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Subaru Outback Limited Smart Edition Steps Up Luxury a Few More Notches

Subaru brings a 2018 Subaru Outback Limited Smart Edition to the Tokyo Motor Show 2017. The wagon steps up the luxury.

With the unveiling of the new Subaru Performance Sedan Concept and rumble at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, the Outback Limited Smart Edition is the forgotten show model. Subaru enhances the Outback wagon with more luxury than ever before and it shows just how far the rugged family utility vehicle has come. While Outback was originally the brand’s first real off-road model, it’s moving more upscale for families.

The Outback Limited Smart Edition is a special model at the Subaru stand revealing how far Outback has evolved since its beginnings as a tough family utility vehicle. Outback still has a rugged side to it, but it also has a softer, gender side these days. The show model gets the highest grade interior and finishes for extra comfort.


Subaru even calls it an “elegant” Outback in this trim. It gets distinctive touches like exclusive grill and wheels outside, and Ultrasuede seats, and panels with dark embossed silver accents inside. It also gets sporty touches with aluminum pedals, and of course it gets Subaru’s EyeSight safety system.

Subaru also upgrades it with a new navigation system and large 8-inch display, advanced functions such as Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility, and the exclusive Harman/kardon audio system, taking their Outback wagon up a few more notches.

Subaru offers a similar top-of-the-lineup 3.6R Touring trim for U.S. consumers. The Outback has come a long way since its beginnings as a small, rugged family utility vehicle. The 2018 Subaru Outback Limited Smart Edition show model is a luxury vehicle you can still take off-road, but most families would be afraid to.

Photo credit: Subaru Global


Ed B (not verified)    November 8, 2017 - 12:41PM

Nice tweaks but sales are down because folks are looking for the new platform. Hopefully we see in late 2018.

Edmo (not verified)    November 9, 2017 - 12:11PM

I just bought an 18 OB 3.6R Touring. I wanted to wait bur my car was totaled. It was stickered at $41K. For that price range you dont get birds eye view camera or cooled seats (I live in TX), Splash guards, body side molding, remote start engine. I feel like thats pretty standard stuff.

My biggest issue is with the infotainment system. It's absolute trash. I have constant connection issues and you can't run subaru starling and android auto at the sametime. Same for Apple car play. I really wish they would invest heavily in the infotainment system. If I could have waited I really would have.