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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Ownership: As Good as I Remember

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author photo by Rob Nestora July 2018

It had been several months since the last time I had been behind the wheel of a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek -- so long that I wasn't sure if I'd still feel the same way about it. I mean, sure, when I first drove it in South Dakota almost one year ago it floored me on how capable it was, effortlessly climbing and descending hills of loose rock in a quarry and traversing the iconic highways of the Mount Rushmore State like an Odysseus of the American West. Let's not even get into the fact that it made our list of Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2018. The question still lingered in my mind, though -- would it be as great as I remembered?

Comfy Cabin

Once I slipped behind the wheel of our Crosstrek, I was immediately struck by how comfortable and supportive the driver's seat feels. For folks like me with lower-back pain, uncomfortable seats can be a deal-breaker -- even more so if you're going to be trapped in the cabin for long trips and/or commutes. The leather used for the seating surfaces is nice enough, while not being too buttery for a vehicle with off-road chops, or too cheap, like that pleather jacket your bestie had in high school. It's a happy medium that's easy to appreciate, while the orange stitching throughout the interior gives it an edgy feel that reminds me of the brightly colored vests worn by outdoorsmen on a deer hunt. The addition of the rubber all-weather floor mats was a huge bonus as well, even more so given the soggy summer Georgia has been experiencing. Stepping in a mud puddle stinks, though slightly less so when you don't have to worry about your muddy retro Jordans ruining the interior of your car, right along with your cool.

Behind the Wheel

The driving experience inside the small Subaru SUV is worth noting as well. Regardless of road conditions, the Crosstrek feels solid -- almost as if it were carved out of one piece of stone. Rougher driving surfaces fail to induce jiggle sounds or annoying squeaks coming from various locales throughout the cabin. The steering feels tight and vaguely sporty, while not feeling inappropriate, as if you were piloting a sports car instead of a crossover. And while some might complain about the lack of power and acceleration in the Crosstrek, I tend to feel that there's just enough pep to get the job done. If you're looking for performance, I suggest opting for a WRX instead.

And the Survey Says…

After a few weeks tooling around in the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, I'm happy to say I like it just as much as I did a year ago. It's just a fun, capable, great little vehicle. I'm looking forward to the next year of pushing the tiny crossover to its limits and taking it on road trips across our beautiful country. If there's one thing I know for sure, there's nothing like seeing America from behind the wheel of a Subaru.

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