I bought my 2018 Crosstrek Premium in October 2017, and still love it. I dont feel like I would have enjoyed eyesight, and with a CVT I get better gas mileage, but a manual transmission would be more fun to drive. I personally have had 0 problems with my CVT and iv taken it off road a bit with very heavy loads.
I previously owned an 02 Honda S2000, so it was a pretty big change for me, but I purchased it for hauling mine and my wife's kayaks.
As far as OEM mods go I have:
-Auto dimming mirror with home link
-Rear bumper cover
-Rear seat back protectors
-All weather floor mats
I love them all except for the floor mats, there are better ones out there.
I chose to not get the OEM crossbars because im pretty much a Yakima fanboy.
Instead, here's my roof rack setup:
-Yakima medium core bars with timberline towers
-Yakima windshield (honestly not needed with core bars)
-2 pairs of Yakima Jay-Lows for hauling 2 kayaks (you really only need one set, but I was going more for appearance)
-Yakima hood loops, These work well for strapping down the bow of my kayaks. The tie down point under the front bumper seems to cause problems to have the loops under the hood provided a more direct line
Some other mods include:
- Curt 2 inch hitch
-Curt basket cargo carrier with the 2 inch fixed shank.
For a lift kit I dont have one yet, but iv'e decided to go with SubieLift OZ. ADF would be a second show for me as well. In addition to the lift im going to be upgrading my springs to the OEM height RalliTEK springs because they're stiffer than OEM, but not as stiff as King Springs.
Actually the exact suspension setup that I want has been done by StarDude Outdoors (youtube channel).
My biggest complaint with my crosstrek so far is the soft springs. IMO stiffer springs are more important than lift spacers. The lift looks nice, but if you're placing heavy load on your crosstrek the springs are going to be more helpful with keeping your crosstrek from bottoming out.