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Crosstrek in One Sentence:
Go for the Crosstrek if you like a smaller sport utility vehicle that's nimble, easy to park, and sacrifices nothing on utility or style. 




Overview:

Crosstrek has the underpinnings of an Impreza, so it shares the Impreza's basic dimensions.  Subaru gave the Crosstrek:
  • Unique bumpers and grill;
  • Aggressive 17-inch silver/black alloys;
  • Wheel arch cladding;
  • Black rocker spoiler;
  • Privacy glass;
  • Optional bright paint colors (as if the styling didn't already attract enough attention!)

With almost nine inches of ground clearance, think of it as a mini-monster truck that gets 33 mph highway. 



Price:
They are priced in the low to mid $20's.




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Crosstreks through the years:

Subaru technically introduced the XV Crosstrek name in 2013, but Subaru debuted its "mini-ute" as the Impreza Outback Sport in 1996.  Through four generations, the basic formula remains the same:  start with an Impreza hatchback, raise the suspension, and give it a rugged exterior. 
 


2018+




Subaru maintained maximum cool factor with this latest generation, but changed almost everything.  Built on an all-new platform that will ultimately underpin most Subaru models, crash absorption capability increases by a stunning 40%.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto debut, along with an optional power seat and Harmon Kardan audio.  New Eyesight features include rear automatic braking, steering responsive headlights, and high-beam assist.
   
2013 through 2017


Subaru became the compact SUV to beat with this recent generation.  Introducing a continuously variable transmission and new 2.0 liter engine lifted fuel economy to 33 mpg highway.  Other new features included the optional Eyesight driver assistance system. Subaru hit the styling bullseye, producing one of the coolest looking utility vehicles available.  Outward visibility remains outstanding.  Subaru's first hybrid powerplant appeared in the 2014 Crosstrek.





 
2008 through 2011








Subaru stretched the wheelbase on this generation, appealing to a much broader audience who required more room for people, dogs, and gear.    



 
2002 through 2007








The previous generation lacked refinement, so Subaru upped its game with a standard 2.5 liter engine, modern interior, and side airbags.  Exterior styling went from weird to handsome.   





 
 
1996 through 2001






Subaru introduced the Impreza Outback Sport in 1996 with a 2.2 liter
Boxer engine by adding a long-travel suspension and styling we call "rugged whizbang."  Added equipment included crossbars, hood scoop, two tone paint, and phat fog lights.  It looks a little goofy today, but this car really pioneered the mini-ute craze in the industry that is just now coming into full bloom.






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