By on June 16, 2017

2018 subaru crosstrek, Image: Subaru

An extra one, that is. As Subaru prepares its second-generation Crosstrek for a trip to dealers this summer, just-released pricing shows buyers won’t have to dig much deeper into their wallet.

To get into a new Crosstrek, which adopts the stiffer Subaru Global Platform and massaged 2.0-liter Boxer four of its Impreza sibling, customers will need to pull out just one extra bill: a Benjamin. With an MSRP of $21,795 for a 2.0i base model, the 2018 Crosstrek costs just $100 more than the 2017 model. A destination and delivery charge of $915 brings the price to $22,710.

However, if you’re simply not up to the task of rowing through the new six-speed manual transmission, Subaru has a deal for you.

Unlike the previous Crosstrek, Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission will now be available on the base model, saving buyers the expense of adding a $1,000 option to the mid-level 2.0i Premium. The 2018 2.0i CVT carries an after-delivery price tag of $23,710. Dealer specials aside, the cheapest 2017 Crosstrek a buyer can find with a two-pedal setup will set them back $24,370 after delivery.

For that lower price, a 2018 Crosstrek buyer with an aversion to manuals gains four horsepower, a stiffened body structure, improved rear suspension, a longer wheelbase and more rear seat room. A 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen now holds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Subaru claims the CVT model will return an extra mile per gallon in city driving, for a rating of 27 mpg city, 33 highway.

If a six-speed and a higher degree of content fits the bill, a new 2.0i Premium — like the base model — will cost $100 more than last year. Going Premium brings drivers into contact with Starlink connected services, an all-weather package and available butt-saving EyeSight driver assist technology. However, adding an extra cog to the stick shift has a downside. With a rating of 23 mpg city and 29 highway, manual-equipped models see highway mileage drop by 1 mpg compared to last year.

Of course, buyers of the range-topping Limited model needn’t worry themselves about stick shifts. There isn’t one, just as there wasn’t one last year. There is, however, a new price, and it isn’t as mild an increase as seen on the 2.0i and Premium models. At $26,195 before delivery, the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited’s MSRP is $1,100 higher than the 2017 model’s $26,295 starting price.

The Crosstrek, basically a jacked-up Impreza 5-door with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, remains an increasingly popular model. American sales have risen each year since its introduction, hitting 95,677 in 2016.

[Images: Subaru]

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14 Comments on “Redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Will Cost You a C-note...”

  • avatar

    They need to offer a more powerful engine so that they have a tall WRX/STI type offering.

    Also, this CVT business needs to stop.

  • avatar

    This thing needed much more than a measly bump of four horsepower.

    • 0 avatar

      This is a pretty-much universal complaint. I can’t quite believe how deaf Subaru seems to be. Most of us want – if not the WRX engine – at least another 20% more horsepower/torque as an option.

      • 0 avatar

        They sell these things in record numbers. Adding a turbo would do what? They’ll grab some extra sales from people that would have bought a WRX anyways. The 2.0L in these are perfectly capable of putting around at normal speeds.

      • 0 avatar

        Universal on car commentary threads, but not for the actually-car-buying-not-lamenting public. These things sell in droves. I have the 2017 Impreza, which is a totally adequate car for anything besides hauling a trailer – for which it’s not rated. I’m starting to see a lot more of the new Imprezas, and given the current love of CUVs, the CrossTrek won’t have any trouble. Probably would have waited for this myself if I didn’t have a need to get rid of the TDI sooner.

  • avatar

    “At $26,195 before delivery, the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited’s MSRP is $1,100 higher than the 2017 model’s $26,295 starting price.”


  • avatar

    Good news? 6 speed manual transmission
    Bad news? The fuel economy of a Camry V6

    It would be worthwhile to note in the article the absolute level of hp of the engine – the change in power needs some context.

    • 0 avatar

      Camry v6 has no awd, no manual if I’m correct, is a sedan and not a hatchback with significantly greater and more flex cargo space.
      I’m not sure why you compare the two.
      Vehicle would probably clear 38+ hwy mpg with fwd as like the camry.

  • avatar

    23/29 is awful for an engine that weak. And gas mileage drops with an added gear? I guess they are closely spaced, really short gears to make sure the car can get out of its own way?

  • avatar

    So it drinks like your drunk uncle and can’t get out of its way? Don’t ever change, Subaru…

    And they won’t have any problem selling every last one that hits a dealer’s lot.

  • avatar

    I’m too busy starring at the awesome, colorful architecture in the background to even notice the Subaru…

    • 0 avatar

      Seeing a lot of this kind of “intersecting-boxes with bright colours” architecture here in Vancouver. The first few examples were striking, but now it’s completely overdone.

  • avatar

    Gotta say I really like the Crosstrek. I would row my own gears for sure. I think everyone would agree with me and say the major elephant in the room is lack of HP. I small turbo with 180-200hp would make just about everyone happy including me.

  • avatar
    Nicholas Weaver

    The GF has one of the first Gen1s, in manual.

    The thing is a nice car: the ground clearance is such I’ve taken it on rutted ranch roads and the like without issue. Or 8″ of unplowed snow. Basically the rule is “can you, with a straight face, sort of call it a road”? If so, it will go down it.

    Yes, we would LIKE more power. About the only thing she’d upgrade it for would be a XV-STI if Subaru ever wanted to make it. But it doesn’t need more power, even when towing about ~800lbs of crap to the dump on a harbor freight trailer.

    This new version: Improved looks etc, but otherwise the same capabilities and the same price, will undoubtedly sell, sell, sell a ton.

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