Essentially an Impreza hatchback with lifted suspension and rugged body cladding, the current second-generation Subaru Crosstrek went on sale for model-year 2018. The Crosstrek provides a model for the entire subcompact SUV segment. How it balances capability, versatility, performance, and value earns it high standing in our rankings.
All of the 2022 Crosstrek's features and specifications carry over from last year, but its base price increases by $200.
Curious about the 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid? Check it out here.
There's a lot to like about the Crosstrek. Its accurate steering and comfortable ride make it fun to toss around or just cruise down the road. Meanwhile, its ground clearance, X-Mode setting, and renowned AWD system give it impressive capability off the beaten path. On any surface, its safety scores, driver assist tech, and interior space keep its everyday appeal strong. Excellent value ratings position it as a smart buy.
Still, the Crosstrek isn't perfect. There's no denying that its base engine makes it quite slow. The more powerful 2.5-liter engine option introduced last year remedies that to a degree, but only makes its acceleration similar to—not better than—segment competitors. Material quality and interior noise levels aren't great, either.
Even so, the Crosstrek remains one of our favorite subcompact SUVs. Its balance of personality and practicality make it an attractive option whether heart or logic drives your purchasing decision.
Abundant power isn't one of the Crosstrek's strong suits. A manual transmission is offered with the standard engine, although that gearbox significantly reduces fuel economy compared to the CVT automatic. Even though the Sport model's larger engine improves acceleration, it's still pokey compared to some subcompact crossovers.
There's also a Crosstrek Hybrid which provides up to 17 miles of all-electric range—read about it here.
Engine: 2.0-liter flat-four
Horsepower/Torque: 152 hp/145 lb-ft
Transmission: Six-speed manual/CVT automatic
Efficiency (city/highway): 22-28/29-33 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 8.8 seconds (CVT)
Engine: 2.5-liter flat-four
Horsepower/Torque: 182 hp/176 lb-ft
Transmission: CVT automatic
Efficiency (city/highway): 27/34 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.8 seconds
The Crosstrek backs up its rugged looks with legit off-road capability. It's no Wrangler, but it actually has better angles than some of Jeep's smaller crossovers. In our experience, the Crosstrek is good off-road, provided the trail isn't too rutted or technical. Its X-Mode off-road driving mode helps on steep and loose surfaces. This little crossover is a solid option for drivers who want off-road capability without daily driving a full-on trail rig.
From the NHTSA, the Crosstrek receives a five-star overall safety rating, the highest possible score. Although the IIHS has not yet completed a full evaluation on the 2022 Crosstrek, the SUV earned the top Good score in the crashworthiness tests it has gone through. Bolstering its reputation is the Top Safety Pick status it earned in 2021.
Every Crosstrek from the Sport trim up includes Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assist and active safety features. Among those are front automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. On the Limited trim, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring are added.
The Crosstrek isn't quite as roomy as some segment competitors. It's not the smallest, but vehicles like the Ford Bronco Sport offer more space.
|Legroom (front/rear)||Cargo Space (seats up/down)|
|2022 Subaru Crosstrek||43.1/36.5 inches||20.8/55.3 cubic feet|
|2022 Ford Bronco Sport||42.4/36.9 inches||32.5/65.2 cubic feet|
|2022 Hyundai Kona||41.5/34.6 inches||19.2/45.8 cubic feet|
Lower Crosstrek trim levels are equipped with a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, while higher-end models get an 8.0-inch unit. All include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and all above the base trim have Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Built-in navigation is an optional extra on the larger touchscreen. Base models have one USB port, while up to four ports are available on higher-end models. Basic audio systems have four or six speakers, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium setup is offered as an option.
Every Crosstrek appeals with its cargo space, safety, and all-wheel drive capability. But some versions are frustratingly slow. That's why we'd choose the Sport trim—it's the least expensive one that has the larger and more powerful 2.5-liter engine. The Crosstrek Sport also has keyless entry with push-button start, rear seat USB ports, and EyeSight driver assist tech. Even though it doesn't have niceties like the leather upholstery or 8.0-inch touchscreen found in the Limited trim, the Sport trim's price of about $27,500 makes it an appealing choice for the price. The extra outlay is worth it for increased power.
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