2016 Subaru Crosstrek review

At the wheel of the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek on a Northern California backroad, I saw many, many cars bearing the Pleiades-laden Subaru badge on their grilles. It felt a bit like being in a club, not very exclusive but distinct nonetheless.


The typical Subaru driver ostensibly enjoys the beauty of nature, making time for hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. The stereotype suggests coexisting with the environment, not dominating it.

The Crosstrek, a more recent entrant to the Subaru lineup, maintains this ethos, bolstering the ground occupied by the Outback and Forester. Although sporting SUV style, the Crosstrek’s size makes it feel more like a wagon. Dropping 7 inches in overall length and 4 inches in height compared to Subaru’s next model up, the Forester, the Crosstrek shows off an approachable, urban footprint and a sporty look.

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