2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Its Competition

2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2018 Jeep Renegade may be the closest competitor to the Crosstrek, especially in the off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim.

The Subaru is better value and just as capable, if not as expressive as the Jeep.

The Mazda CX-3 feels a half-step smaller and less refined, but is a little sharper to drive.

The Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Trax might appeal to buyers looking for front-drivers looking to save a few thousand bucks on the final price.

The Honda HR-V may be the stiffest challenge to the Crosstrek.

It’s a half-size smaller, but just as versatile and will cost roughly $1,000 less.

The only differences may be in how the Honda performs in crash tests, representative of its older bones.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek smooths over the edges that we didn’t like with the last version. It’s smooth, quiet, and capable—all good things because it won’t be rushed.
5.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax, Chevy’s smallest utility vehicle, is straightforward: it’s plain on the outside but practical inside, not particularly fast but adequately fuel-efficient.
6.5
The 2018 Honda HR-V blends great rear-seat flexibility and gas mileage, but it’s slow.
6.8
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson puts service ahead of sizzle, and caps it with an excellent warranty.
5.5
The 2018 Jeep Renegade mounts a spirited defense of its brand bona fides, but delivers a less convincing impression of a great economy car.
6.3
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is an attractive small crossover pick thanks to its good looks. We’d ask for more room, but fear that would spoil the CX-3’s low price.
MSRP From     
$21,795$21,000$19,670$22,550$18,750$20,110
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylRegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSpecial PurposeSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
2.0i ManualFWD 4-Door LSLX 2WD ManualSE FWDSport FWD *Ltd Avail*Sport FWD
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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