2018 Outback 2.5i Limited, No Eyesight, No Navigation
The reported smoothness of the 3.6 is something that just keeps getting repeated, and it seems like nobody questions this claim. Maybe the amazing smoothness applies to particular years more so than other years (?).I have a friend that brings 3.6R Subaru Outback from other parts of the country and sells them here. he sells every single one of them within 2-3 days of getting them....
I will say it again, that CVT and the 2.4L turbo, bad combo when you get into the throttle (I had an ascent as a loaner) it is not well sorted. Day to day leisurely driving, it's fine. I also found that the CVT was much nosier than the one in my 14 Legacy...
I have a 2.5 that feels pretty smooth. However, I was so intrigued by the alleged smoothness of the 3.6 that I decided to take multiple test drives of the 3.6 (2018 and 2019 models) at multiple different dealers. I popped the hood before and after each test drive, observing, listening, and paying attention. I mean, I guess the 3.6 is smooth. But my 2.5 feels just about as smooth. So, this selling point for the 3.6 is tenuous at best.