The New 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Since launched in 2011, the Crosstrek has been gaining a lot of terrain in Canada and North America. Today, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is available for sale and has a lot to show. The subcompact SUV with 148 horsepower 4-cylinder engine comes fully packed with a touch screen, BlueTooth connectivity, and rearview camera. Well known for its performance on rough terrain, this is the moment you were waiting for if you were just "thinking about it."

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2017 Model Results

Created from a "raised suspension Impreza," the Crosstrek hasn't been more than an award winning vehicle for sure. Just in the last few years:

  • 2017 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
  • Six years in a row ranking on the Top Safety Pick (2012-2017)
  • The lowest 5-years costs to own in class to Kelley Blue Book
  • Best Residual Value in class according to ALG (a depreciation data and residual value benchmark company)
  • Ranked by Parents Magazine as the best small SUV for families.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Canada

Last Year Sales Results

Last year, Subaru reached 50,000 sales for the first time in Canada. 9,723 Crostrek units were sold representing a 12,7% increase compared to the previous year, making it the most developed model concerning sales grow.

In the U.S., Subaru sold 95,677 units of Crosstrek while the other top selling models were Forester, Legacy, Outback, Impreza, WRX, and STI. In the same year, Forester and Outback sold 178,593 and 182,898 units respectively while Legacy and Impreza models reached 65,306 and 55,238 sales. WRX and STI models achieved a total annual sale of 33,279 in 2016, making the Crosstrek fall in the middle in-terms of generating revenue for Subaru lineup.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Main Features

With Subaru BOXER engine and an efficient Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a marvelous vehicle for the everyday commute and to go on an adventure. Here are the main features:

Capable on Rough Terrains

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has the symmetric full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. The AWD system gives Crosstrek superior control over any type of terrain backed up by the 221 mm of ground clearance to accommodate on uneven surfaces. Models with CVT has X-Mode. The X-Mode system gives Crosstrek the ability to glide across challenging surfaces with ease and confidence.

Versatile Under Different Situations

Rough weather or rough terrain, the Crosstrek is ready. It’s AWD helps not only with rough terrains but also any kind of adverse weather conditions. Also, the interior is spacious to carry a significant amount of cargo so it can be the perfect vehicle for going camping or hiking.

Quite and Comfortable

The body of the Subaru Crosstrek is built to last. The ultra-strong body is designed to handle any kind of accidental impact, but it also works as a shield against road turbulence. With the added sound insulation, ride in this vehicle is quiet and comfortable. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek glides with elegance on bumpy roads keeping the interior comfort at a top level.

Great Safety Features

The world class Subaru Global Platform is engineered for crashworthiness. It provides the added layer of protection that keep passengers safe during an accident, but Subaru goes further: It has added EyeSight advanced driver-assist system, Blind Spot Detection, and Reverse Automatic Braking. With all these safety features, Crosstrek provides the necessary protection that every driver owner deserves.

Entertainment and Information

Crosstrek’s 6.5-inch or 8-inch high-resolution touch screens turns the vehicle into a source of entertainment and reporting. Weather, news, music, and movies are at the fingertips of the controller. The display is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. SmartLink Smart Access gives you the ability to enjoy the content of your smartphone cloud while in your car.

Available Features

Subaru Global Platform Chassis: The redesigned chassis provides better support and better protects in case of accidents.

Subaru Boxer Engine: Horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder, 2.0L direct injection engine is a new addition. You can feel the power of the engine when you drive the Crosstrek.

Cutting-Edge Transmission: The 6-speed Manual Transmission (6MT) gives the driver precise control over the mobility of this vehicle. However, owners may upgrade to Lineartronic® CVT. The Lineartronic® CVT can maximize performance and fuel economy without traditional gears.

Symmetrical AWD: Subaru’s symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive provides optimum weight distribution to give the driver more control over the vehicle.

Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC) and Subaru's Traction Control System (TCS): VDC and TCS make driving Subaru a pleasurable, safe and enjoyable experience.

X-Mode on CVT: Crosstrek with CVT has X-Mode. X-Mode helps with wheel slippage to gain more traction on slippery surfaces.

MultipleAirbags: Front forward, front side-impact, side curtain and driver knee airbags protect passengers from any accidents.

EyeSight® Advanced Driver Assist System: It works as an extra set of eyes or a foot on the brake. Cruise control and precondition breaking are covered under this system.

High Beam Assist: Automatically adjust high beam depending on approaching traffic.

Reverse Automatic Braking: A safety feature to help drivers avoid obstacles during backing up.

Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD): This system helps with blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Rear-View Camera: More efficient than rear view mirror.

Aluminum Alloy Wheels: Unique, bespoke 17-inch and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels to make your car look sporty

LED Headlights: Available steering responsive LED headlights

Glass Sunroof: Sliding sunglass with power tilting sunroof.

Climate Control: Voice activated, dual-zone automatic climate control to maintain comfortable environment inside.

Infotainment System: Advanced Infotainment System with voice-activated GPS navigation.

Touch Screen: 8-inch high-resolution touch screen that gives access to radio, text message and others.

Integrated Roof Rail: Allows carrying things like bikes and surf boards.

Main Sub model Differences

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comes in these submodels:

  • Crosstrek 2.0i
  • Crosstrek 2.0i Premium
  • Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

All three sub-models are identical except for a few exceptions. The differences are pointed out below:

Windshield Wiper De-Icer: Only available on Premium and Limited edition.

Heated Exterior Mirrors: Only available on Premium and Limited edition.

Splash Guards: Accessory on 2.0i. Optional on Premium and Limited edition.

Heated Seat: Standard on Premium and Limited edition only.

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery: Standard on Limited edition only.

Power Moonroof: Not available on 2.0i. Optional on Premium and Limited edition.

Automatic Climate Control: Standard on Limited edition only.

Cargo Area Cover: Accessory on 2.0i. Standard on Premium and Limited edition.

Just an Amazing Vehicle

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a great All-Wheel Drive, to make it short. It has a lot of options already set up. If you are looking for additional Subaru vehicles, feel free to explore the full line of Subaru models available in Canada.

About the author

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