I love the sound system in the Crosstrek. Far better than the trash Bose in a CX5 Signature/GTR. That said, the CT is a total pud in comparison athleticism wise, and it IS smaller/less capacity.Just purchased a 2021 Crosstrek limited. It offers almost every tech and safety feature available, must better value compared to the CX-5.
Insurance on this vehicle is very low do to all the safety features. Great value for under 30k.
It’s interesting that you had an overheating problem, and that your shop couldn’t figure out that it was an HG issue. The 1996 to 2000 2.5s nearly all developed an internal leak in the head gasket. Ours didn’t do it until 196k miles, so I kind of gave it a pass, but still. With the exhaust gasses leaking into the engine, they would quickly overheat, and if you didn’t catch it, you would warp the heads. I was aware of the potential problem for some time, and caught mine immediately, so it was less of a repair.It's a shame what I'm hearing about Subarus. I had a 2002 Forester that I kept until 2012. I had the head gasket problem and it took them forever to figure it out. They'd replace one thing and then another, and I'd end up back in traffic with the temp monitor creeping up toward the red zone. Otherwise, I loved my Forester -- the handling, the look, the visibility, etc. I love the way Crosstreks and Foresters look now, but I never want to feel like I have to keep taking panicked looks at my temp gauge every couple minutes again. I routinely keep cars for at least 10 years, so I need something I can depend on.
Now I know your ears are broken. My buddy has a Crosstrek, stereo is trash.I love the sound system in the Crosstrek. Far better than the trash Bose in a CX5 Signature/GTR. That said, the CT is a total pud in comparison athleticism wise, and it IS smaller/less capacity.
I thought they stopped selling the Venza in 2015, but I see they are bringing it back in 2021...they say it is really a Toyota Harrier from JapanToyota Venza: If Toyota would just sell the car, with the packages on their website, I think I’d have bought one, but the damn things always come with floor mats, or packages I don’t want. For instance, both the XLE and Limited models simply don’t have the configuration I want in California although other states have them. Hoping to rent one in the next couple of weeks.
I agree that the 2.0 Crosstrek is totally gutless after 2018 test drives. The new 2021’s should be better with the 2.5L. As others have said, the Crosstrek is not in the same class as the CX5, smaller and more CX3 or CX30 class. However, for me, the Crosstrek is one of the best looking Subaru ever. If it had a turbo, it would be a winner. They will never do that in the foreseeable future. I think they can’t build enough of them with the naturally aspirated engines. Once the 2.5 L sales start lagging, they might think about a turbo, but then there will be a new generation of Crosstrek out....Totally gutless. On a test drive with the 2.0l engine, I was unable to pass a cement truck on a 2-lane, downsloping freeway entrance ramp with it floored. Had to follow it on, tail tucked. Turned around and went back at the next exit. Good riddance!
For 2021, the upper 2 trims come with the 2.5l engine, the same one in larger base models, so it should be more tolerable. It’s still in the same class as the CX-30 and HRV.
I legit know noone who prefers Bose to HK. Is your buddy's crosstrek the HK optioned one?Now I know your ears are broken. My buddy has a Crosstrek, stereo is trash.
Point: Audio is super subjective.
I’ve always thought they looked pretty good, but it’s usually my wife and I, lots of gear and a dog, so it’s just too small. I didn’t know about the gutless issue. I have a friend that just got a 2018 CX-3. If I wanted a smaller car, I’d look that way.Not my style, but different folks, different strokes.
My Mom has a 2015 Crosstrek. I don't like it at all. Looks, the interior, seat comfort (awful, rock hard), and it being so gutless.
The CX-5 is not 'the best' per se. It doesn't have 'the best' mileage or cargo room. All agree it has the best drive experience and obviously, the best for us, but the CR-V is still considered the best in class by many. All your choices are solid, but a drive will tell you which is right for you.
Most excellent point, along with a good long test drive, I even once took an Acura home overnight. Too many posts similar to.... "I didn't realize the such-and-such didn't fit/armrest uncomfortable/hit my knee/doesn't respond to throttle/bumpy ride/too loud/trunk room wasn't good.......you get the idea.Agreed. It might seem like a hassle, but it can be very helpful to bring "priority stuff" with you on your test drives. By this, I mean things like car seats, luggage, golf bags, strollers. Or just bring a tape measure and record the LxWxH dimensions of the cargo area since many manufacturers don't list them.
Holy s*%&, are you serious?Don't forget about the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander (basically a better looking and longer warranty Rogue - in my opinion at least), and yeah I know it's a Hyundai and I can never spell it right unless I spell check it, but the new Tucson 2021 looks also interesting ...