2018 Subaru Crosstrek
The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a nice improvement on a fan favorite. The lifted Impreza hatchback look remains. But this second-gen mini-ute’s form is a little longer, wider, and more sculpted.
Using Subaru’s new Global Platform, it is 70-percent more rigid, improving agility and comfort while reducing noise. We put those claims to the test along the back roads of Deadwood, South Dakota.
LAUREN MORRISON: “So as you can imagine, we’ve done a lot of off-roading with the Crosstrek and one of the things I’ve been really impressed with is the lack of vibrations when you’re on these bumpy roads. Improvements to the chassis and suspension have really worked to suppress that.”
JOHN DAVIS: With All-Wheel Drive obviously standard, both on and off pavement we found the steering quicker and more responsive. Handling also improves with the now standard Active Torque Vectoring.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine adds direct fuel injection, increasing horsepower to 152. The standard 6-speed manual is new. A CVT that now includes X-Mode and hill-descent control is an option.
Eyesight Driver Assistance technology is available…. so are reverse automatic braking and steering responsive headlights. For the first time, the Crosstrek gets Subaru’s new STARLINK multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now in dealerships, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek starts at under $22,000.
Engine: 2.0 liter
Price: Starts under $22,000