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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

When it comes to interior offerings, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek stands above the bulk of its rivals, mostly because of its abundant space. It has a larger back seat than most of its competitors and a sizable cargo area. Plus, its technology is user-friendly, and the cabin styling feels upscale.

  • "The new interior rivals class leaders in terms of layout, quality, and materials choices. It retains the open, airy cabin feel of its predecessor and has excellent sight lines and ample room for four to five people." -- Motor Trend
  • "Interiors are nicely padded (although padding on the door tops is thin) with nice-looking trim. Two-tone black/grey interiors – in both cloth and leather – add some contrast, and Premium and Limited get orange stitching." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior styling is once again identical to the Impreza in nearly every way. The only significant differences are in upholstery and details such as orange stitching on some models. This isn't a bad thing, since the dashboard is much more sculpted and modern than the dated design of the previous model. However, it retains most of the simplicity of the old car. The climate control is always adjustable via big simple knobs and buttons. Large shortcut buttons on the center stack allow you to easily jump to parts of the infotainment system you use frequently, and there are knobs for the volume and tuning." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Crosstrek seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and a 60/40-split, flat-folding rear seat. Available features include leather upholstery, cloth upholstery with contrast stitching, heated front seats, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

The seats are reasonably comfortable – with enough adjustments for the driver to find a proper driving position – and visibility is good out all sides of the vehicle. Though legroom is generous in both rows, the cushions themselves feel a little thin for all-day trips. For child safety seats there are three tether anchors (one for each rear seat), and a set of lower anchors for both rear outboard seats.

  • "In front, the supportive seats are comfortable, and there's good legroom and great headroom for taller folks. With the added rear-seat legroom, normal-size adults can fit even behind a front seat pushed all the way back, with plenty of headroom for 6-footers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Crosstrek's cabin is bigger than the last one, with increases in every dimension, and while it looks familiar, it's all-new and much improved. The traditional benefits of Subaru interiors remain, however: The Crosstrek has a very low beltline and slim pillars, meaning outward visibility is outstanding in every direction. This is helpful on the highway but also useful off-road, as it allows you to see over the hood easily when negotiating tricky terrain. It's also exceptionally roomy up front or in back compared with competitors like the Mazda CX-3 or Honda HR-V. It's far more comfortable for backseat passengers." -- Cars.com
  • The excellent visibility shared with the new Impreza makes it even easier to place the Crosstrek. Pillars are slim, and the front seats are up high. The passenger seat, which isn't adjustable for height, is almost too high. In the sunroof-equipped models, this editor was scraping the ceiling. The driver won't have this issue, though, as both the driver's seat and steering wheel have a wide range of adjustments for height and reach, making it easy to find a comfortable position. It's unfortunate that the Crosstrek's seats are so flat and unsupportive. They have a decent amount of cushion, but without the support, we could see them getting a tad uncomfortable on a long trip. The back seats don't excel in support either, but they do have plenty of head and leg room." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The Crosstrek's standard infotainment system includes the Starlink infotainment interface, a 6.5-inch display, smartphone integration (via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora, and Aha apps) a USB port, Bluetooth, four speakers, and a rearview camera. An upgraded infotainment system expands the display to 8 inches, includes more smartphone apps like Yelp and iHeart Radio, and comes with two USB ports. Other available features include single-zone automatic climate control, keyless access, a moonroof, navigation, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Advanced safety features available in the 2018 Crosstrek include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and reverse automatic braking.

The infotainment interface has straightforward menus that are easy to learn and a nice array of redundant buttons that are well within the driver's reach. Test drivers appreciate that the Crosstrek comes standard with enhanced smartphone integration but wish more USB ports were standard.

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  • "Two areas we're glad didn't change are Subaru's traditionally excellent visibility and equally impressive control layout. The latter consists of a central touchscreen flanked by volume and tuning knobs along with some physical pushbuttons, with source and station-select 'virtual buttons' on the logically configured touchscreen. There's also an upper dash screen that displays an assortment of information, though conspicuous by its absence is a compass." -- Consumer Guide
  • Like the Impreza, the new Crosstrek receives Subaru's next-generation multimedia system. … It's finally a fully modern system, too; it no longer looks like it's behind the times – but for a brand that's going after millennial buyers, it's curious that there isn't more tech in this interior. There's no 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot for passengers' personal electronics, and there's only one USB port in the whole car, both of which seem like curious oversights." -- Cars.com
  • "The touchscreen interface is similar to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are included, in that it uses large icons and pages to organize functions and apps. … The infotainment can also be hooked up to an optional Harmon/Kardon sound system, but only the serious audiophiles should consider it. The Premium and Limited's standard six-speaker system works surprisingly well, and even has good bass." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Behind the seats, there is 20.8 cubic feet of cargo room. You can expand this to 55.3 cubic feet by laying down the rear seat, which folds flat and has a 60/40 split. This is more cargo room than most in this class.

  • "One of the best things about this Subie's interior are its fold-flat seats. In this case, flat truly means that, as their angle is much flatter than the seats found in most rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior storage is good rather than great, but cargo space is better. With the redesign comes new taillights that are split by the hatchlid opening, … allowing the opening to accommodate wider cargo. When folded, the rear seat backs rest about two inches above the level of the cargo floor, but there's a ramp bridging the gap that should allow longer boxes to be easily slid forward. The area is wide at the rear with convenient tie-down hooks and side-wall lights, but there's no hidden storage under the floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "That rear hatch I mentioned has been widened by about four inches, making it much easier to load mountain bikes into the car's cargo space than it would have been in the earlier car." -- Jalopnik

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