Living an adventurous on-the-go lifestyle means a lot of time and miles in a car. I be sure that I am packing up my gear in my car so that I can sleep, eat and overall stay comfortable while road tripping. In order to achieve this lavish life of travel comfort I needed a car that suit all my needs.
This year it was time to buy a new car so I went out and started looking. Car salesmen would look awkwardly at me as I would put down the seat and crawl in the back of each car I tried. Hey! If I can’t catch a few zz’s on the side of the road with ease, then the car wouldn’t be for me!
After much research and searching, I chose the Crosstrek for various reasons. I needed a car the size of an SUV but could make loading and unloading bikes, boats and gear from the roof manageable for my T. Rex arms. The Crosstrek’s height is comparable to a large Sedan while the inside still feels spacious and not cramped. The Crosstrek still manages to have an impressive 9 inch ground clearance despite its size allowing for those off-roading treks. The car comes with roof rails that need additional bars for rack systems, but they were super easy to install. I installed the Thule aero bars which have been incredible, and still gives my car that sleek look.
The interior of the car is sizeable. With both seat down in the back I was able to make a bed that my 5’4 self didn’t even have to lay diagonal to fit! The seats don’t lay completely flat, so take that into consideration when designing your custom car bed. With the seats up, there is still plenty of cargo room in the hatchback. The seats are extremely comfortable, and you don’t feel like you’re on top of your passenger when one is in the car.
Special features of the car like Apple car play are now a must have! The ability to connect Spotify or Apple Music has been a road trip sing along game changer! Apple car play also brings up Apple maps which displays navigation right on the screen. The sound system also has differing levels so when your blasting music, the navigation doesn’t also blast in your ears. There adjustable sound for the maps.
I have put on approximately 32000 miles in my first 10 months in the car. Being quite the lead footed driver, I was impressed with still averaging 28 mpg. A added bonus, is this car comes in manual shift!
My only real issue with the Crosstrek is that it is not as powerful as I would like it. Towing anything could be a bit of a struggle, but with all the other awesome features, it was well worth the compromise on a small factor! I am forever team Subaru after how satisfied I am with the Crosstrek.