A seasoned automotive journalist once told us that Americans didn’t want to buy hatchbacks, so the manufacturers lifted them up a few inches and renamed them crossovers, and now they’re hot sellers. That’s exactly how Subaru created the Crosstrek (previously named the Subaru XV Crosstrek) back in 2012, by restyling an Impreza hatchback after raising the suspension. It was the perfect car at the perfect time for Subaru and added to their successful stable of vehicles that are loved by outdoor enthusiasts. Its popularity has grown along with the brand, achieving its highest sales month in June, just as the new model began production.
Now the second-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is here, and it’s built on their impressive new Global Platform. We first experienced that platform with the launch of the 2017 Subaru Impreza, but regrettably have never driven the outgoing Crosstrek. We’ve admired them on the road for many years, seemingly always accompanied on the roof by skis, kayaks, or mountain bikes. So we weren’t surprised when Subaru invited us to go camping glamping in the Black Hills of South Dakota for the press launch of the new Crosstrek. Subaru owners love the outdoors, so it only made sense to test the new Crosstrek in real world conditions. Sadly, they neglected to provide us each with a dog upon check-in.
Subaru thought of every detail, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time reconnecting with nature at Camp Crosstrek. The setting was as amazing as it looks, and it was certainly the most unique launch event we’ve ever attended. Our only complaint would be to the sun, which woke us up in the mornings by turning our tent into a sweat lodge. Without the judging rays of the sun, we may have just lounged in the campsite all day and missed the opportunity to drive the new Crosstrek. That would have been a terrible mistake, as driving the rugged compact-crossover on the fabulous dirt roads of the Black Hills was more fun than we bargained for. Get a taste of our three days in South Dakota with the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek by watching the short video below, and then continue reading for our full review. Be on the lookout for Cattle though, they can cross the trail at any moment!