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Subaru Crosstrek spices it up with muscular Sport model

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Subaru Crosstrek spices it up with muscular Sport mannequin

Subaru designers modeled a mountain climbing boot after they sat all the way down to form the newest Outback SUV. Rugged entrance finish. Blocky, black side-cladding.

So it solely is smart that the Outback’s little brother, the 2021 Crosstrek, appears like a trail-running shoe.

The brand new Subaru has beefier black cladding throughout. The entrance grille lattice is true off a New Steadiness shoe. The chunky, charcoal fenders mimic a operating sole. Even the 17-inch wheels are wrapped in a higher-profile tire.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport takes the  Impreza hatchback's profile -and basically jacks it up three inches.

All that’s deliberate as a result of, like sporty footwear, the Crosstrek itches to be taken off-road. I obliged, lacing up the Crosstrek and flogging it over the gravel and valleys of center Ohio. Sure, Ohio. Flip south from the pancake flat terrain of Nice Lakes Detroit and Toledo, and Buckeye nation will get extra hillier because it approaches the Appalachians.

That is acquainted nation to your hillbilly West Virginia-born reviewer who spent a lot of his youth trekking backwards and forwards from Charleston to center Ohio to autocrosses, race tracks and hill climbs in the proper seat of my father’s sports activities automobile. Hurtling by the nation, the street journey may very well be as thrilling because the race occasion.

For 2021, the Crosstrek affords a Sport trim for the primary time, following the Impreza Sport hatchback and the Outback Sport (now known as Onyx). The Sport comes after Crosstrek has spent the final eight years crushing it, promoting over 750,000 models as America switched from sedans to utes. Crosstrek gross sales at the moment are greater than double that of stablemate Impreza hatchback.

New for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is X-Mode which allows pedal free, off-road cruise control so you can concentrate on steering through rough terrain.

It’s about time Crosstrek acquired a Sport possibility.

The thought behind the Sport/Onyx trims is to intensify signature mannequin options. The Impreza Sport amplifies the hatch’s sporty taste with low-profile, sports activities car-like wheels, blacked-out grille and tightened suspension. It’s a hot-hatch wannabe.

The Crosstrek Sport (just like the Outback Onyx) is a special animal. That shoe-like cladding tells the story.

Barreling alongside between cornfields on gravel-strewn, pothole-pocked county roads, the Crosstrek Sport is a blast. Its commonplace all-wheel drive claws for grip, whereas the International Platform structure that underpins the Impreza and Crosstrek continues to impress. I grew to become a convert in 2017 after I whipped the Impreza hatch over the difficult twisties of San Diego’s Cuyamaca Mountains.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport comes with a 17-inch wheel to allow for better sidewalls for the rugged outback.

The Crosstrek isn’t any much less spectacular regardless of mountain climbing up its skirts to three.5 inches larger off the bottom. At 8.7 inches the Crosstrek Sport isn’t fairly a Jeep Wrangler (10.7-inch floor clearance) however it’s the greatest in school — two inches larger than my different subcompact ute all-star, the Mazda CX-30. Which appears nothing like a trail-running shoe.

The modern Mazda can be simply as completely satisfied if it by no means noticed a gravel street. Its athletic stance is extra suited to asphalt the place it devours each different small SUV on the planet.

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