The Crosstrek packs rugged styling and standard all-wheel drive into a chunky, high-riding body that’s sure to appeal to adventurous types based on looks alone. Unfortunately, the Crosstrek also possesses one of Subaru’s quintessentially unrefined, underperforming four-cylinder engines and a fun-sapping optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). But the Crosstrek’s solid handling, good build quality, and impressive array of available technology help make up for its accelerative deficiencies.

What's New for 2018?

The Crosstrek was completely redesigned for 2018, and it now rides on a new platform. All-wheel drive remains standard, the mandatory 2.0-liter flat-four engine gets some updates for increased power and efficiency, and the standard manual transmission gains an extra gear for a total of six.


Original MSRP:

  • Base: $22,710
  • Premium: $23,510
  • Limited: $27,210

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The Crosstrek’s 152-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes a lot of noise but doesn’t offer a lot of motivation. As with many of its competitors, getting up to highway speeds can be a bit painful, no matter whether you choose the standard manual transmission or the optional CVT automatic. A responsive throttle pedal helps the Subaru get off the line quickly, but press harder and you won’t get much more from the straining engine. The Crosstrek is otherwise a confident driver, with responsive handling and a well-controlled ride. It feels solid and planted through corners, and it grips the road as well as the best of its competitors. The suspension is tuned to be firm but not harsh, and it soaks up larger bumps with ease.

    Fuel Economy

    EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    In typical Subaru fashion, the Crosstrek has a basic and durable-feeling interior that prioritizes function over form. Its lack of flair is perfectly acceptable at the lower trim levels, but it starts to feel a bit drab in the range-topping Limited model. The Subaru’s no-nonsense dashboard design gets the job done with clearly marked gauges and physical buttons and knobs that are easy to reach and use. The front seats have an airy and spacious feel, while the rear seats offer plenty of legroom and headroom for adults. The Crosstrek's cargo-hauling capability leaves something to be desired, but it does offer a goodly amount of storage space in the cabin. Folding the Crosstrek’s 60/40 split rear seat expands the cargo hold considerably, but the folded seats don’t make for an entirely flat cargo floor.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system is clearly organized and is easy to navigate in everyday use. A standard 6.5-inch touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with the expected Bluetooth support and a USB port. The Limited trim level comes with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen and adds SiriusXM satellite radio, plus some additional apps. Built-in navigation is optional, but it’s only offered as part of an expensive package that also includes active safety features and a premium audio system.

    Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings

    For more information about the Subaru Crosstrek’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.


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