2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV Crossover Review & Ratings

Review & Ratings of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV Crossover

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All models of the new Crosstrek are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The unit produces 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The power of the vehicle goes to all four wheels. It is distributed via a six-speed manual transmission for the 2.0i and 2.0i Premium trims. A CVT automatic transmission gearbox comes as a standard to the 2.0i Limited but it is optional for the lower trims. On the other hand, the 2.0i Limited is not offered in manual transmission but it makes up for it with the inclusion of paddle shifters. The SUV accelerates from zero to 60 mph in nine seconds. It has a top speed of 120 mph. Upon taking the 2.0i Limited for a test drive, we found that the numbers were as promised by Subaru. The handling of the SUV was crisp even in rough roads. The transition between each gear and braking were also smooth. It was surely fun to drive but we found the nine-second 0-60 mph acceleration of the auto to be a bit slow.


The standard 2.0i showcases a 6.5-inch touchscreen display fixed on the center of the dashboard plus four speakers, Starlink infotainment system, USB port and Bluetooth. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility of the Crosstrek make its features easy to manage. Then it has a rearview camera and driver information display. Going for the 2.0i Premium gives the unit automatic headlights, collision notification, six-speaker audio system, extra USB port and remote services. Optional are the EyeSight suite with advanced safety features such as blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2.0i Limited combines the Premium tech with LED adaptive headlights, 8-inch touchscreen display, automatic climate control, keyless entry, keyless ignition and six-way power-adjustable driver seat. The buyer can boost the said features with the optional Harman Kardon audio system and the extras also available for the Premium trim.


The cameras, sensors and tech of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek help reduce the blind spots of the driver and avoid road accidents. Then the auto is packed with lap and shoulder safety belts as well as airbags in front, on the sides and driver knee. It is child-friendly too thanks to its rear child safety locks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS gave the 2018 Crosstrek with -Good- ratings when it comes to Moderate Overlap Front Test, Side Impact Test, Rear Crash Protection, Roof Strength Test and Moderate Overlap Front Test.


The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek possesses a mix of sporty and rugged appeal with its muscular stance and striking body lines. The SUV has four doors and a rear hatch. It is highlighted by its 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with black machine finish, steel spare wheel, clear coat finish, black grille with metal-look accents, roof rack rails, lip spoiler, LED brake lights, DRL and fog lamps. The 2.0i Premium trim comes with an optional sunroof while the 2.0i Limited improves the auto's appearance with its 18-inch wheels and LED adaptive headlights. The vehicle measures 63.6 inches in height, 175.8 inches in length, 104.9 inches in wheelbase and 71 inches in width. It has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches.


We liked how the Crosstrek snugly fitted up to five people. It didn't feel cramped at all like some of its competition. The layout of its interior is very straightforward, which puts into priority its function. Despite being riddled with tech, it is very user-friendly. The leather seats are firm but comfortable. The 2.0i Premium adds leather-clad steering wheel and shifting lever as well as heated seats and mirrors. As mentioned earlier, the Premium has optional sunroof and contrasting interior stitching. Last but not least, the 2.0i Limited offers higher quality of materials for its surfaces. We loved the reduced cabin noise and the overall interior feel of the auto. It is definitely suited for long drives.


The SUV can hold up to 20.8 cubic feet of cargo and folding down the rear seats will free up to 55.3 cubic feet.

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