"We've always been fans of the Subaru Crosstrek, but there have been one or two lingering details that dampened our enthusiasm. The fully redesigned 2018 Subaru XV known as the Crosstrek on our shores looks like it has the changes needed to put many of our doubts to rest. Not much has changed about the styling of the Crosstrek. It's still got that up-on-tiptoes off-road stance, scuff-resistant matte black fender flares and it's still offered in unique colors. But certain key dimensions have been altered, if only by a little. It's no taller, but it's just over a half-inch longer, three-quarters of an inch wider, and the wheelbase has been stretched 1.2 inches. The new 225/55R18 tires are also an inch taller. Combine all of that with a slightly quicker steering ratio, a revised suspension and a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system that now boasts active torque vectoring and the new Crosstrek should handle more securely while offering improved levels of quietness and refinement. We can say with more certainty that the new wheelbase does open up more legroom, particularly in the rear if our brief show floor test is any indication, and the cabin generally feels more open. The steering wheel's telescopic range seems sufficiently generous, there's a higher level of interior trim, and the comfy front seats are covered with a coarse fabric that's handsome in a rugged sort of way. The dash features an 8-inch touchscreen that's said to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Power comes from a revised version of the 2.0-liter boxer engine that now boasts direct fuel injection. This is the same change introduced when the Impreza was redesigned last year, so the power increase is identical (154 horsepower instead of the current model's 148 hp). Likewise, the new Crosstrek will benefit from the Impreza's CVT upgrade which upped the number of simulated gears in manual mode from six to seven." Edmunds.com
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