Since it's based on the Subaru Impreza, it's not surprising that the
Subaru XV Crosstrek drives similarly. The SUV's suspension errs on the soft side, soaking...
... up bumps and other imperfections nicely, yet somehow managing to feel stable and planted in corners, not swaying too much around bends. The electric-assist power steering system offers a quicker ratio for easier maneuverability this year, but no word on if it improves feedback. The biggest downside to the Crosstrek is the engine, a 148-horsepower 4-cylinder "boxer" engine that's indifferent to how big of a hurry you may be in. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) works hard to find power, but the resulting noise from the engine will likely encourage you to just take a more relaxed attitude to your journey.