Subaru gives its little CUV more power and a bigger, more rigid platform.

Driving away in the second-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will cost customers just $140 more than last year. The new iteration of Subie’s compact crossover will start at $22,710 (including $915 for destination), and they arrive at dealers later this summer. 

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The second-gen Crosstrek moves to the modular Subaru Global Platform that increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent. The wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer, but overall length is only up 0.6 inches. Power still comes from a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine, but the powerplant now makes 152 horsepower (113 kilowatts) rather than 148 hp (110 kW) in the previous-gen model. A six-speed manual is the standard gearbox, but expect most buyers in the United States to opt for the CVT, which now comes with Subie’s X-Mode off-road traction tech and Hill Descent Control. Regardless of transmission, the Crosstrek has all-wheel drive. 

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Models with the manual get 23 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined. The CVT delivers 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined.

Subaru will offer the Crosstrek in three trim levels: 2.0i, Premium, and Limited. The base version comes with a new 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

Trim Level Transmission 2018 Price (With Destination) 2017 Price (With Destination) Difference
2.0i 6MT (5MT in 2017) $22,710 $22,570 $140
2.0i CVT $23,710 N/A N/A
Premium 6MT (5MT in 2017) $23,510 $23,370 $140
Premium CVT $24,510 $24,370 $140
Limited CVT $27,210 $26,070 $1,140

Upgrading to the Premium trim adds Subaru’s Starlink Connected Services apps to the infotainment system. It’s more comfortable in the cold thanks to heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer, and heated exterior mirrors. A sound-insulated windshield and welcome lighting are also standard.

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Customers can also upgrade the CVT-equipped Premium with a trio of option packages. A combination of a moonroof, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert adds $1,400. The EyeSight active safety suite, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert costs $1,395. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning. Finally, the moonroof and previously mentioned safety systems together is $2,395.

The range-topping Limited comes with an eight-inch infotainment system, 18-inch wheels, keyless access with push-button start, six-way power driver’s seat, steering responsive headlights, LED low beams, blind spot detection, land change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. Drivers can pick between black or gray leather upholstery with orange stitching.

There are two option packages. Getting EyeSight, high beam assist, and moonroof together costs $2,095. Alternatively, EyeSight, high beam assist, navigation, and Harman Kardon stereo come combined for $3,445.

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  • Crosstrek prices start just $100 over previous generation
  • Second implementation of new Subaru Global Platform
  • 2.0-liter Boxer Engine with Direct Injection
  • Enhanced Safety, Comfort and Agility including X-MODE with Hill Descent Control
  • Active Torque Vectoring and Raised Stablex Suspension standard on all models

Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing on the all-new 2018 Crosstrek line. The Crosstrek is the second model to use the Subaru Global Platform that is designed to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort. 

In just its 3rd year of production, Crosstrek became Subaru’s third best-selling model. The company reported it’s 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases on June 1st. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will be offered in three trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium and Limited when it arrives at retailers late this Summer. Pricing begins at just $100 over the last generation model at $21,795. For the first time, the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available on the 2.0i base trim. This new model lowers the entry price for a CVT model compared to last generation.

Every Crosstrek is equipped with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and is offered as either a 6-speed manual or CVT, depending on trim level.  Upgraded from the previous model’s 5-speed, the new 6-speed manual transmission models have fuel economy of 23city/29hwy and 25 combined miles per gallon. The CVT features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters (Premium and Limited trim only) that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios. Fuel economy for CVT models is 27city/33hwy and 29 combined miles per gallon. The 2018 Crosstrek combines bold new design and a highly capable chassis with 8.7-in of ground clearance for versatility in both off-road and city driving.

A revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152-hp vs. 148 before) and drivability.

Subaru designed the 2018 Crosstrek to provide even higher levels of safety than the outgoing model, which was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (when equipped with available EyeSight). The new platform underpinning the 2018 Crosstrek improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over present models.

The Crosstrek 2.0i wears new 17-inch alloy wheels and has a suite of new standard features such as raised Stablex suspension and Active Torque Vectoring. CVT models have X-MODE and Hill Descent Control for enhanced performance in low-friction and off-road conditions. The interior has been upgraded with black simulated carbon fiber finish on the center dash panel as well as the front and rear door panels. There is also a new standard gloss black rear roof spoiler. All Crosstrek trims are equipped with roof rails and black side cladding.

A new 6.5-inch touchscreen for the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system adds Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more. 

With a standard 6-speed manual transmission, Premium trim Crosstreks are priced from $22,595. With just a $100 increase from last year, this trim adds SUBARU STARLINK™ Connected Services, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield Wiper De-Icer, and heated exterior mirrors as well as On/Off automatic headlights linked to windshield wiper operation. A new sound insulated windshield and Welcome Lighting are standard on the Premium trim. Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including power moonroof and multiple driver assist technology systems. Models equipped with Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology now include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Individual Wheel Pressure Display and an overhead console shower light.

The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the SUBARU BOXER® engine; Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD); and EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, represent the brand’s core technologies and constitutes the foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles. Crosstrek’s new platform incorporates new framework with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration, and harshness to a degree not seen in the compact SUV class. Specifically, the new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent.

The Limited continues as the top of the model line with upgrades over the Crosstrek Premium including the standard CVT with X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, SUBARU STARLINK™ 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system, 18-in. machine finished alloy wheels, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Pin Code Access, 6-way Power Driver’s seat and new Steering Responsive Headlights which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Limited trims include Automatic LED low and high beam height adjustment control. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also standard. The 2018 Crosstrek 2.0i Limited is priced from $26,295.

The all-new interior on the Crosstrek Limited features black or new high-contrast gray leather with orange stitching on seats, door armrests and instrument panel. Limited trims include upgraded Multi-Function display and individual wheel display TPMS indicators. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new Harman/Kardon® premium audio is available in the Crosstrek for the first time.

The optional EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Optional enhancements to EyeSight-equipped Limited trims include navigation, High Beam Assist which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlights based on driving conditions, Reverse Automatic Braking and overhead console shower light.

All 2018 Crosstrek models include front driver and passenger seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth® wireless capability, iPod® control, Android Auto™ and CarPlay™, smartphone integration and more. The display screen acts as the display for the standard Rear- Vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.

SUBARU STARLINK™ Connected Services comes with the Safety Plus package that offers SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and Diagnostic Alerts. This package can be upgraded to the Safety Plus & Security Plus package that adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.





Applicable Option Code


MSRP + destination and delivery











2.0i Premium





2.0i Premium


11, 12, 13, 14



2.0i Limited


21, 22, 23











CODE 01 Standard Model 2.0i base 6MT


CODE 11 Standard Model 2.0i Premium 6MT


CODE 12 Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert


CODE 13 EyeSight® + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert


CODE 14 Eyesight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic                 Alert


CODE 21 Standard Model 2.0i Limited


CODE 22 EyeSight® with Reverse Automatic Brake + High Beam Assist + Moonroof


CODE 23 EyeSight® with Reverse Automatic Brake + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers