Long-Term Review

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Ownership: Fourth of July Road Trip to Charleston

RELATED READING
See all Subaru Crosstrek articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Tommy Flanagan July 2018

For my Fourth of July road trip to Charleston, South Carolina, I took our long-term 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. It's been a great driver in and around Atlanta, so I was anxious to see how well it performed on the open road. The Crosstrek is all-new for 2018, with a revised 2.0-liter direct-injection engine and a reworked suspension. Let's see if it's a worthy companion for my road trip.

Road Manners

Once you leave the city and get out on the open highway, you start to see how well the all-new Crosstrek really drives. Even with only 152 horsepower, it didn't feel particularly underpowered. The CVT transmission can be a bit jerky in city and in some low-speed driving situations, but out on the highway, it's quite smooth. Road noise is minimal, but you do hear a bit of wind noise at highway speeds. Steering is also particularly light thanks to quicker electric power-assisted quick-ratio steering. And with all-wheel drive, it felt sure-footed on wet roads during those summer-afternoon thunderstorms we encountered on the trip. While driving around Charleston, the revised suspension smoothed out the rough brick paved streets as I drove through the market area to do some shopping. On the downside, the seats feel a bit hard, especially on my back, with no adjustable lumbar support control.

Great Amenities

Our 2018 Subaru Crosstrek features a TomTom navigation system -- which I found very easy to program -- with a large, easy-to-read 8-inch screen. Strangely, it did take us off the highway once to drive through town when staying on the interstate would have probably been faster. Otherwise, it worked quite well. Another highlight is that our Limited model comes equipped with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package. It features pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Once you've experienced adaptive cruise control, it can be hard to live without it. The adaptive cruise control decelerated smoothly when approaching slower traffic and was quick to pass without the breakneck acceleration I've experienced with other systems. Another feature I'm glad to have is Apple CarPlay, especially since Georgia is now a hands-free driving state.

The Numbers

During the long July 4th weekend, I logged approximately 900 miles in the Crosstrek. I realized a 31.6 miles per gallon combined rating, and got as high as 36 mpg out on the open road. A tank of gas would get you 400 miles down the road.

The Verdict

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd have to give the Crosstrek a solid 8. Cushier seats and a slightly more powerful engine would have bumped the score up a notch, but one thing is for certain: The Crosstrek is a solid performer that works well, whether as a grocery-getter or a road-tripper. I hope to get a lot more drive time behind the wheel this year with our Crosstrek.

Find a Subaru Crosstrek for sale

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Ownership: Fourth of July Road Trip to Charleston - Autotrader