When you’re shopping for a car, it’s easy to get tunnel vision — to focus on a specific market class, and look only at vehicles within that one single class.
Say, for example, that you decide you want a subcompact crossover. This is a class that blends the utility of an SUV with the affordability, conveniently diminutive dimensions, and economical fuel consumption of a small car.
If you’re focused within that class, the redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek emerges as a leader.
Priced from $22,710 with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment, the Crosstrek beats most competing subcompact crossovers for its interior comfort, acceleration, ride quality, and gas mileage. It also trumps last year’s model for its updated in-dash technology and solid-feeling ride quality.
The Crosstrek also brings appealingly spunky styling — a cheerily unpretentious attitude toward a splash through the mud, all without looking aggressively cutesy or truck-like. Its alloy wheels look like they belong on a Jeep, not a Mercedes-Benz. The look departs little from the first-generation Crosstrek, but it works.