The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is the smallest crossover offered from the automaker and connected to the Impreza hatchback.

The Crosstrek makes use of identical hardware as other compact automobiles from Subaru but hikes up its hip waders for a taller journey peak, provides a lot more physique cladding, and new for this calendar year, it provides a can-do frame of mind with an offered new motor. 

The largest modify to the compact crossover for 2021 is a a lot more effective motor that addresses a extended-working criticism of ours. A 182-horsepower flat-four borrowed from the Forester is normal in Crosstrek Sport and Crosstrek Constrained designs. 

Overview proceeds underneath

The 2021 Crosstrek goes on sale in summer but Subaru has not nevertheless said how a lot it will cost. It will be offered in foundation, High quality, Sport, and Constrained trim stages, all outfitted with normal all-wheel push. 

Style and performance

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek doesn’t stray much from how the compact crossover has looked since its debut in 2013. The Crosstrek still appears to be like like a hatchback on stilts, with plenty of cladding to counsel it can deal with a lot more than a rutted two-keep track of. 

This calendar year, Subaru up-to-date the grille and fog lights on the Crosstrek, whilst it’ll choose a eager eye to spot the variations. 

Inside of, the Crosstrek eschews variety for purpose, with a significant middle touchscreen for infotainment, big climate manage knobs, a compact auto information and facts show that involves off-highway information and facts, and a easy layout. 

The new Crosstrek Sport trim stage borrows long lasting artificial leather-based upholstery from the even larger Outback XT Onyx Edition and provides distinction stitching for visual aptitude. 

Beneath the hoods of the Crosstrek Constrained and new Crosstrek Athletics, is a 182-hp 2.five-liter flat-four borrowed from the Forester and paired solely with a continuously variable automated transmission (CVT) and all-wheel push. It’s almost a 20% raise in horsepower in comparison to the foundation 2.-liter flat-four and likely to strengthen the Crosstrek’s leisurely acceleration. The EPA rates individuals variations at 29 mpg mixed. We have not nevertheless driven individuals variations and will report back when we do. 

The foundation Crosstrek and Crosstrek High quality still control with a 152-hp 2.-liter flat-four paired to a six-pace manual transmission or CVT. All-wheel push is normal on all Crosstrek designs. 

While relatively sluggish, the foundation Crosstreks still control thirty mpg mixed when outfitted with a CVT, in accordance to the EPA, and are off-highway all set. Handbook-outfitted Crosstreks are unusual and price reduce at 25 mpg mixed. 

Every Crosstrek has 8.seven inches of floor clearance and designs outfitted with an automated transmission include an off-highway manner that helps navigate challenging terrain. Crosstrek Sport variations go more with a terrain range program that involves snow/dust and mud/deep snow configurations. 

Consolation, protection, and capabilities

The Crosstrek is relatively roomy for 4 grown ups with area at the rear of the second row for gear. It still rides on a wheelbase that actions 104.nine inches from hub to hub, and rear-seat travellers get a lot more than 36 inches of leg area, which is a lot more than a lot of compact automobiles but significantly less than the Forester. 

Behind the second row, the Crosstrek retains a lot more than 20 cubic feet of cargo. With the second row folded, that place expands to a lot more than fifty five cubic feet. Roof rails are normal on all Crosstreks, in scenario that is not adequate area for the tent, kayak, bicycle, rods…

The IIHS known as the Crosstrek Constrained a Best Safety Decide+ in 2020 thanks to its very good crash-test scores, remarkably rated headlights, and automated crisis braking units. (Other trims never include individuals headlights and ended up rated Best Safety Picks.) Federal testers gave each Crosstrek a five-star overall rating. 

Automatic-outfitted Crosstreks get a suite of active protection capabilities that include automated crisis braking, active lane manage, and adaptive cruise manage. 

Every Crosstrek will get seventeen-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, and a six.five-inch infotainment program with Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle compatibility. 

High quality designs increase heated front seats, two USB ports, a leather-based-wrapped steering wheel, and uprated audio. 

Crosstrek Sport designs increase the uprated motor, artificial leather-based upholstery, and interior trim accents. 

The Crosstrek Constrained provides leather-based upholstery, 18-inch wheels, an 8.-inch touchscreen with smartphone software program, and uprated headlights. The 8.-inch touchscreen is optional on all trims other than the foundation Crosstrek.

The 2021 Crosstrek will go on sale this summer. A plug-in hybrid version is offered in a restricted variety of states such as California and marketed in compact quantities. Variations to that product will be declared later on.