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Old 03-27-2015, 06:44 PM   #1
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As the title says, playing with the idea of trading in my wrx for a new crosstrek. Just curious if any one else has made this sort of transition or has both and what complaints you have about the crosstrek, other than the lack of power. Any input is appreciated.
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:54 PM   #2
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The crosstrek will get 50% more miles per gallon, get through snow 10 times better and if you are driving on snow, and realize your turn is NOW!, you turn and the VDC saves you, where the WRX would be spinning off a cliff. It doesn't handle as well and has less power. Insurance is less. The CVT gets much better gas mileage than the manual because of the huge difference in gearing. The limited version is WAY worth the extra money over the other models. You can even consider a hybrid model because they did like a Porsche 918 Spider does.....add an electric motor and more power to the same engine.

Complaints? My wife drives it so it's always a pig stye and the windshield washer tank is always empty. Oh....07 WRX wheels fit and 08 era outback tires are exactly the same size.
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:58 PM   #3
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From a pure transportation viewpoint, it's a no brainer.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:19 PM   #4
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The crosstrek will get 50% more miles per gallon, get through snow 10 times better and if you are driving on snow, and realize your turn is NOW!, you turn and the VDC saves you, where the WRX would be spinning off a cliff. It doesn't handle as well and has less power. Insurance is less. The CVT gets much better gas mileage than the manual because of the huge difference in gearing. The limited version is WAY worth the extra money over the other models. You can even consider a hybrid model because they did like a Porsche 918 Spider does.....add an electric motor and more power to the same engine.
I agree with all points except the VDC. I went from a manual WRX to a auto Legacy w/VDC and for 7 years now turn off the VDC in a couple inches/more of snow/slush. I have run ContiWContacts and Blizzaks. I found with the WRX I could get the right gear and pull through/around anything in any snow. With the Legacy I found that the VDC cuts the gas too much to keep control.

In less snow and rain it works very well. Years ago it saved me from some wet loose dirt/rocks on a curved on-ramp that would have sent me into the barrier.

Has the system improved? It seems the same on the Forester ('12).
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:35 PM   #5
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i would go forester xt if possible and if not, depending on where you live, you wont miss the wrx that much. I've already been thinking about the transition to an outback in the next 3 years.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:36 PM   #6
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I went from wrx to forester xt to impreza 5 door to wrx. I loved my 13 Hatch Impreza and regretted not getting the crosstrek. At that stage of my life it fulfilled everything I needed. Supplied me with a good amount of space, great fuel economy, and was an absolute tank in the snow... granted i had the manual. Crosstrek is a fantastic, well priced, usable car. Go for it! Plus you get paddle shifters for the days you want to pretend its faster than it really is.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:54 PM   #7
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The one I'm looking at is the limited with the moonroof nav and keyless for 29k. I just needed some persuasion to make a move. I tend to take a good bit of road trips as well so the better mpg is a big plus.
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:33 PM   #8
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Living in Pennsylvania we don't usually see too much snow except for the mountains. I like the look of the orange with those rims. Although I'm not so big on leather seats, but that's nothing some seat covers can't fix
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:12 AM   #9
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I have a 2012 Impreza, the biggest thing about the car that its feels like it has no oomph, other than that, and somewhat bland handling, its a great a to b car.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:57 AM   #10
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VDC is not equal in all Subarus. I've driven a lot of cars with stability control and most totally suck in snow. With the Graspic snows, the Crosstrek impressed me. Outbacks I've driven, not so much.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:24 AM   #11
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When I think about it, I guess I don't give the Forester much chance to prove your theory because of the Legacy.

You got me thinking when you mention Outback, which I've never driven in snow but many people have complained hence the suspension upgrades. It might be the longer wheelbase wants to let the rear slide forcing the VDC to "take over" instead of "assisting."

That being said my WRX wheelbase was perfect. The manual also gave that great 50/50 split of power.

OP: I am not a huge fan of the new impreza style. But when the crosstrek came out it made perfect sense. The car looks like it was made from the ground up...something that is rare with Subaru. Just try not to destroy it off the line when you are used to pulling away from the lemmings...
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:03 PM   #12
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For a DD the Crosstrek is a pretty great car. It's just a Impreza hatch lifted with a rear LSD.(depending on manual or CVT changes the rear diff) The car is a blast to drive in bad weather. Sure it is slow, but going off-road in the little thing is pretty fun. I bought a CVT one for my wife and I still love driving it around. Just go to a Subaru dealer and ask for a test drive of that and a Forester. Most dealers like mine in VA just gave me the keys and told me to take it for the day.
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