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Why Newly-Refreshed Subaru Outback Smokes the Competition with Adventurous Families

The 2018 Subaru Outback is the ultimate off-road machine. How does it smoke the competition?


The Subaru Outback has always been known for its off-road features that sets it apart from all other all-wheel-drive vehicles. The newly-refreshed 2018 Outback comes with a unique feature that makes it a true outdoor oriented vehicle for recreation enthusiasts and families that want to get away from civilization.

The new SUV-alternative vehicle comes standard with a unique feature for extreme off-road use. All 2018 Outback models come equipped with the X-Mode system, which debuted on the 2014 Forester. Any family driver can engage it by simply flipping a switch on the console.

How does it smoke the competition?

You won’t find Subaru owners sitting on the couch watching extreme sports. They’ll be in their new Outback on the way to the back country for mountain biking, mountain climbing and camping excursions. They will encounter steep mountain roads and X-Mode will get them there safely when things get dicey.

Here’s how it works. 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 (VDC) system to reduce individual wheel spin. Outback owners will be able to enhance vehicle control by engaging X-Mode which also activates the new Hill Descent Control, which uses engine braking to help maintain a constant vehicle speed when the Outback is traveling down a steep mountain trail. New Incline Start Assist helps to momentarily minimize forward or backward vehicle rolling on inclines, and the electronic Hill Holder System holds the vehicle in place until the driver presses the accelerator pedal on a steep mountain trail.

Many Outback owners travel from urban environments to extreme harsh high-altitude climates within a few hours from where they live. On these unpaved and slippery roads, torque is not distributed evenly to all four wheels and one or more wheels can begin to slip and the vehicle can lose traction and get stuck in the snow or mud. X-Mode is designed to be used easily and can be engaged with a flip of a switch allowing any driver regardless of skill level, to escape an extreme situation they may encounter.

For those buyers with active lifestyles who want to get away from civilization, the new 2018 Subaru Outback with standard X-Mode is the global vehicle that will handle extreme conditions. The Outback with 8.7-inch of ground clearance and X-Mode has the durability needed to make the Outback the ultimate machine for adventurous families.

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