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First Drives2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV: In Need of Longer Range3.0/5
Following an unsuccessful first attempt with the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in 2014, Subaru decided to come back with a more serious gas-electric product for the new decade. The 2020 Crosstrek PHEV, which uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain, actually went on sale last year in the U.S. as a 2019 model.
PreviewsFive Things to Know About the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
It’s easy to understand why the Crosstrek became the automaker’s best-selling model in Canada in 2018, just ahead of the Forester. Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Crosstrek enters 2019 with two small changes: a software update for the infotainment system and the addition of a dark blue paint …
Test Drives2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Trendy Contender4.0/5
Back in 1994, sensing that sport utility vehicles were going to be popular, Subaru wisely took a Legacy wagon, jacked up the suspension, added body cladding and with a few more changes, created the Outback. Over the years, it’s become an alternative to big, clumsy SUVs and helped put Subaru …
Test Drives2018 Subaru Crosstrek: For High-Protein Diets4.0/5
When I scheduled the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek for testing, Subaru Canada offered the choice between two vehicles, the one with the manual transmission, or the one with the continuously variable automatic transmission. Obviously, the market being what it is means nobody’s driving manuals these days. But the Crosstrek is aimed …
BlogThe Most Affordable AWD Sport-utility Vehicles in Canada
To confront our harsh winters, a vehicle equipped with an all-wheel drivetrain has an undeniable advantage. The biggest selection of affordably priced models is found in the small SUV segment, and every automaker offers at least one of them in their product line-up. The least-expensive AWD SUV currently on sale …
First Drives2016 Subaru Crosstrek: Just Another Day At The Office4.0/5
About 20 years ago, Subaru created the Outback by adding fender flares and a jacked-up suspension to the Legacy wagon. Consumers loved the idea, and its popularity convinced the Japanese automaker to conceive the Outback Sport, a smaller model based on the Impreza. Well, the Outback Sport didn’t enjoy such …
Spotlight on2016 Subaru Crosstrek: We’re Driving it This Week
The Car Guide will be heading out to drive the refreshed 2016 edition of the popular Subaru Crosstrek crossover. You might have noticed that we didn’t mention the letters XV in its name, and that’s because Subaru decided to drop them. The new Crosstrek receives mild cosmetic revisions that include …
Test DrivesWinter Playtime With Three All-Purpose Subarus
Around these parts, no one would be surprised to open the dictionary to the word "winter" and find a picture of a Subaru next to it. An overstatement? Perhaps, but not as much as you may think. For Canadians, Subaru and winter go hand in hand. Over the years, the …
First Drives2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Subaru's New Outback-Lite4.5/5
Do you remember the Subaru Outback Sport? This version of the Impreza wagon wore the same style of body cladding as the Legacy-based Outback and featured bit of a boost in the ride height department, giving the Outback Sport a modicum of soft-roading capability that played well with adventure-seeking drivers.
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