The primary Subaru of 2021 made its strategy to our house for per week in January, and we have been thrilled that it was the all-new Crosstrek Sport mannequin. We now have all the time loved not solely the Subaru lineup, however particularly this small crossover mannequin.
We weren’t disillusioned with our week that included a visit as much as Farmington Bay on Saturday and a bunch of operating round Utah Valley, the place we have been capable of handle a really good 34.1 miles per gallon, not solely up and again, however for your complete week.
This 12 months, Subaru has upped its recreation within the new Crosstrek and has given the favored compact SUV a brand new, stronger engine as an choice. A 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer energy plant can now be had underneath the hood that produces a really good 182 horsepower, and 176 foot-pounds of torque to go together with it.
This engine is coupled to the wheels by way of a CVT (repeatedly variable transmission) as are most Subaru fashions. We do really feel that Subaru does a really good job with any such transmissions making it really feel as pure as doable to what most folk are used to, particularly us in our advanced-age standing.
The Saturday of our check experience had the climate change from a small snowstorm the day earlier than to a wonderful winter day, so we took benefit of that with our journey as much as Farmington. There was a way to our insanity of simply randomly heading out on a Saturday and that was to get a glimpse on the many bald eagles which are stated to spend time on the bay from January by March.
The drive to Farmington was made a lot simpler due to the Subaru Eyesight system. What this does is add an additional pair of eyes and even an additional foot on the brake if wanted. There actually are two new sensors which are situated on either side of the rearview mirror on the high of the windshield that regularly scan the highway forward and to the perimeters of the car.
This made it doable for the Crosstrek to alert us if we began to wander outdoors of the lane, and would additionally nudge the car again into the lane with Subaru’s model of lane hold help. We discovered that the system carried out very nicely even at nighttime of evening on the concrete freeway, the place the traces are generally onerous to see. It even alerted us if we appeared to be weaving backwards and forwards within the lane, one thing which may occur with drowsy driving.
It additionally got here with adaptive cruise management that might hold the Crosstrek at a sure distance behind the following car within the lane, even bringing it to an entire cease if mandatory, the engineers have even taken this know-how one step additional by offering an audible beep when the automotive forward clears, permitting the Crosstrek to return to the set velocity.
This technique additionally would hit the brakes if it thought that the Crosstrek was in eminent hazard of a entrance collision. It additionally will cut back throttle management and apply brakes if the hazard shouldn’t be as imminent as it might seem, thus both avoiding or enormously diminishing a front-end collision. With the Eyesight system, IIHS offers the Crosstrek the very best score doable in terms of front-end collisions.
We have been capable of take the Crosstrek by muddy terrain because the snow from the evening earlier than had melted out on the dikes in Farmington Bay that we needed to drive on to get higher entry to viewing the numerous totally different species of birds that make this a part of Utah their house for the winter months.
With temperatures hitting the low 50-degree mark in early February, it turned out to be a really good day to be actually out on the water, and we’d advocate some form of SUV to make the trek as most of it was mainly within the mud and dust.
We noticed over 100 bald eagles both flying within the air or sitting on small ice-like islands scattered all through Farmington Bay, nicely definitely worth the journey up and much more so within the new Crosstrek Sport.
New additionally this 12 months within the sport mannequin solely are a hill descent management together with a deep snow and dust perform that we form of obtained to make use of however would have gotten a greater shot if the in a single day storm had produced greater than an inch of the white stuff.
Inside, the Sport was very snug with new water repellant seats product of a sturdy nice StartTex upholstery with a wonderful yellow stitching on them that continued by to the dashboard and steering wheel.
Our check experience got here with an upgraded 8-inch infotainment display screen that we’d extremely advocate because it was simpler to see and use all through the week. We now have all the time discovered that on this division greater normally is healthier as we discovered having related our telephones to make use of Apple CarPlay for instructions to the bay.
The Crosstrek additionally options Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive, the place the engineers have break up the ability 50-50 to the entrance and rear wheels, it additionally will distribute extra energy to any wheel the place it’s wanted when driving on uneven terrain or by a patch of snow. This all-wheel drive is customary on the Subaru the place a lot of the competitors will begin with a front-wheel-drive-only model.
The brand new Subaru Crosstrek Sport was a fantastic experience for per week, particularly with the brand new engine improve — all the time nice to get extra horsepower it doesn’t matter what the car is!
Craig and Deanne Conover have been test-driving automobiles for over eight years and have had the chance to drive many makes and fashions. They obtain a brand new automotive every week for a weeklong check drive and journey. They each love having the distinctive alternative of attempting out new automobiles. They reside in Springville.