Subaru’s are selling like hot cakes right now, but that doesn’t mean the automaker is hiking up prices. Rather the all-new next-generation 2018 Crosstrek only costs $100 more and goes on sale this summer.
The base 2.0i starts at $22,710. Unlike the current gen, you can opt out of 6-speed manual – an extra gear to last years’ 5-speed – for the $1,000 CVT with a 7-speed manual mode and paddle shifters.
The change means CVT will be available at a lower price point than last year for those of you looking in the base price range who don’t want a manual transmission.
The middle child is the Premium trim starting at $23,510 for manual. It also offers the $1k boost for CVT.
The Limited caps off the lineup at $27,210 and only offers CVT.
Basic Body Details
What the new platform does for the Crosstrek is make it stronger, more agile, and more comfortable.
The 70 percent more rigid body absorbs 40 percent more energy when hit. It helps earn it an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. Adding on Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, which we always recommend, adds a “+” to that.
Subaru retunes the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer with direct fuel injection for a total 152-horsepower, which is 4-horses more than before.
Manual transmission rates 23-city and 29-highway mpg. CVT adds four miles to those numbers for 27-city and 33-highway.
New standard Stablex suspension, Active Torque Vectoring, an 8.7-inch ground clearance, and 17-inch wheels easily take you off-road trekking.
Of course, Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD is also standard.
The CVT adds X-MODE and Hill Descent Control.
Standard design and tech details are a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, black faux carbon fiber interior panels, gloss black roof spoiler, roof rails, and black side cladding.
The Premium adds a sound insulating windshield, welcome lighting, and Starlink. The All-Weather Package adds heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, de-icing wipers, and auto headlights.
All package options come with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You then can choose the $1,400 moonroof package, the $1,395 for EyeSight with tire pressure monitoring package, or the all-of-above package for $2,395.
Limited bumps the touch screen to 8-inches and the wheels to 18. It also adds keyless access, push-button start, pin code access, steering responsive headlights, and auto LED low and high beams.
Its cabin comes with a choice of black leather or a new gray leather option with orange accent stitching. Eyesight adds Reverse Automatic Brake and high-beam assist and comes with two package options. The first is a moonroof package for $2,095 and the second a navigation and Harmon Kardon audio package for $3,445.