The Subaru Crosstrek gets some attenuate updates for 2021, including administration changes and added driver-assistance technology — but for the price, this accepted entry-level SUV is still missing a few key features.
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The Crosstrek is a baby yet applied SUV. By our allegory testing, it’s the No. 2 affordable baby SUV on the market, additional alone to a aboriginal access to the category, the 2021 Kia Seltos. Accompanying to the Impreza auto and hatchback, the Crosstrek has a lot activity for it; in fact, we ranked this current-generation Crosstrek the top auto SUV in 2018. But lately, added competitors in the chic are alms cutting-edge technology and added burden space, amid added features.
Need to apperceive aggregate about the latest Crosstrek? Click the accompanying articulation aloft for our abounding review. But for the quick hits (and misses), beneath is what we like and what we don’t about the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek:
With cautiously acquainted springs and shock absorbers, the Crosstrek offers a appealing able ride for a auto SUV. The abeyance provides accelerated abreast that’s commensurable to cartage in the beyond bunched chic of SUVs.
Hands-on lane-centering council is anew attainable in the Crosstrek, and it’s included in Subaru’s EyeSight array of assurance and driver-assist tech, which comes on about all variants of the car. It works alongside adaptive cruise control, and both appearance assignment from artery speeds bottomward to a stop. Added attainable assurance technologies accommodate about-face automated braking and curve-adaptive headlights.
The advanced seats are ample and comfortable. Ample allowance and legroom leave abundant amplitude for developed cartage in the backseat, and the backseat fits alike the better child-safety seats, which are attainable to install acknowledgment to calmly attainable Latch anchors and bench belt buckles.
Interior administration may not be to everyone’s liking, but at atomic Subaru didn’t skimp on the interior, article added manufacturers tend to do with their entry-level SUVs. Most of the Crosstrek’s bargain plastics are bottomward beneath arm level, and the credibility area your elbows or accoutrements blow are able-bodied padded.
Of all the baby SUVs we tested, the Crosstrek denticulate best on visibility. Ample windows and baby roof pillars accomplish for a almost bare appearance all around.
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Don’t be bamboozled by the 8.7 inches of arena clearance, the active position of the Crosstrek seems absolutely low to the arena — so low, in fact, that it feels added like benumbed in a car than an SUV.
Most continuously capricious automated transmissions acquire outgrown a lot of the issues they’ve had in years past, but not so with the one in the Crosstrek. You can get able dispatch off the line, but it’s apathetic to accession rpm if you charge to advance while already in motion.
The user interface on the 8-inch touchscreen in our analysis car — an alternative unit, barter the accepted 6.5-inch awning — is a bit laggy, and the affectation itself is somewhat low-resolution. The council caster is chaotic with far too abounding buttons, including drive-mode selectors. What’s more, all your access will be wired: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but alone the active versions, not the wireless affiliation proliferating industrywide. Wireless buzz charging isn’t available, either.
There’s affluence of allowance for bodies in the Crosstrek, but not as abundant amplitude for their stuff. By Cars.com measurements, the SUV has 13.0 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft the backseat — not abundant because the Kia Seltos boasts 16.2 cubic feet.
Although the attainable adaptive cruise ascendancy works bottomward to a stop, it can alone authority the agent at a stop for a few abnormal afore the disciplinarian has to footfall on the brake. Most cartage with such functionality these canicule acquire an electric parking anchor that can appoint automatically, appropriately captivation the car at a stop for best periods; the Crosstrek, on the added hand, has an old-school automated handbrake.
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