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A rugged compact SUV for all seasons.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review | CarMax

If you're searching for a car that can handle all terrain and weather conditions while still being small and practical enough for daily city driving, don't overlook the compact SUV class. And if you want the practicality and personality of a hatchback crossed with the rugged off-road abilities of an SUV, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek should be high on your list.

Stylish and sporty, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can handle almost anything you throw at it while still being effortlessly easy to drive every day. From the grocery store to the forest trail, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is the compact SUV that can handle it all.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Subaru Crosstreks on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Subaru Crosstrek with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Subaru Crosstreks.1

  • 2018 — Average prices less than $23,5001
  • 2019 — Average prices less than $25,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Subaru Crosstrek review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with the 2.0L four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission can achieve an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.2
  • With the 2.0L four-cylinder engine equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can achieve an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.2
  • When equipped with the 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can achieve an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers 20.8 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats.
  • With the rear seatbacks folded down, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has up to 55.3 cu-ft of cargo volume.
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats are included as standard.

Towing Capacity:

  • When properly equipped, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can tow up to an estimated 1,500 lbs with its 2.0L engine and all-wheel-drive.3

Seating Capacity:

  • The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has seating for up to five passengers.

Engine Options:

  • Standard on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, producing 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.
  • Standard on Crosstrek Sport trims upwards is a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • STARLINK® Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality
  • Automatic climate control
  • EyeSight™ driver-assist technology
  • Cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (optional on Crosstrek Premium trims upwards)

Rankings:

The Subaru Crosstrek has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. All-Terrain Versatility

Subaru has a proud legacy of building cars that can handle off-road just as well as they can city streets. And as compact as it is, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is still an SUV at its core—one well-equipped to handle the rough terrain with the smooth. All 2021 Subaru Crosstrek models come with all-wheel drive as standard, and Subaru X-MODE® with hill-descent control is an option on lower trims and standard on the Crosstrek Sport upwards. The new 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine available for 2021 also helps with extra grunt. All of this makes the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek not only a very capable off-road SUV but also a really fun driving experience in any weather or road surface.

2. Kind to Your Wallet

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review: Engine | CarMax

One of the main advantages of forgoing a larger full-size SUV is a drastic reduction in the number of trips to the pump. And the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek doesn't disappoint in this department. The standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine is capable of an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined, when paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission.2 And despite the horsepower and torque increase of the 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it can still achieve an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined and 34 mpg on the highway.2 Sometimes smaller is better, and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a great demonstration of that.

3. Spacious Interior

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review: Front seats | CarMax

A compact SUV though it may be, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can still provide an interior with plenty of space for both passengers and luggage. There is seating for up to five passengers available, with a very generous 100.9 cu-ft of passenger volume, meaning all your friends and family members will have plenty of space to stretch out and get comfortable. And for the shopping trips, there's a very roomy 20.8 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats too. Additionally, 60/40 split-folding rear seats take that figure up to 55.3 cu-ft of cargo volume with rear seatbacks lowered. From daily grocery shopping to luggage and supplies for an epic adventure, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can handle the grind with ease.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review: Backseats | CarMax 
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review: Trunk | CarMax

4. Driver Convenience Features at Your Fingertips

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review: Dashboard | CarMax

All this talk of off-roading and all-weather driving might sound a little intimidating, but you can relax—the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has plenty to give you peace of mind, no matter what the conditions. All-wheel drive on all models is a great starting point, and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has a wealth of driver-convenience tech available across all trim levels, too. Optional on lower trims and standard on Crosstrek Premium trims upwards, the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite includes lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Additionally, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is an option on Premium and Sport trims and standard on top-line Limited trims, and all bar the base model get the Subaru STARLINK as standard. It's clear that the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers driver convenience features in abundance.

5. Style and Presence

Being a compact SUV, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek manages to bring the presence and style of larger SUVs into a smaller package. Alongside other similarly sized hatchbacks on the street, the Crosstrek stands out from the pack with its purposeful styling, especially on Sport trims upwards with the available sports grill and wheel arches. Additionally, there are ten exterior colors available to choose from, including bold and eye-catching colors like Pure Red, Sunshine Orange, and Lagoon Blue Pearl. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is not a car designed to blend into the background; expect to see people turning their heads on the street when you drive past in this car.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • Crosstrek: Includes STARLINK® Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, climate control, and more.
  • Crosstrek Premium: Adds fog lights, all-weather package with heated front seats, additional STARLINK® security features, and more.
  • Crosstrek Sport: Adds 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, StarTex® water-resistant upholstery, sport grill, and more.
  • Crosstrek Limited: Adds leather upholstery, push-button start, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.

Available Colors

  • Cool-Gray Khaki
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Lagoon Blue Pearl
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Plasma Yellow Pearl
  • Pure Red
  • Quartz Blue Pearl

Interior

  • Seating for up to five passengers
  • 100.9 cu-ft of passenger volume
  • 20.8 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard
  • 55.3 cu-ft of cargo volume with rear seatbacks lowered
  • Dual cup holders in center console as standard

2021 Subaru Crosstrek: Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Subaru Crosstrek.1

  • 2018 — Average price less than $23,5001
  • 2019 — Average price less than $25,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

Safety

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Subaru Forester

For a pure SUV experience, consider the Subaru Forester. It went through a redesign for the 2019 model year and moves into its fifth generation with more tech features and space inside than ever. All 2019 Foresters are powered by the same 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, producing 182 horsepower and capable of an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.2 And right from the base model, you get a great selection of features available from standard (2019 onward):

  • Automatic climate control
  • STARLINK Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality
  • EyeSight driver convenience suite, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen interface

Subaru Outback

If you want the practicality and driving style of a wagon with the off-road ability of an SUV, consider the Subaru Outback. The wagon body means the Outback can offer a very roomy interior, with 2017–2019 models offering 35.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats and a very spacious 73.3 cu-ft of cargo volume with the rear seats folded. Its SUV chassis means not only can it handle rugged terrain and rough weather conditions with ease, but also gives it potent pulling power. When properly equipped, 2017–2019 Outback models can tow up to an estimated 2,700 lbs with either the 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.6L six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.3 Other features of this era of Subaru Outbacks (2017–2019) include:

  • Hill descent control
  • Roof rails with integrated crossbars
  • STARLINK Multimedia system with 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (Premium trims upwards)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (Premium trims upwards)

Subaru WRX

The flagship of Subaru's roster, the WRX comes with a pedigree in rally racing and combines a compact four-door sedan body with thrilling performance and handling. A sophisticated all-wheel drive system, standard on all 2017 WRX models onwards, means roadholding and traction is never a problem, and the two available engines both pack a punch, particularly the 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine available on STI trims upwards, packing 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. All of this means the WRX can provide an exciting driving experience while still having the everyday practicality of a regular four-door sedan—and these models aren't lacking for features, either:

  • Automatic climate control
  • STARLINK Multimedia System with 6.2-inch touchscreen interface (6.5-inch on 2019 models), and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality
  • Rearview camera
  • EyeSight drive convenience suite, including adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning system (Limited trims upwards)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (Limited trims upwards)

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a great car if you want to blend everyday convenience with the spirit of adventure. For the daily commute, it is spacious and practical, and won't drain your wallet. For longer road trips and when you want to head off the beaten track, it is adept at handling rugged terrain and weather conditions. It all comes in a stylish package, too, with a generous list of standard features.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek truly is the ideal car to handle the rough rides along with the smooth commutes and deserves your attention today.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from 1st January 2019 to 31st May 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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