Don’t think the Subaru Crosstrek is a legit off-roader? Well, maybe this video of a CVT-equipped Subaru Crosstrek tackling one of the toughest obstacles on the legendary Moab, UT off-road course will change your mind. Ultimately, you don’t need locking differentials and air suspension to enjoy off-roading after all.
The Subaru Crosstrek debuted in 2012 as a more rugged version of the Subaru Impreza sedan. The Subaru Crosstrek treatment features a raised suspension, beefier exterior and unique aluminum wheels compared to the Impreza it’s based on. Thanks to Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, the Subaru Crosstrek can send power to the grippiest wheels, making it an excellent off-road ally.
Power isn’t the Subaru Crosstrek’s forte, as it has to settle for just 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 145 lb-ft (196 Newton meters) of torque from its 2.0-liter FB20B 2.0-liter flat. -4. In 2021, Subaru introduced the Crosstrek Sport, which features a new 2.5-liter flat-4 that produces 182 horsepower (136 kilowatts) and 176 lb-ft (239 Newton meters) of torque. The Crosstrek featured in the video is a gen 1, meaning it has a weaker motor and can’t rely on horsepower to fix issues.
The Subaru Crosstrek owner in this video modified his Subaru with a raised suspension, off-road wheel and tire setup, and a more aggressive front bumper for better approach angles. These little tweaks were more than enough to help this little Subaru tackle the Devil’s Hot Tub, an obstacle that has challenged off-roaders for decades.
Even with full-pressure tires and open differentials, this little Subaru Crosstrek pulled itself out of the Devil’s Hot Tub with a little help from momentum management. Since the Crosstrek has open differentials, it struggles to handle power when one wheel is in the air over tough obstacles.
Does this video prove that the Subaru Crosstrek is a real off-roader? Or is it still just a slightly upgraded Impreza hatchback?
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