The 2018 Subaru Outback is a feat of modern vehicle technology and stands proudly as a classic representation of what the Subaru brand of vehicles does best. It may not be the most flashy or the fastest thing on the road, but it’s still stylish, reliable, and incredibly safe. It’s also a blast to drive with its 2.5-liter flat-four engine and all-wheel drive. With a new interior design that includes a new steering wheel and infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® compatible, this exceptional crossover feels modern, refined, and well-tuned to what Subaru model fans in the Naples and Fort Myers, FL area want.
So where did it all start? The famed Subaru Outback was born in the 1990’s, back when you couldn’t find a crossover on every street. It was named for the vast Australian desert and was meant to embody all the features and terrains of that land without becoming something as big and bulky as a truck or full-size SUV. It was made for outdoorsy adventure-seekers who still took conventional roads to the grocery store.
What’s interesting is that what we now know as the Subaru Outback wasn’t a vehicle on its own, it was a trim level on the 1995 Subaru Legacy known as the Subaru Legacy Outback. It didn’t have the ride height it has now and distinguished itself from the Subaru Legacy by a luggage rack and two-tone paint job.
Over the next several years the vehicle would slowly add components like more doors and increased ride height as it transformed into a model we would recognize more today. By 2000, the Subaru Outback became a model of its own, no longer living under the Subaru Legacy name. The suspension was redone, more cargo space was added, and it got a bigger engine.
Over the course of the 2000’s, the vehicle would continue to break away from the look, performance, and feel of the Subaru Legacy. It behaved differently and catered to a different market, getting faster, lighter, and larger.
Now the 2018 Subaru Outback is a crossover of its own, outfitted with everything you need to take your own adventure off the beaten path and break away from the pack. Head on down to O’Brien Subaru Fort Myers today to take one for a test drive.