2017 Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP $21,695

Ranked #1 in Subcompact Suv

7.5

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek has a lot to like about, starting with its standard all-wheel-drive, a fuel-efficient flat-four engine, and a spacious interior and cargo bay. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and chunky wheels, Crosstrek becomes a compelling choice, especially in snowy, and wet weather.  The 2017 Crosstrek is a more rugged version of the Subaru Impreza, with a beefed-up suspension, higher ground clearance, and sporty styling. Subaru offers the Crosstrek with a manual transmission if you prefer controlling your gear changes. The 2017 Crosstrek's price range from $21,695 to $25,195.

The 2017 Crosstrek is a carryover model with no major changes. Subaru introduces a new trim level — 2.0i Premium Special Edition in the 2017 Crosstrek lineup, which adds cosmetic upgrades and more features over the mid-level Premium trim. The Subaru Crosstrek competes with Mazda CX-3, Buick Encore, and Chevy Trax. The Subaru Crosstrek is a solid choice if you're looking for an inexpensive and fuel-efficient (29 mpg combined) subcompact SUV. 

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Pros

Above-average ground clearance

Spacious Interior and Cargo Area

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is standard across all the trims

Composed handling

Attractive from outside as well as inside

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Lacks powerful engine

Noisier than its competitors

What's New?

A New Premium Special Edition Trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

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

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

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

9.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

30.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

555.0 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

2.0i PZEV$21,695 onwards

Base$21,695 onwards

2.0i Premium PZEV$22,495 onwards

2.0i Limited PZEV$25,195 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

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

6.5

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

6.5

Safety

9.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Subaru Crosstrek's key highlights are the 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek shows reasonable off-road capability, without compromising its comfortable ride. Subaru's EyeSight system offers excellent adaptive cruise control and collision prevention.

On the downside, the Crosstrek's continuously variable transmission offers sluggish acceleration but a highly efficient ride. Its dimensions may look small, but its cabin is spacious. To know more details read the review below.


6.5/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety


2017 Subaru Crosstrek Features

6.5/10

The 2017 Crosstrek comes in four different trim levels: 2.0i. 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Premium Special Edition, and 2.0i Limited. All trims have a standard four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, the Starlink infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, and auxiliary audio inputs, and a rearview camera.

For the 2017 model year, Subaru Crosstrek's prices start at an MSRP of $21,695 for the base trim. The mid-level Premium with standard manual transmission has an MSRP of $22,495, while with automatic transmission the cost increases to $23,495. The top-range Crosstrek Limited has a price tag of $25,195 and gets the continuously variable automatic transmission as standard. The Limited trim adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an upgraded 7.0-inch touchscreen for its infotainment including navigation, and an acoustic windshield for a quieter ride. 

Trim 2.0i Premium Premium Special Edition Limited
MSRP (5-speed Manual/AWD) $21,695 $22,495 $25,000* -
MSRP (CVT/ AWD) - $23,495 $26,000* $25,195
Key Fog lights HID headlights

Contrast stitching

Roofline spoiler with integrated brake light
Features Roofline spoiler with integrated brake light Power tilting and sliding glass sunroof

Gloss black accent

Piano black shift bezel with leather shift boot
  Premium cloth upholstery with orange accent stitching Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob Dark gray 17-inch wheels Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  Heated front seats and side mirrors Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD) with Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert

Aluminum pedals
  Automatic climate control Rearview Camera Keyless ignition Body-colour door handles with chrome accents
  One-touch turn signal 6.2-inch infotainment system Satellite radio 7-inch infotainment system with navigation
  Rearview Camera STARLINK smartphone integration (including Aha radio)   STARLINK smartphone integration (including radio)
  6.2-inch infotainment system USB port/iPod control   Dual USB port
   STARLINK smartphone integration Auxiliary audio input   Auxiliary audio input 
  USB port control Steering wheel-integrated controls    SMS text messaging capability
  Auxiliary audio input  Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation and    Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation 
  Steering wheel-integrated controls      SUBARU Map Update Program

2017 Crosstrek Features

Talking about the 2.0i trim, it comes with a standard manual transmission and there is no option of getting a CVT transmission. The trim offers many interesting features including a roofline spoiler with integrated brake lights, heated front seats, automatic climate control, rearview camera, and a 6.2-inch infotainment system.

The Premium trim offers a choice between a manual transmission and a CVT automatic transmission. Apart from the features of the 2.0i trim, the Premium comes with some additional features such as HID headlights, sliding glass sunroof, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The new-for-2017 Premium Special Edition adds aesthetic and functional equipment. It upgrades to contrast stitching to the interior, gloss black accents, keyless ignition, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, satellite radio, and dark gray 17-inch wheels. Premium SE models start at around $25,000.

Which Subaru Crosstrek Model is right for me?

Among the four trims, the base Crosstrek 2.0i is the best value trim and comes with decent standard features. The base Crosstrek only comes with manual transmission. For those seeking automatic gear shifts, the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium offers a nice balance between price and features. For a little more dough, you will get more features including heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The Crosstrek is a sure-footed machine with coordinated steering, handling and brakes. It's quite capable in snow and on dirt roads, too- Edmunds

2017 Crosstrek Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Crosstrek uses Subaru's horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 145 lbs.-ft of torque. This 2.0-Liter flat-four engine presents a lower center of gravity than an inline-four. The Crossstrek has a choice between either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. The flat-four feels underpowered and the CVT can be noisy during hard acceleration.

All trims have standard AWD but with the CVT, Subaru uses a different all-wheel-drive system compared to Crosstreks equipped with the available five-speed manual transmission. On manual-equipped cars, the Crosstrek comes with an all-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential while cars with the CVT use an electronically managed continuously variable transfer-clutch system. All 148 hp struggle to motivate the 3,200-pound SUV up to highway speeds.

Models 2017 Subaru Crosstrek  2017 Mazda CX-3 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Chevrolet Trax
MSRP $21,695 $19,960 $22,990 $21,000
Engine 2.0L 16V DOHC 4cyl 2.0L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 148 hp 146 hp 138 hp 138 hp
Torque 145 lbs.-ft. 146 lbs.-ft. 148 lbs.-ft. 148 lbs.-ft.

Compared with the rivals, the Crosstrek has the highest power still feels sluggish. Between two Survaru's transmissions, the manual is a better option than the CVT if you desire more urgency. However, Mazda offers better driving dynamics than the rest of the segment rivals.

2017 Crosstrek 0-60 MPH and Quarter Mile Acceleration

The Crosstrek sprints from 0 to 60 mph in around 8.8 seconds, which is sluggish performance. The Buick Encore is the fastest with 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds followed by 8.5 seconds of Mazda CX-3. Subaru's manual transmission is still better than the automatic version as it offers quick shifts and more urgency.

Models 2017 Subaru Crosstrek  2017 Mazda CX-3 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Chevrolet Trax
0-60 MPH 8.8 sec 8.5 sec 7.8 sec 9.3 sec
Quarter mile 16.7 sec 15.8 sec 16.2 sec 17.2 sec

The engine note doesn't coincide with the acceleration and power delivery feels bandy at times. The high ground clearance of the Crosstrek makes it a better off-roader than the a casual sprinter.

2017 Crosstrek Ride and Handling

The midsize Crosstrek is related to Impreza and has light steering and athletic chassis, making it fun to drive. Driving a Crosstrek delivers a fairly composed highway ride. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the crossover has a higher ride height which enables longer wheel travel to absorb any bumps on the road and off it. The suspension is supple and tall that generally would compromise handling but Crosstrek is agile enough, with only a minor body lean around the corners. 

The electronic steering wheel inspires confidence with genuine feedback though it isn't particularly sharp. The comfortable ride quality is the theme of Crosstrek, thanks to nice damping. You can also see off-road maneuvers with the Crosstrek. On rough roads, interior noise can reach a level where a normal conversation is difficult. Though opting for top-range Limited trim, you get a thicker, acoustic windshield to cut down on road noise.

Subaru's standard all-wheel drive makes the Crosstrek sure-footed in all weather conditions and ready for any surface, be it wet or dusty roads.

2017 Crosstrek Braking

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes equipped with 11.6 inches rotors at the front and 10.8 inches rotors at the rear, which are bigger than Impreza. With a curb weight of approximately 3109 lbs., the Crosstrek brakes from 60 mph to a panic stop in about 120 feet, which is about average for the class. Be it in the city or in heavy traffic, the brakes are smooth with a moderate amount of pedal firmness without being oversensitive.

Model 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2017 Mazda CX-3 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Chevrolet Trax
Brake Front 11.6" 11.0" 11.8" 11.8"
Brake Rear 10.8" 11.1" 10.6" 11.8"
Curb Weight 3109 lbs 2809 lbs 3237 lbs 2805 lbs
60-0 MPH Distance 120 ft. 117 ft. 119 ft. 119 ft.

The size of the front brake of the Buick Encore and the rear brake of Mazda-CX-3 exceeds the ones present in Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek's weight is just behind the 2017 Encore curb weight of 3237 lbs, still, the heavier Buick takes a shorter distance for a panic stop.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is a highly efficient SUV in the segment, given every model comes with a standard all-wheel drive. The base powertrain which has a manual transmission gets EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 23 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on highways, and 26 MPG combined. When equipped with CVT, the MPG ratings increase by 3 MPG both in the city and highway.

Model 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2017 Mazda CX-3 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Chevrolet Trax
MPG (city) 23 29 25 25
MPG (highway) 30 34 33 33
MPG (combined) 26 31 28 28

However, when comparing with the rivals, the Crosstrek stands last as Mazda CX-3, Buick Encore, and Chevrolet Trax offer 31 MPG, 28 MPG, and 28 MPG of combined mileages respectively. Though we must remember that the rivals have a standard FWD drivetrain and slightly less power than the Subaru.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

8.2/10

The Crosstrek offers a decent amount of head- and legroom front and rear. The cockpit is adjustable enough for the driver to settle into a comfortable position that gives a good view of the outside, but some controls are easier to use than others. - Edmunds

2017 Crosstrek Seating and Comfort

The Subaru Crosstrek accommodates 5 passengers comfortably. The crossover has plenty of space with ample headroom and legroom for all occupants. On the downside, a shoulder width of 55.6 inches feels a little compromised. The new Crosstrek is significantly better than the old one - in terms of quality and design.

The modern crossover has suitably upscale material inside the cabin considering the price. The standard upholstery is cloth, though mid-level Premium models get leather seats with contrast orange stitching. 

Model 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2017 Mazda CX-3  2017 Buick Encore 2017 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 39.58/54.18/40.82 39.6/54.1/40.8
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/54.2/35.4 37.2/50.4/35.0 38.78/52.55/35.75 38.8/52.8/35.7

The 217 Crosstrek does not feature power-adjustable seats though with the manual adjustments, the front seats are spacious and reasonably comfortable. However, its rear-seat legroom isn’t as generous as some rivals.

2017 Crosstrek Infotainment System

Even the base 2017 Crosstrek's interior boasts a 6.5-inch touch screen with streaming internet radio capabilities and a multi-function driver's display. Subaru's Starlink infotainment is intuitive and brings multimedia and navigation to the same place. Premium models also get a larger 7-inch touch screen. Controlling options include voice control, vehicle diagnostics, Bluetooth connectivity, and physical knobs. Steering-mounted control buttons are also provided for operating the infotainment system within driver ease.

Most buyers will like the Crosstrek with the upgraded Starlink system, which comes with extra speakers, a larger touch screen, satellite radio, and text messaging capability.

2017 Crosstrek Cargo Capacity

One of the key highlights of Crosstrek is its 22.3-cubic-foot cargo area which is one of the largest among subcompact SUVs. Though the hatchback origin of Crosstrek limits the trunk volume in comparison to rivals like Honda CRV with 37.2 cu-ft space. Lay the split-folding rear seats down and the cargo swells up to 51.9 cubic feet. A flat load floor makes it easier to accommodate a couple of bicycles or several moving boxes.

Model 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2017 Mazda CX-3 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Chevrolet Trax
Cargo Capacity (Behind rear seat) 22.3 ft.3 12.4 ft.3 18.80 ft.3 18.7 ft.3
Cargo Capacity (Behind the first row) 51.9 ft.3 44.5 ft.3 48.40 ft.3 48.4 ft.3

In contrast, the Mazda CX-3 offers only 44.5 cubic feet of cargo while the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax both offer 48.4 feet of space. For the price, a spacious cargo comes as a boon in the 2017 Crosstrek.

Interior Features

The interior of the Subaru Crosstrek is modern and focuses on being better at functionality. Other than that the car features the following interior features 

  • 6-way adjustable driver seat
  • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat 
  • 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat
  • Eco-gauge
  • All-weather package
  • Automatic climate control 

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

6.5/10

The 2017 Crosstrek doesn't hide its Impreza roots, and that's fine. The biggest differentiator, of course, is ride height, and with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Crosstrek actually boasts more than the Jeep Cherokee. - KBB

2017 Crosstrek Dimension and Weight

The Crosstrek's exterior resembles a lot of the last-generation Impreza and looks dated. With cladding and restyled bumpers, it looks rugged and sporty. Subaru has kept the Crosstrek interesting with vivid color options such as bright blue, shocking yellow, and construction-cone orange. Subaru adds the 2017 Special Edition in Pure Red or Crystal Black Silica exterior, bringing more freshness.

Model 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2017 Mazda CX-3 2017 Buick Encore 2017 Chevrolet Trax
Curb weight 3109 lbs 2809 lbs 3237 lbs 2805 lbs
Length 175.2" 168.3" 168.41" 167.6"
Width 70.1" 69.6" 69.85" 69.9"
Height 63.6" 60.7" 65.26" 64.8"
Ground clearance 8.7" 6.1" 6.22" 6.2"
Wheelbase 103.7" 101.2" 100.60" 100.6"

The Crosstrek looks off-road ready with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a roof rack, and chunky wheels. The Crosstrek's shape may look a little bulky in comparison to other stylish rivals in the segment. Although Subaru gives the Crosstrek a sporting SUV style, its size makes it feel more like a wagon. The Crosstrek has an urban footprint and a sporty look and is also more approachable than the Subaru's next model up, Forester.

Exterior Features

  • Body Side Molding Kit Pure Red
  • Roof Spoiler Venetian Red Pearl
  • Sport Mesh Grille
  • Splash Guards
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Wheel Locks - Aluminum Wheels

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

9.1/10

In terms of safety, only a few can beat the 2017 Crosstrek. The crossover gets IIHS Top Safety Pick + award, thanks to Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-keep assist. The NHTSA also rated the Crosstrek with 5 out of 5 stars for safety rating. The eyeSight advanced safety system is now available on Crosstreks in Premium or Limited trim.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek IIHS Rating

Talking about the IIHS ratings, 2017 Subaru Crosstrek receives a superior rating in the front crash prevention. However, standard headlights get a poor rating while it scores acceptable in terms of child seat anchors. In many other parameters such as moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength, the 2017 Crosstrek SUV scores a good rating.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek NHTSA Rating

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is awarded an overall 5 star in NHTSA rating and thus recognizes the SUV as one of the safest vehicles. The Crosstrek scores 5 stars individually in various parameters including the overall side crash rating, side barrier rating driver, and combined side rating front seat.

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 4 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

Key Safety Features

  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Competition

2017 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2017 Mazda CX-3

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is one of the top contenders in the subcompact SUV segment and is offers tough competition to the Subaru Crosstrek. If you feel Crostrek's performance dull for you, CX-3 is an appealing choice. The hallmark of the Mazda is its fun-to-drive character, energetic engine, and sporty driving dynamics. However, the Crosstrek offers better rear-seat and cargo space. In terms of pricing, Mazda CX-3 comes at a base price of $19,960 against the $21,695 of the Crosstrek's entry-level 2.0i trim.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Vs 2017 Buick Encore

The 2017 Buick Encore targets compact-luxury buyers, thus have a fairly higher starting price than the more versatile Crosstrek. The Encore is well-equipped and offers a calm interior. On the other hand, Crosstrek offers better fuel economy ratings and front-seat space than Encore.

 

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Final Verdict

The Subaru Crosstrek is a good SUV and has a lot of plus points for an active lifestyle. With ample cargo space, more than other subcompact rivals, Crosstrek's interior is highly functional. Moreover, the Crosstrek has good fuel economy, don't forget it has a standard all-wheel-drive. With nearly perfect crash-test results, Subaru's subcompact SUV has a standard rearview camera and some models are equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced safety features.

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