Buyers can't go wrong here.
Not long ago we learned the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, one of the Japanese automaker's most popular models, is likely going to receive a bigger and more powerful engine. The 2.5-liter boxer four, currently found in the Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Forester, will reportedly be an option for the new model year. Total output will thus increase to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque - an additional 30 hp and 31 lb-ft of twist compared to the currently standard 2.0-liter unit. There's also the Crosstrek Hybrid's 148 hp and 134 lb-ft which, again, is weak on power but offers the added benefit of excellent fuel economy, rated at 90 MPGe and 35 mpg.
According to the new rating released by the EPA, not only can we officially confirm the 2021 Crosstrek 2.5 but also its fuel economy figures and they're quite impressive.
The vehicle is capable of returning 27/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined, compared to the Crosstrek 2.0's 28/33/30 mpg rating. Not only are ratings nearly the same, but the 2.5 model will be faster and more fun to drive as well. Also, both of these ratings apply to Crosstreks paired with the CVT transmission, which is optional on the 2.0 model (a six-speed manual is standard). For the 2.5, the CVT appears to be the only transmission choice because the EPA doesn't show figures for a manual option.
Believe it or not, the 2.0 manual's fuel economy drops considerably compared to the CVT, returning 22/29/25 mpg. In other words, if good fuel economy matters to Crosstrek buyers, avoid the manual.
We still don't know specific 2021 Crosstrek 2.5 details such as pricing, but the new engine option will only be offered on the pricier Limited trim and the new Sport trim. Meanwhile, the 2.0 will be for the base and Premium trims. The current second-generation Crosstrek launched for the 2018 model year and customers were quick to criticize its lack of oomph. Fortunately, Subaru listened.
Although the updated Subaru Crosstrek 2.5 will carry a higher price tag, the fact that it's both more powerful and nearly as fuel-efficient as the base model is still a double win.