Mike West Road Test: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium GRC

Here in the Northwest, we love our Subaru’s. It’s like this Japanese car was built just for us.

I drove the 2016 version of the Crosstrek Premium edition for a week and was reminded why I like this vehicle so much.

While nothing in particular stands out, it does everything it’s supposed to do without a hitch.

It seats five, carries a decent amount of cargo, gets good fuel economy at 26-city, 34-highway and it’s pretty darn comfortable and well put together.

The interior isn’t flashy or super modern looking, but again, everything works well. The infotainment system called STARLINK is easy to use, especially with the larger seven inch screen.

The seats offer plenty of grip and support for off-roading fun, or normal everyday driving.
Materials are high quality with a lot of soft to the touch plastics.

If you’re looking for a Subaru with a lot of cargo space, you might want jump up to the Forrester or buy a car top carrier. Space for your stuff isn’t one of the Crosstrek’s strong suits. But Subaru does give you a WeatherTech like floor cover for those wet and muddy Northwest outings.

All Crosstrek trims come with a 148-horsepower engine, either with a manual transmission or Subaru’s decent CVT system.

Three trim levels are available. My tester came with some nice safety features including pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection.

Subaru makes great cars. They perform as advertised and for people that want an all-wheel-drive car for our Northwest winters, or any other season the Crosstrek should be on your list.

Mike West CBS

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