2020 Crosstrek Premium 6MT
I recently hit the one thousand mile mark on my 2020 Crosstrek Premium 6MT. I have been happy with this car to say the least. Here is a list of things I have noticed about the car:
- The Crosstrek is not as under-powered as many people believe. Matter of fact, I am finding it to be quite peppy in the city. No, it is not an M edition BMW but it does about the same as my old Kia Soul with the larger 2.0L engine. I am quite happy with my ability to zip around town.
- The gear ratios on the 6MT are not like most cars. I find first gear to be quite low for the city. When performing rapid acceleration, I am finding myself throwing it into second right about the time I have fully let off the clutch. However, I have plans on taking this beast off road so the lower gear is quite welcome. Sixth gear is barely any different from fifth. I haven't taken the car into the mountains yet but I can see fifth coming into play on those long 6% grade runs while keeping highway speeds.
- Speaking of highway speeds, it seems like the Boxer likes to run higher RPMs than all the other inline four cylinder cars I have owned. Running 80ish MPH on the SoCal freeways tachs my engine at 3500 RPMs. I am used to only seeing about 3000 normally. Not a problem, just an observation.
- The hill assist took me some time to appreciate. I found myself stalling the car when first taking-off up a hill due to a combination of hill assist and quiet exhaust. I figured out a way to always get the assist to activate and now wait a second after releasing the brake to start letting out the clutch. I also have a Nameless exhaust that I will be putting on tomorrow to deal with the quiet problem.
- The manual shifter is sloppy. From what I have read, this is normal with the cable design in all Subarus. Luckily, I also have a Kartman short throw kit and the fist gate limiter to fix the design flaw. That will also get installed tomorrow.
- The throttle pedal sits about an inch closer to the floor than the brake. This is perfect for those of us that operate the brake and throttle with one foot while off roading. I learned this technique while driving a big rig on mountain roads. I also used this trick quite heavily while rock crawling in my Hummer H3 (yes, the Hummer had a manual transmission available!).
- StarLink . . . . . bleh. I could never get the Star Link infrastructure to work right. It took too much attention away from the road to operate. Fortunately, I have an Samsung S10 and loaded Android Auto. Google got everything right. Occasionally my radio gets glitched and the volume locks. I can turn the knob and see feedback on the screen with the volume number going up and down but with no actual volume change. Unplugging the phone and reconnecting fixes the issue immediately. Also, if the radio is off and I stall the engine, the radio will come back on on restart. I believe my driving ability improving will remedy the issue but it is still annoying that it forgets that it was off. The main feature I like about the radio is the volume knob. I can reach for it without looking away from the road. I had several radios in the past with touchscreen controls only. I am not a fan.
- I really miss having gauges. I didn't realize what I was missing until I sat in a coworkers Limited model. I wish there were more options available with the manual transmission. I found a great place to mount a ScanGauge II and got most of the feedback I wanted. I would still like to see the oil pressure but apparently it is not available on the CAN bus on the OBDII port.
- Oil filter on TOP! The is a awesome, especially with all the burns I have had on the back of my hand from doing oil changes on Hondas. Why did engineers put the filter behind the exhaust manifold and directly above the steering rack where oil drips right on the tie rod boot? Thank you Subaru!