Recommended Roof Rack for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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I own a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited and I am in the market for Thule or Yakima crossbars. This would be primarily for aesthetics, but reduced wind noise and drag are significant factors to me. I plan to use a cargo basket for trips. Ive read a number of reviews between the Thule Aeroblade and Aeroblade Edge and Yakima Flush Bar formerly the Whispbar, correct me if Im wrong? and JetStream. Which of the four types of crossbars is the quietest? Most aerodynamic? Cleanest and slimmer look? Thank you for your insight and recommendation.

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I would be happy to make a recommendation for you, but would you be able to tell me if your 2018 Crosstrek has raised rails on the roof that run front to back or is it a naked roof (with no rails or anything else on it)? Thanks so much for any information you can provide.

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I have raised rails on the roof. After reading a number of performance reviews between Thule Aeroblade Edge and Yakima Railbars and Flushbars (formally Whispbars), I'm leaning heavily with the Railbars. What are your thoughts?

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The Yakima RailBar Crossbars, which are available in Silver # Y00433-0434 or Black # Y00448-0449 would be a great choice to add a roof rack to your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Regardless of the color you choose, the RailBars are going to give your Crosstrek a very sleek look due to their low-profile design. The bars are shaped aerodynamically to allow for a much quieter ride than bars of other shapes and the bars are also what is called an airfoil-style, which essentially just means the amount of drag you would get is significantly reduced compared to roof racks with square or round bars.

The only other thing I recommend you get with these crossbars are Yakima Same Key System Lock Cores # Y07204 so you can lock the bars to the side rails of your Crosstrek.

I've added links to video reviews of the bars as well as the lock cores for you to check out.

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