2019 Subaru Crosstrek Arrives With Updated Safety Tech


But you’ll have to pay a small premium for these changes.

It may just essentially be a jacked-up Impreza, but the second-generation Crosstrek has been a strong seller for Subaru. In just three years, it’s become the Japanese carmaker's third best-selling model, which isn’t surprising given the relentless demand for crossovers. The automaker will want to continue that success with the updated 2019 model, and while it isn’t a major overhaul, there are a few changes. Firstly, the MSRP has increased by a modest $100.

That means the starting price for the 2019 Subaru Crosstek 2.0i equipped with the six-speed manual transmission now starts at $22,870, including the $975 destination fee. Additionally, Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology is now available as part of an $845 package for the CVT-equipped base model, bringing the total to $28,745. This means every trim now has adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking and a lane departure warning system. The package also includes an updated instrument cluster with color LCD display, overhead console shower light, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Upgrading to the mid-level Crosstrek 2.0i Premium, which starts at $22,895, adds heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer and heated exterior mirrors, as well as body-color exterior mirrors, dual rear USB ports, On/Off automatic headlights linked to windshield wiper operation, and Welcoming lighting. As standard, the premium trim comes with a six-speaker sound system, retractable cargo cover, cargo tray, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle. The Starlink infotainment system has also been upgraded with a 6.5-inch display and a new CD player.

The range-topping Crosstrek 2.0i Limited starts at $27,195 and includes a CVT with X-Mode with Hill Descent Control and rides on black 18-inch alloy wheels. There’s also now an upgraded eight-inch Starlink infotainment system with voice activated controls and Near Field Communication technology. Regardless of which trim you opt for, every 2019 Crosstrek is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels through either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The CVT version returns 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder won’t be the only engine option for long though, as Subaru has confirmed the Crosstrek will be its first model to receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain before the end of the year.