2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review
- Original MSRP$21,795 - $26,295
- Fuel Economy (MPG)23/29 City/Hwy
- Body StylesCrossover
By Chris Brewer (Last Updated 5/7/2018)
An elevated ride height, standard roof rack and all-wheel drive give the all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek some serious off-road SUV credibility. Sedan-like driving dynamics and hatchback utility confirm that the wagon-based Crosstrek shares more than just the Subaru name. Excellent fuel economy, affordable pricing and attractive styling make the Crosstrek a standout in the segment and a strong seller for the brand.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a compact crossover SUV that seats five. It’s sold in three trims: 2.0i, 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Premium. The Crosstrek is powered by a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). All Crosstrek models are all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Crosstrek shares a new platform with the Subaru Impreza compact sedan.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is built upon an all-new platform, and almost every aspect has been revisited. The second-generation’s exterior design, however, is more subtle. The new Crosstrek is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model. The sculpted design lines that run along the Crosstrek’s fenders and doors give the compact crossover an athletic presence. A hexagonal grille and C-shaped headlights highlight the new front fascia. Revised taillights update the rear. The contrast-black side and wheel well cladding, privacy glass, roof rails and lower rocker panels help define the Crosstrek’s lines and purposeful shape. Overall, the slight changes add up to a fresh, more youthful design.
The all-new 2018 Crosstrek’s wheelbase grows 1.2 inches, but the crossover’s dimensions only expand fractions of an inch. While the second-generation vehicle is slightly bigger, the appealing restraint of the original Crosstrek remains. The standard all-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels and 8.7 inches of ground clearance provide all-weather and off-road capabilities. The Crosstrek, however, is better described as an oversized hatchback than an SUV.
Optional features include 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors and a power moonroof. Premium models feature automatic headlights, and the top-trim Limited adds steering responsive LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.
Thanks in part to the longer wheelbase, Subaru’s all-new Crosstrek features a roomier family-friendly interior. The base model’s cloth upholstery and interior plastics are utilitarian but high quality. The black carbon fiber look accents are youthful and fun. The six-way adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The four-way front passenger seat is adequate; however, the seats would benefit from additional lumbar support for longer trips.
The Crosstrek’s rear seating also is improved with the outgoing model. The 36.5 inches of rear legroom bests the 2017 model by more than an inch. While the space is designed and sufficient for three adults, rear seating is better suited for two with an occasional third passenger for shorter trips across town. The Crosstrek’s large rear windows and wraparound glass provide an open feel.
The Crosstrek’s rear cargo area provides 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear the seats. Thanks to Subaru’s 60/40-split “fold flat” rear seats, that number can grow to an impressive 55.3 cubic feet. Those numbers best what the 2018 Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR and Chevy Trax offer, but fall short of the cargo space you’ll find in the Nissan Rogue Sport.
Available upgrades include leather-trimmed upholstery, heated seats, a power driver’s seat, a folding rear armrest, 18-inch alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
All 2018 Subaru Crosstrek models use a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. All trims are equipped with all-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available on 2.0i base and Premium models, and comes standard on the Limited.
Thanks to the new direct injection system and the additional gear found in the standard six-speed manual transmission, the 2018 Crosstrek offers better fuel economy than ever. With the six-speed manual, the Crosstrek gets an EPA-estimated 23/29 mpg city/highway. CVT-equipped models achieve 27/33 mpg city/highway. The Crosstrek’s fuel economy numbers are impressive. The 33 mpg highway number is especially significant considering the standard all-wheel drive and enhanced utility of the compact crossover.
The precise steering and high level of maneuverability allow the Crosstrek to shine. Braking also is excellent. In many ways, the 2018 Crosstrek performs like a well-mannered family sedan or wagon. Unfortunately, the Crosstrek’s fuel-efficient engine lacks the power that the crossover’s excellent chassis deserves. Acceleration is underwhelming. Highway passing requires additional time and space. Pulling onto a busy roadway is an exercise in patience.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek arrives with a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The base four-speaker system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, AM/FM stereo, USB, Bluetooth and an auxiliary jack. Moving to the Premium trim adds two additional audio speakers.
The top-trim Limited model includes an 8-inch touch screen, CD audio, dual USB ports and HD Radio, plus cloud-based applications including Yelp, iHeart Radio, app-based navigation and satellite radio. Opting for the Limited trim also allows buyers to add built-in navigation and upgrade to a 432-watt eight-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system.
Additional technology options include a Rockford Fosgate Audio system with subwoofer.
The base Crosstrek comes with a rearview camera. An optional “EyeSight” package includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning. Additional available active safety technology includes steering responsive headlights, blind-spot detection with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek received the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Additionally, the 2018 Crosstrek earned a top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i with standard all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission starts at $21,795. Our preferred 2.0i Premium trim adds heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-speaker audio system, vanity mirrors, fog lights, a windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors. Opting for the CVT transmission adds $1,000. Prices do not include a $915 destination and delivery charge.
The top-trim Premium model starts at $26,295, plus destination. Adding the active technology package raises the final price closer to $31,000.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek offers excellent value to families who want crossover SUV utility and all-weather, all-wheel-drive capability without sacrificing fuel economy. The ever-growing compact crossover SUV segment is full of great options, including the all-new comparably priced 2018 Hyundai Kona and returning vehicles such as the proven Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax. Those who want the Crosstrek’s hatchback-crossover utility with a touch of enthusiast-pleasing power will want to investigate the slightly more expensive Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek offers all-wheel drive performance, excellent fuel economy and attractive styling. The comfortable interior and excellent safety ratings make the Crosstrek a strong option for families. Affordable pricing and a smart packaging plan that includes a high level of standard features in the mid-level Premium trim keep the Crosstrek a standout in the ever-growing compact crossover SUV segment.
Specs & Features
- Crystal White Pearl
- Quartz Blue Pearl
- Sunshine Orange
- Dark Gray Metallic
- Cool Gray Khaki
- Crystal Black Silica
- Ice Silver Metallic
- Venetian Red Pearl
Wheel and tire type
- Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.0 Inches
- Tire Type: 225/60r17 98h
Available exterior features
- Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
- Mirror Color: Black
- Rear Spoiler: Roofline
- Exhaust Tip Color: Stainless-steel
- Rear Spoiler Color: Black
- Grille Color: Black With Chrome Accents
- Window Trim: Black
- Fender Lip Moldings: Black
- Headlight Bezel Color: Black
- Rocker Panel Color: Black
- Front Bumper Color: Body-color
- Door Handle Color: Body-color
- Width Without Mirrors: 71 Inches
- Ground Clearance: 8.7 Inches
- Angle Of Approach: 18 Degrees
- Width: 79 Inches
- Length: 175.8 Inches
- Height: 63.6 Inches
- Wheelbase: 104.9 Inches
- Break-over Angle: 19.7 Degrees
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 4343 Pounds
- Rear Track Width: 61.2 Inches
- Curb Weight: 3113 Pounds
- Angle Of Departure: 29 Degrees
- Front Track Width: 61 Inches
- Air Filtration
- Floor Mats: Front/Rear
- Power Locks: Anti-lockout
- Shift Knob Trim: Urethane
- Dash Trim: Simulated Carbon Fiber
- Front Air Conditioning
- Door Trim: Leatherette/Simulated Carbon Fiber
- Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
- Center Console Trim: Leatherette
- Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
- Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
- Floor Material: Carpet
- Floor Mat Material: Carpet
- Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
- Satellite Communications: Voice Guided Directions
- Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
- Antenna Type: Mast
- Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
- Internet Radio App: AHA/Pandora
- Radio: AM/FM/Touch Screen Display
- Radio Data System
- Total Speakers: 4
- Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready/STARLINK
- 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
- Bucket Front Seats
- 4-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
- Split-Folding Rear Seat
- 60-40 Split Rear Seat
- Upholstery: Cloth
- Passenger Volume: 100.9 Cubic Feet
- Max Seating: 5
- Front Hip Room: 55.1 Inches
- Front Shoulder Room: 56.7 Inches
- Rear Hip Room: 55.2 Inches
- Interior Volume: 121.7 Cubic Feet
- Rear Legroom: 36.5 Inches
- Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 55.3 Cubic Feet
- Front Legroom: 43.1 Inches
- Front Headroom: 39.8 Inches
- Rear Headroom: 38 Inches
- Standard Seating: 5
- Seating Rows: 2
- Cargo Volume: 20.8 Cubic Feet
- Rear Shoulder Room: 55.6 Inches
- 4WD Type: Full Time
- Axle Ratio: 4.44
- Center Differential: Viscous
- Locking Differential: Center
- Rear Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
- Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
- Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
- Front Stabilizer Bar
- Front Shock Type: Gas
- Rear Spring Type: Coil
- Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 16 mm
- Front Suspension Classification: Independent
- Rear Shock Type: Gas
- Front Spring Type: Coil
- Front Struts: MacPherson
- Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
- Displacement(liters): 2.0
- Horsepower: 152
- Torque: 145
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 1500 Pounds
- Transmission Type: 6-speed Manual
- Type: M
- Gears: 6
- Turning Circle: 35.4
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- City (MPG): 23
- Highway (MPG): 29
- Combined (MPG): 25
- New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
- Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
- Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months
- Small Overlap Front - Driver SideG
- Small Overlap Front - Passenger SideG
- Moderate Overlap FrontG
- Side ImpactG
- Roof StrengthG
- Head Restraints and SeatsG
- Front Crash PreventionSuperiorwith optional equipment
- HeadlightsGwith optional equipment
- Child Safety Door Locks
- Electronic Stability Control: Standard
- Energy Absorbing Steering Column
- Rearview Monitor: in Dash
- Side Impact Airbags: Standard
- Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
- Impact Absorbing Seats: Dual Front
- Crumple Zones: Front/rear
- Camera System: Rearview
- Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
- Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
- Front Driver Airbags: Standard
- Impact Sensor: Fuel Cut-off
- Daytime Running Lights: Standard
- Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
- Safety Brake Pedal System
- Brake Assist: Standard
- Side Curtain Airbags: Standard