The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek was named Best Value SUV by the Northwest Automotive Press Association at its 2023 Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition, otherwise known as Mudfest.

I was one of the reviewers that enthusiastically voted to recognize the great value the completely redesigned Crosstrek offers. It was the least expensive of the 23 vehicles tested, but it got the best mileage of any non-electrified vehicle and handled the moderate off-road test track as well or better than any other affordable vehicle at the two-day competition in mid-April.

Jim Redden is a reporter based in Portland, Ore.

“I am a community journalist because that is where the greatest need is. There are many sources of information and opinion about international and national issues. But most people are more affected by what happens in their local communities. That is where they live, work and shop. That is where their children go to school. That is where their elected officials, business owners and labor leaders are most accessible. And that is why people need the most current information what is happening — or, more importantly, what is going to happen — in their communities. Providing accurate and up-to-date information that people need to make well-informed decisions on the issues they care about is what community journalism is all about.”

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