The cons pointed out by edmunds above are not accurate and it's not even clear which vehicles have been compared to the Crosstrek. In the mini utility class of vehicles that get decent fuel mileagethe crosstreks engine power is actually comparable (see the Honda HRV for example) Okay edmunds, the crosstrek is underpowered if you're comparing it to say the jeep renegade, but the renegade also gets far worse mpg. Next, the sound system is absolutely fine unless you want to listen to classical and hear each breath of the first violinist between measures. it's not a Harmon Khardon system but then again were aren't rating a Mercedes or BMW. Lastly, edmunds acceleration critique makes it seem like the crosstrek barely outruns Barney rubble in the flinstones car which simply isn't true. There is plenty of power as I've survived many a Los Angeles highway and dusty backroad hazards. Come on edmunds, be a little less partial next time.
Criticisms of this car I've read about are: noisy ride, CVT noise, poor acceleration. I must disagree. We enjoyed our 2014 Forester, but disliked the infotainment/navigation system and the noisy, rough ride at highway speeds. We traded for the 2016 Crosstrek because it offers great ground clearance, because it drives more like a car than a taller SUV, resale value is superb and the exterior design is just cool--nothing like most boxier competitors. Comparing it to our 2014 Forester, Honda HRV and a few other small/compact/subcompact SUV's, the Crosstrek is far better. Price points for various trim levels are excellent. The ride both in town and on the highway is smooth, the interior is quiet (apparently Subaru made major improvement in NVH recently), the seats are extremely comfortable (even though no power seats or lumbar support are offered,) entry and exit are great with a high hip point, visibility is excellent and it's a nimble car to drive around town. We don't notice any CVT noise. Acceleration is smooth and non-eventful. Yes, more power would be nice, but we in no way feel challenged for lack of power--except occasionally when trying to pass in fast moving highway traffic. Most important is the Eyesight system. This has been upgraded since our 2014 Forester and each and every feature makes me wonder how anyone can live without it. The interior is not plush, but it beats the competition, ergonomics are excellent, and storage space in the back with seats up or down is more than competitive in its class. My only complaint so far is that the power steering feels very light and over boosted at all speed levels. Also I wish Subaru would make navigation an option on the Premium edition as it does with Eyesight. In short, with just a few quibbles, the Crosstrek is just the right size, looks great, drives well, provides a comfortable ride, it's versatile and Subaru's legendary quality and retained value sealed the deal for us.
I test drove the Rav4, the CX5, and the Jeep Renegade before deciding on the XV. It was by far the most comfortable, smooth ride, with no tip-over feeling whenever I made a turn. I don't know what noisy cabin people are referring to. I've driven this from Los Angeles to San Diego already and have had no complaints so far. Looking forward to many more road trips.
I have owned several Subarus and love the overall quality and drivability. My last one was an Impreza and I traded it in on the CrossTrek. The Impreza was great but the CrossTrek is better. Terrific all wheel drive and road clearance, nimble driver, the new safety features, especially the warning system for lane changing works really well and addresses shortcomings of the Impreza related to visibility. The tie-downs in the storage area are a nice touch, as I carry lots of freight, and getting in and out is much easier due to the height. The only aspect that is truly mediocre is the sound system and phone connection. The software is klutzy with lots of little delays and the best system for phone linkage with an iPhone, called CarPlay, is not available. I just used a new GMC truck with CarPlay, and it was a delight compared with the CrossTrek. Oc course, the sound/phone system is a lot better than it was last year in the Impreza, but its still second class. I don't understand why Subaru does not fix this ongoing problem. You talk to people at Subaru and they are in total denial that it is a problem. Clearly they don't try any of the competition or they are afraid to pass the word upstairs as they don't tolerate negative feedback very well. Also, why they bury the USB socket in the bottom of the bin between the seats is beyond me. Please put in on the lower dash where it is easily accessible.
There appears to be a stigma about people who drive a Subaru. When I told family and friends that my wife and I were looking at the Subaru line, several of them said, ''You guys are anything but liberal or vegetarian. Why would you drive THAT car?'' There were also snide comments about sexual orientation and gluten allergies and hugging trees. My wife and I don't really fit the apparent perceived Subaru - driving demographic, but we also didn't care that there appears to be a stigma. We just wanted to get the best car for the best price point. During tons of research and test driving, we kept coming back to the Subaru. Ultimately, we purchased one; a 2016 Crosstrek Premium with silver paint and black cloth interior. The Crosstrek is a wonderfully agile, sturdy vehicle. But it does have some drawbacks. First, the pro's: Fuel economy, handling, steering, safety in any weather, comfortable seats, all-wheel drive, ground clearance, audio. The con's: Pronounced road noise on the highway, lackluster acceleration, ''cheap'' - looking interior design. I'm not 25 anymore, or 45 for that matter, so going 0-60 in 4 seconds isn't a priority. So the lack of acceleration wasn't a deal-breaker when I first looked at the car. Aspects of the interior, such as the audio control knobs, look like unimpressive, cheap, low-end plastic. It's not a perfect car. What drew me to it, versus the Outback or Forester, was the ground clearance. It sits higher, which means you can slice through snow and ice somewhat easier than with other models in the line. All-wheel drive and responsive, tight steering were also big draws. The car handles rough patches of road with ease, even with a fairly short wheelbase. Bumps are dampened nicely by the suspension on the car. It handles corners without a lot of lean. I'm 6-2 and 215; the Crosstrek has plenty of leg and headroom, and I can enter/exit the car with ease. But...get above 50 or 60 mph and there is pronounced road noise; the higher ground clearance AND the cross bars on the roof rack probably are the culprits. Around town, the car gets 28 mpg, and on the highway, even with the noise, it fetches 35 mpg for me. That's outstanding, having sold a Jeep Liberty which got 23 mpg on the highway. But ultimately, the things which sold me on the Subaru are it's legendary reputations for longevity, reliability and safety. The Crosstrek is fun to drive, true, but my goal is to get 300,000 miles out of it. I know three people who've owned various Subaru models and, to a person, they all say the car just kept going and going and going. Sure, there are other car lines which have reputations for longevity...Toyota, Honda, Nissan. But the pricepoint for the nicely appointed 2016 Crosstrek Premium was unbelievable. We got the car, new, in the low 20's, which, combined with $8000 down and 1.9% APR, means we'll pay a couple hundred bucks a month for the car. That was the most outstanding part of buying the Crosstrek. I'll deal with the stigma for such a great car at such a great price.