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

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

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