Hello everybody, Nathan here with Parkway Subaru in Wilmington, NC.

The aim of this post is to help you understand the differences between the 2018 Subaru Outback Premium and Limited trim levels. I chose these two vehicles because they are the most common trim levels within the Outback model.

One thing that is helpful to know before I begin is that when you are looking for a vehicle the terminology that differentiates the vehicles and their options. The obvious part, which most people know is the make and model, in this case, the Subaru Outback. From there you pick a trim level, and with Subaru’s, 90% of the cars we sell fall within the 3 main trims, Base, Premium, and Limited. From their you chose your packages, these packages are going to include things like safety features, upgraded audio systems, accessory packages, navigation, moonroof, etc.

Today, I am going to show you 10 of the biggest difference between a Premium and a Limited.

Subaru Outback Premium vs Limited Features

  1. The first and probably the most important difference is the price, the Premium Outback starts at $28,910, and the Limited starts at $33,610.
  2. From there as you approach the vehicles you notice the wheels pretty quickly, the Premium has 17 alloy wheels and the Limited has 18 in alloy wheels, and in my opinion, they look much better on the Limited. Some people say larger wheels have a softer ride but if I am honest when you drive these cars back to back you do not notice it too much, so the biggest difference is the aesthetic.
    Subaru Outback Premium vs Limited
  3. The third difference is the moonroof, on the Premium the moonroof is an optional upgrade but on the Limited it comes standard.

    Subaru Outback Sunroof

  4. The next option we are going to review is the blind spot information system. This is the system that notifies you if there is someone in your blind spot or if someone is about to cross behind your vehicle. The availability of this option is structured just like the moonroof, optional upgrade on the Premium, and standard on the Limited.
  5. Another difference between the two is the Reverse Automatic Braking, and it is just like it sounds. At low speeds, it will automatically brake the car if you are backing into something that you are not aware of. This feature is not available on the Premium and comes as part of an option on the Limited.

    Subaru Outback Backup Camera

  6. The next distinguishing feature is the headlights. On the Premium, you get your standard halogen headlights, and on the Limited you have the option to upgrade to the LED Steering Responsive Headlights. What that means is that when equipped your headlights and their enclosures will actually move left to right as you turn your steering wheel to help you see what’s ahead better and give you more time to react to any upcoming obstacles.

    Subaru Outback Premium vs Limited Headlights

  7. Something else that many people are particular about is the power seats. On the Premium, you have a 10-way power driver seat and a manual passenger seat. On the Limited it comes standard with a 10-way driver seat and a 4-way power passenger seat.

    Subaru Outback Premium vs Limited

  8. Another neat feature is the smart key fob with Keyless Access and Push Button Start. Not available for Premium and standard on Limited. With this fob you do not need to take it out of your purse or pocket, it simply detects you when you approach it and unlocks the door and moves your power seat to your designated position. From there you put your foot on the brake and press the button to start the car.

    Subaru Outback Premium vs Limited Key

  9. A great convenience feature that many people take advantage of is the power rear gate. With the Premium this is an optional upgrade, but on the Limited it comes standard. You are able to press a button on the key fob, press a button on the hatch or inside next to the driver to open it and the same to close it.
  10. Finally one of my favorite parts of a car, the audio system. On a Premium Outback you get 6 standard speakers, but on the Limited you get a 12 speaker, 576 watt Harmon Kardon sound system.

Subaru Outback Premium vs Limited Speaker

This is not a conclusive list, but it includes many of the most significant differences. For more details feel free to give me a call, shoot me an email, or even text and I will be happy to help.