I'm purchasing a used Subaru Crosstrek this week. It's a 2017 Sport model with the "Technology Package" meaning it has rear/side vehicle detection (standard on Sport model) plus Subaru's EyeSight package (part of the Technology Package).

Is there any safe way to test the rear/side vehicle detection or or the EyeSight package to make sure they're functional? I can see that there are buttons to turn them on and off, but if they're on, how do you know they're really doing their thing?


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The dealer has tools to calibrate the eyesight package (essential if the windscreen ever has to be replaced, for example). They should be able to run a comprehensive test. Yes, it will cost money, but replacing those systems if they're broken would make the vehicle an unrealistic purchase. You can also ask them to do a complete pre-purchase inspection, in case something else is not working correctly (no, not thinking about that CVT transmission at all... which stopped us from buying any more Subaru cars ever again...)

  • Is that the CVT that fails when tires of differing sizes are used?
    – Solar Mike
    Nov 9, 2020 at 17:12
  • @SolarMike - No, that's the center viscous diff; they've had that problem even before the CVT. Their CVT can't tow anything (well, 1,500lbs. Even a utility trailer is 600lbs, so you can't get much on there). No; I had an extended test drive in a brand new one (for three months), and it used to lose power randomly when pulling out of junctions. Frightening.
    – PeteCon
    Nov 10, 2020 at 3:11
  • Hope you are happy with your car now. Mate had a subaru and it was fine - 6 cyl version went well.
    – Solar Mike
    Nov 10, 2020 at 5:03

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