The Subaru Crosstrek represents a strong value within the small crossover segment, offering standard all-wheel drive, great fuel economy and a competitive set of standard features. Previously known as the XV Crosstrek, Subaru simplified this model’s naming structure starting with the 2016 model year.
Subaru Crosstrek Overview
The Subaru Crosstrek represents the latest version of the XV Crosstrek, which debuted for 2013 and was sold through the 2015 model year. Seeking to streamline its naming convention, Subaru dropped “XV” from the model name and rolled out an updated Crosstrek for 2016. Subtle exterior styling tweaks can be found on the Crosstrek’s front end, while available features like a telematics system and blind spot monitoring also accompany the name change.
The Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. All models come with standard features that include Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a rearview camera and a touch-screen audio system.
The Crosstrek’s highlights include spacious seating, composed handling and the assurance of all-wheel drive grip. While acceleration is not the Crosstrek’s strongest attribute, fuel economy is good for the segment, especially when equipped with the available CVT.
The Crosstrek’s standard all-wheel drive system is a strong selling point, but it competes in a crowded field that includes a number of worthy competitors. Shoppers seeking a subcompact crossover may want to check out the Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X and Mazda CX-3. Meanwhile, models like the Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru’s own Forester might be considered if you need a little additional utility.