Why Subaru Crosstrek Takes a Back Seat to the Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson barely beat out the Subaru Crosstrek in the J.D. Power APEAL Study in the Small SUV category. The Volkswagen Tiguan comes in third. What is it that is most appealing to Crosstrek owners? Driving dynamics, overall performance and design, comfort and design are all rated high. Only one area is rated low.
The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is superior when it comes to driving dynamics. In the APEAL study, Crosstrek beats the Tucson and all other small SUVs in the performance ratings factors. Where Crosstrek falls short, is in the features and instrument panel category. Subaru has never been known for having well-appointed interiors. But that could be changing with the new-generation models coming soon.
How does J.D. Power conduct the study?
In the APEAL Study, which takes place once a year, J.D. Power surveys new car customers 90 days after they have taken delivery of their vehicle. This year’s 21st edition of the Study questioned new car drivers in the U.S. on 77 characteristics in 10 categories between November 2015 and February 2016. Among the attributes evaluated by the owners were “interior” and “driving dynamics.”
Sporty performance is what buyers like
The 2016 Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer engine which sits low in the chassis. This design is what puts all Subarus high on the fun-to-drive meter. Even though the Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the crossover performs like a car that sits much lower to the ground. The Crosstrek’s center of gravity is lower than all other SUVs making it more engaging for the driver.
Standard all-wheel-drive also contributes to the Crosstrek’s performance factor. The design of Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD offers the maximum traction in all-weather situations. It also helps deliver improved handling, and a quicker response to road conditions.
It’s not a surprise the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is tops when it comes to driving dynamics in the J.D. Power APEAL Study. Where Subaru needs to catch the Hyundai Tucson, is in the interior features and instrument panel category.
Source: J.D. Power
Image source: Subaru