Subaru’s compact and capable Crosstrek received a pretty substantial update for the 2021 model year, but you probably won’t notice at a glance. The mid-cycle refresh leaves the exterior nearly unchanged, aside from a few styling tweaks and some wheel arch cladding for the new Sport trim seen here. Instead, the Crosstrek’s changes happen largely in the engine bay and on the list of standard and available driver-assistance technologies — and they all go a long way toward making Subaru’s compact crossover even more compelling than before.
New 2.5-liter engine
The Crosstrek can now be optioned with a larger, more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which it scavenges from its senpai, the Subaru Forester. In the lighter Crosstrek, the engine’s 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque feel a bit more responsive, but more importantly, the crossover is noticeably more sprightly than it was with the older, 2.0-liter engine — which is still available, by the way. Compared to the 2.0, the 2.5 is working with 30 extra hp and 31 more lb-ft of torque. That’s 20% more get-up-and-go.
Of course, Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is standard. The Crosstrek’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission isn’t too bad when tooling around town
Gamers have been eagerly awaiting the new PlayStation 5 since it was announced in the fall of 2019, and we’re finally getting within sensor range of the big day. The PS5 will ship on Nov. 12, and we know it’ll cost $400 for the digital-only version or $500 with Blu-ray. And despite being scheduled to start on Sept. 17, many retailers are already allowing preorders — but the high demand is crashing sites, and many are already sold out.
Not all retailers are quite ready for preordering — some are currently letting you register to preorder, and you’ll be notified when preordering begins. Admittedly it’s like waiting in a line for the chance to wait in a different line.
In any event, here’s a list of the major retailers and their preorder pages. Browse on down the list to see where you can preorder right now.
If you want to put your Apple Watch to work for you, here are five apps–which include IFTTT and Microsoft PowerPoint–that make it easier to take notes, give presentations, collaborate, and more.
Since its debut in 2015 the Apple Watch has become an industry leader, greatly surpassing the sales of competing smartwatches. It’s simple to use, provides nice benefits out of the box, and can have its capabilities greatly extended through apps–but the latter aren’t always easy to find.
Fitness features, phone calls, and text messages all work with little user setup, but it’s left to Apple Watch owners to sift through apps for WatchOS from your wrist. As great as the Apple Watch is, it can be hard to find useful apps on so small a screen. If you can’t find it on your wrist, you may have to scour the iOS App Store, where you’ll have to hope the app you’re interested in has a version for the Watch.
Business users who embraced the Apple Watch as a new productivity tool may be left wondering how to use it when the apps they need are difficult to locate. You can keep digging through the