Subaru’s Crosstrek was successful proper out of the gate in 2013. Six years into the mannequin’s second era in North America, its reputation continues to develop. In accordance with Subaru, 154,142 examples of the crunchy subcompact crossover discovered a house in 2022, its finest yr ever. That is a rise of greater than 27,000 models over 2021; not dangerous for an growing older mannequin born from a lifted Impreza idea unveiled in 2011.
To maintain the product—and the income—rolling, Subaru has ramped up the availability chain with a global strategy. For the brand new third-gen 2024 Crosstrek, Subaru continues to construct the two.0-liter-equipped base and Premium fashions in Japan, whereas it assembles the two.5-liter Sport, Restricted, and upcoming Wilderness trim ranges in Lafayette, Indiana. It is the primary time the Crosstrek has been constructed stateside, although Subaru notes the ability in Japan continues to construct 2.5-liter fashions for abroad markets. The technique will increase manufacturing quantity and serves as a buffer for any supply-chain difficulties or pesky sociopolitical or financial points which may throw a wrench of their cash-printing machine.
We drove a 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-liter in California earlier this yr. The decreased inside sound ranges, improved CVT efficiency, and addition of wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto had been all indicators of progress. To get a style of what a further half-liter of displacement can deliver to the desk, we joined Subaru in Woodstock, New York, and settled right into a Crosstrek Sport.
The Crosstrek’s 2.5-liter flat-four engine produces 182 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, a rise of 30 horsepower and 33 pound-feet in comparison with the two.0-liter. Sharp-eyed Subaristi will observe a further two pound-feet in comparison with the earlier 2.5-liter. Extra considerably, peak torque now arrives at 3700 rpm, 700 decrease than earlier than. The guide transmission choice is gone for 2024, however 2.5-liter automobiles have paddle “shifters” and a guide mode. EPA estimates are available at 26 mpg metropolis and 33 freeway; versus 2.0-liter fashions, the bigger 2.5-liter requires a 1-mpg sacrifice in every measure. Each engines rating 29 mpg in mixed driving.
If these numbers paint a psychological image of launching away from stoplights like a WRX, you may wish to get out your cognitive eraser. Sure, the Crosstrek’s decrease torque peak reduces the wait time when slicing and dicing round city in Sport mode, however steep hills and freeway on-ramps require some advance planning within the throttle division. Nonetheless, the flat-four exudes that heat, acquainted, prepared character that summons a peaceable grin somewhat than a mischievous one. Sure, this Subaru is relatively sluggish, however in some way it convinces the driving force that its pokey nature is endearing somewhat than irritating.
A part of that calmness comes from the dramatically quieter cabin and seat design, as we talked about in our Crosstrek 2.0 Premium drive story. The up to date chassis is 10 p.c stiffer but additionally lighter, because of fewer subsections and 89 toes of structural adhesive. Subaru additionally claims 20 p.c much less engine vibration makes its technique to the cabin due to numerous up to date mounts, cradles, and part instances. On the draw back, the elevated use of sound-deadening supplies negates the load discount. In accordance with Subaru’s figures, the 2024 Crosstrek Sport suggestions the scales at 3333 kilos, 68 greater than the outgoing model. It is a tradeoff we would make day by day of the week, as that NVH discount makes the 2024 mannequin a much more nice area to spend time.
Like the two.0 base and Premium fashions, 2.5-liter Crosstreks get a modified model of the WRX’s electronically assisted energy steering and bigger 12.4-inch entrance brake rotors to exchange the earlier automobile’s 11.6-inch discs. Rears improve in dimension to 11.2 inches from 10.8 and are actually ventilated just like the fronts. The parking brake is now electrically operated, which is certain to disappoint no less than just a few budding rally drivers.
Wanting to show the Crosstrek Sport is extra than simply one other lifted hatchback clad in plastic angle its internals cannot again up, Subaru directed us to the close by Plattekill Mountain ski resort. Wanting each bit the set of a zany ’80s ski film, minus the tacky soundtrack and token stoner worker, its gracious proprietor was sport to allow us to traipse throughout the property’s much less important bits, which means not the primary ski runs.
Preceded by two days of rain, we eyed our Crosstrek Sport’s 225/55 18-inch all-season Falken tires with suspicion. Can the Crosstrek’s 8.7 inches of floor clearance, standard-but-revised all-wheel-drive system, and Deep Snow/Mud mode preserve us from sinking door-handle deep in certainly one of a number of strategically positioned mud pits? There’s just one technique to discover out.
With 3500 toes of complete elevation, the chance for hilarious out-of-control downhill careening was excessive. Nonetheless, the Crosstrek managed to maintain us off the “tragedy-for-clicks” facet of the web—for now, anyhow. Ascending the moist, rocky terrain proved comparatively uneventful with the AWD system in its Deep Snow/Mud setting, which additionally engages hill-descent management.
Issues acquired muddy because the pitch of the descent elevated. Eradicating our toes from the pedals and leaving the laborious work to the software program, the automobile crawled downhill at about 4 mph, alternately growing and lowering brake strain with a stuttering motion, sometimes including throttle and diverting torque as wanted with outstanding efficacy. Mud pits, too, offered little problem. Our Crosstrek navigated them with dogged willpower, because of the software program finding out the traction and wheelspin particulars. Progress proceeds at a sluggish and regular tempo no matter any ham-footed accelerator inputs. A second loop of the circuit at triple the pace yielded the identical outcomes with an elevated odor of burning brakes and dirt baking on the exhaust.
Costs for the 2024 Crosstrek Sport begin at $30,290. That is the entry level for the two.5-liter engine, and it’s $4000 greater than a base Crosstrek with the two.0-liter. The Sport additionally features a wi-fi telephone charger, the All-Climate package deal (heated entrance seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. A package deal including an influence driver’s seat, energy sunroof, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert is a steal at $1920.
The $32,190 Restricted consists of every thing on the Sport and provides leather-based seating, the protection package deal, a barely completely different 18-inch wheel design, and a few extra minor trim bits in and out. Bundling an influence sunroof with a Harman/Kardon audio system is a further $1795, or $2445 with navigation added to the package deal. Sadly, irrespective of how a lot you spend, Subaru won’t promote you an influence entrance passenger seat.
Will most homeowners ever abuse their Crosstreks as we now have? Most likely not. By that very same token, few consumers who lay down the money for a set of Atomic Redster skis will ever take first in a single downhill, not to mention a file 53 World Cup slalom wins like Mikaela Shiffrin. However generally, it is good to know that what’s contained in the field can truly ship the products promised by the packaging.
2024 Subaru Crosstrek 2.5-liter
Automobile Sort: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Sport, $30,290; Restricted, $32,190
DOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, direct gas injection
Displacement: 152 in3, 2498 cm3
Energy: 182 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm
repeatedly variable computerized
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Size: 176.4 in
Width: 70.9 in
Top: 63.6 in
Passenger Quantity. F/R: 55–56/44 ft3
Cargo Quantity, Behind F/R: 55/20 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3450 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 7.5 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.0 sec
Prime Pace: 120 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 29/26/33 mpg
Andrew Wendler brings many years of wrenching, writing, and editorial expertise with quite a few shops to Automobile and Driver. A rust-belt native and tireless promoter of the area, he as soon as gained a $5 wager by strolling all the size of the elevated Individuals Mover monitor that encircles downtown Detroit.