The Subaru Crosstrek is a small, lifted wagon that offers almost anything an outdoor person would want especially if they don’t like the idea of driving tall SUVs or trucks. Now with the expected launch of the brand new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, buyers should expect the new vehicle to continue offering what the model is particularly known for: fuel efficiency, a standard all-wheel drive system, and spacious passenger and cargo space.
The Crosstrek, for starters, is a more rugged version of the Subaru Impreza with the apparent distinctions between it and the Crosstrek being that the latter offers a trail-ready styling, higher ground clearance, and a beefed-up suspension system. Outdoor folks will definitely love what it offers.
But has the automobile changed for 2018? Well, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek or what is referred to as the 2018 Subaru XV elsewhere is promising a bit of changes here and there. The styling hasn’t changed much from the previous iteration, however, the new model now comes with a slightly longer wheelbase that translates to better cabin space. The interior also features some nice materials and latest technologies such as a new 8.0” touchscreen infotainment system.
Performance wise, the new Subaru Crosstrek also comes equipped with a 152-horsepower-ready 2.0L four-cylinder direct-injected engine. Just like any other Subaru vehicle out there, the Crosstrek also comes standard with an all-wheel drive system. Power is sent to all the wheels either via the CVT or the 6-speed manual. And so you know, the 152 horsepower is an improvement from the previous year’s 148.
Subaru also scores big in terms of safety, and as such, Subaru has made it public that the new vehicle is set to come with new safety features that hopefully will help ramp up its government safety ratings. To begin with, the new model will come with the EyeSight system’s adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. Steerable headlights as well as automatic high-beam dimming have been confirmed to be in the offering.
Last year we were in the forefront recommending the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium model due to obvious reasons including top safety technologies and plenty of upgradable options. This year however, Subaru seems to have opened this door of opportunity to each and every model under the Crosstrek name. Although this is yet to be confirmed by Subaru, it is expected that four trims are still going to be offered: the base Crosstrek 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Premium Special Edition, and the top-of-the-trim 2.0i Limited model.
Even with the bare bones base model, Subaru still offers a decent amount of cool features including Bluetooth connectivity, foglights, alloy wheels, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, four-speaker audio system, air-conditioning, and roof rails. For better and more technologies, opting for the top trims might be the best option but expect to be laid back a few hundred or thousand bucks.
Well, good as the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek may seem, the segment is notorious for cut-throat competition. The most obvious competitors include the Honda CR-V and the Honda CX-5. The CX-5 here wins the day in terms of engine performance and styling. It comes equipped with a 155-horsepower – 2.0L engine as well as a brawny 184-horsepower engine option.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior and Interior Changes
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek model returns with very minimal redesign changes on the outside save for the increased wheelbase. This change’s apparent effect will be on the cabin space which should increase a tad bit. Some of the exterior features you can spot include new color options, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a sunroof, and special exterior features for the Platinum Special Edition model.
As per the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek images, you’ll notice that most of the controls available are easier to get along with. Save for the awkward-looking navigation interface, the display screen for the audio system is fairly useful. And owing to the raised ground clearance, the new model scores big when it comes to exterior visibility. Again, the tall windows and high roof make it feel roomy especially so for headroom space.
In terms of technologies offered, the new vehicle still misses the point when it comes to latest technology. Audio and navigation although on a pleasing display fails miserably when it comes to sound quality. Users often complained about Bluetooth pairing being difficult. Hopefully the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek fixes that bug. One area the automaker seems to pull the right strings every time on the Crosstrek are the driver aids. This is especially highlighted with this year’s upgraded Eyesight systems.
How Is The Performance Of The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek’s Engine?
New changes should be expected beneath the hood of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. The new vehicle comes equipped with a 152-horsepower-ready 2.0L four-cylinder direct-injected engine. And just like any other Subaru vehicle out there, the Crosstrek also comes standard with an all-wheel drive system. Power is sent to all the wheels either via the CVT or the 6-speed manual.
With the six-speed manual pairing, users should expect a fuel economy of around 24/32 mpg in the city/highway and somewhere around 28/35 mpg for those with the CVT. As previously mentioned, Subaru has always been strict about safety standards for its vehicles and the Crosstrek isn’t an exception.
Some of the driver-assistance features you can expect include lane-keeping assist, blind-spot protection, pre-collision braking, steering responsive headlights, reverse assistance, and lane change assistance. However, most of these features aren’t available on the standard models as most are bundled on the EyeSight Driver assist package.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Price & Release Date
The pricing range for the new model should start somewhere around $21K for the base model to around 25K for the top-of-the-range Crosstrek Limited model. No one knows for sure when it’ll be offered for sale as Subaru is yet to offer any leaks as pertains to that.
The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is clearly a great vehicle especially for people geared more towards outdoor fun. We particularly love it because of its great looks, standard all-wheel drive system, and decent cargo space. We however think it is just a jacked up Impreza.