Originally Posted by AWDfreak
Honestly, the Crosstrek is positioned in an odd spot.
Actually most "professional" car reviewers agree with you. Yet this odd spot appeals to so many of us. Why?
I'd argue because the Crosstrek has the advantages of a compact car (size and fuel efficiency) and a small SUV (go anywhere AWD and some cargo capability). Honestly my Crosstrek feels like a larger vehicle, of course that's personal opinion. It also looks more rugged than some of the other offerings, that often are referred to as "cute utes". Of course, the very competitive price has a lot to do with it's appeal as well.
Subaru has done a good job as of late attracting new buyers, like me, that otherwise would have purchased something else. I was seriously considering a Mazda CX-5 or another Toyota Tacoma, but am instead a happy Crosstrek owner. Again I'm really happy they aren't trying to milk this prosperity at a possible loss of quality.