Now with the power it finally deserves.
The Subaru Crosstrek is an important model for the brand. Based on the compact Impreza Hatchback, the high-rider straddles the line between the subcompact and compact crossover segments. It's also one of the brand's best-sellers, racking up 45,732 units sold this year so far. But three years into the second generation's life cycle, Subaru is giving the Crosstrek a bit of an update. The 2021 model will not only see the introduction of updated styling, but it'll also be on the receiving end of more power courtesy of a new 2.5-liter Boxer engine. Now, we have all the details and pricing for the 2021 models.
In terms of updates, all 2021 Crosstreks get an updated front fascia with new front bumpers and a new grille. Beneath the skin, the surprisingly frugal 2.5-liter Boxer engine debuts and is available on the new-for-2021 Sport and range-topping Limited derivatives. This naturally aspirated motor sends 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft to all corners through a CVT automatic gearbox, up from the 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque found in Base and Premium trims with the 2.0-liter engine, however, a six-speed manual gearbox can only be equipped to the base engine.
Elsewhere, Adaptive Advanced Cruise Control is added to models with the EyeSight suite of safety options, provided the CVT gearbox is equipped.
From a pricing perspective, 2021 models only see a base increase of $100 over the 2020 model year, with Base models asking $22,245 with the manual gearbox and excluding a $1,050 destination charge. The Premium asks $23,295 with the manual gearbox, while each of these models can be equipped with the CVT automatic for a further $1,350. The new Sport trim - which gets unique styling in the form of 17-inch dark gray alloy wheels, unique finishes, and dual-function X-Mode with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud settings - carries an MSRP of $26,495 while the range-topping Limited has a sticker price of $27,995 before options.
Various options packs are available, like the $1,995 bundle of a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, keyless access, and a power driver's seat for $1.995 on the Premium and $1,600 on the Sport since the driver's seat is already power-adjustable. Exclusive to the Limited, the moonroof is a $1,000 standalone option, while $2,392 gets you the moonroof, built-in navigation, and a Harman Kardon sound system.
Even without options, the trims are well-equipped, with the likes of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard on even the base trim.