2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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in Midsize SUVs
2019 MODEL
$21,895 - $27,195 See Inventory Prices

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Subaru is very literal about their cars. They wanted to enter the "crossover" market with an SUV which can "trek" so they introduced a jacked up wagon and called it the Crosstrek. But that was 2012, what about today? Well good news, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is better than ever. It's a factotum machine which gets everything right. However, the clumsy engine still plagues this great SUV.

Starting at a sticker price of $21,856, the Crosstrek still features a 2.0L boxer-4 engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. The powerplant drills out 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Not much has changed on this SUV; just revisions on the standard feature list and that's about it. You basically get the same car as last year.


7.3/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine

 
 

8.3/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

Times have changed however, the subcompact segment has evolved from a goofy hatch concept to a full-fledged segment and the competition is jam-packed with premium SUVs. All these cars work on the same ideology but each brings something new to the table. For example, the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 boast their superior handling, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Hyundai Kona flaunt their tech-savvy feature list, and Subaru is an off-roading wrecking machine.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Features

7.3/10

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is offered in 3 trims 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0L Limited. A mono-spec 2.0L Inline-4 cylinder engine is shared amongst all 3 trim levels. There are 2 options for transmission with a 6-speed automatic and a CVT gearbox though you need to add an additional $1,000 for the CVT. However, CVT is the only transmission on the offer for the Limited trim.

Well, Subaru made it clear, they wanted a feature-rich SUV, so the Base 2.0i is well equipped with all the tricks and treats from the Subaru’s warehouse. The 2.0 Premium and Limited trim make things better. You can equip any trim with Subaru’s EyesSight suit which adds a set of advanced safety features including Forward Collision warning, automatic braking, lane keep assist and more.

 

Trim

2.0i

2.0i Premium

2.0i Limited

MSRP (Automatic)

$21,895

$22,895

Not Offered

MSRP (CVT)

$22,895

$23,895

$27,195

Key Features

17-inch wheels

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

18-inch wheels

 

60/40-split folding rear seat

Six-speaker sound system

8-inch touchscreen

 

EyeSight suite of advanced safety features

Contrasting interior stitching

LED adaptive headlights

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration

Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert for the EyeSight system

Keyless entry and ignition

 

6.5-inch touchscreen dashboard display

Noise-reducing windshield and extra Subaru Starlink features

Power-adjustable driver's seat

 

Driver information display

Heated seats and mirrors

Leather seating

 

Rearview camera

Sunroof

Automatic climate control

 

Four-speaker sound system

Automatic headlights

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Now that you can add the EyeSight safety suit to the base variant the 2.0i trim makes more sense. Since there is no change in engine and the additional features are not that lucrative, there is no point in spending more.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Engine

7.2/10

The Crosstrek is abysmally slow for a modern vehicle. If you can get past that drawback, though, it offers reassuring steering and a lot of off-road ability. Handling and in-town drivability are acceptable, though rivals offer a more enjoyable driving experience the majority of the time”- Edmunds

Despite having a 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque the Crosstrek’s engine is lazy and uninspiring. The hood hides a 2.0L Boxer-4 engine which is either mated to a 6-speed automatic or a CVT transmission. Well, no matter which one you choose the engine doesn’t feel motivated to accelerate. However, the throttle response is tuned to cover up the nebulous buzzing sound which hounds their yesteryear’s transmission, that’s an improvement.

This baby SUV might drive fine and accomplish its off-roading intentions but it’s awfully slow during the post 60mpg acceleration. Though that’s what you expect from a crossover weighing over 3100 pounds so its all good. You can skip the CVT if you want, there is not much difference in the fuel economy numbers.

Models

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MSRP

$21,859

$20,520

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

21,300

$20,945

Engine

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual

2-speed CVT with Overdrive

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed automatic

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

Horsepower

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

Despite the sluggish powertrain Subaru Crosstrek is still the most potent SUV in the segment. Its 152 horsepower has no rivals get. The closest competition comes from Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona with their 148 and 147 horsepower.

Acceleration

The engine’s sluggish attitude will leave you scratching your head. The throttle response is long and acceleration feels sluggish, not the best car for a sprint. On the highway, overtaking, merging and passing lanes feels like mountainous work for the Crosstrek. The SUV takes 9.0 seconds to complete the 60 mph test, which is bad as the car competes with Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. Further, the Subaru took 17 seconds to hit the quarter-mile light, even a minivan can beat that.

Models

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.0

9.3*

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.3

8.9

Quarter mile (sec)

16.9

16.8*

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.8

16.6

Engine

2.0-L H-4

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.0

6.3*

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

6.3

7.1

The 9 second acceleration feels like forever but we have competitors delivering much less. Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona are the potential lagers in the lot. Considering, it’s a 3100 pound SUV its average performance is acceptable.

Ride and Handling

After hearing such horrible things and comparing the Crosstrek to an actual turtle, you might not have high hopes for its handling, but the story is different. As for improvements, the new CVT is a true upgrade and the last year’s inelastic suspension was softened to a point where it absorbs rocky pavements and shocks perfectly. Cornering might not have the zoom effect but it’s easy to maneuver, just don’t try to speed up in a fully loaded Crosstrek you will suffer from a lot of body roll.

The steering feel resembles that of the Impreza which is a great thing for Subaru supporters. The steering is well balanced without any anomaly as the road communication is plenty to judge the SUV’s actions. Further, you have the Subaru’s signature X-mode to take on tricky off-road tracks.

Braking

The Braking dynamics are fair and manageable to endure the city’s on and off traffic. The pedal feels composed and firm with a softness for easy modulation. Front brakes are rated at 11.6 inches and the rear brakes follow with 10.8-inch disc brakes. Compared to the other baby SUVs this one is quite big and heavy. The 3113-pound weight is too much for a car competing in subcompact SUV territory, and is expected to hinder hard braking.

Model

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.5

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.8

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10.8

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

9.0

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3113

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

2805

3,032

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy

No matter how underpowered Subaru’s boxer engine feels it can punch its way to achieve efficiency. The Crosstrek delivers 23 mpg of city and 29 mpg of highway mileage, which is good if you want it as a daily driver. Some would say isn’t the best but hey, it isn’t the worst either, especially when coming from an off-roader. Going in with the CVT transmission spices up the mileage to 27mpg city, 33mpg highway, and 29mpg combined which doesn’t make a lot of difference, so you can stick to the 6-speed automatic if you want.

Model

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MPG (city)

23

28

27

27

26

29

25

24

MPG (highway)

29

34

31

33

31

34

33

30

MPG (combined)

25

30

29

30

28

31

28

27

The 25 mpg combined mileage seems fair till you start comparing. Mazda CX-3 is the most efficient car in the segment so is the Hyundai Kona. In front of that, Subaru’s efficiency seems to undermine, though keep in mind it’s different SUV altogether.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

8.3/10

The Crosstrek's controls are laid out well, and the car is easy to get in and out of. There's plenty of room in both the front and back seat. Thanks to the Crosstrek's lifted ride height (compared to its Impreza sibling), visibility is excellent”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Subaru favored practicality over flashy interior designs and quality with the Crosstrek. The cabin is smartly laid-out with every feature and nobs easy to read and modulate without being distracting. Most SUV in the segment are plagued with short cabin space, but not the Crosstrek it’s a capacious SUV with enough space and support on the front and rear seats. The headroom and legroom are satisfying and the seating position compliments the driver. You get a good look of the bonnet and the road as visibility is not an issue, thanks to the big windshield and thin front pillars.

Model

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft)

Head room

39.8

39.5

38.1

39.6

39.6

38.4

39.6

39.4

Shoulder room

56.7

56.8

49

55.5

54.2

53.5

54.1

56.2

Legroom

43.1

41.2

43.5

41.5

40.8

41.7

40.8

41.6

Rear (cu. ft)

Head room

38

38.3

38.3

37.8

38.8

37.2

38.8

37.9

Shoulder room

55.6

54.5

52.5

54.5

52.5

50.4

52.8

55.5

Legroom

36.5

39.3

31.7

34.6

35.8

35

35.7

36.3

With seating for 5, the Subaru Crosstrek was born with strong SUV genes. Compared to other baby SUVs in the segment, Subaru offers a lot of space. The seats sit high above the ground thanks to its good ground clearance. Front seats feature 39.8 inches of headroom and 43.1 inches of legroom. The rear seats are not that bad either, the headroom is nice but the 36.5 inches of legroom is ok-ish but can create a problem for people over 6 feet.

Infotainment System

The Base 2.0 Crosstrek is equipped with a 6.5 inch infotainment screen with Subaru’s STARLINK infotainment system. As you climb up the trim ladder an 8 inch infotainment screen replaces the previous one with more tech-savvy features. Through you still have Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Pandora integration as standard features throughout the trim family. Other standard tech come sin from of a built-in voice activated navigation system, 4 audio speaker, Aha, SiriXM and more.

Cargo volume

The Crosstrek might feel like a mediocre vehicle for what’s it offered with. Its cargo capacity is not that much so don’t carry a lot of luggage on your off-road expedition, which actually becomes a dilemma for off-road buyers. The standard cargo volume is rated at 20.8 cubic feet, this could be expanded through the standard 60/40 foldable seats to 55.3 cubics. They had to utilize the empty spaces inside the cabin, so they filled it with door pockets and cubby holes, so there is a lot of cabin utility on the Crosstrek.

Model

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

20.8

24.3

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

18.7

21.7

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

55.3

58.8

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

48.4

49.5

Subaru’s 20.8 cubics might feel like the best but it's not. Honda surpassed the Crosstrek with its 24.3 cubic feet of cargo. Even with the second seats down, it delivers a tad less cargo space.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has all the right outdoorsy cues, but you’ll have to add the requisite bike/kayak/canoe/ski/snowboard/tent to the roof and national park stickers to its rear window”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

Let’s be honest everyone loves the idea of a beefed-up wagon, that’s what crafted the subcompact SUV segment in the first place. When the news reached Subaru’s headquarters in 2012 they gave us the Crosstrek and even then it was a blockbuster SUV. Today’s version has been made better, its taller than before with its massive 8.7-inch ground clearance, have a split up tail lights, unpainted fender flairs, and 17/18 inch alloy wheels, everything required to forge a badass off-roader. However, the skin is more practical than magnetic which pays off well in the Crosstrek’s case.

Dimensions and Weight

This bulky baby SUV was built bigger than the usual subcompact mold. The total front to back length was rated at 175.8 inches, breath at 71 inches, and height at 63.3 inches. Its taller than rest of its fellow SUVs and features an inspiring 8.7 inches of ground clearance for off-road intentions. The 104.9-inch wheelbase will give is a wider turning radius but it also gives the suspension enough time to soak up the bumps and jerks of rocky terrains.

Model

Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3157

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

2805

3,032

Length(in)

175.8

170.4

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

167.2

171.9

Width(in)

71

69.8

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

69.9

71.3

Height(in)

63.6

63.2

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

64.9

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

8.7

5.4

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

6.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

104.9

102.8

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

100.6

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

61/61.2

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

A great fighter once said, “It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit”, and Subaru can take hit without any major causality. NHTSA confirms the fact by giving the Crosstrek an all-star rating. Though IIHS has not yet tested the Crosstrek yet last year’s Subaru gained the maximum Good Rating for every aspect which isn’t an easy nut to crack. Going with the CVT version expands your safety feature list with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control. Lane departure warning, and more.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Competition

Honda HR-V vs Subaru Crosstrek

Honda HR-V is a typical crossover subcompact that everybody wants, it’s a well-rounded SUV which has got everything right to a certain extent. There is not much to accomplish when you pit a mature car like Honda with the Crosstrek. Subaru’s off-roading capabilities and huge size is the only thing where it has an upper hand over the HR-V, otherwise in terms of power, practicality, and performance the HR-V beats the Crosstrek bigtime.

We would suggest to only buy the Crosstrek if you have off-reading dreams but don’t want to spend for a full-sized SUV, otherwise you are better off with Honda.

Mazda CX-3 vsSubaru Crosstrek

Known for its sporty ride quality Mazda CX-3 is the most capable subcompact SUV in the segment. Despite a low horsepower Mazda rockets in like an aggressive bull, it cut corners with ease and handles well for a subcompact. Subaru on the other hand is a slowpoke with big muscles and tall stance. The CX-3 will pass by the Subaru in a heartbeat and it will still struggle to cross 60 mph. However, its better on delivering practicality than the CX-3 and can comfortably seat 5 people.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Final Verdict

You can say the Crosstrek is a Subaru Impreza in an SUV mystic minus the potent engine. Best suited for off-roading, it’s the rugged subcompact that everyone wants but no one gets. With its high riding nature and better cabin space, Subaru competes in a league of its own. However, that league overlaps with other athletic subcompacts like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V which outshines the Subaru with their sharp handling. But Crosstrek is more than a buffed up wagon, it’s a practical vehicle altogether and appropriate for people living on the countryside. Furthermore, it’s not all sunshine, the engine feels sluggish and acceleration average.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a fulfilling package with decent fuel economy, capacious cabin, and off-roading capabilities. Settle for average handling and you have something more than an image of subcompact SUV.

Pros

Spacious Interior

High ground clearance

Decent cabin quality

Safe and secure cabin

Cons

Sluggish accelerationq

Lower mileage than the competitors

What's New?

A revised feature list

Starlink infotainment get additional features

The eyesight system is now available on all trim levels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21895

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension rear

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.9 in.

length

175.8 in.

width

71 in.

height

63.6 in.

curb weight

3113 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

40.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/29 mpg

highway range

481.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Sunshine Orange color  2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Quartz Blue Pearl color  2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Ice Silver Metallic color  2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Dark Gray Metallic color  2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Crystal White Pearl color  2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Crystal Black Silica color  2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Cool Gray Khaki color
Sunshine Orange

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine

7.2

Interior

8.3

Driving

7.0

Comfort

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i

2.0i

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$21,895 - $22,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $21,895 MSRP (23 mpg/25/29 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Cool Gray Khaki
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Venetian Red Pearl
  Sunshine Orange
2.0i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,895 MSRP (27 mpg/29/33 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Cool Gray Khaki
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Venetian Red Pearl
  Sunshine Orange

 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

2.0i Premium

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,895 - $23,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $22,895 MSRP (23 mpg/25/29 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Cool Gray Khaki
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Venetian Red Pearl
  Sunshine Orange
2.0i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,895 MSRP (27 mpg/29/33 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Cool Gray Khaki
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Venetian Red Pearl
  Sunshine Orange

 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

2.0i Limited

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$27,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $27,195 MSRP (27 mpg/29/33 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Cool Gray Khaki
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Venetian Red Pearl
  Sunshine Orange

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