Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Mark asks: Per your great review I purchased a manual 2017 Crosstrek. Love it! Everything you said. It’s not a rocket ship but its not that slow either if you keep it in the power band. One thing – with the extra ride height and the moderately wide wheelbase its a little floaty at 60-80 mph for my taste. Was thinking of lowering springs for a modest height reduction and a bit stiffer ride. Thoughts?
My reply: One of the draws of the Crosstrek is, of course, its snow day/bad road capability, which is a function of its AWD system and its ground clearance. Lowering it would detract from that somewhat, which you probably know but I wanted to mention it.
The other thing I wanted to mention is that when pondering any significant suspension change, the effect on the rest of the vehicle’s suspension and the vehicle’s handling dynamics should be considered first. Will there be tire scrub? Issues with rebound? Keeping in mind that Subaru set up the Crosstrek to have more-than-usual clearance (8.7 inches).
There is a discussion on one of the Subaru forums I check that may interest you; it’s here.
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