Crossover SUV’s are all the rage these days it seems. As consumers continue to gravitate towards versatility, this automotive genre continues to grow. That’s all well and good, but this trend has resulted in more than a few imposters who slap the “crossover” label on their car, which is really just a clunky sedan with a bigger body.
Subaru doesn’t play that game. This is Subaru after all, which pioneered this whole concept to begin with. From the days of the original Forester and Outback, Subaru has always been about producing vehicles that offer an astounding amount of versatility on and off the road
The Crosstrek debuted a few years back, but it has certainly come a long way since then. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is the rebirth of this potent crossover, as it has been fully redesigned from the inside and out.
Not that previous models were lacking at all, it’s just that this one is even better. The new Crosstrek expounds upon what it already did well, and throws in a few more technological innovations both inside and under the hood, resulting in one of the bet crossover’s on the market
Indeed, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is built for adventure — as in, able to handle it, unlike some competitors who can only handle rugged conditions in staged television commercials.
The Exterior — 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
The new exterior of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is very appealing. It retains that sporty look that Subaru favors now with most of their cars, but with a few touches that are fitting for it capabilities. I personally think it’s a little too sporty, but it’s definitely not a negative at all, and I’m sure there are plenty of others who love it.
The front end of the Crosstrek displays a design that is a perfect blend of sedan and SUV. Angular headlights and a small grille serve as the centerpieces, giving the Crosstrek a touch of sportiness in a more imposing package. Subaru’s trademark star emblem ties it all together, flanked by well-placed foglights and a wide air intake below.
The rest of the bodystyle flows effortlessly from the front, highlighted by raised details on each side of the hood, and some subtle detailing on the sides, complete with color-matching side mirrors. A roof rack comes standard with each Crosstrek, along with a shark fin rear spoiler.
The rear end of the Crosstrek is a mixture of hatchback and SUV, although I think it’s technically considered a hatchback if we’re being official. The back window has an understated overhang that helps to reduce glare, while also adding some aerodynamic elements.
The tail lights mimic the design from the front, and there is a second set of brake lights at the bottom. There is no conventional protruding bumper to speak of, but rather an indented placement with the door that sort of creates a bumper.
The Interior — 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru interiors have always been underrated in many ways, but the 2018 Crosstrek does add a bit of flair and modern aesthetics that are worthy of attention. Overall, the cabin is contemporary and functional, with an increased emphasis on comfort and tech features that keep up with the times.
In some aspects, it’s almost like the interior doesn’t match the outside, but I think it’s a good thing. While the outside is sporty and angular, the cabin looks like an updated version of a classic Subaru interior. The steering wheel looks like it’s from the 90s (and I like it,) and the seats, dash, and console are not overly flashy. Again, it’s a good thing.
As always, there is a high level of visibility, which is a hallmark of Subaru’s. You can truly see everything around you, without having to worry about the dividers getting in the way.
Also, if you’re annoyed with crossover’s that fall short of their claims of a “fold-down seat,” you’ll be glad to know that the Crosstrek actually does have one. In just a few moment’s you can instantly multiply the cargo space in the rear.
There are three different touch-screen infotainment systems available with the Crosstrek, with a Starlink 6.5-inch Multimedia system as a base, or an 8-inch system, with or without navigation in upgrade packages. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard.
The base audio system four speakers, but the Premium and Limited models get six speakers and a CD player, if you’re still attached to your collection. A Rockford Fosgate audio system is available with any trim for $499 more.
The Performance — 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
The performance of the 2018 Crosstrek can be divided into two different areas on the road and off. A 2.0-liter flat 4-cylinder engine with 152 hp 6,000 rpm and 145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm comes standard. You can choose between a CVT automatic or 6-speed manual.
The Crosstrek is smooth as silk on the road, and actually gets decent gas milage, hovering around 31 mpg on the highway. Off the road, you have an array of features at your disposal to improve the scenario.
The Crosstrek has a very generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, providing extra room when you’re making your way over uneven terrain. Advanced traction management allows the vehicle to keep its composure on treacherous surfaces, while the X-Mode is even more potent with hill descent control, which now comes standard on models with an automatic transmission. The system manages both the throttle and braking when on steep slopes, allowing you to focus on steering.
To Sum it Up
It’s no surprise that the forerunners of modern crossover’s have reinvented one of the best on (and off) the road. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek provides some astounding versatility, and it’s all effortless as usual.
The redesign looks better than ever, and the Crosstrek maintains all of the hallmarks Subaru has been known for the last several decades. This is going to give the VW Golf Alltrack and Mazda CX-3 a run for their money, and it’s safe to say their off-road capabilities are not on this level.
Speaking of money, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has an expected base price of $22,710. Look for it at dealerships in October.