2021 Subaru Crosstrek Finally Gets The Bigger Engine It Deserves

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A great little crossover now has the power.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has just been revealed and this facelifted model fixes one of the biggest issues with the sub-compact crossover - a lack of power. Rumors indicated that the Crosstrek would receive a significant power boost in the form of a larger 2.5-liter boxer-four engine borrowed from the larger Forester and Legacy. Now, these rumors have become a reality as the 2021 Crosstrek has indeed received a new engine option.

Base and Premium trim levels will still use a 2.0-liter boxer-four developing 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque paired to either a six-speed manual or CVT. The 2.5-liter engine fitted in the new-for-2021 Sport trim and Limited trim produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque going out through a standard CVT. Subaru says the larger engine is rated at 27/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the 2.0-liter's ratings of 28/33/30 mpg. With the manual transmission, those numbers plummet to 22/29/25 mpg.

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All 2021 Crosstrek models receive a redesigned front bumper with a new grille and trim-specific details. A new Sport trim level has been added to the mix and includes specific wheel arch moldings, 17-inch dark grey wheels, a gunmetal front grille, and StarTex seats with yellow stitching. Seven exterior colors are available including two new colors called Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl. Sport models are also the only ones to receive Subaru's dual-function X-mode with hill descent control plus snow/dirt and deep snow/mud settings.

Even the base Crosstrek includes a 6.5-inch screen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, automatic climate control, multifunction display, and keyless entry. Higher trim levels add a power moonroof, blind-spot detection, keyless access with push-button start, and a power driver's seat among other features.

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Safety is a key concern for Subaru and the 2021 Crosstrek doesn't disappoint. All CVT-equipped models come with Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as standard, bundling pre-collision braking, lane departure prevention, lead vehicle start alert, pre-collision throttle management, auto stop-start, rear seat reminder, and adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The Crosstrek has already been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for the past six years, so this new model should be no different.

Subaru has not yet announced pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek but we expect 2.0-liter models to remain close to the outgoing 2020 models. Official pricing should become available closer to the on-sale date in late summer 2020.

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