2016 Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP $21,595 - $25,095

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Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The Subaru Crosstrek adds some driver assistance features for the year 2016 and there are minor changes to the car’s front end. The Crosstrek’s simple and handsome shape is modern yet not too flashy with a practical cabin. However, it has an underpowered engine and the cargo space on offer is less compared to other cars in this segment.

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Pros

Nimble handling

Great fuel economy

Spacious interiors

Maneuverability

Cons

Underperforming engine

Outdated infotainment system

Low cargo capacity

Road noise

What's New?

Addition of a few driver assistance safety features

Updated front styling


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21595

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103.7 in.

length

175.2 in.

width

70.1 in.

height

63.6 in.

curb weight

3109 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

51.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/31 mpg

highway range

499.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$21,595 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM/HD
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Manual front air conditioning

Premium$22,395 onwards

  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Limited$25,095 onwards

  • Automatic Front air conditioning

Colors and Styles

2016 Subaru Crosstrek in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

8.9

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.6

Competition

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is priced at $21,895 for the base trim. It is powered by a small Inline-4 engine which puts out 146 hp and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This car goes up against the likes of the 2016 Mazda CX-3, the 2016 Buick Encore, and the 2016 Chevrolet Trax.


7.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

8.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.6/10
Safety


2016 Subaru Crosstrek Features

7.0/10

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek SUV comes in three different trims that are namely 2.0i, Premium, and Limited. For the 2.0i trim of the SUV, the price is set at $21,695, which goes up to $27,195 for the top-end Limited trim. Standard features across all trims include rear privacy glass, alloy wheels, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a 6.2-inch rear 

Trim

2.0i

2.0i Premium

2.0i Limited 

MSRP (6-speed automatic) 

$21,895

$22,895

N/A

MSRP (CVT)

$22,895

$23,895

$27,195

Key Features

17-inch wheels

Adds/Replaces features from the 2.0i trim

Adds/Replaces features from the 2.0i Premium trim

 

60/40-split folding rear seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

18-inch alloy wheels

 

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

We Recommend

The base trim of the Crosstrek is not very well equipped. The Limited trim is the recommended trim due to its long list of creature comforts and safety features. Also, we would recommend you the CVT over the manual because of the better resale value. Also, the Subaru EyeSight safety package is highly recommended. 

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Engine and Performance

8.7/10

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0L H-4 engine that outputs 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a CVT is optional. You also get steering-mounted paddle shifters for manually switching the gears.

The car comes with AWD as standard with 50/50 front/rear power distribution. In terms of handling, the car handles well any type of surface. It has a well-tuned suspension system that provides a comfortable ride quality. The Subaru Crosstrek takes 9 seconds to reach the 0-60 mph mark and 16.9 seconds for the quarter-mile. The car’s top speed is rated at 120 mph.

Models

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i

2016 Mazda CX-3 SUV

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$21,695

$19,960

$22,990

$21,000

Engine

2.0L H-4

2.0L I-4

1.4L I-4

1.4L I-4

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

146 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

Torque

145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

146 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

9.0

8.6

9.3

10

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.9

16.6

17.4

17.3

Top Speed (mph)

120

125

115

115

The Subaru Crosstrek is the only car here that gets an AWD system and a 5-speed manual. The CX-3 is the quickest car in this comparison, taking 8.6 seconds for the 0-60 mph run and 16.6 seconds for the quarter-mile. The Subaru and the Buick take 9 seconds and 9.3 seconds respectively. The Trax is the slowest at 10 seconds. 

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy

8.9/10

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek’s fuel economy ratings stand at 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined with the 5-speed manual. The CVT ups those figures to 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The car gets a fuel tank of 15.9 gallons. This gives it a range of 413.4 miles combined.

Model

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i

2016 Mazda CX-3 SUV

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Chevrolet Trax

MPG (city)

23

29

25

26

MPG (highway)

31

35

33

34

MPG (combined)

26

31

28

29

Fuel capacity (gallons)

15.9

12.7

14

14

Range (City/Highway) (miles)

365.7/492.9

368/445

350/462

364/476

The Mazda CX-3 is the most fuel-efficient car, with its 31 mpg combined mileage. The Trax offers the second-best at 29 mpg combined, the Buick offers 28 mpg combined, with the Subaru offering the least at 26 mpg combined. In terms of range, the most city range of 368 miles is on the CX-3 despite having the smallest fuel capacity at 12.7 gallons. The Crosstrek has the best highway range at 492 miles.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

7.8/10

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek’s interiors are similar to the interiors seen on the Subaru Impreza. This design focuses more on functionality and utility than beautification. The car features a logical arrangement of controls and all the control buttons are rather robust and premium to use. The interior gets a nice treatment as well, with a lot of soft-touch material all around. With great fit and finish levels, this interior deviates from the usual interiors seen on other Subaru cars.

The Subaru Crosstrek can accommodate five people in relative comfort, and the headroom is appropriate for an average individual. In the rear also, there’s decent space to allow 6-footers to sit comfortably as well. Excellent outward visibility is provided on the Crosstrek thanks to the big front windshield and thin A-pillars. The doors are large and allow for quick ingress and egress.

Model

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i

2016 Mazda CX-3 SUV

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Chevrolet Trax

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/55.6/43.5

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.6/54.2/40.8

39.6/54.1/40.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/54.2/35.4

37.2/50.4/35

38.3/52.5/31.7

38.8/52.8/35.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

22.3

12.4

18.8

18.7

Against the rivals, the Crosstrek offers slightly more headroom in the front row, but a much longer front legroom. In the rear, the Chevrolet Trax has the most headroom and the most legroom as well. The Encore and the Trax are similar in terms of dimensions. Coming to cargo capacity, the Crosstrek offers the most capacity at 22.3 cu-ft. The least is seen on the Mazda at 21.4 cu-ft. Some interior features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks
  • Heated front seats
  • Adjustable center armrest
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system on the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is good from the technology aspect and bad from the sound aspect. The technology is very clean, and it’s simple and lag-free. The touch is responsive, and the interface is very well done. However, the sound quality is one of the worst in this segment. Standard features for the infotainment include a 6.2-inch touchscreen display with smartphone integration, a CD player, USB port, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 4-speaker audio system. Some other features are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite radio
  • Dual USB ports
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Navigation system
  • Six-speaker audio system

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

8.0/10

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek’s design is similar to that of the Impreza in a lot of ways. This car gets an 8.7-inch ground clearance that sits it tall from the ground, and the new updated styling gives it an aggressive SUV look. The car gets a new grille, a new bumper, and a new headlight design. Apart from that, the exterior remains similar to the earlier models. 

Model

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i

2016 Mazda CX-3 SUV

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Chevrolet Trax

Curb Weight (lbs)

3109

2809

3237

2805

Length (in)

175.2

168.3

168.4

167.2

Width (in)

70.1

69.6

69.9

69.9

Height (in)

63.6

60.9

65.3

65.2

Ground clearance (in)

8.7

6.2

6.2

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

103.7

101.2

100.6

100.6

The 2016 Crosstrek is 14.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,109 pounds with the Premium trim and five-speed manual transmission; up to 3,208 pounds with the Limited trim and CVT. Comparatively, it’s much longer and slightly wider than the rivals. The Buick and the Trax have a tall height. In terms of wheelbase, the Crosstrek has the longest wheelbase at 10.37 inches, whereas the Encore and the Trax have the tightest wheelbase at 100.6 inches. Some exterior features on the Crosstrek are:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Foglights
  • Roof rails
  • Heated mirrors
  • Automatic headlights
  • An acoustic windshield

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

9.6/10

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek was crash-tested and received 4-stars from the NHTSA and a rating of ‘Good’ from the IIHS. The Crosstrek comes standard with airbags, active front head restraints, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, and a rearview camera. There are also a few driver assistance features available on higher trims. Some of the safety features on the Crosstrek include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Subaru’s Starlink safety telematics
  • Lane change assist
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision mitigation system

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Final Verdict

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is better described as an underpowered, all-wheel-driven, efficient car that packs in some great interior features with a lot of space and comfort. It does offer an outdated infotainment system, but its safety features do make up for this. The Crosstrek serves a great purpose as a very practical and utilitarian vehicle that is simple to live with and very affordable.

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