Consumer Reports Give Their Verdict On The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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.

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  • THE SEATS ARE SHARP AND LOOK VERY UPSCALE. THE CLADDING ON THE OTHER HAND LOOKS ODD. YOU HAVE TO WONDER HOW THEY DECIDE WHERE IT SHOULD GO…AND WHY.

    • Steven

      i have to wonder how your caps lock was stuck… and why

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        They’ve been that way for years…

  • Mark S

    Love it, but for me it needs that long rumored turbo putting it at around 200hp, people would be clamoring to get them. Do it Subaru it a no brainer!

  • Benjamin B.

    6-speed is an upgrade over the 5-speed.

  • eye.surgeon

    Too bad it’s grossly underpowered. Merge onto the freeway at your peril.

  • Cross

    This lady has no idea what she’s talking about. Has a very low ground clearance?? Really?

    Well lets see….

    Subaru Crosstrek 220mm of ground clearance
    Honda HRV 170mm of ground clearance
    Toyota C-HR 149mm of ground clearance
    Hyundai Tucson 162mm of ground clearance
    Nissan Rogue Sport aka Qashqai ground clearance not even mentioned in the specs in the American and Canadian Nissan Websites….

    Get your facts straight lady.

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