Read more about Why the 2nd-Generation Subaru Crosstrek Is Better Than the First at AutoGuide.com.Quote:
The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, but it might not look all that different. The most significant changes, it turns out, are underneath the slightly tweaked sheetmetal.
Speaking to Kazuhiro Abe, Subaru Project General Manager and General Manager of Design, he explained that the automaker made several important changes to the car, but the most important ones are things you won’t ever see… or hear.
'Noise reduction is a huge area of improvement,' explained Abe-san. He says that a lot of common complaints with the previous car have been addressed, including wind noise. 'This plastic panel by the A-pillar is now raised and more flush with the body, reducing wind noise that was found on the old model.' He also pointed out an interesting change where the windshield meets the hood. 'There’s this elaborate design, which helps reduce wind noise as well.'