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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Ownership: Christmas Road Trip to Mississippi

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author photo by Tommy Flanagan January 2019

It's been said that good things come in threes. With that in mind, I grabbed the keys to our long-term 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and hit the road westward toward home for my Christmas vacation. This trek will be my third road trip this year in the Crosstrek and it's been a great road trip companion thus far. So, will this journey prove to be a winner or a triple whammy? Let's find out.

A Hit ... So Far

It's no secret I've raved about the Crosstrek in past reviews. While others have complained about lack of engine power, I've found the 152 horsepower flat four, direct-injection engine to be fairly spry. Granted, it's no WRX, but I believe it's adequate enough for most drivers. The continuously variable transmission (CVT), however, can be a bit noisy during city driving and when passing, but it's no worse than other CVT-equipped crossovers I've driven.

Another thing I've come to appreciate about the Crosstrek is its ground clearance. Whether it's maneuvering up steep driveways or keeping the underside from bottoming out on potholes, the Crosstrek's 8.7 inches of ground clearance gives it an advantage over other crossovers with limited clearance. This height advantage really came to be appreciated while exploring some backroads during my trip. Recent heavy rains caused a road I used to be quite rutted and flooded in spots. Along with the Crosstrek's symmetrical all-wheel drive, the extra height worked to my advantage. Without these two features, I would have hesitated to continue due to the fear of getting stuck or bottoming out.

How Did It Perform?

Before my trip, I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough room for all the presents and luggage I needed. Even with only 20.8 cu ft. of cargo volume behind the rear seat, I was able to get a large rolling suitcase, overnight bag and several boxes of presents behind the seat with a little finagling.

Another plus that continues to amaze me about the Crosstrek is its gas mileage. In combined city and highway driving, I averaged 31.3 miles per gallon. On the highway, I scored a high of 36.3 mpg. That's pretty good considering the EPA rates the Crosstrek at 29 mpg in combined driving and 33 mpg on the highway. Also, I averaged 400 miles on a tank of gas during highway driving.

The Verdict

Our long-term 2018 Subaru Crosstrek continues to impress me with its overall usability and performance. When I first started driving the Crosstrek, I wondered why it was so popular. After driving it on this last road trip, the answer is clear. The Crosstrek is the perfect combination of small SUV and sedan. It's truly set a standard on what a compact crossover can and should be.

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