2016 Crosstrek a solid small SUV

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 28th, 2016




By David Goodspeed

A few years ago Subaru rolled out a new small utility vehicle
dubbed XV Crosstrek. The little cute ute featured most everything
Subaru was known for including Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a
smooth Boxer four-cylinder engine. Trouble was that vehicle was
overladen with one thing – its name. For 2016, Subaru introduces the
During our first visit with the small Subie on the beautiful
island of Maui we enjoyed the gracious on- and offroad capabilities of
the Crosstrek and during our recent week behind the wheel of the 2016
model, nothing in that department has changed. This is a surefooted
vehicle that while residing in the small SUV class offers decent
interior and cargo space and all of the creature comforts consumers
have become spoiled on.
The powertrain is led by the aforementioned 2.0-liter
horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine that generates 148hp and 145
lb. ft. of torque. It is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox
or, as ours was outfitted, a Lineartronic CVT transmission. The CVT
features steering wheel paddle shifters (a feature I feel was wasted
on this model) that activate a six-speed manual shift mode in the
Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system mated to the CVT features Active
Torque Split allowing managed distribution of power based on
acceleration, deceleration, and available traction at each wheel.
Vehicle Dynamics Control works with some of these systems combining
stability and traction control systems along with a rollover sensor to
keep occupants as safe as possible at all times.
A few other changes have been made to the 2016 Crosstrek in the
form of updated frontal styling along with enhanced Subaru Starlink
safety and security features. These include automatic collision
notification, enhanced roadside assistance, diagnostic alerts, stolen
vehicle recovery, remote unlock/lock, and much more.
There is also the updated suite of Starlink Cloud apps. Our 2.0i
Premium tester also arrived with new blind spot detection and rear
cross traffic alert with lane change assist technologies. This is on
top of the Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology that features
pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure
warning, and lane sway warning.
This Crosstrek featured the 7.0 Infotainment system consisting
of a 7-inch color touchscreen/gesture display. The system includes
SiriusXM TravelLink and satellite radio. It also features smartphone
connectivity along with Bluetooth functionality and USB port inputs.
The Crosstrek is no rally racer, nor is it intended to be. It
does provide safe and secure transportation with a “go anywhere”
attitude and ground clearance.
The driving experience is best described as “buttery” as I
constantly felt like I was slicing through softened butter every time
I was behind the wheel and the vehicle responds to all types of road
conditions in a similar, predictable manner.
Pricing for the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek begins at $21,595 for a
base 2.0i. Our Premium tester arrived with a final sticker of $26,240.
Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway for gas
models and Subaru does offer a hybrid variant of the Crosstrek that
starts at just over 26 grand.
We like this 2016 Crosstrek just as much as when Subaru
introduced it a few years ago. It is a solid small SUV with great
ground clearance and such a smooth, simple, and safe driving
experience. And as predicted, Subaru cut the fat, so to speak, in the
form of deleting the XV designation from the moniker.


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