So I can't comment on the maintenance cost, other than the first two years being free. Nor on the resale value, which I hear is excellent, though I can't possibly know about that. I did not get the navigation, but with Apple Car Play, it comes with my iPhone which shows on the radio screen. I opted for the Premium because I prefer cloth seats. The Sunshine Orange with black cloth seats and orange stitching is gorgeous. The car handles like a dream, it feels like I am driving a sports car, or a race car even. It totally hugs the road, especially going around tight turns like freeway onramps here in southern California. The Crosstrek also has plenty of pep, so I don't know where Edmunds review is coming from. I have no problem getting on the freeways or toll roads. It definitely is not 10 seconds, or even close to that, for 0 to 60. And passing is not a problem. It easily handle 80 mph on the toll roads, including going up some steep hills. A friend rode in the back seat today and commented that the rear seat beat the rear seats in my 2011 RAV4 by a mile for comfort. I definitely see a long time love affair with this car coming up.
We've had our 2018 Crosstrek Limited for about two weeks, we love it! Traded in a 2015 truck to downsize a bit but didn't want to lose the outdoor adventure options that trucks provide. I can already tell we made an excellent choice. It was surprisingly hard to find an available '18 Crosstrek in any trim level in the PHX area that either wasn't reserved or already purchased. Also wasn't intending on a fully loaded Limited, but this was what came up so....oh well, guess we're getting a Limited! I had a completely trashed old Subaru in college with at least 200,000 miles on it, rusted floor and body falling apart, but that thing started up every morning and drove strong for the whole time I had it. Drove it to the junkyard after graduation, still running strong. Always impressed with that little car, this Crosstrek is lightyears beyond and I have no doubt it will drive for a very long time. Excellent design, love the refreshened interior and gauges, seats are wonderful, back seat seems roomy and comfy. Eyesight and all the driver support systems are so well thought out and better than some of my colleagues vehicles that cost twice as much. Harmon Kardon sound system is superb, a/c system works fantastic. Drives very easy, quiet and smooth. Doors open wide, back storage very adequate, the back hatch area floor is a bit shallower than I expected, but not a detriment. It might seem that way because of the 8+ inches of ground clearance, it puts the back bumper higher than other brands, not a problem though. Back seats fold almost flat. Interior fit and finish is very strong, way better than other brands with similar models. The first 2 tanks of gas we're averaging 30.5 mpg with mixed driving, loving that! Our truck was lucky to average 19. If I had to gripe about anything so far is getting used to the a/c and app controls and all of the menu options, but that is hardly a complaint. The Bluetooth seems to work well, Apple CarPlay is pretty good, it seems like the music pauses for a split second every once in awhile, maybe my USB cord is getting old, or a CarPlay software update in the future might solve that. Overall so very happy with the Crosstrek. We are leasing but I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this at lease end if it continues to impress, residual value on the Crosstrek is higher than any comparable Toyota and Honda. Count us as huge Subaru fans
Though I was happy with my 2006 Subaru Outback, I didn't want to buy another one for a couple of reasons. One was cost and the other was that I thought the newer models were getting too big for me. I began researching the other Subaru models and I came across the 2018 Crosstrek. It looked like it ticked all my boxes, and its weaknesses weren't ones that would bother me much. However, I knew I had look at it in person and test drive it to make sure I could live with a step down from my previous model. I was relieved and surprised to see that the actual car met my needs even better than it had on paper. I've had my Crosstrek for a month, and I love all the new features and the comfort it provides me. So far, I'm very pleased with the car and I think I made a good choice. More than six months later, I'm very happy with my Crosstrek. It was a great choice for me.
My wife owns a Forester which she loves and which I enjoy driving -- it's solidly built, remarkably peppy for how large the vehicle is and the motor goes about its business with a minimum of noise -- in fact, you can barely hear the engine it's that quiet. Her car is just so solid and drama-free. I wanted a Subaru and considered a new Forester but really wanted something smaller and more fuel efficient. I checked reviews of the Foresters and Crosstreks and they're similar but the Crosstreks always seem to come out slightly ahead. I also liked how the Crosstreks have heated seats and a heated windshield (on the premium trim) and, especially, a monster gas tank for long-distance driving. I also wanted the X-Mode which was standard on Crosstreks; X-Mode is now available on all Foresters and Outbacks, however, the new Foresters and Outbacks weren't yet available when I bought my car 6 weeks ago. I test drove a couple of Crosstreks and enjoyed the experience -- minimal wind noise and the motor seemed pretty quiet around my suburban test loops. Fast forward several weeks and 2,000 miles later and I have a different opinion of the vehicle. When the car is cold, the transmission seems to not shift or operate correctly -- it's like it holds a lower gear; once warmed up, the transmission seems to shift in a way that feels right. Recalling my test drives (in Pennsylvania's December), the cars were both warmed up and "waiting for me" when I got in them. The problem is the car, overall, doesn't seem to have ample power and moans and groans and drones on the road. The motor makes so much noise -- which is exacerbated by the relative lack of wind noise. Seriously, even with just me aboard, the car seems to lack power going at highway speed and often has to shift to maintain 65 - 70 mph when I encounter the slightest incline or a head or side wind. Something positive: I like the apple car play which is very convenient to use -- when it connects; sometimes it doesn't. The encore delivery service was very nice but the gentleman who was re-reviewing the entertainment system had a great deal of difficulty getting the bluetooth to connect (with my phone and also with his phone). The system seems slow to connect and work; sometimes bluetooth connects instantly; sometimes carplay connects instantly. Other times, nothing works and there's no apparent reason why. Online reviews indicate other people have experienced this problem. The instrument lights are also very dim; adjusting the instrument lights also adjusts the entertainment screen so the screen is blinding while the speedometer and tachometer are barely visible in dim lighting. Overall, the car seems small inside and large on the outside -- whereas my wife's car seems huge inside relative to the outside. I replaced our water heater several months ago and just threw the new one in the back of her Forester with tons of room to spare. It doesn't appear that a water heater would fit in my Crosstrek. And 2 large suitcases are a tight fit without putting the seats down. Moreover, with the lack of power and poor fuel mileage (7 fuel-ups, 26.9mpg so far) I'm left underwhelmed and disappointed. I can't imagine driving myself, my wife and 2 more people in my vehicle because it doesn't feel like it has enough power for us let along 2 more pwople. There's a balance here: no power and motor noise, I expect better mileage. If the motor is very quiet and powerful, then I would expect less mileage. With the Crosstrek, I experience the worst of everything: noise, lack of power and poor mpg. My mileage is very much mixed -- highway, city and suburban mileage. Overall, the vehicle seems to do best going about 50. As the vehicle is driven, I hope that the mileage improves, however, better mileage will not make up for the lack of power, the loudness of the drivetrain or the wonky electronics. For reference, I've owned a bunch of other vehicles: 3 Camrys, 2 Accords, a Honda Fit, a Mazda3 hatchback and several Suzuki Samurais and Geo Trackers when I was much younger.
I've test-driven 15 vehicles over the last 8 months, needing something mainly for commuting into the city and ability to take my wife and daughter, or a friend and two bags of golf clubs. I live in Minnesota so AWD was important, but since it's just me most of the time I wanted something sporty with great technology, stereo, and every safety feature possible as I tend to keep my vehicles a long time. The reviews mentioning the small engine scared me away at first, but after owning it for three weeks I have yet to feel like I need more power. The Harman Kardon stereo is excellent, the technology is intuitive with a very crisp display, and driving the vehicle is just plain fun. We got the fully loaded Limited trim and glad we did. I test-drove the Alltrack, Mazda CX-5, even some AWD Infiniti's, Audis, Volvos and I feel like I got virtually everything I wanted in the Crosstrek that would have cost another $15-$20k in one of the luxury brands we were considering. Great vehicle, great buying experience, and already very attached to my Crosstrek!