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We have done a couple long trips in our 18 Crosstrek Ltd, and found the seats to be very comfortable. Just two weeks ago, we were on a long trip down south, and on the way back, did some long, long stretches (wanted to get back home with this virus escalating), over 5 hours one time. Other than needing a bio break, could have gone longer, and was otherwise surprisingly comfortable. Best trip car I have ever owned.
 

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We have done a couple long trips in our 18 Crosstrek Ltd, and found the seats to be very comfortable. Just two weeks ago, we were on a long trip down south, and on the way back, did some long, long stretches (wanted to get back home with this virus escalating), over 5 hours one time. Other than needing a bio break, could have gone longer, and was otherwise surprisingly comfortable. Best trip car I have ever owned.
Same here, we've done long road trips with 5+ hours of driving a day and no problem. It may have something to do with body shape (we're both tall and lean) but also posture and how the seat is adjusted.
 

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Same here, we've done long road trips with 5+ hours of driving a day and no problem. It may have something to do with body shape (we're both tall and lean) but also posture and how the seat is adjusted.
Yup, and the car dash nag let us know that we were 5+ hours. We're both medium build, not fat, but not skinny either.
 

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I've spent far longer than 5hrs in a day in my Crosstrek. After the first year I had the car, I'm good for pretty much the entire day in the driver's seat.
 

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I've spent far longer than 5hrs in a day in my Crosstrek. After the first year I had the car, I'm good for pretty much the entire day in the driver's seat.
Actually, I should have been more clear. I meant 5+ hours without a stop/break. We did two 11 hours driving days from Phoenix to Vancouver. Like I said, the virus was chasing us, so we got the heck out of there...
 

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Actually, I should have been more clear. I meant 5+ hours without a stop/break. We did two 11 hours driving days from Phoenix to Vancouver. Like I said, the virus was chasing us, so we got the heck out of there...

I can't go that long without a bathroom. :confused:
 

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I have a ‘14 Crosstrek with the leather seats and agree that they are not comfortable. I bought my car new and was going on a road trip from California to Virginia (3000+ miles) but experienced excruciating right leg pain after driving only 90 miles. Tried every seat and steering wheel adjustment possible with no improvement. Ended up purchasing a seat riser/wedge and have not had a problem since. Love my car and don’t mind having to use the riser/wedge. Of interest, my son is comfortable driving without the riser/wedge. Recommend you give a seat riser/wedge a try if you really love your Crosstrek.
Can you please send information on the type of riser/wedge you purchased. I have a Forester and the driver's seat is incredibly uncomfortable. I have never been able to adjust the seat and it be comfortable. I would love to replace it with a Crosstrek. I drove one of those for a day while my Forester was being serviced. Same problem. Truly my back hurt for a couple of days. It seems to me if this many people are complaining Subaru would address the issue.
 

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Own a 2014 xv Crosstrek hybrid I have 4 issues 1 the air conditioning sucks starts cold then blows hot. it’s been serviced and it’s the same been back a few times and I’m tired of throwing good money after bad. 2 it’s not really great on saving gas no real change in how much I spent weekly on the Hyundai Elantra I had before this car. 3 the drivers cloth seat has torn just below the left shoulder. So now the metals exposed I already had to replace a seat cushion because the airbag sensor failed 4 the transmission slips I’ve spent alot of $ to have the Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid specialist replace a part that’s “known to fail” but not covered by Subaru. And now the positive I live in mass and have driven this car to Alabama. sleeping rotating shifts and was comfortable. We were t-boned by a Toyota Prius did a 360 before car stopped and we all walked out without a scratch. So for safety it’s great but this will be the only Subaru we ever buy. Based on the ac, transmission and seat tear. It’s just poor quality. So no I can’t recommend Subaru based on this. Given these experiences I don’t understand the cultish following of the brand.
 

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"Given these experiences I don’t understand the cultish following of the brand."

I guess because the vast majority of us have had a different experience with our vehicles than you have. You have based your opinion of the brand on your experience, and we have done the same. Most Subaru owners have purchased multiple Subarus and Subaru ranks extremely high in owner satisfaction, reliability, and resale value.
 
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I am curious as to those that find the seats comfortable if you have the cloth or pleather seats.
I think that you're onto the answer.

My wife's MY2018 has the leather seats and it's very comfortable. I'm 6' 3" and 250lbs and I can ride or drive for hours in her car.

I wonder if the majority of the people complaining about the comfort have cloth seats.
 
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I think that you're onto the answer.

My wife's MY2018 has the leather seats and it's very comfortable. I'm 6' 3" and 250lbs and I can ride or drive for hours in her car.

I wonder if the majority of the people complaining about the comfort have cloth seats.
Ventilated pleather and very comfortable for us.
 

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I'm 6' tall and I was used to my Corolla, very comfortable. I've found that, like others, it helped to raise my seating position and that made my legs more comfortable, and the wheel has lots of adjustment as well. It seems pretty awful to complain about leather seats, talk about entitled, but I think I would have preferred the cloth as far as seat "feel." The comfort is ok now and before Covid 6 hour drives to LA went well. It does seem that it would be nearly impossible to make a seat that is really comfortable for all. My wife doesn't find the Subaru seats that comfortable, she doesn't like the motion of the car much either, but the car seems pretty comfortable to me.
 

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I test drove a number of Crosstrek models and years before I bought my 2016 premium (cloth) a few weeks ago. The 2018 I tried had a seat that seemed okay, if somewhat firm (like my former Toyota), but the seat seemed a little narrower (the sides came up higher) and the seatbelt had an extra protruding bar near the buckle that pressed into my hip, and my hips are not especially big. When I tried the 2016, there was not an extra protrusion on the belt buckle, and it felt much better. I had a more "open" feeling in the front seat.
That said, I sometimes wish there was more back support, though I can't quite put my finger on where or why.
I saw my back doctor today because of low backache, thinking it was from some furniture moving I had done recently. He said the trouble spot was actually where the body rotates above the hip. He suggested that it might have to do with the way I'm getting in and out of the new car. He said to sit first facing out the door, then rotate the legs to face forward. I'm going to work that into my routine and see how it goes. (note: It can be tough to get your head in that way since the threshold is low)
Update: Months later, I realized that it was indeed the high step getting into the car (then over the substantial "lip" of the threshold) and onto the seat that was causing my problem. I was always comfortable during driving, but had developed lingering hip and leg problems when walking. Reluctantly, I lowered the seat, and that helped significantly, since I didn't have so far to hike myself up. I also noted that I needed to rotate the left foot (as a pivot) as I got into the car or I would stress out that hip.
 

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Update: Months later, I realized that it was indeed the high step getting into the car (then over the substantial "lip" of the threshold) and onto the seat that was causing my problem. I was always comfortable during driving, but had developed lingering hip and leg problems when walking. Reluctantly, I lowered the seat, and that helped significantly, since I didn't have so far to hike myself up. I also noted that I needed to rotate the left foot (as a pivot) as I got into the car or I would stress out that hip.
Sorry about that...

The extra height was a big factor for us. As we're getting older, getting in and out of low sports cars isn't as much fun as it used to be. I find the seats on our Limited to be fine and we've taken some long road trips.
 

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On the days I'm constantly jumping in and out of the car for work, I sometimes wish the base of my seat was just 2cm wider to the RH side. I find myself bracing against the armrest and wriggling very slightly to my left to get my RH hip positioned nicely within the base contour. Admittedly I probably have wider hips than many here 😏. That said however, once I do my little wriggle, I feel like driving non stop, all day long.

I understand why Subaru haven't extended the seat base over the plastic fascia at the side as it leaves a nice, big gap to get your hand down to adjust the seat. I do think though adding just a little bit of extra width (towards the door side) and including seat memory settings for at least 2 people could make a big difference.

From an Aussie with RH drive in an S (Limited) with a heated, 'leather', electronically adjusted driver's seat. 🐨
 

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Sorry about that...

The extra height was a big factor for us. As we're getting older, getting in and out of low sports cars isn't as much fun as it used to be. I find the seats on our Limited to be fine and we've taken some long road trips.


This is one of the reasons I chose a Crosstrek over a compact hatchback. Small cars these days are just uncomfortably low for me to be getting in and out of.
 

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This is one of the reasons I chose a Crosstrek over a compact hatchback. Small cars these days are just uncomfortably low for me to be getting in and out of.
Yep, this!
 

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I love my 2018 Crosstrek with the exception of the seats. Im wondering if there are others who experience this also. My right leg actually hurts after driving any distance. I just cant seem to get comfortable. Im normal height and weight, so I really cant pinpoint the issue other than when I get out of the drivers seat my leg feels stiff and painful. It only happens when Im in the car so its not an injury etc.
Im honestly considering trading my car because I can't envision myself driving it for the next several years. I have found myself recently dreading having to drive anywhere.
Any similar experiences?
I watched a YouTube video by “Some Stuff I Thought you might like” and actually removed the plastic lumbar piece from the seat. What a difference!
 
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