Few outdoor cars are as economical or as affordable as the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek (not to be confused with the Crosstreck). The roomy vehicle is perfect for anyone who likes the outdoors, but is also a great option for working people who just need to drive around town. It is one of the safest cars on the road, and provides a unique style of handling and control that other cars lack. When looking for a new Subaru SUV, there are few options that compare to this one.
The Subaru Crosstrek 2018’s Ample Safety Features
There are many important traits of the Crosstrek, but the first we are going to look at are its ample safety features. Previous models (including the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek) were already incredibly safe, and the new model has significantly upped that. The 2018 is able to absorb over 40 percent more energy during a crash than past versions. It also has a lower center of gravity (which gives you better control on the road) and comes with the option of Subaru’s patented EyeSight driver aid technology that brings automated pre-collision braking to the car.
Going offroad means you want to be as safe as possible. To help prevent collisions, Subaru has given the Crosstrek reverse automatic braking (which is able to stop the car when you’re about to collide with something you don’t see) as well as a crisp rearview camera that helps you better pay attention to your surroundings.
The final safety feature is the Crosstrek’s high amount of outward visibility. The vehicle’s spacious cabin and low hood increase the driver’s vision to give you a wide view of the road as well as any surrounding obstacles. That is not just great for safety, it also enables you a better view as well.
Why the Crosstrek is Better than Past Versions
The Subaru Crosstrek 2018 has numerous upgrades over past models. Beyond the safety features, it also comes with increased torsional rigidity that gives it a much stiffer body. That leads to both better handling and a smoother ride to reduce noise, bumps, and vibrations. You also get a new anti-roll bar that cuts down on body roll by nearly 50 percent. Both of those combine with Subaru’s Active Torque Vectoring system to help you change direction extremely quickly.
Another great feature of the Crosstrek is Subaru’s Continuously Variable Transmission that shifts between seven preset ratios. This gives you the feel of a traditional automatic and helps the car maneuver through tricky terrain. You now no longer have to worry about getting stuck if your adventures take you off road.
While the 2018 Crosstrek’s 8.7 inches of ground clearance is the same as the Subaru Forester and Outback, it is smaller and lighter than those models. As a result, the frame is much better on any dirt or uneven roads your adventures may take you on.
The Crosstrek also weighs an estimated 3,200 pounds. That lighter weight makes a big difference, and enhances steering, braking, and overall control of the vehicle to give you a safe and exciting driving experience.
The Various Features of 2018 Crosstreck
While the Crosstrek operates well, it also has all of the advanced technology you would expect from a top-of-the-line vehicle. Its advanced interior has a layout that is both simple and user-friendly. The 60/40 split seats provide plenty of room and the roof rails make it easy to carry outdoor gear like boards and bikes.
You can also upgrade the model to fit your exact preferences. Perforated leather trimming and contrast stitching are great options, as are the dual-zone climate control and sunroof. The standard 6.5-inch screens can become 8 inches and radio junkies can get the 432-watt Harmor Kardon sound system if they so choose. It is rare to find such luxury features in an outdoorsy car, but the Crosstrek combines both extremely well.
The last feature of the Crosstrek is its powerful engine, which you will need to take it on the highway or into the great outdoors. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine comes generates 152 horsepower and returns an impressive 33 miles per gallon on the highway to give you speed without extra cost.
A Great Car for Both Offroad and Around Town
The Crosstrek is a multi-use vehicle that works for any walk of life. If you enjoy camping, biking, or skiing it gives you the freedom to enjoy the outdoors. However, it also has the ability to get into tight parking spots, hold a range of passengers, and speed down an open road. It doesn’t matter if you want a black, red, or blue crosstrek, it is a great Subaru SUV that will help suit any of your needs. And, if you want to expand your search, you can also take a look at other stylish models, including the Subaru XV Crosstrek.