The 2018 Subaru Liberty comes in three trims: the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium and a 6-cylinder 3.6R.
Like all Subaru’s, the 2018 Liberty comes with the famous horizontally-opposed Boxer engine and legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system prevents loss of traction to any given wheel by activating the differential, which leads to superb cornering, handling, and superior grip. Wherever you’re driving, you can rest assured the Liberty will stick to the road.
The 2018 Liberty hasn’t changed a lot from its predecessor, producing 129kW of power and 234Nm of torque in the base model. But the 2.5-litre engine has had its weight reduced, ignition timing tweaked and also sports a new alternator and revised gear ratios.
According to Subaru, the revised gear ratio is slated to approve the Liberty’s efficiency by 3% compared to its predecessor. As for the 3.6-litre version, expect about 191kW of power and 350Nm of torque. All of the Liberty models sport Subaru’s Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT), which has been tweaked slightly in 2018 for improved response and more efficient fuel use. In the 2.5-litre trims, the continuously-variable transmission has been retuned with seven artificial ‘gears’ instead of six, to give the driver a bit more control while on the road.
Similar to the 2018 Outback, Subaru has introduced small changes to the chassis and powertrain, which introduce shock absorbers created to decrease body roll. Electric power steering has been revamped to feel more consistent at speed and the brake pedal has been enhanced to that it’s more responsive.
Those who’ve been following the Liberty’s evolution will quickly be able to spot the 2018 model, but can also expect a new sleep grille, bumper, new wing mirrors (which sit closer to help cut wind noise) and fresh alloy wheel designs. The 2.5i Premium and 3.6R version also benefit from LED headlamps, making them look a bit sportier than the 2017 versions.
In the interior, the 2018 Liberty introduces a 6.5-inch touchscreen system for the 2.5i and an 8-inch for the 2.5i Premium and 3.6R models. As one would expect, all trims are compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the premium versions include smart navigation, which can tell you an Estimated Time of Arrival for home and work. Rear-seat passengers can even enjoy dual USB ports in the car, making it ideal for long family trips where devices need charging.
If you’re not sure which trim will suit you best, keep in mind the 2.5i Premium offers heated front seats, a sunroof, folding mirrors, a leather trim and surround-view mirror. The 3.6R gets the same features, but also a 12-speaker audio system and chrome trim on the side skirts.
As with all new Subarus, the intelligent EyeSight Driver Assist technology suite comes standard, showing how Subaru has really made safety a priority in its impressive line of vehicles. The safety technology includes adaptive drive beam, side view and front monitors, plus a host of other features to provide the closest thing to another set of eyes on the road.
If you’re looking for a solid mid-sized Sedan with five-star ANCAP ratings for occupant safety that can still ride in style, the 2018 Subaru Liberty just might be the right choice for you.