving dynamics
  • Upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, better voice-recognition system, and numerous embedded apps
  • Available LED steering-responsive headlights; with EyeSight automatic high-beam operation is included
  • Improved reversing camera, tire-pressure monitoring system, door locks, LATCH anchors, and air conditioning system, according to Subaru
  • New interior color: Gray
  • New exterior paint colors: Crimson Red and Magnetite Gray

2018 Subaru Outback

  • Minor styling and interior design, materials, and layout changes
  • Interior is claimed to be quieter than before thanks to several modifications
  • Improved air conditioning system for faster and more even cabin cooling
  • Retuned transmission, steering, suspension, and braking systems for improved driving dynamics, per Subaru
  • New infotainment system with larger standard screen, smartphone projection for Apple and Android devices, enhanced voice-recognition software, multiple embedded applications, and new USB ports for rear-seat passengers
  • Optional LED steering-responsive headlights; automatic high-beam headlights included with EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems
  • Upgraded reversing camera, tire-pressure monitoring system, LATCH anchors for child safety seats, and automatic locking doors
  • New interior color: Titanium Gray

2018 Subaru WRX/WRX STI

  • Subtle changes to exterior styling, interior detailing
  • Reworked vehicle structure aims to improve frontal collision protection
  • Standard roof rack mounting brackets add versatility, while heated side mirrors improve winter visibility
  • Subaru claims interior is quieter than before, adds standard rear-seat armrest with cupholders, larger 5.9-in. driver information display, and white nighttime gauge illumination
  • With Limited trim and EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies, both WRX and WRX STI versions gain Auto Vehicle Hold system and an EyeSight Assist Monitor that projects system status onto the windshield
  • For WRX, revised steering, suspension, and manual gearbox
  • WRX Premium trim adds a larger 7-in. display for its Starlink infotainment system, dark gray 18-in. wheels
  • New Performance package for WRX Premium installs Recaro performance seats, upgraded braking components with red-painted calipers, and deletes the power sunroof
  • WRX Limited trim includes welcome lighting, steering-responsive LED headlights, LED fog lights, 10-way power driver’s seat, and keyless entry with PIN code access
  • For WRX STI, mechanical changes include a retuned suspension, upgraded braking components, revised all-wheel-drive system, and 19-in. aluminum wheels
  • WRX STI includes standard steering-responsive LED headlights
  • Recaro seats optional for WRX STI, standard for WRX STI Limited
  • New WRX STI Type RA variant debuts, with production limited to 500 units
  • STI Type RA is lighter, makes more power, is geared for better performance, and employs unique suspension tuning along with a modified stability control system
  • STI Type RA is distinguished by special exterior detailing and interior materials

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