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Over this past weekend I hit some trails in the woods around town to test out how the Crosstrek does off-road. I went with my cousin who a) has a lot of off-road experience (where as I do not) and b) was driving his Dodge Power Wagon which I knew could pull me out of anywhere that I may get stuck.

The trails consisted of mud, water, deep sand and some pretty steep, though short, inclines. Overall the Crosstrek did really, really well. I got everywhere the Power Wagon did (though I am NOT comparing the Crosstrek to the Power Wagon) and tackled the same inclines and water passings.

The Crosstrek's AWD preformed amazingly by doing exactly what they say it does: transferring the power to the wheel(s) that needs it most. I tested a couple of the same runs with and without traction control and, in my limited opinion, the Crosstrek preformed better with traction control left on. I believe this is because it will prevent the tires from constantly spinning when they have no grip, which could cause you to dig yourself deeper into the sand/mud. My cousin, again an avid off-roader with a Power Wagon and two Jeeps, was pretty impressed with how the Crosstrek did.

Here are some pictures and videos of our day. It is really hard to tell how deep, steep and high anything is in the pictures, but trust me when I say that everything was more intense in person.

Next weekend I am going to try it out on the beach and I will have another post outlining that.










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Feel free to ask about any specifics of the day and I will do my best to answer for you.
 

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I find this thread highly pornographic. ;)

Mmmmmm, Subaru off-road fun.

I especially like your footage through that sand, and the test with VDC and without VDC. Definitely looks like most cases the VDC will actually help off-road.


THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting off-road footage and pictures of the Subaru XV, I really really enjoy it ;D
 

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Awesome pics and vids, I haven't gone offroading in about 2 months and you are making me miss it! There is about a foot of snow on the ground up here (which was fun to drive in BTW) I'll have to grab a buddy and go offroading with him as soon as I can get a day off.
Also the VDC is ok to have offroading if you don't need the momentum and will be more fun to drive with it off since it kills the power when you are giving it to much, but you make a good observation that it can be useful not to dig ruts. I have definitely been doing a lot of VDC on/off testing up here in the snow =)
 

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Poego said:
Awesome pics and vids, I haven't gone offroading in about 2 months and you are making me miss it! There is about a foot of snow on the ground up here (which was fun to drive in BTW) I'll have to grab a buddy and go offroading with him as soon as I can get a day off.
Also the VDC is ok to have offroading if you don't need the momentum and will be more fun to drive with it off since it kills the power when you are giving it to much, but you make a good observation that it can be useful not to dig ruts. I have definitely been doing a lot of VDC on/off testing up here in the snow =)
Yeah that's what I figured about the VDC, but I still want to play with it more. I never did get to take it to the beach when I was in NC but there are some beach areas in CA that I can drive on I believe. Deep sand is a really good test.
 

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Nice pics and videos! So jealous lol. I just saw the video with your cousin in the Dodge and the one where you showed the AWD working on Youtube. That's a nice area where you guys went off roading, I'm trying to find a place in the Ventura County area but so far I just found the Santa Ynez Mountains. I'm planning to drive up there one of these weekends.
 

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Nice pics and videos! So jealous lol. I just saw the video with your cousin in the Dodge and the one where you showed the AWD working on Youtube. That's a nice area where you guys went off roading, I'm trying to find a place in the Ventura County area but so far I just found the Santa Ynez Mountains. I'm planning to drive up there one of these weekends.
Yeah, it was a lot of fun. This was in NC while I was working last year, but I am I am back in California now so I am looking for somewhere not too far from the LA area where I can take weekend trips.
 

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You are a brave man... Lol!!! Paper plates. Haha! I really enjoyed the pics. We have a few spots around here to get the VX on..just have to convince the wifey. I always here," you got a Jeep for that stuff!"

I want to test it out on this nice, loose terrain( not too loose) hill climb ... Nothing major, but my jeep won't climb without 4wd.


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