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3 new technologies to look for on the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek gets a suite of new active safety features. What safety upgrades can you now get on the crossover?


Subaru will refresh the front end appearance of the 2016 Crosstrek with a new grille, bumper and headlights. Subaru typically makes some changes to the headlights and taillights during the mid-cycle refresh because they can change the look of the car without requiring expensive sheet metal redevelopment.

2016 Crosstrek also gets new available safety upgrades for more driver assist performance. Subaru continues to enhance their lineup keeping in line with their goal of being the overall safety leader. What’s new for 2016?

Added Driver Assist technologies available on Crosstrek for 2016 include Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available as standard on the Limited and Hybrid Touring models. For the first time, EyeSight equipped 2016 Crosstreks get Lane Change Assist which will nudge the car back into the lane if it drifts out.

Blind Spot Detection

Blind Spot Detection is a driver assistance technology that will sense cars coming up in the vehicle’s blind spot and if the turn signal is on, it will alert the driver to stay in their lane. The driver will be warned by a flashing light on the side view mirror of any potential hazard. The alert stays on until the car in the adjacent lane is in the drivers view. Subaru’s BSD uses radar sensors on the side and rear of the car.

Lane Change Assist

Lane Change Assist system warns the driver of a fast approaching vehicle on either side of the car. It only flashes an alert in the side view mirror when the turn signal is engaged. The Subaru Lane Change Assist has a range of up to 230 ft.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Rear cross traffic alert uses rear facing radar to detect vehicles approaching from behind on either side of the vehicle. This system is ideal such as when backing out of a parking space at the grocery store or mall. The radar sweeps 230 feet on either side of the vehicle to detect an approaching vehicle and triggers a warning light on the dash. The Subaru Rear Cross Traffic Alert can also detect cars up to 23 ft behind the vehicle.

These systems should never be used as a substitute for staying alert and being aware of potential hazards while behind the wheel. Consumers need to be aware that these systems have certain operational limitations, such as when rain or snow obscure the view of the cameras. These three new technologies will make the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek safer and add more driver assist performance. You can check out Subaru’s new EyeSight driver assist system here.

Media source: Subaru of America