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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Ownership: Road Trip to Daytona

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author photo by Tommy Flanagan November 2018

After a great road trip this past summer in our long-term 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, I was glad to get the keys back for a trip my girlfriend and I had planned to Daytona Beach, Florida. The Crosstrek is one of my favorite compact crossovers, and I have enjoyed my time with it since it entered our long-term fleet. It's just the right size, with plenty of storage for all our gear. Let's hit the road and get this long overdue vacation started.

Safety First

Since we wanted to get to Daytona early, we hit the road at 5:00 a.m. That meant three hours of driving in the dark until sunrise. Since I don't particularly like driving at night, this is when I really appreciate the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology in our Crosstrek. The system uses dual cameras placed on either side of the rearview mirror that provide an extra set of eyes to help keep you safe while driving. Think about how many times you've almost hit a driver in the dark because their taillights aren't on or working. With pre-collision braking, the system will alert you and apply full braking if needed in order to avoid a collision. It can also detect pedestrians in the vehicle's path. The system also has pre-collision throttle management. This works by sensing objects in front of you and reducing power to the engine to help diminish impact force and front-end damage. I was surprised to learn that some insurance companies provide discounts on Subarus equipped with Eyesight.

How Did It Perform?

Overall, I've been impressed with the performance of the Crosstrek. It has a quiet ride with minimal road noise, but does have a bit of wind noise at highway speeds. I was also surprised at how much storage space there is behind the second row. I could stow two large roller bags, plus a couple small overnight bags behind the seat.

One thing 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

I have really grown to love our long-term 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. It continues to amaze me with its overall performance and road manners. When friends are shopping for cars and ask me for recommendations on small crossovers and SUVs, the Crosstrek is one I tell them to put on their list to test drive.

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