This Crosstrek is pretty cute!

Every time I went out to the driveway to get into our test-vehicle for the week, I’d yell back into the house: “Hun! I’m taking the Cute Crosstrek!”

Even though Subaru was aiming for a more rugged look with the upgraded appearance on this 3rd generation of the subcompact crossover, I have to say ‘Sorry Subaru but this tough little rig is pretty cute!’

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

There have been subtle changes to the exterior since the last iteration but it’s inside and underneath where the improvements shine.

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

The cute crossover has better seats, a stiffer chassis and a lot more technology, including the newest generation of Subaru’s award-winning safety system, EyeSight. The Crosstrek is also quieter than its predecessor.

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

I loved the Onyx model that we had, which included funky aluminum and yellow trims and touches

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

Yes, it’s boxy but that means its spacious. It’s not ugly-boxy, though, it’s adorable!

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

Of course, it’s a Subaru so it’s all-wheel drive.

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

Sadly, the manual transmission is gone but using the paddle shifters in manual mode was surprisingly satisfying, despite being equipped with a continuously variable transmission. A CVT, in many vehicles, whines like a litter of coyote pups waiting for milk from their mother, but not in the Crosstrek.

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

It was an easy vehicle to live with and sometimes that is the most positive review of all. Nothing flashy, but every time I pulled up to Garry somewhere in that Crosstrek, he would exclaim: “So cute!”. I’m pretty sure he was talking about the vehicle.

I didn’t venture out of the city much during my week with the Crosstrek. Our path did not cross any mud, dirt or snow (please! Not yet!) but Subaru’s off-road rally prowess has been forever tested in conditions much harsher than tooling around the streets of Halifax.

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

The experts seem to like it to0, with Consumer Reports rating it the #1 Subcompact SUV in 2022 and MotorTrend magazine putting it at the top in its category in 2023.

I think the new generation of the Subaru Crosstrek can hold its head high and look forward to similar ratings this year!

 

Read a full review of the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek from Richard Russell here.

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Photo: Lisa Calvi

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