Hello everyone, It's Peter. Today I want to talk about the Subaru Crosstrek, and why it might just be the ultimate adventure vehicle out there - even better than the Jeep Wrangler. Now, I know that's a bold claim, but hear me out.
I used to own a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, and currently, I drive a Jeep Wrangler four by E Rubicon, both great vehicles. However, when it comes to adventure sports, Subaru has done an excellent job marketing to that crowd. And I believe that the Crosstrek is a better vehicle for most people looking to get out there and do those adventures.
If you're in the market for a Jeep, I'd urge you to consider the Crosstrek as an option. Unlike the Wrangler, it's fantastic for maintaining speed and performance over time. Plus, it boasts a level of practicality that the Wrangler can't match.
In this video, I will review the Crosstrek in detail, focusing on its potential from an adventure sports kind of mindset. And even if you're considering the 2024 version of this vehicle, I'm confident this review will help.
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Let's get right into this review. We'll talk about the Jeep, but first, let's take a look at the Subaru Crosstrek. It's a raised-up Subaru Impreza, perfect for most offroad adventurers who just enjoy taking dirt roads and camping trails. The engine, a boxer engine, is unique because it lowers the center of gravity, which makes for a more stable ride even on raised up vehicles like this one. Furthermore, the symmetrical all-wheel drive system ensures it drives just like a car, making it fun to drive even when you aren't off-roading. Jeep Wranglers, on the other hand, can be tricky to drive in non-snowy conditions because their four-by-four systems can cause tire bind and wear. Overall, the Crosstrek is an excellent choice for enthusiasts who want a reliable offroading experience without sacrificing the comfort of a car.
The boxer engine makes this car a joy to drive, with symmetrical all-wheel drive that's more than just a brand name. It provides equal length drive shafts front and rear, making it exceptional for driving in all conditions. With an improved suspension that is better equipped to handle bumps and rough terrain, it offers a smooth ride that is comfortable no matter where you go, even on long camping trips.
Cargo carrying capabilities are an added bonus, with a wide and convenient roof rack that can accommodate anything from cargo baskets to bicycles, kayaks, or ski boxes. The best part? It's all available at a lower price point than comparable cars, making it the perfect choice for adventure enthusiasts.
Why settle for a Jeep Wrangler with all the limitations, especially the small trunk and lack of hardtop security when you can have a Crosstrek with a versatile roof rack and ample storage space? Plus, you won't need to worry about damaging your gear, since it stays securely in place with the proper support of the robust roof rack.
So, when it comes to adventure vehicles, the Subaru Crosstrek ticks all the boxes, providing an exceptional driving experience, versatility, and affordability. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort or style.
When comes to convertibles, most of them allow the wind to flow over, making your hair dance beautifully. However, the aerodynamics of a Jeep are not meant for the same experience. Riding with the top down in a Jeep feels like your hair is caught up in a hurricane. While the cargo area of a soft-top Jeep isn't secure, this problem is resolved in the Crosstrek. With more space than a typical two-door Jeep and the option to fold down the seats for additional luggage, Crosstrek is the practical choice for those who want to keep their belongings secure on their trips.
Let's talk about the back seat: compared to any Jeep whether it's a two-door or four-door, the Crosstrek's back seat is spacious and comfortable. There's nothing fancy about it, but it's practical. With proper armrests, cup holders, and comfortable seating, the Crosstrek is perfect for long road trips. As a driver or passenger, you appreciate the extra space, comfort, and legroom while your friends enjoy the Crosstrek's quietness. It's a perfect option if you're going on a long trip with your friends.
Choosing between a Jeep and Crosstrek is a tough decision, but if you value practicality over style then Crosstrek is the way to go.
As we head towards the driver's seat, let me give you a tour of this quiet environment. The legroom is impressive, which is quite incredible for a small car like this. It's clear Subaru knows how to make the most out of the space. And speaking of small crossovers, there's no comparison to a Jeep when it comes to the driver's environment. Let me show you what I mean.
But first, let's take a look at the keyless entry key fob. It's simple and well designed, with a nice curvature and not too bulky. And, it's a push-button start, which is rare for a car in this price point. The manual seats are height-adjustable and durable, perfect for outdoor activities. Plus, the orange stripe and details around the steering wheel gives it a stylish look that you'll love.
In summary, by incorporating impressive legroom, a push-button start, and stylish design details, Subaru delivers a small crossover that surpasses expectations at this price point.
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Let's take a closer look here for a moment, shall we? One of the things that make Subaru stand out is the way the car integrates with its driver. You can start the engine just by pushing a button, and the dashboard layout is clear and thoughtful. While some digital gauges can be overwhelming, Subaru balance analog and digital displays seamlessly.
The display graphics on Subaru vehicles are gorgeous and dynamic, going above and beyond most cars on the market. For example, when you step on the brakes, the brake lights appear lit up alongside the car's image on the dashboard. Moreover, the car's safety systems work flawlessly, making driving safer and less stressful. And that's not all: there are other screens in the car that cater to different needs, like a radio screen or multi-purpose off-road-display.
With Subaru, you're not getting an ordinary small crossover experience; you're getting a car that is thoughtfully engineered from top to bottom, designed for comfort, safety, and ultimate versatility. The car's safety features are top-of-the-line, and the dashboard display provides you with an abundance of useful information to make informed decisions behind the wheel.
The Subaru EyeSight system is truly remarkable, consisting of two cameras that give drivers unparalleled depth perception. This allows for more accurate forward collision warnings, lane keeping, and auto headlight adjustments. The system's smart cruise control feature is also top-notch, with the ability to adjust the following distance and keep you centered in your lane. And when it comes to controlling your driving experience, Subaru gives you more options than most other vehicles in its class. The paddle shifters provide that extra level of engagement, while the drive mode buttons give you a choice between sport and intelligent modes to match your driving style. Add to that the convenience of audio and phone controls at your fingertips, and you have a truly immersive driving experience. And let's not forget the heated steering wheel - a luxurious touch that you won't find on most other vehicles at this price point. Subaru has a reputation for taking a more thorough approach to their technology, and it shows in every detail of the EyeSight system.
Let's zoom in. When I hit the S button, you’ll see the power curve. Essentially, throttle and transmission mapping helps deliver more power early or late, giving the temptation of speed and greater efficiency. Intelligent mode provides slightly better fuel efficiency while an X mode button allows a reconfiguration of the vehicle's electronic parts for off-road driving. It is placed beside the park sign showing both modes. The X mode is very effective off-road making it legit. The automatic climate control is a simple set-it-and-forget-it, accompanied by two USB ports and a 12v port for easy phone charging. Additionally, there are heated seats and adjustable temperature control, and the X mode button is situated next to the gear shift. The buttons present a latch-like design, which I find comforting. In contrast, most vehicles in this class do not exist with both comfortable designs and latching buttons. Imagine a Jeep Wrangler, no heated seats or steering wheel, no air conditioning, all at this price point.
Subaru is the ultimate choice for those who prioritize comfort and versatility over extreme off-roading. With exceptional visibility, comfortable seats and an impeccable driving experience, it's a great option for anyone leading an active lifestyle. While it may not have the rugged appeal of a Jeep, it more than compensates with its ability to handle any terrain that most drivers will encounter. Plus, with roof racks that allow you to easily transport your outdoor gear, it's perfectly suited for kayaking or camping trips. So if you're in the market for a vehicle that can handle a variety of activities while providing a comfortable and enjoyable ride, look no further than Subaru.
Let's talk about who this vehicle is really for. Forget the Jeep; once you upgrade the tires, it's decent off-road for most folks. But if you're looking for an outdoorsy vehicle that can handle everything from kayaking to camping, the Crosstrek might be your thing. It's not built exclusively for off-roading like the Jeep which makes it more versatile and fit for a multitude of activities. You get more value for your money, too. You can even throw a trailer hitch on it and attach your Kawasaki Brute 750. It's a smart all-wheel-drive system; mechanically brilliant but with electronics to enhance traction. It's perfect for winter weather and has excellent fuel efficiency. The symmetrical system's low center of gravity makes it a fun and safe ride, and the drive modes provide some extra energy. Plus, it's compact. The roof racks make it an ideal fit for kayaks and camping gear. Safety-wise, you're gold. I'm honest when I say Subaru is an ideal choice for all your outdoorsy needs. Note, if you need to be one with woods, then the Jeep Wrangler is for you. But if you want to experience nature without sacrificing any other hobbies, the Crosstrek is your answer. If you're interested in purchasing a Crosstrek or Jeep Wrangler, give our friends at Jim Gilbert's Wheels and Deals a call. They have several Crosstreks in-stock, including this super-new vehicle with only 9,000 kilometers! Thanks for watching!
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