The Crosstrek transforms Subaru's Impreza hatchback into a small SUV that benefits from the improvements made to that compact car, including better fuel economy, impressive ride comfort, and reduced cabin noise. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine does the job, but it won't set your heart on fire. The continuously variable transmission mimics a conventional automatic, but it still amplifies engine sound when the car is accelerating. Its handling is secure, though it isn't sporty to drive. Fuel economy of 29 mpg overall is quite frugal for an AWD vehicle. The infotainment system is capable and user friendly. Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology is optional, and includes automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Other available safety features include blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The Crosstrek is an appealing option for buyers who don't need the room of the Subaru Forester SUV.