Subaru was well positioned when the subcompact crossover segment took off in the 2010s, as its Crosstrek was one of the category’s earliest competitors. The current second-generation Crosstrek was introduced in 2018 and has received updates in the years since.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the Crosstrek is carried forward unchanged.
Crosstrek trim levels are Convenience, Touring, Sport, Outdoor, and Limited. The base powerplant is a 2.0L four-cylinder, which starts with a six-speed manual transmission in Convenience, Touring, and Sport; optional is a continuously variable automatic (CVT). Outdoor and Limited get a 2.5L engine and the CVT as standard. As is Subaru’s way, every Crosstrek comes with AWD regardless of engine/transmission combination.
Subaru also offers a Crosstrek with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain in certain Canadian provinces, but it’s covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
Convenience trim comes with auto on/off headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, four-speaker audio, A/C, heated side mirrors, and LED taillights.
Touring adds LED fog lights, front wiper de-icer, six-speaker audio, automatic A/C, a colour driver info display, heated front seats and steering wheel, and passive keyless entry.
Sport gains LED steering responsive headlights (which add automatic high beams with the CVT and Eyesight), an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a power driver’s seat, and a sunroof.
Adding the automatic CVT to Convenience, Touring, or Sport trims also brings the Eyesight driver safety suite of adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, lane keep assist, and forward collision mitigation.
Outdoor reverts to a manually adjustable driver’s seat, and gets Eyesight, all-weather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Finally, Limited models regain the power driver’s seat, and get 18-inch wheels, navigation, an eight-speaker sound system, dual-zone A/C, and leather upholstery.
Subaru’s fuel consumption estimates for the Crosstrek are 10.5/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine and manual transmission, and 8.5/7.0 L/100 km with the 2.0L and CVT. The 2.5L/CVT combo is rated at 10.5/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway).
The Crosstrek’s oldest competitors are the Mitsubishi RVR and Chevrolet Trax. In the years since the Crosstrek’s arrival, the subcompact crossover field has widened to include Honda HR-V, Toyota Corolla Cross, Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-30, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, Buick Encore, Volkswagen Taos, Ford Ecosport, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X.
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