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Top Features of Base Model

  • Standard all-wheel-drive
  • Standard 2.0-liter engine (152 horsepower, 145 pound-feet torque)
  • Optional plug-in hybrid engine (148 total system horsepower)
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable transmission
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Subaru Crosstrek: Everything You Need to Know

About the Subaru Crosstrek

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a subcompact crossover SUV. The Crosstrek is the smallest SUV sold by Subaru. It’s offered next to the larger Forester, Outback, and Ascent models. The Crosstrek is large enough to be considered a compact, but is usually compared to other small SUVs.

The 2019 Crosstrek is available with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine or a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The standard Crosstrek comes with a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional. Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system is standard on all Crosstrek models.

Subaru redesigned the Crosstrek for the 2018 model year. It placed the vehicle on its global chassis platform shared with the Impreza compact sedan and hatchback. The Crosstrek is popular with singles, couples, and anyone with a love for outdoor activities.

It’s affordable, capable, and easy to handle. If you don’t need the extra space of a larger SUV, there’s no reason not to consider the Crosstrek.

What’s New in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek?

Subaru added a host of new features for the 2019 model year. New optional and standard equipment includes:

  • Available plug-in hybrid drivetrain
  • The optional EyeSight advanced driver assistance package is now available on all trim levels. But the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission is required.
  • EyeSight, automatic high beams, and automatic reverse braking are now standard on Limited trim.
  • New optional Starlink concierge service provides live assistance

What Does the Subaru Crosstrek Compete With?

Subcompact crossover vehicles are growing up fast as a popular part of the automobile industry. The Crosstrek faces fierce competition among these models:

By mid-2019, the Crosstrek was leading the segment and outselling all these competitors. Subaru’s standard all-wheel-drive is a major factor in small SUV purchase decisions. A hybrid option attracts more buyers.

Further, the Crosstrek offers a solid technology package at an affordable price point.

Exterior Design of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek is among the best-looking small SUVs. Automakers tend to make their smallest SUVs a little egg-shaped. In contrast, the Crosstrek looks sporty and ready for off-road action. Some standard and optional exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard roof rails
  • Standard wheel arch covers
  • Standard roof spoiler
  • Steering-responsive LED headlights on Limited and Hybrid trims
  • Optional steering-responsive fog lights
  • Optional heated side mirrors
  • Optional power moon roof

Interior Style in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

For a smaller SUV, the Crosstrek offers a comfortable and spacious interior. Subaru does a good job with basic materials. The cloth upholstery in the less-expensive models is durable and attractive.

The Limited and Hybrid trims come with standard leather upholstery and power adjustable driver’s seats. Heated seats come standard in the Premium, Limited, and Hybrid trims. A heated steering wheel is optional on Hybrid models.

The Crosstrek comes with seat belts for five passengers, but four adults is a good practical limit. The rear seats come with LATCH connectors for child car seats.

Cargo space is about average for the class at 20.8 cubic feet. That’s enough to carry camping gear for the weekend or supplies for a beach party.

The Hybrid offers a little less space because of the battery pack, but you’ll still get 15.9 cubic feet. Camping is still possible.

What Technology Comes in the Subaru Crosstrek?

Every Crosstrek comes with a touchscreen interface. The base trim gets a 6.5-inch module with an AM/FM radio. The system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay through a USB port, so all Crosstreks have access to navigation, apps, and hands-free calling. The Premium trim receives the same screen with a CD player and access to Sirius satellite radio.

Limited and Hybrid trims get an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with all the features of the smaller unit. There’s also an onboard 4G/LTE data connection. Onboard navigation is optional at these trim levels. A Harman Kardon premium audio system is also optional.

Keyless entry and push-button engine start come in at the Limited and Hybrid trims. In general, Hybrid models include all features from the top Limited trim.

What Safety Features are in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the gold standard. The Crosstrek also earned Top Safety Pick Plus status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with top ratings in all categories.

Subaru provides the Crosstrek with standard safety features including:

  • A full set of airbags
  • Stability control
  • Brake assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Daytime running lights
  • Tire pressure monitoring

Also, the following features are optional or standard on higher trims:

  • EyeSight driver assistance (optional on base and Premium, standard on Limited and Hybrid)
  • Automatic high beams (standard on Limited and Hybrid)
  • Reverse automatic braking (standard on Limited and Hybrid)
  • Blind spot monitoring (optional on Premium, standard on Limited and Hybrid)

What is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Like to Drive?

On the road, the Crosstrek is a solid drive. The gas-fueled engine could use more power, but the Hybrid takes care of that nicely. If you want a more sporty driving experience, choose the six-speed manual transmission.

The Crosstrek is quiet inside the cabin, thanks to Subaru’s new global platform. The new chassis is more rigid, which helps enhance handling and reduce cabin noise levels.

Off-road, the Crosstrek really shines. Every Crosstrek features 8.7 inches of ground clearance. You can go wherever the road or trail may take you. Models with the Lineartronic transmission also get the X-Mode off-road package. X-mode allows the Crosstrek to climb and descend hills on loose gravel or dirt surfaces under perfect control.

Should I Buy a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek?

There are many good reasons why the Subaru Crosstrek is a sales leader among small SUVs. The Crosstrek meets most people’s needs. It’s convenient to use for daily driving and shopping. You can load it up and go anywhere you want on the weekends.

Standard features like all-wheel-drive and roof rails means you don’t have to buy the top trim to get a capable SUV.

Should I Buy a Used 2019 Subaru Crosstrek? Are There Any I Should Avoid?

A used Crosstrek is a great idea. The current Crosstrek just arrived in 2018, so most should be covered by Subaru’s three-year, 36,000-mile standard warranty. Further, the powertrain is covered for five years or 50,000 miles. A late-model Crosstrek will be covered for engine and driveline repairs for years.

The Crosstrek model goes back to 2012, and an older Crosstrek can be a smart purchase. Ask your Subaru dealer about Certified Pre-Owned cars. A CPO Crosstrek will have been carefully inspected before resale. Subaru extends the powertrain warranty on CPO cars to seven years or 100,000 miles.

How Much Does the New 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Cost?

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i retails for $21,895. The Lineartronic continuously variable transmission costs another $1,000. The EyeSight driver assistance system is only $845, a great deal on useful features.

Upgrading to Premium trim, the Crosstrek costs $22,895. The Crosstrek Limited includes the Lineartronic transmission and EyeSight, and retails for $27,195. The Hybrid sells for $34,995, but is eligible for Federal and some state tax credits. Subaru adds a destination charge of $975 to all vehicle sales.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek


  • Standard all-wheel-drive
  • Available continuously variable transmission
  • Available hybrid
  • Affordable starting price
  • Good technology package


  • Less powerful engine
  • Standard manual transmission
  • Smaller cargo capacity
Model History

History of the Subaru Crosstrek: Six Years of the Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek was introduced for the 2013 model year as a smaller alternative to the popular Forester and Outback crossovers. The Crosstrek quickly became one of Subaru’s most successful models, and rose to the top of the sales charts.

The Crosstrek was originally called the XV Crosstrek. Subaru dropped the XV from the name starting in 2016. A first-generation Crosstrek Hybrid model was available from 2014 to 2016.

A complete redesign was unveiled for the 2018 model year, bringing the Crosstrek up to current standards with a new chassis platform. The second-generation Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid was introduced for 2019.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek


Body Style
Sport Utility
152 hp
6-Speed Manual
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
All Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Android Auto
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 2.0L DOHC
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • 4.44 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 4,343 lbs
  • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Stablex Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 16.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
  • Wheels: 17" Alloy
  • Tires: 225/60R17 98H AS
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille w/Metal-Look Accents
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.5" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo, multi touch gesture high resolution 6.5" LCD display, voice activated control, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free SMS text messaging connectivity (applicable w/compatible cell phone), iPod control capability, 4 speakers, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, USB port and roof mounted audio antenna
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
  • Subaru Starlink Smartphone Integration -inc: AHA, Android Auto, Carplay and Pandora
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable driver's seat, front passenger seatback pocket and front seat height and tilt adjustable head restraints
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Voice Activated Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Vinyl/Rubber Mat
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Manual:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.