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2020 Subaru CrosstrekReview
An incredible value car, along with amazing features. It is perfect for every day commutes, as well as more adventurous trips. It has amazing safety features (ie: adjusted cruise control) that gives that extra peace of mind. It is also very comfortable. The Crosstrek gives you enough space, but its not too large. A perfect fit for the adventurer.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Sport AWD Review
We looked at Crosstreks for 18 months before we bought a 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE and we wont be going back to a Subaru for a long time. We began looking at hybrid Crosstreks after about 12 months as well, but we had reservations about a Hybrid Subaru, which I will explain. Dont get me wrong, we are a family of eight Subaru models. Our last Subaru was a 2009 Outback 2.5i and we were still in love with it after 170,000 miles. But despite our mournful sadness of saying goodbye to that car, we not only moved on from it, but to Toyota. Why? Value, the Toyota commitment and expertise in developing hybrid technology. I mean, the Prius has been around for longer than many of my coworkers. And let me relate a story to you that has never left me. I was driving 35,000 per year at the time as a contractor, initially driving a Toyota Corolla, winter or summer from Arizona to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where I spent two winters driving back and forth from Milwaukee after weeks there building the DSL backbone throughout that entire peninsula. Ok, so I had leased a Subaru Impreza base model AWD for three years and it helped me a great deal versus the Corolla. The year prior to that lease I had been told by my neighbors that they were done helping get me out of drifts, LOL. And I am a tremendous snow driver from up north. I only got stuck in extreme conditions, and had never had an accident despite being on the road 4x more than most people. Anyway, the Subaru and AWD hooked me, even though the gas mileage was a dropoff from 33-36 with a Corolla at 240,000 miles, to a brand new Impreza which got me 22-25. So I was about to make a new Subaru purchase and my wife and I were looking around Milwaukee where we live, cautiously considering options, when we happened to be up north near Eau Claire while driving with my parents. I said, hey, I want to test drive a new Subaru Outback, wanna ride along? They did, and my Dad loved it, my Ma loved it, and long story short, theyre on their third turbo Suraru Forester now... after my dad had refused to buy anything foreign for 60 years on earth. My sister and her husband followed suit with two outbacks, including the latest sport model which I thought was simply badass looking. Well, wait until they get a load of our RAV4 Hybrid XLE, but I digress... Anyway, when we got done driving the car I said to the dealer that I loved the Subaru brand, the customer loyalty, but the gas mileage was pretty substandard in the age of the hybrid. I said, Is Subaru going to do anything to come up with a hybrid model to compete with Honda and Toyota? He chortled, We think the hybrid thing is just a fad. Subaru doesnt chase fads. I walked out of the dealership nonplussed. I was flabbergasted that this was the stated approach of the company with the no,1 customer loyalty at the time. I felt as if I were a chump fan of the Chicago Cubs, still waiting for their World Series as the club exploits them (they won one since) -- not even joking, those were my exact words as a Brewers fan. So that stuck with me. We did buy an Outback, and we loved it, but 22-25 mpg really sucked our budget thin during the continued, unfettered oil price rises in the early aughts. The boxer engine did give me a lot of joy as a performance engine. The characteristic grumble at the start only gained character as it aged, and it used oil and was beginning to lose a bit of power after 150,000, but we were used to that with other cars in our past. We still loved it, even though it was no longer efficient and quite as exciting to drive. The comment from the dealer in Eau Claire, WI nagged in the back of my head as I filled up at Kwik Trip, and our budget spreadsheet kept swelling with car costs, costs for repairs began to pick up, and costs for fuel were becoming exorbitant. Well we decided to start carpooling, so I drydocked my 22 year old Toyota minivan, even though it drove better than the Sub did. It helped, but the old Sub was showing its age, and I was becoming less confident driving it. I was able to make some repairs myself, blower fan, cabin filter, fog lamps (which were a bear to access) alternator, et al. But things started to break off and become brittle, and we were pouring more money into it as we saw itemized lists of maintenance to-dos. So we began the replacement search. It took us 18 months of looking at Crosstreks mostly because it was finally 2019 that Subaru began to address the gas mileage problem, and the Crosstrek was now nearing 32/35 mpg (which typically means 27). So we thought that was at least something. We drove a few, hemmed and hawed, still in love with the old Sub. We hadnt considered a hybrid because Subaru still seems to be embarrassed to sell a hybrid model of their cars. There are almost none in stock at three dealers around Metro Milwaukee, and we hadnt even heard about one until six months ago. I mean, cmon, shouldnt they sell themselves? Not one dealer mentioned, hey, you said something about gas mileage, did you know about... THIS?!? At which point, we would have probably bought one on the spot. That would have erased the curmudgeon in Eau Claires voice that rattled around while our old Sub was battered among the deteriorating city streets. But that chance was lost. The damage was done. The day we bought the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD was the happiest day of my car driving life. (nee 1984). My melancholy at the goodbye we said to our Sub was quickly erased by the joy of our new ride. Heck, if you look at the side by sides it looks like the healthier big brother to our Sub. Dont be like Cubs fans who waited for 100 years for one title. Choose the Yankees of the car world, Toyota, who literally wrote the handbook for Kaizen process improvement and quality.
vs2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Sport AWD winning categories:
Power Ranked 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD better.
"The hybrid engine is incredibly powerful and smart. The power doesnt growl, it swooshes past like a ninja in the dark night. It has growl if you need to hear it, but much more joy comes from the sneak attack and the incredible feeling of engagement with the power through your foot."
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD better.
"The entire cabin is much more stylish, with the charcoal and neon sky blue stitching, the legroom is incredible. It feels like a Tardis inside, as if the space itself was bigger on the inside. The Crosstrek was just simply less comfortable, and there was nothing to be impressed by in terms of the engineering of it all."
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