The Crosstrek has actually been a sales pinched hit Subaru, being available in a solid third location after the bigger Outback and also Forester through October of this year. Although it's simply an Impreza raised enough to boost it right into the nebulously defined crossover group, the hatchback has actually taken a sector for itself by dint of a low beginning price and also Subie's ineffable greenie-cool element. Include some enchanting as well as unforeseen shades as well as a collection of bold-looking wheels as well as you have a machine that represents 16 percent of the brand name's U.S. sales mix. Essentially, the Crosstrek has actually discovered a specific niche as the Chuck Taylor All-Star of cars: simple, economical, cheerful, and also welcome almost everywhere. No one is going to tease you for getting one.
For 2018, Subaru has actually moved the Crosstrek (and also the Impreza) to its brand-new Global Platform, and the results are instantly apparent. Although the 2018 design has actually obtained just 93 pounds over the last stick-shift Crosstrek we evaluated, the car feels dramatically much more considerable. The doors close with an encouraging heft, as opposed to the cheapoid, tin-can sensation of the previous version.
Engine result has actually enhanced a little bit, also, up 4 horse power over the old vehicle's 148. However we handled just 17 seconds flat in the quarter-mile, which is a half-second slower compared to the old vehicle. As well as the brand-new Crosstrek additionally was 1.1 seconds slower from absolutely no to 60 miles per hour, requiring 9.2 seconds to acquire that mark.
One thing the new Crosstrek doesn't show the Impreza is that automobile's absolutely abysmal five-speed manual transmission (the old Crosstrek also used a five-speed manual). The Crosstrek's six-speed is a peach, with none of the rubbery jankiness that makes the Impreza's device unpleasant. The shifter's activity declares and smooth, while the clutch is communicative and linear in interaction.
And yet the Lineartronic constantly variable automated, with its stepped "proportions," seems to do a better work maintaining the worn 2.0-liter fighter four on the boil and returns almost similar results at the examination track. It additionally improves gas mileage: 29 mpg integrated versus 25 for the stick-shift version, inning accordance with the EPA. Our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy test likewise showed an advantage for the CVT: 32 mpg to the handbook's 31. Yet overall, in our screening, the manual returned 25 mpg to the CVT's 23.
Which leaves us with a problem. Normally, we encourage you to save the manuals, but the far better total car can trace its origins to Subaru's tiny Justy, back with DAF's zany Variomatic, and also on to your French grandpa's old Mobylette. Yeah, we're scraping our heads a bit, as well.
The manual transmission additionally is limited to the Crosstrek's two lower trim levels-- 2.0 i and 2.0 i Premium-- since top-spec Limited designs are CVT just. At $23,510 as tested, our Premium guidebook model features an inside that places the previous Crosstrek's to shame and finally feels segment suitable (unquestionably, not much of a task). The comfortable towel seats are perfectly sewn together with orange string, which likewise is found on the leather shifter as well as the steering wheel to include an area of playful fun. The Starlink infomercial system features a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and also Android Auto capability, as well as although it isn't really a standout on the planet of in-car multimedia, it a minimum of takes care of not to create rounds of woeful frustration.
With this latest Crosstrek, Subaru has clearly chosen to tune the framework for comfort, and paired with the additional solidity of the framework, the choice pays dividends. The new machine uses excellent flight quality without sacrificing everyday handling. Push the small crossover to the max, nonetheless, and also points come unstuck through excessive understeer. We took care of 0.81 g on the skidpad, which puts it ahead of the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's 0.72 g and also the Nissan Rogue Sport's 0.79 g; it's on the same level with the Kia Soul Turbo however is 0.03 g behind our lower-riding Impreza hatchback long-termer.
Given that shoppers in the segment are more probable to be mesmerized by the thought of knocking over an REI compared to dodging cones on an autocross training course, the cornering performance absolutely is competent for the segment. Just what's even more, up to the limit, the Crosstrek feels perfectly content to zip down a country lane, soaking up blemishes without separating the pilot from the business of driving. Or even though the steering is short on feeling, it's at the very least accurate, and also the framework does its darnedest to hold the driver's desired line.
Value, Utility, Zazz
Those concerned with maximum lifted-compact-wagon pleasure might find themselves tempted by Volkswagen's Golf Alltrack, but the manual-equipped German's base cost is practically $4000 north of the Subie's. Put another way, for the price of an Alltrack, you might buy a Crosstrek as well as an actually nice utilized dirtbike. Bonus offer? Among other colors, the Subaru can be gotten in a KTM-esque orange or a Yamaha-adjacent blue, for those that prize automotive shade coordination.
The brand-new Crosstrek continues the previous auto's tradition of value, energy, and also flannel-flyin', millennial-baiting flair, as well as its second version is much better in almost every imaginable way (besides at the drag strip). And while we do assume the CVT powertrain functions a bit much better than the guidebook in this application, by opting to shift your personal equipments you'll save a thousand dollars and find yourself rewarded by a genuinely well-executed and positive gearbox. Pay your money and take your choice. It's hard to lose in any case.