2018 Subaru Crosstrek


Ranked #7 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP $21,795 - $26,295
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Key Spec of 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


152 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Standard All-Wheel-Drive

Sluggish acceleration from the engine

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a fully redesigned model.

Refined, comfortable and spacious interiors

Manual Transmission is a gas guzzler

Great on-road manners

Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

High ground clearance for off-roading.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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The Subaru Crosstrek has been redesigned for the 2018 model year, and now starts at a base price of $21,795 (MSRP). The 2018 Crosstrek is built on a new platform and shares the bare bones with Impreza including a 152 hp four-cylinder engine. Subaru has improved the interior quality along with smoother rides than the outgoing model. The interior feature more tech including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

The Subaru Crosstrek is a hit thanks to its rugged styling, versatile size, and off-road capability. Unlike the other subcompact SUVs in the class, the Crosstrek is available with standard all-wheel-drive and many high-end options such as Harman Kordon sound system and a full suite of advanced safety features that Subaru calls EyeSight. The alternatives to the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek includes Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Toyota C-HR.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)$24840$262950 Listings
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M)$21431$2259534 Listings
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Over All Rating

8.2Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#7 in Compact Suv

#11 in Suv

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Base$21,795 onwards
  • 6.5-Inch touchscreen
  • 60/40-Split folding rear seat
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Auto up/down front windows
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Driver information display
  • Rearview camera
Premium$22,595 onwards
  • Automatic headlights
  • Heated seats & mirrors
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Subaru Starlink features
Limited$26,295 onwards
  • 18-Inch wheels
  • 8-Inch dashboard display
  • Automatic climate control
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather seats
  • Led adaptive headlights
  • Six-Way power-adjustable driver seat

Used Subaru Crosstrek For Sale

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Waukesha, WI

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,013 Below market
RMV: $22,011
Mileage 107,482 mi.
Listed On 31 Dec 2022 (25 Days)
Price Rise, $1620
Earlier Price: $10580
13 Dec 2022
Dumfries, VA

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD PZEV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $165/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,722 Below market
RMV: $14,922
Mileage 143,835 mi.
Listed On 01 Nov 2022 (85 Days)
Price Drop, $999
Earlier Price: $19999
7 Jul 2022
Doylestown, PA

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 152 hp 7CVT)

Est. $257/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,173 Below market
RMV: $23,173
Mileage 81,971 mi.
Listed On 14 May 2022 (256 Days)
Price Drop, $998
Earlier Price: $17998
20 Jul 2022
Downers Grove, IL

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Base 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 152 hp 7CVT)

Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,735 Below market
RMV: $20,735
Mileage 93,308 mi.
Listed On 19 May 2022 (251 Days)
Valrico, FL

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,348 Below market
RMV: $24,343
Mileage 31,079 mi.
Listed On 02 Jan 2023 (23 Days)
Price Drop, $750
Earlier Price: $20500
24 Oct 2022
Roanoke, VA

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

Est. $268/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,272 Below market
RMV: $24,022
Mileage 64,072 mi.
Listed On 18 Aug 2022 (160 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $18995
23 Jun 2022
Naugatuck, CT

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 152 hp 7CVT)

Est. $251/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,893 Below market
RMV: $22,388
Mileage 88,100 mi.
Listed On 04 Apr 2022 (296 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $22000
7 Oct 2022
Kansas City, MO

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $291/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,356 Below market
RMV: $25,856
Mileage 85,306 mi.
Listed On 28 Jun 2022 (211 Days)
Bishop, CA

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $257/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,824 Below market
RMV: $22,822
Mileage 62,038 mi.
Listed On 09 Dec 2022 (47 Days)

Colors and Styles

Build Car
Cool Gray Khaki

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Crosstrek stands out in the subcompact SUV class for its standard all-wheel-drive system. It is Subaru's smallest crossover with pricing lower than the Forester and Outback. The Corsstrek uses a similar platform as in the Impreza hatch and is credited for spacious interior and cargo along with smooth drivability. You can do light off-roading in the Crrosstrek and it entails a lower cost of ownership than most of the competitors in the class.

The 2018 Crosstrek’s five-year costs of ownership which include cost for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance is estimated at about $21,440. Though most users complain about Crosstrek's below-average fuel economy with the manual transmission.



Subaru offers the Crosstrek in three levels of trim: base (2.0i), Premium, and Limited. All three trims feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and all-wheel drive is standard. The Crosstrek 2.0i base and Crosstrek Premium come with either a manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The CVT is standard on Crosstrek Limited.

Pricing for the 2018 Crosstrek begins at $21,795 for the base trim and goes up to $26,295 for the range-topping Limited. For the price, Subaru equips the base trim with decent features which includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, 17-inch wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a four-speaker stereo, cloth seats, and a rearview camera.

Trims 2.0i 2.0i Premium 2.0i Limited
MSRP (Manual/AWD) $21,795 $22,595 -
MSRP (CVT/AWD) $22,795 $23,595 $26,295
Key Features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Includes 2.0i key features and adds: Includes 2.0i Premium key features and adds:
  Raised roof rails. Available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. Leather-trimmed upholstery.
  8.7 inches of ground clearance. Available power moonroof. Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle. 18-inch dark gray-finish alloy wheels.
  17-inch dark gray-finish alloy wheels. Fog lights. LED Steering Responsive Headlights.
  Available Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats. Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
    SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security.  

Moving to the Premium and Limited trims, you can avail of the EyeSight suite of safety features. This includes advanced driver assistance features such as a pre-collision warning and braking system, lane departure warning, lane keeps assist, and adaptive cruise control.

We Recommend:

The Premium is the best value choice in the 2018 Crosstrek lineup. It has about $800 overhead cost than the base trim for which it adds a six-speaker stereo, heated front seats and mirrors, automatic headlights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Premium is also available with Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced safety features, contrasting interior stitching, and a moonroof.

Engine and Performance


The CVT is a better option. It keeps the Crosstrek in its sweet spot with less effort, simulates “gears” when you’re standing on it, and takes far less effort. -thecarconnection

2018 Crosstrek Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Crosstrek uses an updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, similar to the Impreza. The standard I-4 engine delivers 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque through a manual or a CVT to all-wheels. Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is brilliant and this redesigned Crosstrek benefits from a small bump in power from the outgoing 2.0-liter I-4 which was rated at 148 hp.

Even with the power bump the Crosstrek feels underpowered and offers relatively slow acceleration among subcompact crossovers. The continuously variable automatic transmission is good for fuel efficiency and unlike traditional CVTS, it doesn't make the engine noise at higher speeds.

Models 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
MSRP $ 21,995 $ 19,570 $ 22,500 $ 20,110
Engine 2.0L Boxer 4 1.8L Inline 4 2.0L Inline 4 2.0L Inline 4
Fuel type Gas Gas Gas Gas
Transmission 6 speed Manual 6 speed Manual CVT Automatic 6 speed Automatic
Power 152 hp @ 6000 RPM 141hp @ 6500 RPM 144 hp @ 6100 RPM 146 hp @ 6000 RPM
Torque 145 ft-lbs. @ 4000 RPM 127 ft-lbs.  @ 4300 RPM 139 ft-lbs. @ 3900 RPM 146 ft-lbs. @ 2800 RPM

Among the competitors, the updated Crosstrek gets the most power from its four-cylinder engine, but its heavy curb weight offers slow acceleration. However, Corsstrek is an easy entry at such an affordable price point and offers standard all-wheel-drive. The Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 are more fun to drive than the Subaru.

2018 Crosstrek 0-60 mph Acceleration

The 152 hp Crosstrek sprints from zero to 0 mph in about 0.3 seconds, which is a below-average performance in the crossover class. The 2018 Honda HR-V does the same run in 9.3 seconds while the CX-3 posted an 8.6 second 0-60 mph time. The transmission works fine but there isn't enough power to work with. On the highways, merging or passing need to be planned beforehand.

Models 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
0-60 MPH 10.3 sec 9.3 sec 11.0 sec 8.6 sec
Quarter mile 16.9 sec @ 80.8 mph 16.8 sec @ 80.9 mph 17.4 sec @ 77.4 mph 16.3 sec @ 83.3 mph
Engine 2.0 L 1.8 L 2.0 L 2.0 L

The sluggish acceleration in the Crosstrek is only one drawback the vehicle has, however, driving around the town is easy and smooth. Though both the transmissions are responsive, we recommend the CVT for its fuel-efficient performance.

"A slightly revised suspension with added braces upfront and softer damping help the Crosstrek lose some of its more agrarian tendencies, but the result is a predictable head toss inside. In all, it’s a worthwhile trade for most people." - theCarConnection.

2018 Crosstrek Ride, Handling, and Braking

The 2018 Crosstrek impresses with its smooth ride, off-road capabilities, and improves rigidity. The crossover is more athletic than some of its rivals and steers much like Impreza. The tall ride height, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Subaru's intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and off-road calibrated ABS ascertains its off-road prowess. 

 The Crosstrek also benefits from the extra traction and all-weather capability. Though the bare bones are solid but tall ride height results in body rolls when you aggressively drive around the corners. The steering is precise and accurate but the handling is compromised. All CVT-equipped models also get available hill-descent control,

Model 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
Brake pads-front 11.6" 11.5" 11.8" 11.0"
Brake pads Rear 10.8" 11.1" 11.1" 11.1"
Curb weight 3113 lbs 2888 lbs 3300 lbs 2809 lbs
60-0 MPH 118 ft. 127 ft. 119 ft. 117

In the emergency stopping test, the Crosstrek needed 118 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is the average stopping distance in the subcompact class. The brake pedals are firm with a linear progression. You will be confident in city traffic and along the highway.

Fuel Economy


With the manual transmission, the 2018 Crosstrek returns EPA estimated 12 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The CVT-equipped models improve the fuel economy estimates to 27/22 mpg city/highway, which is above average in the subcompact class. Considering Crosstre's standard all-wheel drive, its fuel economy estimates are impressive.

Model 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
Mpg city mpg 23 25 27 29
Mpg highway mpg 29 33 31 34
Mpg combine mpg 25 28 29 31

However, if you can make do with FWD, Subaru's competitors offer better gas mileage. The base CX-3 gets 29/34 mpg while the C-HR is rated at 27/31 mpg. 



"2018 Subaru Crosstrek makes its biggest strides from the last generation in refinement and comfort." – thecarconnection

2018 Crosstrek Seating and Comfort

The Crosstrek rides on top of the Impreza hatchback platform and offers class-leading interior and cargo space along with user-friendly technology. The interior design is upscale and stylish. The base trim comes with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and a 60/40-split, flat-folding rear seat. The front and rear seats have ample leg- and headroom and seats are reasonably comfortable.

Some critics found the cushion a little thin in both rows. Visibility is great on all sides of the crossover, thanks to Crosstrek's lifted ride height. The cabin has a clean, upscale feeling and available features include leather upholstery, cloth upholstery with contrast stitching, heated front seats, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Model 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume 100.9 ft cube 100.1 ft cube 83.8 ft cube 86.3 ft cube
Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)


39.8/55.1/56.7/43.1 39.5/53.1/56.8/41.2 38.1/53/49/43.5 37.6/52.3/53.5/41.7

Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)


38/55.2/55.6/36.5 38.3/47.4/54.5/39.3 38.3/48/52.5/31.7 37.2/49/50.4/35

At the top level, Limited trim has a lot of soft-touch surfaces. If you compare the Crosstrek to some class-leading rivals, Crosstrek ranks in the top-half of the subcompact class.

2018 Crosstrek Cargo Capacity

The Crosstrek has 20.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. The space is impressive but not class-leading as some rivals such as Honda HR-V offer more than 24 cubic feet of space. Even some hatchback including Civic offers more space behind the rear seats. 

Model 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
Cargo Space behind 2nd Row 20.8 cube ft. 24.3 cube ft. 19.0 cube ft. 12.4 cube ft.
Cargo Space behind 1st Row 55.3 cube ft. 58.8 cube ft. 36.4 cube ft. 44.5 cube ft.

For storing small items, Crosstrek offers decent storage spaces including center console storage and medium-sized door pockets. Both rear and front passengers have several cupholders for keeping standard water bottles.

2018 Crosstrek Infotainment System

For 2018, Subaru Crosstrek gets a standard 6.5-inch Starlink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This Subaru's infotainment system is appreciated for its straightforward menus and crisp graphics. The interior features a lot of physical buttons and knobs that make it easy to use.

You can also equip your Subaru Crosstrek with the available navigation system, a bigger 8-inch touch screen standard on the top trim, a six- or eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and satellite radio.



“From the outside, the new Crosstrek is most noticeable by its nose. Its lower front bumper is full of more black plastic, and on some trims, a darker grille.” – theCarConnection

2018 Crosstrek Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is all-new this year but there its styling looks similar to the outgoing model, Subaru claims this second-generation Crosstrek is 90 percent changes. the small off-roader attitude is consistent and it has the same athletic profile, highlighted by practical gray body cladding. It also provides rugged contrast to the vibrant colors on offer. 

Upfront, the nose of the Crosstrek is quite noticeable while the lower front bumper is full of more black plastic, and on higher trims, Crosstrek gets a darker grille. The new headlight design can cover LEDs and reaches quickly into the front fenders. Also above average ground clearance also offers the twin benefits of allowing extra suspension travel and higher seat heights. 

Model 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Mazda CX-3
curb weight 3113 lbs 2888 lbs 3300 lbs 2809 lbs
Length 175.8" 169.1" 171.2" 168.3"
Width 71" 69.8" 60.6" 60"
Height 63.6" 63.2" 61.6" 60.7"
Ground Clearance 8.7" 7.1" 5.9" 6.2"
Wheelbase 104.9" 102.8" 103.9" 101.2"
Track width(in) F/R 61/61.2 60.4/60.6 60.6/60.6 60/59.9

The Subaru Crosstrek weighs from 3,113 to 3,230 pounds, depending on the trim configuration you choose. Sharing the bare bones with Impreza, the Crosstrek rides on a 104.9 inches long wheelbase. This practical crossover SUV offers a spacious interior and has above average length, width and height in the subcompact class.



The Subaru Crosstrek received a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ along with the highest rating of Good in all crash tests conducted by the IIHS. The properly equipped Crosstrk Premium and Limited earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The NHTSA gave this crossover a five-out-of-five-star overall safety rating.

Subaru offers EyeSight driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning with sway warning and lane keep assist. The base trim features a standard rearview camera.

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind-spot monitoring
  • rear cross-traffic alert
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control
  • reverse automatic braking



2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2018 Honda HR-V

The 2018 Honda HR-V is also a good subcompact SUV, just like the Subaru Crosstrek. The HR-V impresses with its spacious interior with more rear-seat legroom and cargo space than the Subaru. Also, Honda provides extra rear seat configurations for carrying bulkier items. '

On the other hand, the Crosstrek has a bit more off-road capability and better ride height. Overall, the Honda HR-V is a better choice, as it is a more affordable, practical, and dynamics option in comparison to the Subaru.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2018 Mazda CX-3

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is distinctive in its class as it offers spirited driving performance, a good acceleration, and sharp handling. This sporty crossover also has an upscale cabin and better fuel economy than the Crosstrek.

However, Mazda lacks standard all-wheel-drive. Also, Crosstrek's above-average ground clearance allows it to tackle the beaten paths more easily than the CX-3. For budget entry into the segment, going with Mazda CX-3 with standard FWD can save you around $4,200 compared to the Subaru. The Crosstrek has its own benefits including more room for passengers and cargo.

Final Verdict

The Subaru Crosstrek is a decent subcompact offering that offers a perfect combination of family needs for space and utility at an affordable price point and ownership cost. Where most other rivals throw better features at lower starting prices or offer more sporting driving dynamics, the Crosstrek is is easier to live with on a daily basis. Thank the redesigned 2018 Crosstrek which features improved cabin tech and smoother ride, and it remains one of the most capable off-road SUVs compared to anything in its price range.

vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

122 cu in

horse power

152 hp @ 6000 rpm


145 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


Continuously Variable Transmission


175.8 in


104.9 in


71 in

curb weight

3230 lbs


63.6 in

Ground Clearance

8.7 in

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft

cargo volume

55.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

27/29/33 mpg

highway range

547.80 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Subaru Crosstrek 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $40,553
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,563$1,267$985$630$226$4,671
Taxes and Fees$2,183$154$239$205$129$2,910
Total Cost-To-Own$9,954$7,253$6,869$9,257$7,220$40,553
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