2017 Subaru Crosstrek
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Getting close to a self-driving car

by from Lancaster County PA on April 25, 2017

Its very comfortable and easy to drive. I have never had a Suburu or any kind of SUV before, and I am glad I chose this one to be my first. There are so many safety features in this vehicle! In some w...
Its very comfortable and easy to drive. I have never had a Suburu or any kind of SUV before, and I am glad I chose this one to be my first. There are so many safety features in this vehicle! In some ways, its like driving a big computer, and there is a bit of a steep learning curve. I am "informed" by Siri and/or a sound and/or a flashing screen of any lane departure that I have not signalled for or if a vehicle is in my blind spot. The cruise control automatically slows me down if I come up too close behind a slower moving vehicle. The high beam headlights dim automatically when another car approaches. The backup camera is a nice feature, too. The sound system is great. The only downside I can find so far in 3 weeks of driving this vehicle is the navigation system is not nearly as good as Google Maps, nor is it intuitively easy to use. Since I am directionally challenged, I need a great nav system so will probably go back to using the one on my phone with Google Maps. The interior is nicely done; I got the leather heated seats. They all seem to come with orange stiching; I could do without that but its OK. There is not much storage space in the front, though..the glove compartment is rather small and I am still trying to figure out where to fit in all my personal items. All in all, I am happy I have joined others in my family who swear they will always buy Suburus! I am longer the Outlier.
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Reliable and "cute" gets lots of looks

by from Lodi, California on July 21, 2017

I got Wounded in Vietnam twice,and it's very hard for me to get in and out so this is just fine. I'm getting pretty old (72) so it's easy to get these old BONES in and out
I got Wounded in Vietnam twice,and it's very hard for me to get in and out so this is just fine. I'm getting pretty old (72) so it's easy to get these old BONES in and out
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Suburu is Japanese for the Star cluster , the Ple,

by from Hanover on September 18, 2017

Anted easier egress due to bad back, great gas mileage and amenities. Getting used to a smaller vehicle now all 5 kids are grown.
Anted easier egress due to bad back, great gas mileage and amenities. Getting used to a smaller vehicle now all 5 kids are grown.
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Utilitarian Fun in Just the Right Sized Package

by from on June 1, 2017

I selected "Having Fun" as my primary use for this vehicle, because all of the options in the list apply to me except for towing (for now). I spend a lot of time on the road, anywhere from 400-600 m...
I selected "Having Fun" as my primary use for this vehicle, because all of the options in the list apply to me except for towing (for now). I spend a lot of time on the road, anywhere from 400-600 miles per week for commuting and recreation, so I have to not only trust, but enjoy the vehicle that I am spending that much time in. Previously, that was 9 years in a 2008 Subaru Impreza sedan, and while I loved that car, what it lacked in space and convenience on the recreational and transporting friends and family in, the Crosstrek entirely makes up for! The Crosstrek features plenty of leg and head room, no matter where you sit, and the seats are comfortable. No climbing up or down to get in/out of the vehicle, either. For the average height person, it's all on the same plane, which is great for my older parents that typically had a tough time getting in/out of the Impreza. The interior is nicely accented, neither flashy nor dull, and all driver controls are within perfect reach and easy to use, except for the USB drive (there is only one and it's inside of the center console). There is plenty of room for all of our camping, hiking, and fishing gear; the fishing gear requiring the most space, as we are avid muskie hunters and pack several one piece 8'6" heavy rods with large reels, a large, heavy tackle bag, a large net, bump board, etc. with plenty of room to spare for a third passenger or more gear. We also haul a 17' foot poly canoe on top of the vehicle, using the dual tie-down points on the front and rear and threading a center strap through the roof rack and rear doors. The boat rides very well over short and long hauls. With one person and no load in the vehicle, I am currently averaging 35mpg on the highway. With a few hundred pounds of gear, the canoe on top, and two people in the vehicle, I still pull 32-33mpg on the highway! That's a huge difference over the Impreza I had where I averaged 29mpg with the same load, or 30mpg with just me in the vehicle. I'm really impressed on that front. Granted, the Crosstrek does have a smaller (2.0 liter) engine than the Impreza (2.5 liter), but the performance really isn't much different. The Crosstrek is snappy, but not fast. You still need to plan ahead a bit in your driving style, because while it's solid and you'll go, it's not a jackrabbit response on the acceleration though it does hold it's own very well on ups and downs on cruise control. If you're used the Subaru's boxer engine, then you won't notice the engine noise. If you're not, then you likely will. It's not obnoxious, but compared to similar vehicles of other makes/models, it is louder. That's just how the boxers are, but I'll take it any day for the level of reliability and longevity that they provide. It handles much like a higher profile sedan. It provides a smooth ride at all speeds, corners very well, and is has very responsive steering and traction control. I drive on paved highways as well as chewed up dirt/gravel/bedrock roads (off of which I live) daily and it it sure-footed and solid on all of them under wet or dry conditions. I've got the 5-speed manual transmission, as I prefer manuals and find them fun to drive, and am very pleased with it. The clutch is surprisingly light. The exterior of the Crosstrek is similar to the interior in that's it's got a very appealing look and design with some nice little accents and aesthetic features. I have every confidence that, barring any accidents, I'll put well over 100K on this vehicles over the next several years as I've done with vehicles passed and continue to be very happy with my decision to choose the Crosstrek.
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Subaru is a great all around vehicle

by from South Lake Tahoe, CA on May 2, 2017

This is my sixth Subaru and I have never been disappointed. I have lived in the high Sierras for the past 30 years and feel this is the best all around vehicle for safety and handling in all weather c...
This is my sixth Subaru and I have never been disappointed. I have lived in the high Sierras for the past 30 years and feel this is the best all around vehicle for safety and handling in all weather conditions.
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Doug Herrick - Hyper Blue 2017 Crosstrek

by from Kenosha, WI on May 3, 2017

The clutch in my old Mazda was busted for the last 4 months before I got my crosstrek, so I may be a little overzealous in this review. I love the crosstrek. It shifts like butter, the AWD works super...
The clutch in my old Mazda was busted for the last 4 months before I got my crosstrek, so I may be a little overzealous in this review. I love the crosstrek. It shifts like butter, the AWD works superbly (I'm glued to the road), the MPG rating is amazing, and it looks amazing to top it off.
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I Love This Car

by from Bethel, CT on January 2, 2017

It's sporty and reliable. It's great on gas and the handling is prestigious. It's a lot of fun driving and I feel safe. Bring on the snow, I can't wait! I bought this in white and it's so classic. The...
It's sporty and reliable. It's great on gas and the handling is prestigious. It's a lot of fun driving and I feel safe. Bring on the snow, I can't wait! I bought this in white and it's so classic. The white has a pearl sheen to it. The Crosstrek also comes in fun colors too like bright blue, orange, and lime green for those looking for a little more flair. It's the perfect car when you are living in New England!
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Wait for the 2018 Unibody model

by from New York on May 22, 2017

The car is a dinosaur, slow and steady in need of the 2018 evolution model!!! Interior is as basic as one can get. Consumer Reports should really reevaluate their recommendation of the low end model. ...
The car is a dinosaur, slow and steady in need of the 2018 evolution model!!! Interior is as basic as one can get. Consumer Reports should really reevaluate their recommendation of the low end model. Wait for the next model year. Check it out on the highway before you buy. And remember this is NOT an IIHS top safety pick without "eyesight". Safety is important and Subaru is not keeping up. Buy a Toyota with their INCLUDED safety measures.
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Not impressed... but it does have AWD!

by from on January 27, 2017

Having this car for about a week, I am averaging between 20.8 and 21.3 mpg. Yes, I drive city streets instead of highways about 80% of the time, but this 21 mpg average is more than a little below th...
Having this car for about a week, I am averaging between 20.8 and 21.3 mpg. Yes, I drive city streets instead of highways about 80% of the time, but this 21 mpg average is more than a little below the 25/33 in the specs. The seats are comfortable, especially for an economy crossover. The AWD handles better than expected in snow and usually finds traction with 1 or more tires on ice. The 2 front seat warmers are a nice touch as well as the window visibility when changing lanes (unless you have passengers). The exterior styling is extremely well thought out. Now, the power locks could be better designed (the key's buttons and the 5th door). The navigation and in-dash displays leave a definite yearning for more and are about 10-15 years behind that of Toyota's. Especially the disconnect and additional unnecessary dash buttons for the tripmeter, center in-dash display, and even the clock. The tripmeter and cruise control viewing can be easier to read if these were better designed. The interior design of the car is simple but the red stitching and certain plastics with contrasting colors are a good touch. The car has a 2-second delay or hitch after backing up until the CVT can engage. Overall, this vehicle can get the job done and has a good price, but the Crosstrek should not be recommended and Subaru can do better. Look at other makes and models if you're interested.
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2017 Subaru Crosstrek

by from Boone, NC on April 11, 2017

This is an excellent vehicle that has offered significant improvements in technology and features with each new model. The 2017 is the best yet. I have owned and driven 2015 and 2016 Crosstreks previ...
This is an excellent vehicle that has offered significant improvements in technology and features with each new model. The 2017 is the best yet. I have owned and driven 2015 and 2016 Crosstreks previously. I liked them all. They are an incredible value for the price. The car is nimble in handling, the styling is appealing, and the economy is great for an AWD vehicle.
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