The Subaru Crosstrek isn’t that old, in automotive terms, but already for the 2018 model year, the crossover has undergone a complete makeover.

Some of the changes are minor, but others are more significant, like a new platform, suspension setup and Boxer engine.

What hasn’t changed is the fact that the Crosstrek comes with standard symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, one of the best systems on the market. That is something that is definitely a selling point for this crossover.

The Crosstrek has a starting price that is sure to be well received by consumers, at $23,695.00 for the base model.

Our tester was the top of the line Crosstrek Limited with Eyesight Package, and that is a little pricier, coming in at $34,920.00, with freight charges included.

So about that engine.

It is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine paired with a lineatronic continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters (some Crosstrek trims comes with a six-speed manual gearbox).

Power from the engine is rated at 152 horsepower and 145 ft-lb of torque. Those are some good numbers for a vehicle of this stature and the engine operates quite nicely, as does the CVT which is an improvement over the first generation’s gearbox.

The estimated combined fuel economy for the Crosstrek is 8.1 L/100 km, although a week of testing returned an average of 9.4 L/100 km.

The 2018 Crosstrek is wider and longer than then model it replaces, and has been given a new front-end design.

Despite the changes, the Crosstrek DNA remains evident, even in the colour choices, which have always been a little different than other vehicles – even within the Subaru lineup. While not as much of a standout as the available Sunshine Orange, the Cool Gray Khaki of our tester is also eye-catching in many respects.

It certainly makes the black body panel accents around the wheel wells and other areas stand out.

At the rear, there’s a standard roofline spoiler and LED taillights to complete a modern and sporty look. Also standard are roof rails, which allow owners to put the Crosstrek to good use on and off the road.

The two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels on the tester are also a nice finishing touch for the Crosstrek.

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