The second generation 2018 Crosstrek

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

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By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

Subaru is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in our
fifty states and as they do so they are rolling out the
second-generation Crosstrek utility vehicle. Launched earlier this
decade, Crosstrek now rides on a new global platform with new design
and busting at the seams with new features, capability, and comfort.
The first three years in the showroom Crosstrek quickly rose in
the sales ranks at Subaru and now resides at the third spot.
For 2018, Subaru designers and engineers went back to the
drawing board and have delivered a new vehicle that is some 90 percent
newer and 70 percent more rigid than the outgoing model while boasting
increased interior space and being, what we quickly found to be, one
of the smoothest most stable rides of any compact utility vehicle on
the market today.
This is the second usage of the new Subaru Global Platform,
behind the newest Legacy model, and with it arrives Active Torque
Vectoring for enhanced control and performance.
Subaru has also rebuilt the smooth 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder
engine to offer a bit more power, better fuel economy, and enhanced
performance without having to pull a turbo out of the STi parts bin.
Don’t get me wrong, we still think Subaru should make an STi version
of the Crosstrek, and offer a turbocharged motor, but when combined
with the Lineartronic CVT gearbox this second-gen Crosstrek can hold
its own around town and on the highway. By the numbers, the engine
produces 152hp (an increase of 4hp) and 145 lb. ft. torque (unchanged)
and the CVT offers a 7-speed manual shift mode via paddle shifters.
Besides the new Crosstrek offering a more rigid platform, the
vehicle has increased its ground clearance for enhanced offroad
driving. There are now 8.7-inches separating it from terra firma and,
in addition to all Crosstrek models coming with symmetrical all-wheel
drive, they also feature the X-Mode for enhanced grip and traction
along with hill descent control.
When equipped with the CVT gearbox, Subaru utilizes Active AWD
that allows power not only to be distributed to all wheels but
increase torque to those with less slippage. Incline start assist is
also a feature that is standard across the lineup.
There is just as much attention to detail inside the new
Crosstrek as there is elsewhere. The longer wheelbase adds inches to
the rearseat room as well as more cargo space overall. A lower center
of gravity and wider track allow for the very noticeable stable ride.
Subaru offers all the usual creature comforts across three trim
levels of base, Premium, and Limited. Our recent tester arrived in
fully loaded Limited trim and also featured the latest EyeSight driver
assist and safety technologies including adaptive cruise control,
automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, lane
keep assist, and reverse automatic braking.
This Crosstrek Limited also featured Subaru’s latest Starlink
infotainment technology that begins at the 8-inch multimedia
navigation system center dash and includes a full host of apps,
SiriusXM satellite radio, traffic, and travel functions, and premium
Harman/Kardon audio system. Highlighting the interior at the Limited
level is the two-tone leather seating with contrast stitching.
Pricing for the all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek begins at $21,795
for the base model with six-speed manual transmission. Our Limited
tester with CVT arrived with a final sticker of $30,655.
Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
While we have enjoyed the first-generation of the Crosstrek,
Subaru has done quite the job at making it even better. I cannot state
enough just how noticeable the stability of the ride is over the
outgoing model, which was very good on and off-road itself. This new
car raises the bar significantly and given its more mature styling
(“Dynamic x Solid,” according to Subaru) may have this model vaulting
ahead of at least one other sibling in the Subaru showroom in the
future.

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