2024 Subaru Crosstrek | First Drive
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The third-generation Subaru Crosstrek is here. Well, it’s here. We’re already in it so let’s get into it.
The base and Premium trims gets a 2.0-liter engine that makes 152 horsepower but there’s an option for a 182 hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, too. That one comes on the Sport and Limited.
There is no hybrid model available at this time but we expect there might be in the future.
When it comes to whether that power feels like enough…but might be helpful to note that if you’re driving in the mountains, it might feel a bit less spry at altitude.
Something that has changed is the lack of a manual transmission option. Now, you’ll only have the CVT distributing the power. But Subaru’s done a good job refining and working this CVT and on the upper trim levels you get paddle shifters which simulate gear shifts.
There’s a new electronic brake booster instead of just the vacuum brakes. I’m not sure any change is perceptible, but the brakes are solid and firm, and I like where they engage on the pedal. The steering gets a new rack and pinion set up. Again, tough to differential from the previous model, but it’s got good feel and doesn’t feel like it requires a ton of inputs.
X-Mode is Subaru’s off-road system is effective when it comes to added grip and traction. And it’s quick to put power to the right tire where you need it. Super smooth transmission. I’d also recommend trying the hill decent control. It really does mitigate slip on less than ideal terrain and allows the driver to focus on navigating their way downhill. One other thing I’ll add about the Crosstrek’s off-road capability, it gets 8.7-inches of ground clearance, which is more than some base truck models. Impressive.
One more thing to mention, Subaru added sound insulation for a quieter ride. The transmission is quieter and there are 20% fewer vibrations in the engine and it’s a noticeable difference in here.
There are four trim levels available on the Crosstrek. Base with a starting price of just under $25,000 without destination charges. That’s the same as the outgoing model. For your money you’ll get an impressive list of standard features, more than last model year, above and beyond that AWD. As well as Subaru’s EyeSight drivers assistance features including steering responsive LED headlights, you’ll get dual zone climate controls, 17-inch wheels, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, keyless entry, and 60/40 split rear seats with surprisingly generous cargo stashing space.
On the base model you’ll get a dual screen 7-inch infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but on the Premium trim level and above you get Subaru’s massive 11.6-inch multimedia display. It’s oriented like a vertical iPad and things are integrated around it. Wireless connectivity is also an option.
The cabin doesn’t scream luxury but utility rules here. Subaru uses interesting fabric choices and patterns for visual interest and even though there’s a fair amount of plastic it’s understandable in this vehicle.
That Premium trim (~$26,200) also comes with push button start, USB A and C charge ports, and access to extras like the All-Weather package that includes heated front seats, power moonroof, added safety features in blind spot detection and land change assist and rear cross traffic alerts.
EyeSight has been upgraded and the field of vision is much wider on the cameras and radar so it’s a much more effective system.
Starting at around $29,000 is the Sport which gets you the higher output 2.5L engine, that great X-MODE and hill descent functionality I mentioned earlier, with modes including Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud. You’ll also get 18-inch wheels instead of 17s and sporty yellow accents throughout the cabin as well as a wireless charging and even more option packages.
The Limited, which is the highest trim level includes most of those package features you can add on extra to the lower trims. So added safety features, which are top notch on Subarus, and you’ll get them all for about $31,000.
The Crosstrek is a super popular model and KBB gives it great resale value marks so if you’re interested in trading in your car for one, click on the link here to see what your current car is worth.
I’ve always liked the way the Crosstrek looks and think Subaru does a great job with color choices anywhere from chill white, to bright blues and oranges.
That’s it. And what more could you want? Fun. Useful. Capable. Affordable. Reliable. If you like to get out, the Crosstrek is a good one to get into.
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