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by Tony West and Sommer Thornton
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a super utility vehicle wrapped in a low-slung compact shell. For 2018 designers put this athletic whip on its new Design x Solid platform giving it more go-anywhere capabilities, including a sporty new “x” mode.
The new Global Dynamic x platform, Subaru’s Boxer engine, intense Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Eyesight Driver Assist advanced technology are the foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles.
Subaru may be an unlikely class leader to some. But the sleeper hit carmaker leads the pack with its robust drivetrains and resilient suspension systems. From the BRX to the Outback, their whips push their performance limits on and off-road. Advanced safety and dynamic components attract buyers from many demographics.
The 2018 Crosstrek is available in a base 2.0i with Premium and Limited trims, all with Subaru’s innovative boxer engine and standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. We tested the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited during a week of harsh winter storms in Chicago. And the whip never slipped.
Since our review, it seems like there are more and more super Subaru Crosstreks on the road. In times where sedan sales are down and SUVs and crossover sales continue to grow, the Subaru is ideal for big city/ small town living, and adventures with the family.
New Design Platform Enhances Dynamism
The 5-door 2018 Subaru Crosstrek looks similar to the first generation model. But subtle flair and a higher ride height give the whip a more athletic edge. A rugged stance is characterized by a 104.9 inch wheelbase and muscular body. The longer wheelbase allows for more cabin space – 20 cu.ft with the 60/40 seats up and 55 cu.ft with the seats folded down. Along with a standard rear spoiler, the new Crosstrek Limited offers a removable waterproof cargo tray and removable shade cover.
Standard roof rails can be customized for bikes, kayaks and more. Also impressive, the Crosstrek‘s roof can hold four times it weight.
LED headlights and exclusive Konoji LED daytime running lights are standard on the Crosstrek Limited along with 18 inch machined-finished alloy wheels. High Beam Assist is a new feature for 2018 that will bend lighting while curving and will turn on and off with approaching vehicles.
The inside of the 2018 Crosstrek is where the new magic happens. The leather-clad interior of the top-of-the-line Crosstrek Limited is fresh and fun with gray or black leather seating, orange stitching and two cool center screens that show a ton of helpful information. Drivers of the Crosstrek Limited will enjoy a 6-way power driver’s seat and standard digital dash. Other standard features inside the Crosstrek Limited include push button start, carpeted floor mats, rear vision camera and cool navigation.
In the instrument cluster, drivers have gauges and the multi information display that shows digital info like range, average mpg’s, tire pressure, and icons for the blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and the Lane Departure Alert.
The Crosstrek Limited also has two screens in the center stack that provide the most pertinent information with seamless user-friendly layouts. The 8-inch touchscreen delivers a wealth of customizations for climate control and Subaru’s Starlink System for infotainment and navigation. The small screen above the center stack shows the time and temperature, but also shows dynamic safety features like the lane keeping alert and an illustration of chassis control.
New multimedia features include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and near field communication for Bluetooth. For an extra $3,445 drivers can cop a moonroof, 8 speaker Harmon Kardon sound system and cool navigation.
While reviewing the whip in Chicago, a lot of people complimented the Crosstrek’s lower sportier stance, cool paint job and leather interior. There were only a few issues Sommer had with the Crosstrek’s interior, like the fact she kept brushing her head on the ceiling when she’s only 5’5”. And though sporty, having to crouch to climb in crossover is burdensome after a while.