2018 Subaru Crosstrek As The Perfect Compact Crossover
Finely tuned for families who need safe and somewhat comfortable ride withouth caring about their car related image. Very similar to Impreza.
What is a Compact Crossover? If you ever asked that question, the case of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek can probably give you the best answer. It is almost a definitive guide to compact crossovers. A perfect example. Reaching our soil for the New York Auto Show, the 2018 has already shown its face at the Geneva Motor Show last month.
See the US 2018 Subaru Crosstrek specs, though:
All new Crosstrek, based on new modular Subaru Global Platform grew a tiny bit compared to the car it replaces. The overall length increased by 0.6 inches. Not a lot. Much more important is the growth of the wheelbase. Now you are looking at a compact SUV with a wheelbase of 104.9 inches (1.2 inches more than before).
While Subaru did not depart from the familiar and recognizable looks of the previous gen model, the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek seems like a chiseled version of the old car. It’s sharper and slightly more aggressive in its appearance. Not vulgar, though. Same modern feel thrown in with the design elements of the inside certainly make it a perfect representative of the segment.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Is Very Similar To Impreza
Power? Welcome the Subaru’s upgraded two-liter naturally/aspirated engine. It gets 152hp out. Not much by any stretch of the imagination, but that is still more than what you could get a year before. Mighty 4hp more. It all goes through the six-speed manual or, indeed, the CVT transmission. And the power finishes its voyage at the torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.
Obviously, CVT programmed to act as a “geared” transmission can be handled with the steering wheel paddle shifters. Seven preprogrammed ratios can be selected with it. It’s like a fake engine sound, but only with a transmission.
Quite Fashionable With Three Generous Trim Levels
Even the entry 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i base comes with a massive equipment list. It’s got you covered in almost every area.
Check it out:
“a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; 17-inch machine finish alloy wheels; standard integrated roof rails; carpeted floor mats; and privacy glass.”
Then comes the Premium. All with the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, shark fin antenna, Subaru Starlink features, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors as well as automatic headlights. Stepping up also gives you more options to choose from. It’s like playing a game. The more you level up, the more toys you can upgrade.
Limited comes close to what we can call luxury. Leather graces the seats, the doors, and the armrests, the seats are powered and the instrument panel has some kind of special illumination. Limited also improves the exterior quite a bit. The car features “Konoji” LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, and exterior chrome trim. It makes it far more appealing compared to any other Crosstrek to date. Only if it had an engine with a bit more grunt.
To wrap it up, Subaru did not hold back on safety. They put it down like this in the press release:
“The EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Also new are available Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. All 2018 Crosstrek models include, as standard equipment, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.”
All in all, as far as compact crossovers or compact SUV cars go, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek may be the perfect example of the segment. It’s dignified, practical, safe, not very fast, fuel efficient, humble and has a 8.7-inch ground clearance. Daddy’s car. Last year, Subaru managed to deliver 95,677 Crosstrek cars. We expect even more this year. A lot of dads out there.