The new Subaru Crosstrek from 2024 accomplishes the following: It has surprising power, but not in a way that takes over the experience. The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness is here to take you into its name if you’re ready for ruggedness to take center stage.
The tougher Crosstrek, like the Forester and Outback Wilderness, combines unibody car refinement with improved off-road performance. It’s for people who still need or want capability but want something cheaper than an off-road pickup. As a result, the Crosstrek Wilderness receives long-travel springs and shocks, which raise ground clearance by 0.6 inches to a total of 9.3 inches. With the assistance of altered body cladding, this raises approach, break over, and departure angles to 20, 21.1, and 33, respectively. That’s pretty much what a 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 provides, folks.
A front skid plate protects the drivetrain on the Crosstrek Wilderness, and various terrain modes, a roll indicator, hill descent control, and other features enhance stability on all surfaces. On exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires with raised white lettering and a shorter rear-axle ratio improve traction. Additionally, there is a hood decal that reduces glare to improve visibility when driving in the sun.
To expand the utilization of its additional rough terrain capacity, the Crosstrek Wild has a stepping stool-style rooftop rack evaluated for 176 pounds of dynamic burden, and 700 pounds of static. ( Looks ready for a tent on the roof.) It also has all-weather floor mats and interior upholstery that resists water.
A transmission cooler makes it possible to tow a trailer with the Crosstrek Wilderness’s upgraded 3,500-pound towing capacity, which is the same as the Forester’s. However, the 2.5-liter flat-four’s 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque remain unchanged. The WRX’s 2.4-liter turbo engine would be the cherry on top, but it’s not available. That is your sign, Subaru.)
With its exclusive Geyser Blue paint that is only available on Subaru’s off-road models, the Wilderness model stands out in the lineup. It also has a shifter, gauge rings, and leather wheel finished in copper, as well as contrast stitching in copper. Keyless entry, steering-responsive LED headlights, two-zone climate control, and heated front seats, mirrors, and windshield are all included in the standard equipment. Subaru Eyesight ADAS and an 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard features. A 10-way power driver’s seat, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a power moonroof are among the options.
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness, made in Lafayette, Indiana, will be available at dealerships in the fall of 2023. It will start at $33,290 delivered, and at that price, it is hard to imagine them remaining on dealer lots.