2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV
- 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
- Lower EPA mileage numbers compared to typical crossovers
- Handling isn't as precise as that of some rival cars
- Slow acceleration on the highway
2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Crosstrek does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
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.
Trim levels & features
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 & vibration2
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4.5
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
Audio & navigation3.5
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.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV for Sale
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 SUV Overview
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV is offered in the following styles: 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 SUV?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Crosstrek SUV 4 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 SUV.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Crosstrek SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, 2.0i, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek SUV here.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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