An entry into the Subaru brand
Date Posted: July 4, 2016
By Zack Spencer
The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is formally the XV Crosstrek. With more ground clearance than a subcompact crossover, like the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3, this new Subaru is more manageable than the popular Compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4 and Forester.
The Subaru Crosstrek has been a big sales success for Subaru and it has helped introduce new buyers to the go-anywhere Subaru brand. The Crosstrek is essentially an Impreza with a higher ride height, rugged cladding and stylish wheels. They both use the same platform, engine and transmission. The Crosstrek sits in-between two segments, the compact and subcompact utility space. It isn’t tall, like a traditional utility, more like high wagon. Subaru feels that this product is targeted at adventurous types, who commute during the week but maybe head off the beaten path on the weekend. With more ground clearance than many traditional utilities, this Crosstrek is up to the job.
What sets Subaru apart from many competitors is its full-line of AWD products. While other manufactures have AWD as an option, Subaru includes it as standard equipment. The only engine offered in the Crosstrek is a 2.0L 4-cylinder with 148hp. This is matched to a 5-speed manual or CVT transmission. The manual is offered on the lower end versions and it locks the power to 50% front and 50% rear, where the automatic version can shift the power to the wheel than needs grip. Power isn’t inspiring but the tuning of this car was done for a balance of traction and fuel economy.
The Crosstrek is rated at an impressive 9.1L/100km (26MPG) City and 7.0L/100km (34MPG) HWY. So, many people are willing to live with a slight power sacrifice to get solid fuel economy. The Crosstrek is also sold as a hybrid and it gets 7.9L/100km (30MPG) City and 6.9L/100km (34MPG) HWY, only slightly better than the gas version.
While this is a larger utility than a subcompact unit, it doesn’t have the same height as a traditional vehicle, like the Forester provides. The upside is more car-like handling, yet the interior is still very functional. There are big doors, lots of large windows and a useful cargo area. One area that Subaru falls behind on is interior design. Yes, this is a functional product but the dash is rather simple. There are two display audio systems with backup camera, the base 6.2-inch screen and an optional 7-inch screen.
Standard Safety is covered with front, side, curtain airbags and driver knee air bags, along with standard traction and stability control. Several models can be equipped with advanced safety systems like pre-collision detection and autonomous braking along with lane departure technology.
The Subaru Crosstrek starts at roughly $25,000 (US $21,000) and can climb to $31,000 (US $25,000) for a fully loaded model. The Hybrid starts at roughly $30,000 (US $26,000).
The Crosstrek has been a hit with buyers who don’t require the traditional utility shape and prefer a tall station wagon type product with excellent ground clearance and rugged demeanor, plus these vehicles have excellent resale value.
The tuning of the engine and CVT has been optimized for fuel economy and because of this, the Crosstrek can seem lackluster to drive especially passing on the highway. The Crosstrek is different and the buyers, who choose it, like it that way.
The Crosstrek has been a hit with buyers