Thursday Sep 28, 2023

First Look at 2024 Subaru Crosstrek: It’s Hard to Tell There’s Been a Redesign

First Look at 2024 Subaru Crosstrek: It’s Hard to Tell There’s Been a Redesign

How’s the Crosstrek’s interior?

As it has in the current-generation WRX sedan and redesigned 2024 Impreza, Subaru updates and refines the new Crosstrek’s cabin. Still, from the materials and analog instrumentation to the switchgear and overall layout, the Crosstrek remains unabashedly a Subaru. Overall interior passenger space is essentially unchanged from the previous model.

Cloth seats are standard, with leather available in the Crosstrek Limited. Subaru says the seat designs improve support and overall comfort while reducing fatigue on longer drives. It also says the Crosstrek’s interior is quieter when you’re driving on the highway. We’ll reserve judgment until we’ve had a chance to experience the new 2024 Crosstrek ourselves.

A dual-zone automatic climate control system is standard in every new Crosstrek. Available upgrades include a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a larger touchscreen infotainment system and more.

How’s the Crosstrek’s tech?

Subaru offers two different approaches to the Crosstrek’s infotainment and climate control systems. In the base model, the SUV features dual 7-inch touchscreen displays stacked atop one another. The top screen controls the infotainment functions, including Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite radio. The bottom screen is for the dual-zone climate system and other vehicle settings.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek center stack

Upgrade to the Crosstrek Premium, Sport or Limited, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen display mounted in portrait orientation dominates the center of dashboard. It incorporates the climate system and vehicle settings and adds wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Subaru’s Starlink connected services. The Safety and Security subscription plan includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, and a remote vehicle locator, among other features.

Additional tech includes a wireless charger, while the Limited trim is exclusively available with a navigation system and a Harman Kardon premium sound system.

As you might expect from a Subaru, there are numerous safety features available for the new Crosstrek. Every trim includes steering-responsive LED headlights with automatic high-beam operation. In addition, a next-generation EyeSight collection of driver assistance and collision avoidance systems is standard. It benefits from a wider field of view to identify potential collisions sooner, improved software, and an electronic brake booster for smoother braking operation.

Also new for 2024 is an available automatic emergency steering system that helps a driver to avoid a collision at speeds under 50 mph. If the Crosstrek encounters an obstacle blocking part of the lane ahead, automatic emergency steering uses the blind-spot warning system to determine if it is safe to automatically steer the Crosstrek to the outer limit of the travel lane. This may assist a driver in avoiding the obstacle and preventing a collision.

How’s the Crosstrek’s storage?

Just as Subarus are known for their safety, utility is an inherent part of any SUV wearing the company’s star cluster emblem. With the 2024 Crosstrek, this remains as true as ever. For example, all versions except the base trim provide standard raised roof rails that make it much easier to strap cargo to this small Subie’s roof.

However, if you were hoping the redesigned 2024 Crosstrek would have more cargo space, we regret to inform you that it has instead shrunk a little bit. The outgoing Crosstrek offered 20.8 cubic feet of volume behind the back seat, and a maximum of 55.3 cubes with the back seat folded down. The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek’s cargo space measurements are 19.9 cubic feet and 54.7 cubes.


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