2018 Subaru Crosstrek 

If you’re looking for a versatility in a small package, the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is worth a look. It offers stellar safety ratings, good fuel economy, a standard all-wheel drive system, generous standard features, and a strong off-road capability. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of next year, at least according to recent news.

Subarus have been with us for decades now, they are versatile vehicles that have shown their usefulness especially in mundane environments by offering a standard all-wheel drive system when no one else was. And for 2018, Subaru continues with its legacy by offering the Crosstrek version that is fundamentally a car, an Impreza hatchback, to be specific, with spruced up exterior and interior designs, tougher looking style, and a beefed up suspension system.

It follows a template similar to its Impreza counterpart, with a simple and easy to navigate interior. Seasoned Subaru users will immediately notice the Crosstrek’s cabin materials are nicer than Subaru’s historical norm. The door and dashboard panels are wrapped in soft-touch trim. Enhanced multimedia technologies are offered for the new model including the upgraded 7.0” touchscreen display. And, from a technological point of view, the Crosstrek is perhaps one of the few vehicles in its segment that offers a better-equipped cabin.

The new model is also practical for both passengers and drivers alike. In terms of space, even 6-footers will appreciate the comfortable leg- and headroom offered. Further aback, there is a lot of space for stowage purposes and according to Subaru, the cargo volume stands at about 51.9 cubic ft. when the seatbacks are lowered, and 22.3 cubic ft. in a conventional setup. That’s a healthy margin relative to what the competition offers, but if you’re looking for more, the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape are probably better alternatives.

As enticing as the Crosstrek may seem, there is no hiding the fact that several foibles exist. These problems include a largely underwhelming 2.0L four-cylinder engine and the problem is further propagated by the then CVT’s hair-trigger propensity and triggers that keep the mill whirring loudly during acceleration. Other cons include a pricey hybrid model, poor fuel economy ratings relative to its competition, and a substandard audio system.

Even in an unforgiving segment such as this one, where the competition keeps sprouting every other day, the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is an inexpensive crossover/hatchback that can easily get you off the beaten path. Some of its bogeys include the versatile Honda HR-V, the Toyota RAV4, the sporty Mazda CX-3, and the easy-to-maneuver Jeep Renegade.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek – Available Trims

A whopping five trims – Hybrid Touring, Touring, 2.0i Limited, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i – are offered for the five-passenger 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

Exterior Changes & 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Interior Redesigns

Standard equipment and features offered for the base Crosstrek 2.0i trim model includes a 6.2” touchscreen interface, foglights, 17” alloy wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, roof rails, a rear privacy glass, smartphone app integration, a USB port, a four-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, rear folding 60/40-split seatbacks, cruise control, CD player, and automatic climate control.

Several packages specific to trim models are also offered, but we’ll have to wait for its release date in order to get everything right.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Engine Specs

Inspiration for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek if offered by the standard four-cylinder horizontally opposed “boxer” mill that churns out 145 pounds-ft. of torque and 148 hp. the Crosstrek Hybrid model, on the other hand, offers the same engine version but with some green credentials to enable it offer 160 hp and 163 pounds-ft. of torque.

The hybrid went from 0-60 mph in under 10.0 seconds, while the regular Crosstrek achieved the same in 9.9 seconds. That is a disappointing figure for a compact crossover, as virtually the rest of the vehicles in the segment offer better acceleration numbers. On the up side, though, the hybrid’s time is acceptable for a hybrid wagon in this price range.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date & Price

The base Crosstrek price should be expected to begin from an MSRP of $21,595, and about $5,000 more for the Crosstrek Hybrid. Rumors in industry circles allege the new model will probably go for sale in U.S sometime in the first half of 2018.