2017 Subaru Crosstrek review

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Subaru Crosstrek highlights

Customer rating


  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Rugged appearance
  • Plenty of room for front and rear passengers


  • High level of cabin noise
  • Sluggish engine
  • Interior could feel boring to some

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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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.

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek trims

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  • The base 2.0i trim in the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a rearview camera.

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.

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.

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.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

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

Subaru Crosstrek: Roomy Interior | CarMax

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

Subaru Crosstrek: Dashboard | CarMax

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

Subaru Crosstrek: Cargo | CarMax

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.

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The five-seat 2017-2021 Jeep Cherokee is an action-packed off-roader, powered by a choice of three engine options across five trim levels. The 2017-2021 base model is powered by a 180-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine. As you move up the trim levels, you can unlock two further engine options for the 2017-2021 Cherokee; a 3.2L V6 and, from 2019, a turbocharged 2.0L. The Jeep Cherokee is a chameleon; its stylish exterior and off-road functionality ensure this SUV is at home on both urban roads and forest trails.

The 2018-2021 base trim Cherokee Latitude includes these standard features:

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth functionality

  • Cloth upholstery

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

8 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Subaru Crosstrek an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Subaru Crosstrek 5th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Subaru Crosstrek features and specs

Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Kicker Speaker System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 43.5"/R 35.4"

Head room

F 39.8"/R 37.7"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.


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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Crystal Black Silica

  • Crystal White Pearl

  • Dark Gray Metallic

  • Desert Khaki

  • Hyper Blue

  • Ice Silver Metallic

  • Quartz Blue Pearl

  • Venetian Red

Interior details

  • 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).

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