11/24/2015 Winter 2015 About the Author John Scott Lewinsk has written hundreds of automobile reviews and features for more than 30 national magazines and news sites. He is the winner of the 2013 Excellence in Craft Award from the Texas Automotive Writers Association. Shared Vision: 2016 Crosstrek Speaks Your Language By John Scott Lewinski 11/24/2015 Winter 2015 Fun, powerful, and grin-inducing, the up-for-anything 2016 Crosstrek is ready to roll. From comfortable touring to practical urban transport to more adventurous excursions, this clever crossover really can do it all. New for the 2016 model year with hot new technologies and fresh eye-candy color options, Crosstrek only strengthens its reputation as a reliable, rugged, and refined vehicle that takes the road with authority in any environment. What you’re been hearing is true: this is the ideal multipurpose vehicle. Opening Statements Versatile and practical, Crosstrek seats five comfortably, with a handy 60/40-split, fold-down rear seatback and enough cargo space for everything you might need, from groceries to camping gear to sports equipment. There’s room to play outside of Crosstrek, too, with 8.7 inches of ground clearance below and standard integrated roof rails above. Available accessory cross bars for your kayak, skis, bikes, and more let you take your toys with you, too. Communicative Handling Crosstrek is equipped with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, four-wheel independent suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear stabilizers, and a fuel-efficient SUBARU BOXER engine so it’s nimble and responsive on any road. 6.2-inch multi-function display Interior features include available leather-trimmed upholstery Modern Expressions of Style 2016 Crosstrek catches the eye with sleek lines and aggressive styling. Especially with the all-new tapered grill and chrome-accented fog light covers, the vehicle feels like it’s just itching to leap forward. It also features new blacked-out wheels and now comes wrapped in Hyper Blue. Inside, innovative new design touches are everywhere, such as high-contrast materials veined with available orange stitching, an illuminated console tray, available center dash panel in silver with a black gloss finish, and soft-grip steering wheel and shift lever. 2016 Crosstrek in Hyper Blue NEW Jasmine Green color for Crosstrek Hybrid A Green Declaration Also available for 2016, and debuting the new Jasmine Green color, is the Crosstrek Hybrid. Every bit as tough and responsive as its gas-powered sibling, it gets 34 mpg with standard AWD.1 An Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions vehicle, it employs an Auto Stop-Start function with full EV (Electric Vehicle) mode at low speed so the engine runs only when necessary. The Crosstrek Hybrid display features power-flow graphics that monitor the efficiency and energy savings of the engine and electric powertrain. Other features include Keyless Access, Push-Button Start, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, and standard automatic climate control for even more comfort and convenience. The Hybrid is even built, like all other Subaru models, in a zero-landfill plant, further adding to its green pedigree. A New Level of Connection Inside you’ll find SUBARU STARLINK2 in-vehicle technology with robust entertainment and safety features. The 6.2-inch color LCD Multi-Function Display lets you access the vehicle’s Bluetooth connectivity capabilities and a wide variety of apps including Stitcher, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Aha.3 Entertainment options include HD/AM/FM radio as well as available SiriusXM Satellite Radio, now updated to display the album art for the current song and all controlled through the screen, along with the phone capabilities and available onboard navigation. STARLINK Safety and Security Connected Services with available Remote Services enables you to remotely activate the horn and lights, unlock or lock your car, and locate your vehicle. Say Hello to Siri4 A major addition for 2016 is Siri Eyes Free – an iOS-centric feature allowing for easy linking between an iPhone and the voice-control system in your Crosstrek. Siri Eyes Free taps into Siri’s built-in ability to understand natural language commands to allow the driver to control both the vehicle’s voice-control functions and the iPhone itself. Also available on Legacy, Outback, Forester, and Impreza. Safe and Secure Siri Eyes Free joins an already impressive collection of vehicle tech aimed at making every drive comfortable, entertaining, and (most important) safe, including available: Blind-Spot Detection Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Lane Change Assist5 Standard Rear-Vision Camera Airbag6 system Available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology7 monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, warns you when you’re swaying outside your lane – and can even help slow down the vehicle when danger is ahead. Recently the 2015 XV Crosstrek was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. A Love Beyond Words Crosstrek is a wild expression of liberation and exploration, addressed to kindred spirits like you. It's why you love your Crosstrek. 1 EPA-estimated highway fuel economy for 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid models. Actual mileage may vary. 2 Compatible smartphone and application required. For applications to operate, latest version of each application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 3 Compatible Smartphone and free Aha app required. For Aha to operate, latest version of Aha application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. Use of the app may be restricted by applicable law. 4 Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. 5 Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are systems designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear and side areas of the vehicle during a lane change or reversing and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. 6 Always wear seatbelts. Children should be properly restrained in the back seat. 7 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. Technology effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash.