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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Ownership: Drive to Michigan

I recently had the chance to take our long-term 2018 Subaru Crosstrek on a road trip to Michigan to visit my wife’s family. A 15-hour drive from Atlanta, we were able to learn a lot about Subaru’s compact SUV during our time with it.

Major Miles Per Gallon

The highlight of driving the Crosstrek on a long trip is the fuel economy you can achieve. For most of the trip, we averaged around 33 miles per gallon, and we even hit an average of 35.8 mpg for one fill-up.

One thing our Crosstrek could use a little more of is horsepower. When you’re quickly trying to merge into traffic, it takes the engine a few seconds to kick in. This is a concern when vehicles are coming at you very quickly on the highway or in the city.

Cargo & Comfort

The cargo area in the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek appears to be a little on the small side. However, it easily handled all the items we needed for three people for a week. Small items fit perfectly, but longer items could be problematic. The Crosstek’s cargo space has decent depth, but it lacks length.

I found the seat comfort to be pretty good. After 15 hours of driving, I didn’t have any major pain in my back. It could use the ability to adjust the bottom seat, but overall, I don’t think people will have issues with seat comfort on long trips. One thing we noticed was that the ride height isn’t great for the elderly, even though it sits a few inches higher than the Impreza. My wife’s parents felt that getting out of the front seat wasn’t a big issue; however, the rear seating was problematic. They felt the rear seat sloped back too much, making it difficult to get out. We even tried moving the front seats up a bit, but that didn’t help.

More Ports

When the Crosstrek is refreshed in a few years, Subaru should strongly consider adding more USB connections. One USB port is not acceptable today. There should be two at a minimum, especially so the driver can be the only person using Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Find a Subaru Crosstrek for sale

Check out our 2018 Subaru Crosstrek New Car Review

Dwight Cunningham
Dwight Cunningham is an automotive author specializing in new cars, classic cars, and the electric vehicle market. He has worked in the automotive industry in sales and purchasing and enjoys helping others thru the purchasing process.

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