Drive Notes: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness


drive notes 2024 subaru crosstrek wilderness

Due to travel, I got a little behind on giving you the Cliff’s Notes on what I’ve been testing, so you’ll get two this week.

First up: The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness.

The ” off-road” version of the Crosstrek has 9.3 inches of ground clearance, all-terrain tires, an upgraded suspension, and slightly different interior and exterior design.

drive notes 2024 subaru crosstrek wilderness


  • Like other Crosstreks, the Wilderness offers no-fuss utility. It’s a bit boring, but it’s easy to live with.
  • The raised ground clearance doesn’t really hurt on-road/in-town ride and handling. It rides and handles like the other Crosstreks.
  • I still like Subie’s big infotainment screen.

drive notes 2024 subaru crosstrek wilderness


  • It feels a bit unrefined, and there are some cheap-feeling interior materials/plastics.
  • I’d like a skoosh more power.
  • It’s a bit too loud, mostly in terms of engine noise, at times. Not obnoxious, mind you, but not as quiet as many modern cars — even others at its price point.

drive notes 2024 subaru crosstrek wilderness

The Crosstrek Wilderness is basically like the Crosstrek Premium, just with some hiking boots. That’s not a bad thing. It won’t excite you, but it’s easy to live with, and that counts for a lot these days.

[Images © 2024 Tim Healey/]

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