Over the years Subaru has made many car buyers happy with its rugged wagons and hatchback variants. Its latest offering for a hatchback is the Subaru Crosstrek. Based on the Impreza hatch, the Crosstrek has a raised and beefed-up suspension for use on rough terrain, and its body cladding is thick enough to fend off stray branches and rocks. Naturally, the hatchback design frees up plenty of space for gear. Acceleration is not a strong point, but fuel economy is excellent and the Crosstrek's pricing is competitive. We think it's a solid pick if you want to venture off the beaten path but don't need the full-blown capability of a truck-based SUV.
Current Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru offers the Crosstrek in four models: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Premium Special Edition, and 2.0i Limited. All are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A manual transmission is standard in all trims save the 2.0i Limited. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard on the Limited and is optional on the other trim levels. Unlike many of its competitors, the Crosstrek comes with all-wheel drive as standard, something to keep in mind when comparing prices. Fuel economy (mid to high 20s) is quite good for a high-profile, all-wheel-drive vehicle.
For a base model, the Crosstrek 2.0i comes nicely equipped with features such as alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen display with limited smartphone app integration. The 2.0i Premium adds heated front seats, an upgraded stereo, a cargo cover and a weather-proof cargo mat. Go with the 2.0i Premium Special Edition to get a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, and blind-spot monitoring. The 2.0i Limited builds on the 2.0i Premium's equipment with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, more safety features and an upgraded touchscreen interface.
For a small hatchback, the Crosstrek is remarkably roomy inside. Headroom is generous, and the tall driving position emphasizes the Crosstrek's elevated stance. Visibility is excellent thanks to thin roof pillars, big side-view mirrors and a standard rearview camera. We're less impressed with the Crosstrek's performance. Acceleration is slow, and the CVT — which keeps the engine droning at high rpm — certainly doesn't help matters. Ultimately, though, it's the Crosstrek's standard all-wheel drive and extra ground clearance that win the day. If you're an looking for small hatchback that can also handle the occasional off-road adventure, the Subaru Crosstrek is the real deal.
Used Subaru Crosstrek Models
Subaru first introduced the Crosstrek for the 2016 model year. It served as a replacement for the otherwise-identical XV Crosstrek. Along with the new name, the '16 Crosstrek featured updated styling and more advanced driver safety aids. For more information on older years of the Crosstrek, please see our XV Crosstrek review.
Read the most recent 2018 Subaru Crosstrek review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Subaru Crosstrek page.