2018 Subaru Crosstrek
- Redesigned for 2018
- Nicer interior and additional features
- Smoother ride quality than the previous Crosstrek
- Represents the start of the second-generation Crosstrek
- Spacious interior for a hatchback of its size
- Offers optional safety features not typically found in the class
- High ground clearance for enhanced off-road capability
- Comfortable ride quality
- Slow acceleration on the highway
- Handling isn't as precise as that of some rival cars
- Lower EPA mileage numbers compared to typical crossovers
2018 Subaru Crosstrek pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Crosstrek does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.6 / 10
The Subaru Crosstrek was a surprise hit thanks to its rugged styling, versatile size and affordable price. Nothing changes with the second-generation 2018 model: It continues to offer great value, nimble handling and a handsome design. A much-improved interior gives the Crosstrek a higher-quality feel inside while the revised suspension and stiffer chassis give a smooth ride in all but the most extreme circumstances.
Unlike some other subcompact vehicles in this class, the Crosstrek offers high-end options including a premium audio system and a full suite of advanced safety features that Subaru calls EyeSight. It includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Higher-end trim levels also offer automatic high beams and reverse automatic braking to avoid backing up into an unseen obstacle. No matter how you spec it, the Crosstrek delivers strong value and plenty of all-weather capability.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek configurations
The Crosstrek is offered in three levels of trim: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder (152 hp) engine powers all trim levels, and all-wheel drive is standard. A six-speed manual transmission comes on the 2.0i and 2.0i Premium trims, but a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. The CVT is standard on the Limited. For 2018, the CVT gets a special driving mode that improves control in off-road situations.
The base 2.0i model is well equipped for its price range. It features 17-inch wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen dashboard display that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, carpeted floor mats, auto up/down windows for the driver and front passenger, a rearview camera and a driver information display.
Upgrading to the 2.0 Premium model adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, automatic headlights, heated seats and mirrors, and Subaru Starlink features such as collision notification and remote services. The 2.0i Premium models also offer additional options including a sunroof, contrasting interior stitching, and Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced safety features with blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
The top-of-the-line 2.0i Limited builds on the features of the Premium with 18-inch wheels, LED adaptive headlights, a larger 8-inch dashboard display, leather seating, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and a six-way power-adjustable driver seat. A Harman Kardon audio system and navigation are optional along with the EyeSight system, which adds automatic high-beam headlights as well.
Noise & vibration5.5
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out8.5
Child safety seat accommodation8.5
Audio & navigation7.5
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2018 Subaru Crosstrek video
[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Few vehicles are as synonymous with a singular purpose as the Jeep Wrangler is with off-roading. But with several new off-road ready versions of standard vehicles on the market, there's lots more to choose from these days. And we're wondering if you really need a Jeep to fill your outdoor dreams. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Hi, I'm Travis Langness. CALVIN KIM: And I'm Calvin Kim. TRAVIS LANGNESS: And we are here standing in the Sequoia National Forest. CALVIN KIM: We're about to start an epic 20 mile off-road adventure with this new Jeep Wrangler. TRAVIS LANGNESS: But we didn't just bring the Jeep. We also brought this. TRAVIS LANGNESS: That's the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru's smallest SUV, and basically an Impreza Hatchback with a bit of a lift. We're here to see how it stacks up against Jeep's most iconic nameplate, the Wrangler. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Subaru Crosstrek, it's based on the Impreza, and that means it's really pretty good at what it does. What we're trying to figure out here is, is it worth it to buy that Wrangler? I mean, yeah, sure, it's got all that off-road heritage, and the real four-wheel drive system. This is an all-wheel drive system, even though it's got the X-Mode. And it's got plenty of ground clearance, so I think this Crosstrek is going to do pretty well. CALVIN KIM: I'm in the Wrangler Sport. You get power door locks, power windows, a head unit with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, air conditioning. The big thing for most buyers is going to be how it drives on the road because the reality is, is you're not going on the Rubicon Trail every day. And if you are, bravo. If you find the lack of razor edge steering uncomfortable, you probably don't want a Wrangler. There are a lot of other SUVs out there that are 90% as off-roadable but way more streetable. And I think that's the compromise that you have to ask yourself. TRAVIS LANGNESS: This Subaru, I think, is 150, 152 horsepower. And it's, honestly, not the best. The passing power is not very good. Going up grades it's kind of sluggish. CALVIN KIM: The engine in this is the V6, and it has a tremendous amount of power, yeah, more than this Wrangler has any business having, which is kind of cool. It gives you a lot of performance, a lot of on-road acceleration. But, again, it comes at a price because the faster you go, the more noise you hear, and that is a direct correlation. TRAVIS LANGNESS: It's so quiet in here compared to the Wrangler. Also, this car has a lot more features for the price. Fully topped out with pretty much every option you can get, it's about $31,000. Now, Calvin's Wrangler, if it had the manual in it with a base Sport, starts around $28,000. But with the options he's got on there, that Wrangler is $39,000. It doesn't have adaptive cruise control. It doesn't have lane keep and blind spot assist-- [CAR DINGS] --like this car does, oh see, lane assist. It doesn't have heated seats. And it doesn't have a moonroof, sure it's got a convertible top, but you got to get out fold that down. There's a lot going on there. This is definitely a much more well-equipped car. He's got cloth seats. I've got full leather. I've got this gorgeous dual-screen display. CALVIN KIM: It doesn't have heated seats, ventilated seats, or anything like that. It's noisy inside of here. A lot of SUVs that have fairly good off-road capability, they have those creature comforts at that price point. You're asking for a vehicle to go off-road. Understand that the Wrangler is really, really, really good at that, and that's what you're paying for. Jeep did the bare minimum to make it comfortable enough, streetable enough, and competent enough on the road, so you can get to the trailhead with ease. And that's exactly what the Wrangler can do. Compared to the Crosstrek, this Jeep will obliterate it on the trail, but that's obvious. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Now, that Wrangler may have it beat when it comes to off-roading when we get there later on on the trail. But when it comes to on-road comfort, and what I'd want to drive on a daily basis, this is the one. CALVIN KIM: Let's take a look at what makes the Wrangler so good off-road. Probably, the biggest thing is going to be right here, this approach angle. Most cars have this fascia that prevents you from really attacking terrain, like rocks and inclines. Not the Jeep, the axle's pushed all the way forward to give a lot of clearance to the wheel. Basically, if the front wheel can touch it, it can go over it, which is awesome. But that's not all it has. Behind both wheels are solid axles front and rear, which are a lot stronger and more durable than independent suspensions. And of course, the suspension that supports the axles are also super beefy as well. The body on frame construction is also really strong. It allows the body to flex a little bit without getting into the chassis. And of course, it's got the selectable four-wheel drive system, so that you can just drive rural drive to help save gas, four-high for when you just need a little bit more traction, or four-low when you really want to do off-roading. TRAVIS LANGNESS: So now that we've gone through the litany of items that make the brute force Jeep Wrangler so good off-road, let's take a look at something with a little bit more finesse, the Subaru Crosstrek. Sure if you look at the side profile, it looks pretty much identical to an Impreza, which it's based on. But the Impreza also has Subaru's impressive asymmetrical all-wheel drive system. That's what makes the Impreza such a good all-weather vehicle. And what they've done with this particular one, the Crosstrek, is given it some additional ground clearance, which is almost as much as that Wrangler. And it's the same as the rest of the Subaru SUV lineup. So what Subaru has done, basically, is take a car that's already impressive on-road, and adapt it to be just as good off-road. So now that we've looked at the outside of the vehicles, we're going to take a look at the inside off-road. We drove up here, and this Subaru was really comfortable. It was great on the highway. I'd take it on any road trip, not a problem. And I'm following Calvin here, and there's nothing I haven't made it over yet. But, basically, what we're doing here is cruising over some rocks. I'm hoping I don't scrape, and I don't. That was less deadly than I thought it was going to be. CALVIN KIM: Here out on the trail, it's a different story all together. All the issues with noise, and steering, and suspension go out the window completely. Now, even though I'm getting jostled, it's not uncomfortable at all. There's absolutely no shock load going into my body. Now, that's because everything is working as planned. That same ball suspension that causes so many street guys consternation is absolutely wonderful out here on the dirt. You get good feedback from it, and you know what the front wheels are doing. And it doesn't react negatively to being bumped. TRAVIS LANGNESS: This Crosstrek is meant for this kind of stuff. It's not just an Impreza. It's an Impreza with a lot of capability off-road, you know? The wheels and tires are meant for this stuff. And the X-Mode right down here is meant for slow speed crawl stuff. I mean, it's smart. The asymmetrical system that Subaru has is really well sorted out, even if I can't sort out that bump. Now, I got to be a little bit more careful than Calvin in here because he can just kind of go over some of this stuff. And I'm going to engage X-Mode, and let it do the hill descent control for me. Now, all I got to do is steer. I'm not touching the pedals here. It's doing most of the hard stuff. As you can see on this little thing here, I'm at about a six degree angle. Oh, the break over there was pretty bad on that rock. CALVIN KIM: I'm just kind of mobbing through this little mini rock garden that's not even that big of a deal. I'm still in two-wheel drive mode. And honestly, I don't know if I'll even need four-wheel drive because we're going into a meadow, this-- which is pretty flat. We're picking our way through a much larger rock garden now. And that's-- again, the suspension, the solid axles, and the steering all work really well. The ground clearance is adequate. I haven't touched anything down on anything hard yet. And I'm not really paying attention to my line. I'm just kind of exploring what the Wrangler has to offer, and so far it's quite a lot. TRAVIS LANGNESS: And it's letting me get over most of this stuff without too much damage. Now, that stuff back there was serious-- couldn't have made that in an Impreza. This Crosstrek's extra ground clearance did it justice. And I didn't need the approach or departure angles that I thought I would need either. So while Calvin is getting some of the places a little bit quicker. I'm sure he's still a little bit less comfortable in that Jeep. And I'm still liking this Subaru quite a bit. So it was a pretty long day yesterday. We made it up the mountain, set up, got to camp out last night. How did your Jeep do? CALVIN KIM: I mean it's no surprise that the Jeep did really well out here. All the issues that people have with noise, drivability, steering, all that on the road, totally gone, and not an issue off the road. You can really tell the compromises that Jeep made for off-roadability. Now, if you're the type of person that's OK with that, then the Jeep's probably A-OK for you on a daily basis. But then again, the Subaru made it up here just fine. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yeah, it did, you know? I used that X-Mode a couple of times going up the really rocky sections, coming down the really rocky sections. Hill descent and ascent control worked really well. It was like the Subaru was working smarter, not harder. You were able to use a little bit more brute force in the Jeep and kind of go at obstacles head-on. I might have had to avoid one or two. But if you're asking the question, do you need a Wrangler to go off-road? Do you need it to explore places that say they need four by four and high clearance? I mean, a lot of the time, I'm going to say, no. The Subaru can hack it out here. It's got plenty enough ground clearance. And in my book, that's the one I'd buy between these two. CALVIN KIM: I completely agree. TRAVIS LANGNESS: For more videos like this, go to edmunds.com, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Subaru Crosstrek vs Jeep Wrangler — Do you really need a Jeep to offroad?
Edmunds editors Travis Langness and Calvin Kim take the Subaru Crosstrek and the Jeep Wrangler out into the wilderness over rocks, under trees and into the open meadows of California's Sierra mountain range. These two redesigned vehicles are excellent off-the-lot off-roaders, but they offer very different on-road attitudes. The Crosstrek can be equipped with just about everything on its options list for under $31,000 while the Wrangler is pretty bare-bones at that price point. Which one of these dirt-going vehicles will fare better once the pavement ends?
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Crosstrek safety features:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns you if traffic is approaching from the side when backing out of a parking space.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Signals an audible and visual warning if cars are in your blind spot.
- Reverse Automatic Braking
- Stops the car if an imminent collision is detected while backing up.
Subaru Crosstrek vs. the competition
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
2018 Subaru Forester
Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Forester
The Crosstrek's compact size means it's not as roomy as other mainstream crossover SUVs. The 2018 Subaru Forester, for instance, is a bit larger and features better rear legroom for occupants. And if you think its standard 2.5-cylinder engine is too anemic for your needs, the Forester's optional turbocharged 2.0-liter is properly quick. The Forester, however, is more expensive.
Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Outback
The 2018 Subaru Outback is larger than even the Forester, but this five-seat wagon is still easy to drive. Passenger and cargo room are greater than in the Crosstrek and the Forester, and the Outback's interior is quite a bit nicer. Naturally, the Outback costs more than its smaller siblings, but the cost is worth it for families who want room to spread out.
Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda HR-V
It doesn't have the Crosstrek's off-road abilities, but the 2018 Honda HR-V is a good choice for a small crossover that doesn't cost a lot of money. It does the practical stuff well, with clever storage solutions such as its multiconfigurable rear seat, which helps make the most of the limited cargo room. The HR-V's interior space is also pretty good for a car of its size.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a compact hatchback that has the look and capabilities of an SUV. Standard all-wheel drive and a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine make it a smart choice for buyers on a budget.
There are three trim levels for the Crosstrek: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. As the name implies, all models use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Upgrades for 2018 boost output to 152 horses without negatively affecting fuel mileage.
The base 2.0i model comes with all the basic features you would expect in a vehicle in this class. Keyless entry and a 6.5-inch touchscreen dashboard display all come standard along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and roof rails up top. Moving up to the 2.0i Premium adds interior upgrades such as a leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats and automatic headlights. At this level, you also get the option of adding Subaru's EyeSight safety system which includes a blind-spot warning system and automatic emergency braking.
If you're looking for a more refined Crosstrek, the 2.0i Limited is what you want. It gets a leather-trimmed interior, machine-finished 18-inch wheels, unique interior colors and a larger 8-inch dashboard touchscreen. Automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat and push-button start are also part of the Limited trim.
The number of stand-alone factory-offered options is minimal when it comes to the Crosstrek. The base model only offers an automatic transmission and a few small upgrades such as a cargo tray and floor mats. Premium models add the optional safety features while the Limited is the only Crosstrek that can be ordered with the high-end Harman Kardon sound system and an onboard navigation system. Subaru does offer a wide variety of dealer-offered optional features, however.
Compared to other small hatchback and SUVs, the Crosstrek competes very favorably on price, especially when you consider that it comes with standard all-wheel drive. It might not have as many optional features as some competitors, but if you want a rugged vehicle that can handle rough roads and snowy weather without skipping a beat, the Crosstrek is a strong contender. To find additional details and see inventory near you, let Edmunds show you the way.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Overview
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is offered in the following submodels: Crosstrek SUV. Available styles include 2.0i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and 2.0i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Crosstrek 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Crosstrek.
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