Don’t be fooled by the modest styling changes—inside and out—from the outgoing Crosstrek. This redesigned version rides on an all-new platform, bringing a quieter cabin, a smoother ride, and improved fuel mileage, all of which help it stay atop our subcompact SUV standings.

The Crosstrek’s supple and controlled ride stands head and shoulders above its competition. Handling is responsive, though the SUV isn’t as frisky to drive as the Mazda CX-3. The Crosstrek can easily tackle a muddy trail or rough dirt road thanks to its ample ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive.

The engine is a 152-hp four-cylinder that has just enough juice for most situations—the same can be said for its rivals—but it can feel strained and gruff when pushed. The Crosstrek’s 29 mpg overall is commendable for an all-wheel-drive vehicle.


The front seats could use more support for long drives, and lumbar adjustment isn’t available. The rear seat provides decent comfort and space for the class. There’s also a handy amount of cargo room.

The touch-screen infotainment system is relatively easy to navigate and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But if you want automatic climate control and a push-button start, you’ll spend close to $30,000.

Automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are optional only and not available on the base 2.0i.

Read the complete Subaru Crosstrek road test

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

HIGHS: Ride, braking, controls, fuel economy
LOWS: Acceleration, engine noise, driver’s seat is short on lumbar support
POWERTRAIN: 152-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 29 mpg on regular gas

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.