3 Pros and 2 Cons With Driving the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek
Our week with the new Subaru Crosstrek has been an adventurous experience. From highway driving, off-roading, and exploring crowded downtown areas, we did it all. Check out what you need to know about the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek.
When can you order the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek?
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek order banks are open. The live configurator came online in April, allowing Subie enthusiasts to order new rides. Deliveries of models equipped with the 2.0-liter engine began in April.
Models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine should arrive by the middle of summer. Orders for the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid have the longest waiting time. The Crosstrek Wilderness is expected to arrive by the fall.
In the best-case scenario, the wait for a new Subaru Crosstrek should only take about six to eight weeks. However, picking a higher trim level could push the wait back by about six to eight months. We discovered a few pros and cons to see if the wait is worth it.
1. PRO: The 2024 Crosstrek is comfortable
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek received significant upgrades to enhance its comfort and performance. The suspension is 10% more rigid for a better ride quality, and we can confirm that it’s very smooth.
While the tires feel connected to the pavement for confident cornering, the suspension effortlessly glides over imperfections in the pavement. Larger impacts are quickly dampened to keep rattles out of the cabin.
Plus, the 2024 Crosstrek has more sound-dampening materials to keep wind and road noise out of the cabin. It’s only a little noticeable at highway speeds. However, you do hear the engine roar under harder acceleration.
Also, the seats were redesigned to be more supportive and energizing. They work ergonomically to keep the driver and passenger energized during errands, trips, and daily commutes.
2. PRO: The Crosstrek has a spacious backseat
While the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek looks small on the outside, it’s actually pretty large inside. The driver and front passenger have plenty of space to stretch out thanks to generous adjustment controls.
But the backseat is also pretty spacious. Taller adults can fit in the rear without any fuss, and child seats have tons of room. The backseat is well-padded and sits at a relaxed angle. Two adults can definitely be happy back there, but a third would make things tight.
3. The 2024 Crosstrek will get you to your campsite
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wildneress Edition is the best option for off-roading, but other models are also pretty capable. Plus, symmetrical AWD is standard across the entire lineup. The regular models have an 8.7-inch ground clearance, which is a great start.
We tested the Dual Function X-Mode in the woods and were impressed. It has driving modes for Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud. We used the Snow/Dirt mode and felt the suspension adjust to the terrain for more control. It also has hill descent control.
According to Radical Gear, the system automatically senses the terrain to provide ample engine power, AWD torque split, and braking as needed. Hill descent control kicks in on steeper inclines.
Everything is taken care of so you can focus on driving. The Crosstrek is resistant to slipping, sliding, and fishtailing while preventing you from getting stuck.
1. CON: The Crosstrek has limited storage space
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek doesn’t have very many trays and cubbies for smaller personal items. There’s one tray in front of the center console that also serves as a wireless phone charging pad on higher trims.
We noticed that the door pockets are tight, the glove box is limited, and the center console is deep and narrow. The seat pockets aren’t much better, and passengers in the rear face a serious lack of cup holders.
But the Crosstrek offers 20.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 54.9 cubes overall. It’s below average for the class, but it makes up for the difference with a large backseat and wide door openings.
2. The Crosstrek has dated tech
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek has a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, and you can upgrade to the larger 11.6-inch screen. However, the resolution isn’t the best. The system works quickly despite having grainy graphics, and the functions are basic. The rear camera could use a better resolution too.
We like how you can see the weather forecast, engine temperature, navigation directions, and driving modes, but this information appears in a tiny strip at the top of the screen. The digital guage cluster is pretty basic too. The tech works, and it’s intuitive, but it’s underwhelming.