2017 Subaru Crosstrek
- All-wheel drive and tall profile combine for strong off-road ability
- Offers adult-sized front and rear legroom and headroom
- Achieves good fuel economy for a rugged all-wheel-drive car
- Big hatchback utility means room for loads of lifestyle gear
- Underperforming engine makes Crosstrek one of slowest in class
- CVT exacerbates the engine's droning sounds
- Infotainment interface isn't as user-friendly as many competitors'
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Which Crosstrek does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
There's a lot to like about the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. It offers standard all-wheel drive, a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, and a roomy interior and cargo area. If you're an outdoor person and you don't like trucks or tall SUVs, or you live in snowy, slippery winter weather, it's a compelling choice. At its core, the Crosstrek is a more rugged version of the Subaru Impreza, with a beefed-up suspension, higher ground clearance and trail-ready styling. You can even get it with a manual transmission if you prefer commanding your own gear changes.
For 2017, the Crosstrek carries over largely unchanged from the current model, with the exception of a new trim level — 2.0i Premium Special Edition — that adds a few desirable features and cosmetic upgrades from the Premium trim.
Despite its all-weather and off-road capability, the Crosstrek isn't the first pint-sized crossover we'd recommend. An underpowered four-cylinder engine makes it one of the slowest among its competitors that we've tested, requiring almost 10 seconds from 0 to 60 mph — and that's with an empty cargo area and no traveling companions. The Crosstrek's noisy automatic transmission is also annoying, especially under hard acceleration when it fills the cabin with a loud drone.
If you spend most of your drive time on urban/suburban roads, better options include the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3. The Jeep Renegade is also a capable small crossover with bonafide off-road chops if you get the Trailhawk model. But if you're looking for an inexpensive and fuel-efficient (29 mpg combined) hatchback that you can regularly get dirty off the beaten path, the Subaru Crosstrek is a solid pick.
2017 Subaru Crosstrek configurations
The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is available in four trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Premium Special Edition and 2.0i Limited. All trims come with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (148 horsepower, 145 pound-feet of torque). The 2.0i covers all the basics, while the 2.0i Premium adds nice touches such as heated seats and an upgraded stereo. The 2.0i Platinum Special Edition offers a few feature and cosmetic upgrades, and the 2.0i Limited introduces leather upholstery and the top-end infotainment system.
Highlights for the 2.0i include a five-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, roof rails, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a 6.2-inch touchscreen display, smartphone app integration (including Pandora, iHeartRadio and other music services), and a four-speaker audio system. Hill hold assist is also included.
The 2.0i Premium adds heated side mirrors, heated front seats, an adjustable center armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cargo cover, a removable cargo tray and a six-speaker audio system.
There are a handful of options for the 2.0i Premium, including a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a sunroof, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, the EyeSight Driver Assist system (bundles adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and front collision mitigation), Starlink connected services (roadside and emergency assistance, automatic collision notification), and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, dual USB ports, voice control, satellite radio and all the base system's features.
The upgraded infotainment system requires opting for EyeSight, and the sunroof is only available with the CVT.
Moving up to the new 2.0i Platinum Special Edition (note that it can also be considered an optional package from an ordering standpoint) gets you special exterior and interior styling details, the sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Finally, the 2.0i Limited builds on the 2.0i Premium with the CVT, automatic headlights, a sound-insulated windshield, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, upgraded gauges and instruments, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Depending on the trim level, other notable options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system and upgraded sound-system speakers.
Noise & vibration2.0
Ease of use3.0
Getting in/getting out3.0
Audio & navigation3.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Crosstrek safety features:
- EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
- System automatically notifies first responders if an airbag deploys and can also connect to emergency or roadside assistance services.
- Blind-Spot Detection/Lane Change Assist
- Uses radar sensors to detect vehicles in blind spot and shows visual indicator in side mirror. Indicator also warns of unsafe lane change.
- Starlink Safety and Security Plus
- Uconnect Access (standard on the 300) includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance and stolen vehicle assistance.
It’s amazing what a suspension lift, some body cladding and new wheels can do for a car. Those changes are essentially the differences between the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek and the hatchback variant of the Subaru Impreza, yet they manage to make the Crosstrek an appealing choice in an entirely new segment. For the Crosstrek, that means the increasingly competitive world of subcompact SUVs, and although it’s not exactly an SUV, it has enough crossover chops to match or better many of its rivals.
For those seeking an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle for outdoorsy adventures, the Crosstrek is a smart choice. It has the same 8.7 inches of ground clearance as Subaru’s other crossovers, which is more than what virtually every other compact SUV on the market offers. At the same time, its roof is much lower than those of most crossovers. Owners not only almost never have to worry about vehicle height restrictions, but they can easily load items into roof racks or roof-mounted gear carriers. We see an inordinate number of Crosstrek buyers utilizing such accessories, which are a great way to make up for the more limited cargo capacity of this segment versus larger SUVs.
The Subaru Crosstrek is also tied for best-in-class mileage. Fuel economy is 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway) with the continuously variable automatic transmission fitted to most vehicles you’ll find on a lot. A five-speed manual is standard on all but the Limited trim, but it reduces fuel economy by 3 mpg combined. That efficiency comes at the expense of power: The Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 148 horsepower. Though the Crosstrek is perfectly capable of handling adverse conditions and light off-roading, acceleration is not its strength.
The Crosstrek is getting older and approaching a full redesign, but it’s nevertheless available with most of the same features as its competitors. That’s especially true of its accident avoidance tech, as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation can be fitted to all but the base 2.0i trim level. Each higher trim level — including the new-for-2017 2.0i Platinum Special Edition — adds additional comfort, convenience and luxury features. The Crosstrek isn't meant to be especially luxurious or tech-heavy, but leather upholstery and a 7-inch touchscreen with app integration are available.
The beauty of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is that it’s an honest automotive tool — undeniably capable, practical and efficient. Basically, it’s the Patagonia hiking jacket of cars. If that sounds like the perfect addition to your outdoor essentials, check out local inventory on Edmunds and make sure to use our pricing tools to get the best possible deal.
2017 Subaru Crosstrek Overview
The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is offered in the following submodels: Crosstrek SUV. Available styles include 2.0i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and 2.0i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M).
What do people think of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Crosstrek 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Crosstrek.
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