2018 Subaru Crosstrek


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2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Hyundai Tucson


All-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Engine configuration




6-speed manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

Fuel capacity

16.6 gal.

16.4 gal.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson near Philadelphia, PA

If you're looking for the best subcompact on the market, then you already know that the competition is fierce. This is a highly competitive segment that offers a vehicle for everyone, but we are here to narrow this segment down to the top subcompact on the market. We are starting with two favorites, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. The 2018 Crosstrek is completely new in this model year. That means that there is a new chassis, along with an upgraded engine, and a cabin design that is incredibly well refined with even more features. The 2018 Tucson also gets some upgrades for this model year. This includes a brand new trim level, the SEL. Other new features include Android Auto and Apple Carplay, and a seven-inch touchscreen interface. Another trim has been renamed from SE Plus to SEL Plus. Both of these subcompact vehicles are incredible, but we know that you want to know which one will come out on top. Continue reading to find out the winner!

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Power & Handling

The Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with a powerful engine. This engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder flat. This means that the cylinders are horizontally opposed. You'll find that with direct injection this engine most definitely has a power bump from the previous engine, as it can produce up to 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Couple with this new engine is a six-speed manual transmission. However, many may choose the continuously variable transmission which is optional on every trim, with the exception of the Limited trim where it comes standard. This wouldn't be a Subaru without all-wheel drive helping to pull the entire system together. Fuel economy is also a nice part of the Crosstrek, as you can get around 23/29 mpg with the manual transmission and 27/33 mpg with the automatic transmission.

2018 Hyundai Tucson Power & Handling

Two engine options come with the 2018 Tucson. The first is a 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The other engine is a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that is much better than the standard engine, which is not well loved. This engine comes with a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. You can choose all-wheel drive, but the standard drivetrain is front-wheel drive. The fuel economy is around 23/30 mpg with FWD and 21/28 mpg with AWD. Those numbers are for the 2.0-liter engine. The base engine is lacking, which means you'll have to upgrade to get the better option.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Features & Design

Three different trim levels come with the 2018 Crosstrek. The first of these is the base model, named 2.0i. This trim gives you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a driver information display, 17-inch wheels, auto up-down windows for both the front passenger and driver, a 6.5-inch touchscreen dashboard display, a rearview camera, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The second trim offered is the 2.0 Premium. With this trim, you get a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, Subaru Starlink, heated seats and mirrors, and automatic headlights. You can add more options to this trim, like Subaru's EyeSight, a sunroof, and contrasting interior stitching. The third and final option is the 2.0i Limited. This trim gives you features like a larger 8.-inch dashboard display, 18-inch wheels, a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, LED adaptive headlights, automatic climate control, leather seating, and keyless entry and ignition. Optional features include the EyeSight system, a Harman Kardon audio system, and navigation.

2018 Hyundai Tucson Features & Design

Six trim levels come with the 2018 Tucson. However, the two bottom trims seem to be lacking. The base trim, the SE, comes with stain-resistant cloth upholstery, heated mirrors, a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, an integrated blind-spot mirror, one USB port, a windshield wiper de-icer, and a 60/40-split folding back seat. Another trim option is the Sport. This option comes with keyless entry and ignition, exterior styling enhancements, dual-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch wheels, lane keeping assist, rear air vents, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The highest option, known as the Limited, adds chrome exterior trim, an 8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights and taillights, and leather upholstery. You can get other option but you'll have to add a package.


While both of these subcompact vehicles have put up a fight, we believe we've found our winner. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek gives you a reliable engine on every trim level, and three trims that are well equipped. The 2018 Tucson does have two engine options, but the base engine isn't well-favored, and the trim levels are too stretched out. If you want to learn more about our winner, check out our full review linked below! You can also give us a call to find out even more information about the vehicles that we have in stock.

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