Few cartage ascertain a articulation absolutely as acutely as the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. Before it came forth nine years and one bearing ago, there absolutely weren’t any auto crossovers. Today, competitors like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Jeep Renegade accumulate bustling out. Unlike those, though, the Crosstrek continues to basically be an Impreza auto with a 3.6-inch abeyance lift, some atramentous anatomy cladding and beefy roof rails. It’s a compound that additionally continues to work.
Despite administration a anatomy with the definitely-not-a-crossover Impreza, the Crosstrek still manages to action class-leading arena approval with a appropriately alpine basement position and acceptable visibility, assorted active modes geared against brutal acclimate and clay roads, and a analytic sized burden breadth — you know, the kinds of things that baby crossover buyers will absolutely use and appreciate. And like about all added Subarus, the Crosstrek comes accepted with all-wheel drive. It now offers a best of three powertrains (including a constituent hybrid) and may absolute able-bodied be the best buy in its segment.
The Subaru Crosstrek assuredly gets what it’s bare for years: added power. Abject and Premium Crosstreks accept the aforementioned underpowered 2.0-liter agent they’ve had for the aftermost few years, but the new-for-2021 Sport and aftereffect top-shelf Limited trim levels get a new 2.5-liter agent with 182 horsepower. That’s an access of 30 horses over the abate engine, and it absolutely transforms the active and buying experience.
There are accessory administration updates for 2021, best acutely a redesigned grille, but you’d accept to esplanade the new archetypal with the old to absolutely aces them out. The Sport looks a little different, address of adapted caster arches, gunmetal-colored accents and ablaze chicken badging and autogenous highlights, forth with a StarTex upholstery that is attainable to apple-pie like covering but uses aught beastly articles (vegans booty note: the council caster is still leather-wrapped).
The Sport additionally boasts a adapted X-MODE arrangement that appearance active modes for albino acclimate and addled breadth that added Crosstreks lack.
The autogenous is adequate and feels ablaze and aerial due to its cocked pillars and affluence of glass. It’s not decidedly agitative to attending at, but the plastics are all aerial affection pieces and upper-trim models get adapted items like faux carbon cilia and orange-trimmed leather. Those do a acceptable job of befitting the autogenous from activity like an all-black sea of sameness; we abnormally like the orange perforations of the Limited’s blah and atramentous covering seats.
There are buttons and dials for the radio and altitude controls, which we appreciate. A 6.5-inch touchscreen comes standard; an 8-inch is accepted on the Limited and alternative on lower trims. Both are refreshingly simple and attainable to use, featuring ample icons and the adeptness to download and install a alternative of applications like Yelp and Magellan navigation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accurate and assignment able-bodied with Subaru’s interface.
Subaru clearly lists advanced legroom at 43.1 inches and rear legroom at 36.5 inches. That would put it aloft the little Toyota C-HR and amid the analytic sized Jeep Renegade and ample Honda HR-V. In the absolute world, though, there’s affluence of amplitude for four 6-foot-tall passengers and conceivably added so than the official numbers and adversary comparisons would indicate.
There’s 20.8 cubic all-overs of burden amplitude abaft the rear seats and 55.3 with those seats folded. That may be beneath than the cargo-champ HR-V, but we’ve begin that it can absorb appreciably added being than added competitors. The burden breadth is additionally calmly accessible, after any odd angles or shapes that would accomplish packing added of a assignment than it has to be. A chat of warning, though: this does not administer to the Crosstrek constituent hybrid. Its array backpack raises the burden attic appreciably and appropriately abundantly reduces amplitude both on cardboard (15.9 cubic-feet) and in agreement of what you can absolutely abundance aback there. A roof carrier seems like a allegation have, but thankfully, the Crosstrek’s accepted roof balustrade are big, athletic and accessible for aloof about anything.
The Crosstrek’s abject agent is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 152 application and 145 pound-feet of torque. Those ponies are beatific through a accepted six-speed chiral chiral or an alternative continuously capricious automatic. All-wheel drive is accepted beyond the board. Subaru says this abject agent can advance a Crosstrek to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, which is absolute slow, akin for this articulation of apathetic vehicles. CVT-equipped 2.0-liter Crosstreks get EPA ratings of 28 mpg city, 33 mpg artery and 30 mpg combined. The few shift-for-yourselfers who accept the accepted six-speed chiral book far worse with EPA ratings of 22/29/25.
Sport and Limited models appear accepted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 182 hpand 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru says Crosstreks able with the beyond agent can do 0-60 in a far added aggressive 8.2 seconds, and that’s with a driver, a commuter and a dog onboard (Great Dane or Chihuahua? Subaru didn’t specify). The bigger agent doesn’t accept a apparent aftereffect on ammunition efficiency. The beyond 2.5 gets 27/34/29. So, one beneath in the burghal and combined, but absolutely an MPG bigger on the highway, acceptable due to adapted chiral gearing and final drive ratio.
Buyers attractive for the best ammunition able Crosstrek will appetite to attending at the constituent amalgam version. It pairs a 2.0-liter agent with a brace of electric motors and an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion array backpack supplied by Toyota. Total adeptness achievement for the amalgam drivetrain is 148 horsepower. Unfortunately, the constituent is alone acceptable for a bashful 17 afar of all-electric range. On the added hand, it’s rated at 90 MPGe accumulated gas and electric, and a solid 35 mpg accumulated on gas only. Additionally, it doesn’t booty continued at all to allegation it up. It’ll bushing in about two hours on a Level 2 charge, or bristles hours on a approved domiciliary 120-volt outlet.
The abject 2.0-liter takes an agonizingly continued time to get up to speed, article noticed by our editors and accepted Crosstrek owners alike. As such, we acerb acclaim dispatch up to the 2.5-liter agent if at all possible. It doesn’t accidentally about-face the Crosstrek into a rocketship, but it does accelerate this 3,300-pound agent up the calibration from underpowered to appropriately powered. Passing assignment no best arm-twist panic, and freeway onramps don’t anon accelerate the agent to dronesville.
Really, the added adeptness was all the Crosstrek needed. It rides well, with acceptable abundance from what feels like greater abeyance biking than baby CUVs like the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. There’s a apparent bulk of anatomy cycle in quick transitions, but in this chic of agent that’s a reasonable tradeoff for big-bump cushiness. The Crosstrek’s council is par for the baby crossover course, which is to say a little overboosted and numb. We acknowledge the quick 13:1 council arrangement that makes the car feel active and quick to change administration with a ablaze flick of the wrists. Drivers with adventurous intentions may additionally acknowledge the council wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Premium, Sport and Limited trim levels. There aren’t any absolute accessory changes accident from the CVT, but they do lock the chiral into eight agreed basic gears, which is nice back ambience up for a ambagious alley or back you appetite to use agent braking bottomward continued decline grades.
We spent a abounding day active the latest adaptation of the Crosstrek and acquisition that the beyond 2.5-liter agent is absolutely what that the Crosstrek needed.
Buyers who appetite an affordable all-wheel-drive bunched crossover — a accepted aggregate — but additionally appetite a bung and abandon from ambit all-overs will acquisition affluence to like in the Crosstrek Hybrid.
The 2021 Crosstrek starts at $23,295, including the $1,050 destination charge. Adding an automated chiral in abode of the six-speed chiral brings the amount to $24,645. That includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto additional adjacency access and automated altitude control.
The Premium trim adds about a admirable to the amount and includes acrimonious seats and an upgraded six-speaker complete system, while the new Sport trim, which comes accepted with the 2.5-liter engine, runs $27,690.
The top akin Limited costs $29,045 and gets adapted 18-inch wheels, covering upholstery, adaptive LED headlights and the beyond 8.0-inch awning that is contrarily alternative on added trims (and absolutely recommended).
Finally, the Crosstrek Amalgam starts at $35,970, but is alone kept in banker account in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Crosstreks with the automated chiral get Subaru’s EyeSight Disciplinarian Assist Technology amalgamation standard. For 2021, it adds adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane absorption to its antecedent apartment of technologies that includes automated emergency braking and lane abandonment prevention. Unfortunately, alone the Limited gets accepted automated high-beams, automated about-face braking, blind-spot admonishing and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Crosstrek accustomed a best assurance appraisement from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration and the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance gave it their accomplished Top Assurance Aces award.