2023 Subaru Crosstrek Owner's Manual

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As you can guess, originally it was a kind of version of the famous Impreza, a little more adapted for operation off the asphalt. At first, it was not very different from the usual Impreza: higher clearance, wider wheel arches with protective plastic along the contour, a slightly different pattern of the radiator grille. But time was running out, and this model drifted more and more towards crossovers, until it was completely captured by this popular trend.

By the way, about popularity. In terms of the number of sales, the Subaru XV, and from now on the Crosstrek, is second only to the Forester, which means that we have one of Subaru’s bestsellers in front of us.
Note that not so long ago the name XV and Crosstrek were simultaneously used in different markets: while we drove the XV, the Americans, for example, the XV Crosstrek. But those days are over, now Crosstrek is Crosstrek everywhere, because it turned out that this synthetic name more accurately reflects the essence. It is formed from two words: Crossover (self-explanatory) and Trekking, i.e. a race across the crossed terrain. So, the name symbolizes the car’s ability to feel equally free in the city, in the suburbs and off-road. But is this true? Let’s try to figure it out.

Despite the overall trend to increase in size, this fate befell the Subaru Crosstrek. It even became a little more compact: the length decreased by 5 mm (to 4480 mm), the height – by 10 mm (to 1605 mm). And the wheelbase grew by 5 mm (up to 2670 mm). This allowed Crosstrack, without losing internal dimensions, to become more maneuverable and comfortable in the conditions of tight city streets.

At the same time, externally, it places a significantly greater emphasis on its off-road capabilities. This, for example, is eloquently evidenced by the high hood with an unusually high outer part, which emphasizes the convexity of the body panels, in particular the wings. Much larger than its predecessor, the radiator grille also emphasizes the strength of the body inherent in an SUV.

If you look at the Subaru Crosstrek from the side, it is impossible not to notice the very interesting shape of the unpainted protective plastic covers of the front and rear bumpers, which rise up at sharp angles. Visually, they seem to raise the front and rear overhangs in the air, although those overhangs are actually very short and high: you can measure almost forty centimeters between the rear bumper and the ground!

The shape of the wheel arches is also surprising. It is quite complex and no longer resembles an ordinary semicircle. From now on, this plastic is not only a protector, but also an interesting design element, stylistically related to the headlights and taillights. In places, it is even very interesting: have you seen many covers on wheel arches with… air ducts? And at the front of the Subaru Crosstrek, they are just like that, and this significantly adds to their expressiveness. But such a design has a very practical purpose: to remove air vortices created by the body, which, in turn, improves aerodynamics and contributes to driving safety.

The first impression when you open the door is… no, wait, about the interior – a little later. So, the first impression is the weight of those doors! They seem more massive and heavy than usual in this class. This is good, because the door closes the first time, it does not need to be pressed. In addition, the weight indicates not only the thickness of the metal, but primarily a good layer of noise insulation. Engineers really made a lot of effort to rid the interior of unnecessary noises, because they are one of the main sources of discomfort experienced by passengers and the driver.

Another important source is the shaking of the head during movement. This was revealed during research conducted together with representatives of the medical university. That’s right, for the first time in the development and improvement of a Subaru car, doctors were involved!
They proved that comfort is not limited only to the level of vibration, which until now has been the focus of attention of developers. The level of comfort is also marked by sounds and changes in the perception of visual information as a result of jerks and shaking of the head. What’s more, during movement, especially when the body of the car leans in a turn, a regular seat acts as a spring, which supposedly strengthens this movement for the lower back, spine and head. Because of this, there is overstrain in the back and neck muscles, as a person subconsciously tries to maintain the correct position on the seat.

Therefore, in order to combat this negative phenomenon, Subaru has developed new seats with reinforced support of the sacral spine and pelvic stabilization. It is not only about the shape of the seats, but even about their attachment to the body. Previously, the design involved brackets, and now the seats are attached directly to the body, which has improved the rigidity and vibration convergence of the fasteners. The result is a reduction in the rocking effect and an increase in driving comfort.

The front seats have not only good lumbar support, but also lateral support, and in addition, they are also nicely decorated. In the top Premium configuration, for example, genuine leather is used in the decoration of the seats, which is also perforated.

Another temperature record – despite the calendar, it was +29 overboard. But the back felt quite comfortable and almost did not sweat, which, as you understand, will be a serious advantage in the era of global warming.
Another impression that must be mentioned is the subconscious feeling of security that arises behind the wheel. We owe this to the new shape of the instrument panel, which has become more massive. The same can be said about the central console, which now more clearly separates the driver’s area from the passenger’s.

But there are almost no physical keys left on that console – almost everything here is controlled by the central display. It has not only significantly increased in size (the diagonal has reached 11.6 inches), but it is also located vertically, which is a significant advantage in the age of mass use of smartphones.

Among the main charms of the new generation infotainment system, the crown of which is this display, you can name a clear and logical menu structure, a good design, speed of touch reactions, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. By the way, reliable communication with smartphones is ensured, even if they are in bags and pockets. There’s a good reason to get them out of there, though, because the Subaru Crosstrek offers wireless charging. There’s even a fast charging mode (10W), and if your smartphone doesn’t support it, it won’t be a problem – the Crosstrek has enough charging ports (2.4A and 3A) in the front and back. The latter, however, only in top equipment.

The display provides convenient control of on-board systems, even climate control. But if you’re more comfortable setting the temperature with the usual presses of physical keys, Subaru doesn’t mind. For convenience, the developers have even integrated the temperature control keys, glass heating, and radio into the display.

There are also separate keys on the console, they control the parking brake, heated seats and the all-round view system. The latter is offered only in the top-end Premium configuration, but it is still worth getting, because, unlike similar systems of most competitors, the Subaru Crosstrek’s all-round view will show not only a bird’s-eye view, but also a detailed image of the areas near the front wheels on both sides. This is very convenient not only off-road, but also when parking in the city, because it helps to accurately estimate the distance to the curbs and not to damage the pretty and inexpensive rims.
Under the hood of the test Subaru Crosstrek is a two-liter gasoline engine (156 hp), which works in tandem with a Lineartronic variator. Sometimes you can hear voices criticizing such a combination for weak dynamics, but in the case of the Subaru Crosstrek, we have something to refute it.

Although acceleration to a hundred in 10.4 seconds is really not surprisingly fast, it is also slow. In practice, the dynamic abilities are quite enough to effortlessly maintain the dynamics of the flow of cars and even to empty a little, if there is inspiration and conditions. But the majority of Subaru buyers are quite prudent people, and they appreciate not so much the effect of squeezing into the chair, but the convenience of control, including the torque.

And this is where the duet of the motor and the CVT reveals its best qualities. Subaru Crosstrek, as they say, “follows the pedal”, that is, it allows you to dose the flow of power quite precisely and not to twist the engine unnecessarily, which is very easy to do in the case of a turbocharged gasoline engine. Constant improvement of both the engine and the variator is indicated. The latter received an extended range of gear ratios, which contributes to a more dynamic start from a standstill and better economy when driving at high speed. Other changes, which affected primarily the design of the planetary gear and lubrication system components, led to a reduction in the level of vibrations and, again, improved dynamics and reduced fuel consumption. I easily managed to manage 10 l/100 km in the city (almost passport data!), and the start-stop system helped to save money in traffic jams. By the way, the on-board computer shows exactly how much has been saved. So, a total of eight minutes, during which the engine was silent during the test at stops in front of a traffic light or in a traffic light, saved about a quarter of a liter of fuel.

At the same time, the EyeSight system, which can safely be called the “co-pilot”, took care of my nerves. This well-known system was rightfully considered one of the best before, and now, after modernization, it generally makes a great impression. EyeSight-controlled Subaru Crosstrek accelerates and brakes just like a professional driver would!

And it is not surprising, because the new stereo camera with a wider range of recognition allows the electronic brain of Subaru Crosstrek to better navigate the road conditions, and the wide-angle monocular camera more effectively recognizes pedestrians and motorcyclists.
Although the camera unit, located in the upper part of the windshield, has considerable dimensions and, let’s be honest, it slightly blocks the view of the traffic lights, you can take comfort in the fact that now the adaptive cruise control has a human domainichchya and conquers with the logic of his work. And if the driver suddenly starts to catch a yaw, EyeSight skillfully provides insurance – it will warn about the danger and even perform emergency braking, which will be even more effective thanks to the new, more sensitive electric brake booster.

But Subaru Crosstrek can be loved not only for this or for a comfortable suspension. The main brand attraction is symmetrical all-wheel drive, which, together with a huge ground clearance of 220 mm, allows you to drive off the asphalt without hesitation. The torque distribution of the new AWD system (ACT-4) between the front and rear axles is “by default” 60:40, which is very correct, because this is the distribution of the total weight of the car. And the changes in ACT-4 made it possible to further improve the response of the system and the movement of the car during course changes: the Crosstrek more confidently than before keeps the trajectory in prolonged high-speed turns.

As for off-road behavior, primarily in deep sand, the new Subaru Crosstrek quite expectedly confirmed its reputation as an almost all-terrain vehicle: it really is capable of driving where most crossovers cannot.

Although the car is offered in two configurations, Active and Premium, it is not too difficult to choose between them. It seems inappropriate to save here, because the initial Active will not offer either LED headlights or fog lights, which is quite strange these days, and this is despite the fact that even the starting equipment already has a very inexpensive EyeSight system!

But there won’t be much else worth getting in the Active. For example, in the Premium configuration, in addition to LED headlights and fog lights, there is an all-round view system with the ability to look at the area near the front wheels, a blind spot control system and even additional modes “Snow”/”Dirt” and “Deep snow”/ “Mud” in the X-Mode system. What can we say about the leather interior, heated steering wheel, aluminum pedal pads, electric sunroof and electric adjustment of the driver’s seat (10 positions). Yes, the Premium configuration has more than enough arguments in its favor.

In general, this crossover makes a very good impression. Although it’s hard to call it the most affordable car in the segment, the price seems quite justified if you dig into the details, consider the successful and time-tested design and take into account the many modernization efforts that the developers of the new Subaru Crosstrek have made. At the moment, it has everything for comfortable movement in the city and is ready to take its passengers without hesitation, even off-road, which is quite difficult for a crossover.

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