The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness Goes Way Off Road For Not That Much Money

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

Subaru gives the Crosstrek some factory-installed off-road upgrades.

The Subaru Wilderness trim has been pretty popular, infusing the Outback and Forester crossovers with go-anywhere attitude and spunk. Naturally, that same energy came to the Crosstrek, giving Subaru’s entry-level crossover even more off-road prowess.

Underneath, the Crosstrek Wilderness started life as a normal Crosstrek equipped with the 2.5-liter engine. Then, Subaru engineers gave the crossover a bevy of enhancements to make the car that much more capable off-road and in, well, the wilderness. The engine is untouched, but the transmission has been retuned for better off-roadability, and the final drive ratio is shorter. It also has an oil cooler, bringing the tow rating up to an impressive 3,500 lbs.

Obviously, the suspension is one of the most important parts of the Crosstrek Wilderness. The car has been raised by about half an inch, up to 9.3 inches. With the lift, the approach angle increases to 20 degrees (up from 18 degrees), the breakover angle is now a healthy 21.1 degrees (up from 19.7 degrees), and the departure angle is now 33 degrees, up from the 30 on the standard Crosstrek. Add to that the Yokohama Geolander tires and the Crosstrek Wilderness is one rough-and-tumble little crossover.

The exterior gets typical Wilderness-trimmed updates, too. The sides of the body are covered in rubberized black plastic, and the front fascia is far different than the standard Crosstrek. Like the Forester and Outback Wilderness, gold accents adorn the Crosstrek Wilderness, both inside and out.

Including the destination fee, the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness $33,290. Expect it to show up in dealerships in both the US and Canada by fall.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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