What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Subaru?

October 6th, 2017 by

We asked our Facebook followers that same question.

A lot of responses mentioned, “snow”, “unstoppable”, and “traction”. Others mentioned, “curious”, “off-Roading”, and “hip”, which were descriptions I did NOT expect. I asked to drive a Subaru and was given the keys to a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Honestly, prior to this test-drive, I didn’t even know what a Crosstrek was, and I’m guessing you might not either.

So, what exactly IS a Crosstrek, Subaru’s newest model?

Last month Consumer Reports test drove the new 2018 model and had this to say:

“Subaru has again sprinkled its Outback dust on an Impreza, creating a raised hatchback primed for frugal weekday commutes and spirited weekend adventures.”

I’d say that’s pretty high praise, right? I drive a lot of cars here at AutoSavvy and it’s usually easy to determine what vehicles are a good fit for different walks of life. With the Crosstrek, it’s not a small sedan, yet not quite an SUV. And many people might say that it’s a “crossover”, but I don’t think it’s even that.

The Crosstrek could be a great fit for many people with a wide variety of needs; it’s roomy enough for a small family or a couple with dogs, yet with fuel efficiency in the range of 30 MPG, it’s also great for the daily commuter. And with the impressive ground-clearance matching that of a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, it’s perfect for the outdoorsman that likes to take the road less-traveled. Finally, all Crosstreks come standard with Subaru’s famous symmetrical all wheel drive system and thus makes them a great option for anyone living in harsh snowy climates.

Speaking of snowy climates…

An August 2017 study concluded that the Subaru Crosstrek is the most searched car overall in Utah. A second study shows Subarus are currently the most searched auto maker in both Idaho and Utah.

My bottom-line view on the Crosstrek is that it’s a solid, fun, and most importantly, an extremely versatile vehicle for the price. Whether you drive an hour to the office every day, need a little extra room for a car seat or four-legged family members, or find yourself seeking canyon trails on the weekends, the spunky Crosstrek is an everyday go-getter for drivers of all ages and lifestyles.

Final Thoughts

Don’t just take my high praise of the Crosstrek, though. In a recent Motor Trend road-test, the Crosstrek took first place, beating out more expensive competitors including the Jeep Compass and Nissan Rogue. To summarize, Motor Trend crowned the champion, saying,

“At the end of the day, the Crosstrek is the one of our three that most faithfully plugs the growing gap between subcompact and compact offerings. It retains the value and off-road credibility its predecessors were known for while adding modern-day driving manners, technology, and safety to the mix. Simply put, the Subaru Crosstrek does it all. It’s a solid, honest little car. And for that, it’s our winner.”

Interested in seeing a Crosstrek for yourself?

AutoSavvy has an excellent selection and invites you to come in for a test drive. Our inventory of branded-title Subaru Crosstreks we can save you thousands of dollars – in many cases 25% off sticker price! Come in and see for yourself.