We recently took a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek way past our comfort zone. Help us title this image.
Here’s what we’ve got so far; “Tippecanoe and Crosstrek too.” Another one we like is, “Must be a male Crosstrek.” What can you come up with to help us caption this image from our time off-road in the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek?
We had the pleasure of driving the Subaru on the first two of three gradually more ridiculous courses set up by Land Rover on the beautiful grounds of the at the Monticello Motor Club in New York state. The off-road courses cover hard rocky sections, loose rock, mud, water, and uneven grassy areas that seem impossible to drive over in a street-legal machine. We chose to spend the majority of our time in the Crosstrek, though there were Land Rovers, Jeeps, and Toyota off-roaders on hand that had a smidge more capability. For us, the most fun comes from doing insane things in a crossover that we know from testing is smooth as glass on the highway, and supremely comfortable as a daily driver – and costs a lot less than most big luxury ground pounders do.
We checked out the newest version of Subaru’s X-Mode. The Crosstrek’s standard X-Mode enhances the all-wheel-drive Subaru’s ability to manage wheel spin in situations where a tire or two don’t just have reduced traction, but may well be off the ground. You can feel and hear X-Mode working. It grunts and groans and manages the throttle, transmission, differentials, and brakes to allow the vehicle to put the power and torque to the wheels (or single wheel in some cases) that can keep the vehicle moving forward. It feels similar to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro’s crawl mode in many ways. You can see it at the beginning and end of the video managing the front and rear driver’s side wheelspin.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is all-new for 2018. It is built upon Subaru’s latest platform. One of the big changes from the prior platform is increased stiffness and rigidity. Subaru says the new platform is 70% stiffer than the prior. Automakers like a stiff platform because it translates to better on-road manners. Subaru appreciates that benefit too but also knows that off-road a bad chassis is hard to hide. During our off-road runs, we were amazed by how the Crosstrek never creeks or flexes as it is lifted on just two wheels at opposite ends of the car.