A crossover SUV that's ready for adventure.
These days, nearly every auto manufacturer has their own version of a crossover SUV — and for good reason. These vehicles are in high demand due to their versatility and practicality. If you're considering a crossover and want something that's on the fun and rugged side, the Subaru Crosstrek is worth a look. Not only does this vehicle come with some impressive standard features, but it is surprisingly spacious as well. Learn more about some of the great qualities of this compact SUV in our Subaru Crosstrek review:
- Reasons to Buy
- What You Need to Know
- Customer Reviews
- Chevrolet Equinox Ratings
- What's New for 2018?
- The Bottom Line
Reasons to Buy
1. Standard All-Wheel Drive
Subaru is known for its all-wheel drive (AWD) being standard across most of its vehicles (including some of its sedans). With standard AWD in its 2014 to 2017 model years, you can enjoy greater confidence behind the wheel even in adverse road conditions or rough terrain. This is also a must for those who enjoy doing a little off-roading from time to time.
2. Roomy and Comfortable Interior
For a crossover SUV, the interior of the Subaru Crosstrek is surprisingly spacious and comfortable. In both the front and back rows, there is a decent amount of leg and head space for even taller drivers and passengers. Plus, the front seats are easily adjustable for maximum comfort. You should have no problem seating up to four passengers in this crossover SUV.
3. Ample Features Across Trims
No matter which trim you end up choosing, you'll have some nice standard features to enjoy. Aside from the standard AWD, every trim is also equipped with such features as a touchscreen interface, rearview camera, and hill hold assist. For example, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek also comes with roof rails, foglights, crossbars, and seat covers for your convenience.
4. Smartphone Integration
More and more vehicles come standard with cool tech features, and the Subaru Crosstrek is no exception. All trim levels of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek come with both Android® and Apple® integration, along with apps such as iHeartRadio™ and Pandora™ for a more enjoyable ride. In some trims, such as the 2.0i Premium, there is also the EyeSight® Driver Assist system and STARLINK™ services (available with a subscription).
5. Spacious Cargo Area
You should have no problems fitting sports equipment, camping gear, or groceries in the Subaru Crosstrek. It offers ample cargo space for both small- and large-item storage. Specifically, you'll enjoy 22.3 cubic feet of storage even with the rear row of seats intact in all trims of the 2017 Crosstrek. Fold down that rear row and you'll optimize storage space at 51.9 cubic feet. There is also a large center console for smaller items, as well as plenty of large cup holders scattered throughout the vehicle.
What You Need to Know
Subaru Crosstrek Average Price1
2014-2016: Average CarMax price less than $21,000.
2017-2018: Average CarMax price less than $24,500.
Subaru Crosstrek Trims
- 2.0i – The base 2.0i trim in the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a rearview camera. Read more about the 2.0i trim.
- 2.0i Premium – The 2.0i Premium trim in the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek adds heated front seats for comfort, a cargo cover, heated side mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Read more about the 2.0i Premium trim.
- 2.0i Premium Special Edition – The 2.0 Premium Special Edition trim on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek features a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, and sleeker exterior and interior styling. Read more about the 2.0i Premium Special Edition.
- 2.0i Limited – The 2.0i Limited trim on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes with leather upholstery, a larger seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and automatic climate control. Read more about the 2.0i Limited trim.
Subaru Crosstrek Interior
- Cargo space – The Crosstrek offers 22.3 cubic feet of cargo storage space with rear seats intact; with seats folded down, cargo space is maxed out at 51.9 cubic feet (2017 model).
Subaru Crosstrek Colors
The 2016 to 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes in an array of colors including:
- Crystal Black Silica
- Crystal White Pearl
- Dark Gray Metallic
- Desert Khaki
- Hyper Blue
- Ice Silver Metallic
- Quartz Blue Pearl
- Venetian Red
Customer Reviews - Overall Rating: 4.6 (165 Reviews)2
Pros: Fuel Economy, Ride and Handling
Cons: Cabin Noise, Power
"Smooth drive, average to low cabin noise, and easy to learn the size for parking. It has the perfect amount of get-up-and-go on entrance ramps and for passing.”
- 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Owner (Vancouver, WA)
"Great on gas and very comfortable to drive. Living out in the country off a dirt road made this vehicle ideal for me. It does great on muddy roads after a heavy rain. The dogs love riding in the back! The navigation system is really good as well."
- 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Owner (Savannah, GA)
Subaru Crosstrek Rankings
- 4th – Best AWD Cars (2018)
Click here for a full list of Subaru Crosstrek rankings.
What's New For 2018?
The Subaru Crosstrek saw a total redesign for the 2018 model year. Some of the most notable changes and upgrades include a new chassis and a more powerful engine. Inside, the 2018 Crosstrek offers a longer list of standard features as well as a revised cabin designed with driver and passenger comfort in mind.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to crossover SUVs, you certainly have plenty of options to choose from. However, if you're looking for a crossover that comes standard with all-wheel drive for more confidence behind the wheel in almost any terrain, the Subaru Crosstrek is one of just a few offerings out there. All of this, combined with some great standard features and a comfortable cabin, make the Subaru Crosstrek an excellent choice — with an overall customer rating of 4.6/5!
1Based on CarMax average prices between April 1, 2018, and September 30, 2018. 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.
2 Reviews have been edited for brevity, clarity, and grammar.
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