2018 Subaru Crosstrek

 
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
 
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
 

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP 
$23,710
Invoice 
$22,524
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Regular Unleaded H-4, 152 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

Select options for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Est Target Price With Options

$23,710

Est. Savings Of MSRP Price

$0

 
Additional Equipment
Unselected Includes: Dealers will install on vehicles w/package, 4 wheels, 4 STI center caps, 4 TPMS valves and 4 TPMS screws $0 $0
Unselected $150 $150
Dealer Installed Options
Unselected Includes: STI Wheel Center Cap (DIO) Part number 28821FE141, Wheels: 17" STI Alloy (DIO) Part number B3110FL250, TPMS Valve Stem (DIO) Part number 28194FJ001, TPMS Valve Screw (DIO) Part number 28192FJ000 $1,120 $1,535
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Unselected Includes: Part number L101SFL000 $352 $470
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L154 $19 $30
Unselected Includes: Part number B321SFG000 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number E771SFL100 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number E551SFL000 $104 $160
Unselected Includes: Part number F0010FL030 $78 $120
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501M2 $162 $250
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501V3 $162 $250
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501W7 $162 $250
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501EN $162 $250
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501TR $162 $250
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Unselected Includes: Part number E7210FL100 $298 $397
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Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L123 $23 $35
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Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567C021 $305 $470
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567C030 $344 $530
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Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567K010 $143 $220
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567P010 $182 $280
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567S010 $130 $200
Unselected Includes: Part number H630SFL000 $287 $382
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL401 $49 $75
Unselected Includes: Part number H001SFL101 $277 $370
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L129 $6 $10
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG100 $110 $170
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FL000 $117 $180
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG203 $136 $210
Unselected Includes: Part number H461SFL000 $97 $150
Unselected Includes: Part number H461SFL100 $50 $77
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL110 $84 $130
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL020, floor mat bracket, Part number J501SFL902 $58 $89
Unselected Includes: Part number 65550FL00AVH $110 $170
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SFL000 $33 $50
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL301 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567T100 $45 $70
Unselected Includes: Part number E361SFL400 $130 $200
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Paint Scheme
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Port Installed Options
Unselected Includes: Publication to Notify Retail Throw in at port, STI Leather Shift Knob - CVT Part number C1010FL000, STI Roof Spoiler Part number E7210FL100, Wheels: 17" STI Black Alloy (PIO) Dealers will install on vehicles w/package, 4 wheels, 4 STI center caps, 4 TPMS valves and 4 TPMS screws
*GROSS*
$1,698 $2,293
Unselected Includes: Splash Guards Part number J101SFL600, Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SFL100, Cargo Tray Part number J501SFL301, Rear Seatback Protector Part number J501SFL401, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG303, All-Weather Floor Mats (DISC) Part number J501SFL100 $582 $902
Unselected Includes: Splash Guards Part number J101SFL600, All-Weather Floor Liners Part number J501SFL110, Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SFL100, Cargo Tray Part number J501SFL301, Rear Seatback Protector Part number J501SFL401, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG303 $610 $945
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SFL100, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG303, Map & Dome Lights LED Upgrade Part number H461SFL100, Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirror w/Approach Light Part number J201SFL300 $515 $796
Unselected Includes: driver's side mirror, passenger's side mirror and exterior mirror hardware kit, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass Part number H501SSG203, Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirror w/Approach Light Part number J201SFL300 $309 $478
Unselected Includes: driver's side mirror, passenger's side mirror and exterior mirror hardware kit, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG303, Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirror w/Approach Light Part number J201SFL300 $387 $598
Unselected Includes: Part number L101SFL000 $449 $599
Unselected Includes: Part number B321SFG000 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA3991310 $49 $76
Unselected Includes: Part number E771SFL100 $64 $99
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501M2 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501V3 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501W7 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501EN $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501TR $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501E1 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501Q3 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL500P4 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL501P4 $188 $290
Unselected Includes: Part number J201SFL300 $151 $233
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SFL600 $108 $167
Unselected Includes: Part number E7210FL100 $338 $451
Unselected Includes: Part number H4510FL001 $334 $446
Unselected Includes: Part number E101SFL100 $99 $153
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030V3 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030W7 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030M2 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030EN $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030TR $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030E1 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030Q3 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P030P4 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number H630SFL000 $374 $499
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL400 $61 $95
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL401 $65 $101
Unselected Includes: Part number H001SFL101 $346 $462
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FL000 $130 $201
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG203 $158 $245
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG303 $236 $365
Unselected Includes: Part number H461SFL000 $137 $212
Unselected Includes: Part number H461SFL100 $64 $99
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL100 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL110 $85 $132
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL100 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number 65550FL00AVH $111 $172
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL301 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFL301 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SFL000 $39 $61
Unselected Includes: Part number E361SFL400 $130 $201
Unselected
*DISCOUNT*
($426) ($568)
Primary Paint
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Seat Trim
Required $0 $0
Excluded $0 $0
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Specifications for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Subaru Starlink Smartphone Integration -inc: AHA Infotainment, Pandora, iHeart Radio, calendar, Stitcher, music player, news and weather
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.5" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo, multi touch gesture high resolution 6.5" LCD display, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 4 speakers, roof mounted audio antenna and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phones Starlink enrollment cannot be applicable to Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) or to Commercial fleet accounts at this time.
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0J Aluminum Alloy -inc: Black w/machine finish
    • Tires: 225/60R17 98H AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Metal-Look Accents
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Vinyl/Rubber Mat
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Cloth Upholstery
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Locking Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat pump lever type height adjuster and driver/passenger full width seat fore/aft adjustment lever
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L 16V DOHC
    • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: steering wheel paddle-shift control switches, 7-speed manual mode function, X-MODE and hill descent control
    • 3.90 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,343 lbs
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 16.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 64.2
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 32.3
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 42.9
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 29.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 55.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 20.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 20.8
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 152 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 145 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 104.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 175.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71
    • Height, Overall (in) - 63.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 16.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.6
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 55.2
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 100.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru Crosstrek
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/60HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/60HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1500
  • Transmission Features
    • Trans Type - 7
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.60 - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.69
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.90
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.56
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.1
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3157
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Photos & Colors

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  • Dark Gray Metallic Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl

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Introduction

Redesigned for 2018, Subaru Crosstrek is the second generation of the diminutive crossover five-passenger hatch. With its superb all-wheel-drive system, a raised suspension, and Subaru’s rally experience, the Crosstrek is a good car for gravel roads, primitive two-tracks and nasty weather.

Based on the Subaru Impreza, the 2018 Crosstrek improves on the first-generation model, while retaining the basic formula of a rugged compact five-door wagon.

In fact, the 2018 Crosstrek boasts a new platform, slightly longer wheelbase, and raised suspension. Refinement has improved, and creature comforts are more appealing. Maximum cargo capacity has grown a bit, helped by a slightly wider hatch opening. More sound-deadening material has been added, helping to ease the Crosstrek toward the mainstream small-crossover/wagon category.

At a glance, the reworked Crosstrek doesn’t look much different, however. And our first impression is of an old-fashioned car, with a traditional key, traditional handbrake lever, and a traditional clutch pedal to go with a traditional manual gearbox. The suspension feels soft, with lots of travel. It leans in corners, the nose dives under braking, the rear squats under acceleration. We like it and would choose it for wicked conditions or unpaved roads.

Three trim levels are offered: base 2.0i, Premium, and top-of-the-line Limited. Though the Crosstrek shares its basic structure and many body panels with the Impreza, it rides higher, with a ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

Subaru’s direct-injected 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine has gained 4 horsepower, now rated at 152. The flat-4 layout of the engine results in a lower center of gravity and a lower hoodline than is possible with a conventional, upright inline-4.

Most Crosstreks use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), now available in base trim. Crosstrek 2.0 and Crosstrek Premium models offer a 6-speed manual gearbox (previously 5-speed).

New Active Torque Vectoring helps control understeer when cornering.

CVT-equipped models include driver-selectable X-Mode for improved control on slippery surfaces.

A new multimedia system has gained Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities.

In addition to a solid foundation, the Crosstrek may be equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced safety features. Optional for Premium and Limited trim levels with the CVT, the EyeSight group uses a forward-facing camera and includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and individual tire-pressure monitoring. Limited models include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Newly-available steering-responsive headlights can illuminate curves ahead.

Crash-testing of the 2018 Crosstrek by IIHS resulted in Good ratings for driver’s small overlap, moderate overlap, and side-impact testing.

Lineup

Crosstrek 2.0i ($21,795) comes with manual gearbox or CVT ($22,795), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, rearview camera, roof rails, and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $915 destination charge.)

Crosstrek Premium offers manual ($22,595) or CVT ($23,595) and adds heated front seats and mirrors, sound-insulated front windows and windshield, automatic headlights, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. More options are available, including the EyeSight safety suite and a moonroof.

Crosstrek Limited ($26,295) comes only with CVT and includes leather upholstery, Harman Kardon premium audio, pushbutton start, automatic climate control, power driver’s seat, an 8-inch display, steering-responsive LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels.

Walkaround

Although the rugged stance and profile of the Crosstrek haven’t changed much, its beltline is slightly higher. More black cladding covers the prominent wheel arches, as well as rocker panels and roof rails.

Most revisions are noticeable up front, with more hawklike headlights reaching into the fenders. Below Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille, the lower bumper contains more black plastic. Front pillars reach farther forward than before, improving visibility.

Subaru has integrated taillight assemblies into the hatch, widening the separation by some four inches. A concealed exhaust outlet accurately implies that Crosstreks don’t focus on performance.

Interior

Quiet and ergonomically improved, compared to its predecessor, the 2018 Crosstrek cabin ranks average for the small-crossover class. The interior cannot be called stylish or stimulating or upscale. It’s functional.

Horizontally laid-out, the dashboard reaches down toward the central console. Notable touches include contrast stitching and aluminum accents, offsetting the relatively dark interior.

Comfort isn’t really the Crosstrek’s principal mission, either, but in conjunction with greater refinement, it’s improved dramatically in the second generation. Front seats promise comfort for occupants of various body types.

Rear passengers can expect an extra inch of legroom, compared to the prior Crosstrek. Expanding body width by nearly an inch should help ease shoulder space, too.

Cargo capacity has grown to 55.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down (an increase of 3.4 cubic feet). With the rear seatbacks upright, it has shrunk slightly, to 20.8 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

Despite its new form, the Crosstrek’s overall purpose hasn’t changed a bit. Subaru carries on with its familiar flat-four engine, capable transmissions, and proficient standard all-wheel drive system, all tucked into a five-door hatchback body.

Performance is sluggish. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes something like 11 seconds, putting Crosstrek near the bottom of any performance chart. The engine feels low on energy. Highway passing can be a challenge, requiring patience and pre-planning, likely more so at higher altitudes. Throttle response is relatively quick, suggesting strong takeoffs, but actual acceleration is not.

Picking a manual transmission over the CVT doesn’t make an appreciable difference. Constant shifting of the 6-speed manual is needed, to keep the Crosstrek moving adequately. Clutch-pedal travel is long and shifting manually is not sporty in this car.

The CVT seems better at extracting the most from the 2.0-liter engine. Premium and Limited CVTs incorporate a 7-ratio manual mode, with simulated gears selected by paddle shifters.

All-wheel drive helps make the Crosstrek impressively sure-footed, augmented when cornering by the brake-based torque-vectoring system. Ground clearance of 8.7 inches makes the Crosstrek’s off-road prowess possible, as does hill-descent control with the CVT.

Ride quality has improved dramatically over the first-generation Crosstrek, helped by softer springs and damping. There is head-toss in corners, however.

Steering is quicker than it used to be. A dead spot in the center of the steering-wheel range likely helps highway stability, but some drivers might be annoyed by the need to make numerous minor corrections to stay on course.

Crosstrek is moderately fuel-efficient, notable given its all-wheel drive. With CVT, the Crosstrek is EPA-rated at 27/33 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Manual shift drops the estimate to only 23/29 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined.

Summary

Subaru has moved well ahead in available technology and passenger comfort, to rival the class-leaders. The base Crosstrek may offer the best value, but even a fully equipped model is priced sensibly. Not everyone needs the higher ground clearance, go-anywhere capability, but the rugged-look Crosstrek comes across as a step above ordinary small crossovers. This is a basic car for buyers who are looking for utility and value in a vehicle that can handle rugged roads.

James M. Flammang contributed to this report; New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough reported from New Jersey, with staff reports.

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