The Subaru Crosstrek is available in a choice of four trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited. Powertrain specs for the lower two Subaru Crosstrek trims are the same, with a 2.0-liter engine making 152 hp and 145 lb-ft. Specifications are better for the top two trim levels, as they have a larger 2.5-liter engine making 182 hp and 178 lb-ft. All configurations have a CVT and AWD, and no hybrid model is currently available.
The base Crosstrek is acceptably kitted out with features like LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual seven-inch touch displays, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and dual-zone climate control. For just over $1,000 more, the Premium's main upgrade is the large 11.6-inch touchscreen interface. If we could, we'd stretch to at least the Sport for access to the more powerful engine. This trim also looks much more appealing inside with its brighter trim accents, and is more capable off-road, too. The Limited has some nice features like standard leather upholstery, but it's the only Crosstrek to exceed $30k and, since this is a value-conscious buy, we don't think it's necessary to go for this model.
There are a couple of packages to choose from once you move beyond the base model. The Crosstrek Premium can be equipped with the All Weather Package (heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors), plus blind-spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, a power driver's seat, and a power moonroof for $2,245. However, adding this package brings the Crosstrek very close to the Sport trim in price, and considering that the latter has the larger engine, we're inclined to go for the Sport instead.
The Sport has its own package that includes the power moonroof, blind-spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a ten-way power driver's seat for $1,920; this model already gets the All Weather Package as standard.
The top-spec Limited can be had with two packages. The first bundles together the power moonroof and the ten-speaker Harman Kardon sound system for $1,795, and the second adds the Starlink navigation system powered by TomTom along with the HK sound system for $2,445.