The redesigned Subaru Crosstrek is Subaru’s shining star in sales and leads the brand as their top nameplate with an increase over last year. Customers are responding to the second-generation Crosstrek in a big way and snatching up the small SUV in record numbers. It’s also being recognized by the media as the Best Subcompact SUV by Cars.com in their recent challenge.
cars.com gives four reasons why it beats the 2018 Hyundai Kona, 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport, and 2018 Ford EcoSport in the 2018 Subcompact SUV Challenge. The verdict: “Redesigned for its second go-round, the reigning champ does it again thanks to a mix of drivability, roominess, practicality, and quality”, says Kelsey Mays, Cars.com senior consumer affairs editor.
They like seven characteristics that make it the “Best Subcompact SUV” according to the automobile website. It’s not a surprise safety is the top feature they like because of the brand’s EyeSight driver assist system. They also liked Crosstrek’s visibility, interior quality, child seat accommodations, backseat comfort, 2.0-liter powertrain, ride quality and handling.
It’s not all good
What cars.com didn’t like was Crosstrek’s lack of features one or more competitors included, as equipped. It doesn’t come with automatic climate control or power seat adjustments, no moonroof, navigation system or overhead sunglasses holder. It also got dinged for having a noisy cabin, its CVT automatic transmission, obstructive seat belt, and interior styling. Other nitpicks: "Subaru needs to improve on the rickety gear selector and clumsy climate dials,” says Mays.
What was surprising, cars.com didn’t mention Subaru Crosstrek’s 8.7-inches of ground clearance, standard X-Mode off-road feature and lower center of gravity with the Boxer engine. These features are the reason why the brand dominates all other small SUVs when it comes to getting away from civilization and keeping travelers safe. Adventurous buyers would say it’s the reason why it’s the best small SUV.
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