2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV

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2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV Overview

The standard features of the Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i include 2.0L H-4 152hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, all-wheel drive.

2018 Subaru
Crosstrek SUV

Starting at: $21,795

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 18 deg
  • Departure angle - 29 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 221mm (8.7")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 20 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 152hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 145 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 84.0mm x 90.0mm (3.31" x 3.54")
  • Compression ratio - 12.50 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,412kg (3,113lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,970kg (4,343lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,465mm (175.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,803mm (71.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,615mm (63.6")
  • Wheelbase - 2,664mm (104.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.4m (17.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,095mm (43.1")
  • Rear legroom - 927mm (36.5")
  • Front headroom - 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Rear headroom - 965mm (38.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,402mm (55.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Passenger volume - 2,857L (100.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 589 L (21 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,566 L (55 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Cylinder configuration - H-4
  • Horsepower - 152hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 145 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - all-wheel drive
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 29mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.0i 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV 2.0i Search New $21,795   152-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  23 / 29  
2.0i Premium w/ Starlink 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV 2.0i Premium w/ Starlink Search New $22,595   152-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  23 / 29  
2.0i Limited w/ Starlink 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV 2.0i Limited w/ Starlink Search New $26,295   152-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  27 / 33  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Despite its new form, the Crosstrek’s overall purpose hasn’t changed a bit. Subaru carries on with its familiar flat-four engine, capable transmissions, and proficient standard all-wheel drive system, all tucked into a five-door hatchback body.

Performance is sluggish. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes something like 11 seconds, putting Crosstrek near the bottom of any performance chart. The engine feels low on energy. Highway passing can be a challenge, requiring patience and pre-planning, likely more so at higher altitudes. Throttle response is relatively quick, suggesting strong takeoffs, but actual acceleration is not.

Picking a manual transmission over the CVT doesn’t make an appreciable difference. Constant shifting of the 6-speed manual is needed, to keep the Crosstrek moving adequately. Clutch-pedal travel is long and shifting manually is not sporty in this car.

The CVT seems better at extracting the most from the 2.0-liter engine. Premium and Limited CVTs incorporate a 7-ratio manual mode, with simulated gears selected by paddle shifters.

All-wheel drive helps make the Crosstrek impressively sure-footed, augmented when cornering by the brake-based torque-vectoring system. Ground clearance of 8.7 inches makes the Crosstrek’s off-road prowess possible, as does hill-descent control with the CVT.

Ride quality has improved dramatically over the first-generation Crosstrek, helped by softer springs and damping. There is head-toss in corners, however.

Steering is quicker than it used to be. A dead spot in the center of the steering-wheel range likely helps highway stability, but some drivers might be annoyed by the need to make numerous minor corrections to stay on course.

Crosstrek is moderately fuel-efficient, notable given its all-wheel drive. With CVT, the Crosstrek is EPA-rated at 27/33 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Manual shift drops the estimate to only 23/29 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Although the rugged stance and profile of the Crosstrek haven’t changed much, its beltline is slightly higher. More black cladding covers the prominent wheel arches, as well as rocker panels and roof rails.

Most revisions are noticeable up front, with more hawklike headlights reaching into the fenders. Below Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille, the lower bumper contains more black plastic. Front pillars reach farther forward than before, improving visibility.

Subaru has integrated taillight assemblies into the hatch, widening the separation by some four inches. A concealed exhaust outlet accurately implies that Crosstreks don’t focus on performance.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Quiet and ergonomically improved, compared to its predecessor, the 2018 Crosstrek cabin ranks average for the small-crossover class. The interior cannot be called stylish or stimulating or upscale. It’s functional.

Horizontally laid-out, the dashboard reaches down toward the central console. Notable touches include contrast stitching and aluminum accents, offsetting the relatively dark interior.

Comfort isn’t really the Crosstrek’s principal mission, either, but in conjunction with greater refinement, it’s improved dramatically in the second generation. Front seats promise comfort for occupants of various body types.

Rear passengers can expect an extra inch of legroom, compared to the prior Crosstrek. Expanding body width by nearly an inch should help ease shoulder space, too.

Cargo capacity has grown to 55.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down (an increase of 3.4 cubic feet). With the rear seatbacks upright, it has shrunk slightly, to 20.8 cubic feet.


New Car Test Drive

Subaru has moved well ahead in available technology and passenger comfort, to rival the class-leaders. The base Crosstrek may offer the best value, but even a fully equipped model is priced sensibly. Not everyone needs the higher ground clearance, go-anywhere capability, but the rugged-look Crosstrek comes across as a step above ordinary small crossovers. This is a basic car for buyers who are looking for utility and value in a vehicle that can handle rugged roads.

James M. Flammang contributed to this report; New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough reported from New Jersey, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Crosstrek 2.0i ($21,795) comes with manual gearbox or CVT ($22,795), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, rearview camera, roof rails, and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $915 destination charge.)

Crosstrek Premium offers manual ($22,595) or CVT ($23,595) and adds heated front seats and mirrors, sound-insulated front windows and windshield, automatic headlights, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. More options are available, including the EyeSight safety suite and a moonroof.

Crosstrek Limited ($26,295) comes only with CVT and includes leather upholstery, Harman Kardon premium audio, pushbutton start, automatic climate control, power driver’s seat, an 8-inch display, steering-responsive LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels.

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