5 things to look forward to on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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2018 Subaru Crosstrek (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

For 2018, Subaru launches an all-new Crosstrek, and it becomes the second vehicle built on the automaker’s new global platform. As the first generation ends, the littlest crossover from Subaru is its third best-selling vehicle.

As the Crosstrek enters its second generation, it’s 95 percent new.

“If it’s not a bolt, a clip or a screw, it’s probably new,” said Todd Hill, product line manager for the Crosstrek.

When Crosstrek shows up at dealers this summer, here are just a few of the things to look forward to:

More content for $100 price increase

The base price for the outgoing model is $21,695, and the 2018 model will start at just $21,795 (without destination). The new Crosstrek is revamped to have more cargo space, an overall larger interior volume, better ride and handling and a significant reduction in noise, vibration and harshness. In addition to standard rearview camera and all-wheel drive, upgraded standard features include a 6-speed manual transmission, a new gen-three audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Active Torque Vectoring and auto up/down front windows.

Manual transmission on Premium trim

People who buy a manual transmission love a manual transmission. But previously, if you wanted the manual in the Crosstrek, you were stuck with the base model and no options. For 2018, Subaru now offers the manual in the mid-level Premium trim, which means you can get this transmission with a few more amenities - like heated seats. Alternatively, those people who want an automatic want an automatic. So, a continuously variable transmission is now available for $1,000 on the base 2.0i model - which previously only came equipped with a manual.

Best-in-class fuel economy

One of the best things about a Subaru is most of its vehicles - except the rear-wheel-drive BRZ - come standard with AWD. And you might assume the fuel economy would suffer because of this. But it doesn’t. At all. Not only does it have best-in-class highway fuel economy among its AWD competitors (think Mazda CX-3, Jeep Compass and Honda HR-V), but it also bests most of its front-wheel-drive competitors. The only two FWD vehicles that beat the AWD Crosstrek are CX-3 and HR-V.


The Crosstrek also gets a bit more capable for 2018. Previously only available on the Outback and Forester, X-Mode comes to Crosstrek in every trim as long as you also opt for the CVT. This mode will help you better traverse gravel, sand, snow and ice. It also includes hill descent control, which allows the car to do the work when you are driving over steep declines.

Reverse automatic braking

Similar to forward automatic braking, this new feature on Crosstrek will automatically stop the vehicle if it detects an obstacle in its rear path and the driver does not apply the brakes. The driver is able to override the system after the vehicle applies the brakes with an additional application to the gas pedal. The reverse automatic braking is available as an Eyesight option on the top-tier Limited trim. Thus, to get this option on Crosstrek, you’ll pay a minimum of $29,305.