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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Walk Around


Although the rugged stance and profile of the Crosstrek haven’t changed much, its beltline is slightly higher. More black cladding covers the prominent wheel arches, as well as rocker panels and roof rails.

Most revisions are noticeable up front, with more hawklike headlights reaching into the fenders. Below Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille, the lower bumper contains more black plastic. Front pillars reach farther forward than before, improving visibility.

Subaru has integrated taillight assemblies into the hatch, widening the separation by some four inches. A concealed exhaust outlet accurately implies that Crosstreks don’t focus on performance.

Interior

Quiet and ergonomically improved, compared to its predecessor, the 2018 Crosstrek cabin ranks average for the small-crossover class. The interior cannot be called stylish or stimulating or upscale. It’s functional.

Horizontally laid-out, the dashboard reaches down toward the central console. Notable touches include contrast stitching and aluminum accents, offsetting the relatively dark interior.

Comfort isn’t really the Crosstrek’s principal mission, either, but in conjunction with greater refinement, it’s improved dramatically in the second generation. Front seats promise comfort for occupants of various body types.

Rear passengers can expect an extra inch of legroom, compared to the prior Crosstrek. Expanding body width by nearly an inch should help ease shoulder space, too.

Cargo capacity has grown to 55.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down (an increase of 3.4 cubic feet). With the rear seatbacks upright, it has shrunk slightly, to 20.8 cubic feet.

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