2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium: It’s Just Right

By Candice Merrill
Published: Friday, May 4, 2018 | 10:22 PM

2018subarucrosstrek475The completely redesigned for 2018, Subaru Crosstrek continues to hit it out of the park with a combination of looks, handling and affordability. An embarrassment of riches comes in the form of upscale options like lane departure warning, a premium audio system, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency breaking. The addition of a spruced-up interior and smoother ride makes it an even better choice for a comfortable, but not boring, crossover.

2018subarucrosstrekintThe Crosstrek come in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited. This review will focus on the Premium trim.

Features included on the Premium trim are: automatic headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated seats and mirrors and Subaru Starlink which adds safety features like remote services and collision notification. This is in addition to the standard equipment of 17-inch wheels, 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, rearview camera and driver information display.

A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine powers the Crosstrek producing 152 horses with 145 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Premium trim. It’s easy to operate, but if you are unable to operate a manual there is a CVT automatic transmission available. Expect to get 23/city, 29/highway, and 26/combined mpg.

2018subarucrosstrekrearThe interior is a marked improvement to the previous utilitarian design. Higher-grade materials give the interior a more luxurious feel but the instrument layout is still straight-forward and easy to use. Seats are plenty comfy with lots of padding and backseat passengers will be happy too with increased legroom.

The Crosstrek is a great-drive with a smooth ride and quiet cabin. It may not fly from a dead stop, but once at cruising speed it’s easy to steer both on and off-road.

Looking for an SUV with a little something-something? Try the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium on for size.