2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

Subaru unveiled the new Impreza sedan and hatchback last year, and since the Crosstrek (known as the XV in Europe) is just an Impreza hatchback with a lift kit, it was only a matter of time until the new one surfaced. And here it is!

This is the first major redesign for the Crosstrek since its introduction in 2012. It’s not much different from the Impreza hatchback, to be honest. It’s taller, and there’s some additional body cladding around the wheels and on the lower portions of the fasciae, but that’s about it. Compared to the previous generation, it’s significantly less boxy. A new exterior color, “cool gray khaki,” is the most Subaru paint color that’s ever existed.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

Like the prior Crosstrek, the redesigned model looks like an off-roadier version of Subaru’s redesigned Impreza hatchback. If you don’t like cladding, look elsewhere– as always, the Crosstrek has plenty. Scratch-resistant cladding girds the bottom of the car, save a body-colored portion on the rear bumper. It’s even around the foglight portals, an area the last Crosstrek left cladding-free. Higher up, the grille has a darker finish than the Impreza’s unit. Upper trim levels employ LEDs for the headlights and daytime running lights.

Ground clearance– a hefty 8.7 inches, up 3.6 inches versus the redesigned Impreza hatchback– remains unchanged, even as the new Crosstrek has grown by about an inch in width and half an inch in length. With the new dimensions, Subaru touts increased cargo space and a wider tailgate opening.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

Visual differences versus the Impreza are fewer inside, where the Crosstrek has the same angular dashboard. An 8-inch screen, a navigation system, heated cloth or leather seats, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system are optional.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Under the Hood

Like the Impreza, the Crosstrek has a direct-inject 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive system has active torque vectoring to improve handling. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a continously variable automatic transmission optional. On CVT-equipped models, a driver-selectable X-Mode button optimizes drivetrain settings for off-road use. There’s also hill descent control to maintain speed during off-road downhill sections.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

Subaru’s available EyeSight system packages adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. A blind spot warning system and adaptive headlights with automatic high beams are also available.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Price and Release Date

When the model makes its North American debut in the metal in New York next week, we’ll see the U.S. version of the 2018 Crosstrek up close. The 2018 model will go on sale later in 2017, with pricing expected to be announced closer to its market launch.