The primary Subaru of 2021 made its strategy to our house for every week in January, and we had been thrilled that it was the all-new Crosstrek Sport mannequin. We’ve got 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 working round Utah Valley, the place we had been capable of handle a really good 34.1 miles per gallon, not solely up and again, however for the complete week.
This yr, Subaru has upped its sport within the new Crosstrek and has given the favored compact SUV a brand new, stronger engine as an possibility. 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 along with it.
This engine is coupled to the wheels by way of a CVT (constantly variable transmission) as are most Subaru fashions. We do really feel that Subaru does a really good job with the sort of transmissions making it really feel as pure as doable to what most people 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 an attractive winter day, so we took benefit of that with our journey as much as Farmington. There was a technique 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 mentioned to spend time on the bay from January by means of 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 positioned on all sides of the rearview mirror on the high of the windshield that regularly scan the highway forward and to the perimeters of the automobile.
This made it doable for the Crosstrek to alert us if we began to wander outdoors of the lane, and would additionally nudge the automobile again into the lane with Subaru’s model of lane preserve help. We discovered that the system carried out very nicely even at the hours of darkness of evening on the concrete freeway, the place the strains are typically onerous to see. It even alerted us if we appeared to be weaving forwards and backwards within the lane, one thing that may occur with drowsy driving.
It additionally got here with adaptive cruise management that will preserve the Crosstrek at a sure distance behind the following automobile within the lane, even bringing it to a whole cease if crucial, the engineers have even taken this know-how one step additional by offering an audible beep when the automobile forward clears, permitting the Crosstrek to return to the set pace.
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 is just not as imminent as it could seem, thus both avoiding or tremendously diminishing a front-end collision. With the Eyesight system, IIHS provides the Crosstrek the very best ranking doable in relation to front-end collisions.
We had been capable of take the Crosstrek by means of 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 various 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 suggest some sort of SUV to make the trek as most of it was principally within the mud and filth.
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 yr within the sport mannequin solely are a hill descent management together with a deep snow and dirt perform that we sort 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 comfy with new water repellant seats made from a sturdy nice StartTex upholstery with an attractive yellow stitching on them that continued by means of to the dashboard and steering wheel.
Our check experience got here with an upgraded 8-inch infotainment display that we might extremely suggest because it was simpler to see and use all through the week. We’ve got all the time discovered that on this division larger normally is best 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 cut 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 means of a patch of snow. This all-wheel drive is commonplace 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 an amazing experience for every week, particularly with the brand new engine improve — all the time nice to get extra horsepower it doesn’t matter what the automobile 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 automobile every week for a weeklong check drive and journey. They each love having the distinctive alternative of making an attempt out new automobiles. They reside in Springville.