There’s a lot to like about the newly updated 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. For instance, the new model’s list of impressive features now includes an even sharper style, rough-and-tumble interior, and an upgraded infotainment system. The Crosstrek has continued to be a popular choice for buyers in this segment of crossovers for the last five years now and yet nothing appears to stop this impressive streak from continuing into 2018.
The 2018 Crosstrek is underpinned by the all-new Subaru Global platform and this is expected to offer better comfort, enhanced capability, and overall improved safety and performance. Let’s take a look at how the styling has evolved.
Upfront, the headlights now feature LED daytime running technology and appear narrower in size. The styling appears rounder than before and black plastics now replace the chrome trim. The same plastics also surround the foglights.
The fender guards return unchanged and the model also retains the large windows credited for offering impressive visibility. The wraparound styling of the headlights and taillights result to a sportier feel. Around back, the rear spoiler also accentuates this feel. In addition to all these features that result in a new bold design, the new Crosstrek also comes with a new highly capable chassis suitable for both off-road and city driving.
More changes can be observed once one gets inside the cabin. The infotainment system, for instance, has grown larger and sleeker. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity multimedia features are now standard across the entire trim lineup. Another addition to the standard features’ list is the Active Torque Vectoring Active system that now features across the entire trim levels. And talking of trim levels, the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will now be available in base, Premium, and Limited trim models.
Despite its impressive off-road and all-weather capability, the new Crosstrek just like its immediate predecessor isn’t going to be the first small crossover SUV we’d urge our readers to go for. Regardless of the changes, its interior still remains a step behind some of its rivals, its engine continues to underperform, it’s goofy looking, and you’d want to first think whether or not you really need ground clearance.
We recommend better options such as the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V or the Jeep Renegade for people who spend most of their time on suburban roads. This notwithstanding, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek still remains a fine choice for anyone looking for an off-ready, fuel efficient, and inexpensive option.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date & Price
According to Subaru, the new model should be expected to hit Subaru USA retailers sometime this summer. The same sources say the pricing for the base Crosstrek should start at around $22,170 inclusive of the cost of destination.
The 2018 Crosstrek’s exterior design integrates hawk-eyed headlights and Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille onto a more solid, sculptural body accentuated by flowing lines and prominent wheel arches. Roof rails, lower rocker panels, and black side- and wheel-arch cladding provide a sharp contrast to the color palette that adorns the exterior.
In terms of dimensions, the new model now rides 1.2” over last year’s model’s wheelbase, and is 0.6” longer and 0.9” wider. What this therefore means is that the new model’s interior is now more voluptuous, and this is all achieved without sacrificing on its nimble size. In addition to the interior space, utility in the cargo area has also been boosted thanks to the wider rear gate opening and 60/40-split flat-folding seats.
In addition to Desert Khaki, Venetian Red Pearl, Hyper Blue, Dark Gray Metallic, and Quartz Blue Pearl, the new Subaru Crosstrek color options will also now include Sunshine Orange and Gray Khaki.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Interior Changes
Just like the model that it replaces, the new 2018 model offers an impressive head- and legroom space both for the front and rear passengers. As already told, the new model now gains a new infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Connectivity across the entire trim models. According to the brand, most of the new controls are easy to use even for an armature.
Other features that have made it to the new model’s cabin include a modernized shifter with piano black surround and leather boot, vertical center HVAC vents, bright contrast stitching for the seats, and a sportier steering wheel. The Crosstrek Base and Crosstrek Premium models are set to come with a 6.5” touchscreen display, while the top-of-the-line Crosstrek model should be expected to come with an 8.0” unit that Subaru says features TomTom navigation system.
In addition to the standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, all models are also set to feature technologies such as heated seats, 4G LTE antenna, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knobs, unique cloth upholstery, and automatic headlights. A CVT and a moonroof are available for the Crosstrek Premium model. At the top of the 2018 Crosstrek food chain is the Limited model that lines up an impressive list of features such as LED headlights, push-button start, standard leather seats, a power driver seat, and a proximity key. The only optionally available feature for the Crosstrek premium model is the Harman Kardon audio system.
Features aside, just how well does the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek drive? According to the automaker, the new 2018 model is now more serene and smoother than before. There’s apparent co-ordination between handling, braking, and acceleration which make it a sure-footed machine. You can also rely on it on both snow and dirt, too.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Engine Specs
Subaru carried over the previous model’s engine specifications onto the new model’s hood, which means the new Crosstrek 2018 comes with a 2L four-cylinder engine capable of offering 152 horsepower – four horsepower up than the previous model. Although Subaru says the engine specs have been rebooted by up to 80%, nothing much really seems to have changed.
For instance, the output has only marginally improved, the transmission system still remain unchanged, and the drive system still remains the brand’s celebrated choice of an AWD. The Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i and the Crosstrek Premium trim come standard with a six-speed manual transmissions system, while the top-dog – Crosstrek Limited takes the Continuously Variable Transmissions system. The CVT is also optionally available for the Crosstrek Premium model.
With the CVT, buyers should expect the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek to return a combined fuel economy rating of 29 mpg and 25 mpg with the six-speed stick shift.
The new model has been designed to provide even higher levels of safety than the 2017 model, which for six years was named the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Pick (IIHS) top pick for six years in a row. The new model aims to take these excellent safety ratings even higher. The new Subaru Global platform that underpins the new model architecture has improved crash energy consumption by up to 40% over its predecessors.
In addition to standard safety features such as driver’s knee airbag, side curtain airbags, and front seat side airbags, the new model also comes equipped with the Eyesight system that tags along impressive features such as Sway warning, Lane departure warning, Blind spot warning and detection, adaptive cruise control, Lane keep assist, and Rear cross traffic alert. Other features include reverse automatic breaking, tire pressure monitoring, and standard rear vision camera.