Subaru have refined their Crosstrek by launching a new generation, which feels more mature and better, overall, than its predecessor.
It adds a few rugged styling touches, such as the plastic cladding on both ends and around the wheel arches, which should protect its paint from scratches. However, don’t expect a true off-roader as, according to ConsumerReports, which took the SUV out for a short drive, its 8.7in (22cm) of ground clearance simply isn’t enough.
Stepping inside the 2018 Crosstrek reveals a more upscale cabin, with a roomy feel, and better sound proofing, as well as a decent-sized boot. It also gets an infotainment system that’s easy to use and comes with smartphone integration, a more modern-looking dashboard and comfortable seats.
Riding on the same platform as the new Impreza should help the Crosstrek maintain an above average reliability, and that’s a huge perk, in the long run.
The first units of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek arrived at dealers nationwide last month. The automaker is asking at least $22,710 for the entry-level version, which comes with a 6-speed stick shift, while the range-topping grade can be had from $27,210.