The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is an athletic-looking entry that brings many of the Subaru brand’s signature benefits, including standard all-wheel drive, to the compact SUV segment. It’s a solid choice if you need a small crossover that can agreeably tackle both city travel and off-road adventures.
The Subaru Crosstrek seats five and is available in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trims. There’s also a new 2.0i Premium Special Edition trim that builds on the feature content offered by the 2.0i Premium model. A four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available.
The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek has a rugged, dynamic appearance. The Crosstrek sits taller than most rivals to accommodate off-roading, and it offers an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Standard roof rails are on hand to assist with camping gear, and the Crosstrek’s strong wheel arches are filled by distinctively designed 17-inch alloy wheels.
Standard features include multi-reflector halogen headlights, fog lights, a rear spoiler and wheel-arch cladding. Subaru provides exterior upgrades for the Crosstrek such as steering-responsive fog lights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and a power sunroof.
The cabin design of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek features large brows over the instrument panel and the top center-stack information display. There’s a decent amount of room on hand for passengers in both rows. Fold-down 60/40-split rear seats are standard in the Crosstrek, and there’s 22.3 cubic feet of storage behind them. With the back seats folded, maximum cargo capacity increases to 51.9 cubic feet.
The list of standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering-wheel column and air conditioning, Upper trims are available with heated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control.
All 2017 Subaru Crosstrek models come with all-wheel drive, and this gives the crossover stable footing in rain and snow. The Crosstrek’s standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine has a “boxer” configuration, in which two pairs of horizontally opposed cylinders are laid flat, so the pistons appear to be punching at each other. The engine makes 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque and is matched with a standard five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional.
EPA ratings for the Crosstrek with the manual transmission come in at 23/30 mpg city/highway, while CVT-equipped vehicles are rated at an impressive 26/33 mpg. Those grades are impressive, and they are higher than the fuel-efficiency ratings of rivals such as the all-wheel-drive Chevrolet Trax.
The 2017 Crosstrek is distinguished by a relatively advanced standard infotainment system. Included are a 6.2-inch LCD touch-screen display, Bluetooth for handsfree calling and audio streaming, HD radio and support for Pandora, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and Aha internet-audio apps. An auxiliary input jack, four-speaker stereo, USB port and a rearview camera are also standard.
The Crosstrek’s technology options include navigation, keyless entry and ignition, a six-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition and satellite radio. Driver-assistive features such as blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning are available.