2017 Subaru Crosstrek

#17
in Subcompact SUVs
2017 MODEL
$21,695 - $25,195 See Inventory Prices

7.0

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Subaru is present in the USA since 1968 and has produced some of the most successful cars including the Crosstrek SUV. The Subaru Crosstrek was launched in 2012 and earlier it was known as Subaru XV Crosstrek. The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV has no major upgrades over the 2016 version except for the discontinuity of hybrid trim.

The powerhouse of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV consists of a 2.0 Liter engine, which is common among all the three trims. Talking about the price range of the 2017 version of the Crosstrek SUV, it stretches from $21,695 to $25,195 and differs within its trims. The transmission of the car also varies from manual to automatic transmission.

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Pros

Remarkable ground clearance

Spacious interior

Comes in three different trims

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

Good handling capability

Attractive from outside as well as inside

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Lacks powerful engine

Noisier than its competitors

What's New?

Price hike of $100


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

AWD

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

brake rotors (f/r)

10.8 in. ventilated front disc/11.6 in. solid disc brakes

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

22.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

477 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Crystal Black Silica color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Crystal White Pearl color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Dark Gray Metallic color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Desert Khaki color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Hyper Blue color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Venetian Red Pearl color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Ice Silver Metallic color  2017 Subaru Crosstrek in Pure Red color
Crystal Black Silica

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Ratings

Features

6.6

Engine

6.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.1

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.9

Driving

7.5

Comfort

7.2

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i PZEV

2.0i PZEV

power
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$21,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $21,695 MSRP (23/26/30) 148 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual all wheel drive 5

 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium PZEV

2.0i Premium PZEV

power
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,495 - $23,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $22,495 MSRP (23/26/30) 148 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual all wheel drive 5
2.0i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,495 MSRP (26/29/33) 148 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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cvt all wheel drive 5

 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited PZEV

2.0i Limited PZEV

power
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,195 MSRP (26/29/33) 148 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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cvt all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.0

Overall Rating


6.6/10
Features

 

6.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.1/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

6.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

In the US automotive market, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV competes with three other SUVs namely Mazda CX-3 SUV, Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax SUV. When it comes to pricing and engine performance, the competitors match up pretty well with the Subaru Crosstrek. However, there are still other parameters upon which the Crosstrek outshines the competition.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Features

6.6/10

The 2017 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. The Premium trim of 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV comes with either a manual transmission, which is priced at around $22,495, while the automatic one comes at $23,495 respectively. With a price tag of $25,195, the Limited is the uppermost trim of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. 

Trim 2.0i Premium Limited
MSRP

 

(manual)

$21,695 $22,495 N/A
MSRP

 

(CVT)

N/A $23,495 $25,195
Key

Features

  • Fog lights
  • Roofline spoiler with integrated brake light
  • Premium cloth upholstery with orange accent stitching
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Automatic climate control
  • One-touch turn signal
  • Rearview Camera
  • 6.2-inch infotainment system: AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 6.2-inch highresolution touchscreen display
  •  STARLINK smartphone integration (including Aha radio)
  • USB port control
  • Auxiliary audio input 
  • Steering wheel-integrated controls 
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation and 
  • HID headlights
  • Power tilting and sliding glass sunroof
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD) with Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rearview Camera
  • 6.2-inch infotainment system: AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 6.2-inch highresolution touchscreen display
  • STARLINK smartphone integration (including Aha radio)
  • USB port/iPod control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Steering wheel-integrated controls 
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation and 
  • Roofline spoiler with integrated brake light
  • Piano black shift bezel with leather shift boot
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Body-colour door handles with chrome accents
  • 7-inch infotainment system with navigation
  • STARLINK smartphone integration (including radio)
  • Dual USB port
  • Auxiliary audio input 
  • SMS text messaging capability
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation 
  • SUBARU Map Update Program

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 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).

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Limited trim is the fully-loaded trim and comes only with the CVT transmission. Some features that are unique to this trim consists of a dual-zone automatic climate control, aluminum pedals and body-colored door handles. Moreover, the Limited trim features a bigger 7-inch infotainment system under its hood.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Engine

6.2/10

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

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV employs a 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine that can produce a maximum power of 148 hp along with a torque of 145 lbs.-ft. Coming to the transmission, the SUV comes with an option of having either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission.

Models Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
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.

When comparing with the rivals namely the Mazda CX-3, Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax SUV, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV tops in producing highest power. On the other hand, the maximum torque of the Subaru Crosstrek is least among the competitors. A 6-speed automatic transmission is common among all the three rivals, whereas the base model of Crosstrek comes with a manual transmission.

Acceleration

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV is capable of reaching a speed of 60 mph from 0 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is slightly greater than the 9.3 seconds of the Chevrolet Trax. However, the Buick Encore is the fastest with 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds followed by 8.5 seconds of Mazda CX-3 SUV.

Models Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
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
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 1.4L 3.0L
Emission

 

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

7.0 5.7 6.3 9.3

The Mazda CX-3 SUV has the least emission of 5.7 tons/yr. while the Buick Encore has an emission of 6.3 tons/yr. The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV is at the third spot with an annual emission of 7.0.

Ride and Handling

The ride quality of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is very impressive and reliable. The SUV has a very good interior space for making even long journeys a comfortable one. Smooth throttle response at all speeds and extra road safety features makes it a fun ride. Moreover, the Crosstrek has a stiffer chassis and well-dampened suspension, which improves the overall handling and cornering ability of the SUV.

Braking

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV offers 11.6 inches brakes at the front and 10.8 inches brakes at the rear. The brake size of Crosstrek falls short against the 11.8 inches front and rear brakes present in the Chevrolet Trax. 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.

Model Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Brake Front (in.) 11.6 11.0 11.8 11.8
Brake Rear (in.) 10.8 11.1 10.6 11.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3109 2809 3237 2805
60-0 MPH (ft.) 125 117 119 119

With a curb weight of approximately 3109 lbs., the Crosstrek is just behind the Buick Encore curb weight of 3237 lbs. However, coming to the braking efficiency, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV comes from 60 to 0 mph after covering a distance of 125 feet, which is the least among its competition.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The 2.0i trim of 2017 Subaru Crosstrek has a good fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on highways and 26 MPG as combined. 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.

Model Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
MPG (city) 23 29 25 25
MPG (highway) 30 34 33 33
MPG (combined) 26 31 28 28

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

7.1/10

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

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek accommodates 5 passengers including the driver, which is the same among its competitors. The SUV has a plenty of space in its interiors to enhance the comfort level of passengers. The SUV offers a headroom of 39.8 inches, shoulder room of 55.6 inches and legroom of 43.5 inches at the front, while the figures being the highest amid the opponents.

Model Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
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

At the second space, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV offers a headroom of 37.7 inches and legroom of 35.4 inches with both of them being lesser than that of Encore and Trax. However, the Crosstrek offers the largest shoulder room of 54.2 inches.

Infotainment System

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek features its own Subaru Starlink technology, which brings multimedia and navigation at the same place. The infotainment system of Crosstrek also offers voice control, vehicle diagnostics and Bluetooth connectivity. Steering-mounted control buttons are also provided for operating the infotainment system within driver ease.

Interior Features

The interior of the SUV is not much appealing and focuses on being better at functionality. Other than that the car features the following 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 

Cargo Capacity

Large cargo capacity is one of the main highlights of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV. The SUV has a cargo volume capacity of 18.0 feet with rear seats up, which is greater than CX-3 12.4 feet but falls a little short against 18.8 and 18.7 feet offered by the Encore and Trax respectively.

Model Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3) 18.0 12.4 18.80 18.7
Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3) 51.9 44.5 48.40 48.4

However, after folding down the rear seats, the Subaru Crosstrek's cargo volume becomes 51.9 feet. In contrast, the Mazda CX-3 offers only 44.5 feet, Buick Encore offers 48.4 feet and Chevrolet Trax offers 48.4 feet of such a space. 

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

7.0/10

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

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV has dimensions of 175.2 X 70.1 X 63.6 inches (L X W X H), which are decent for an SUV. Moreover, the Crosstrek is longest and widest among its rivals but is at 3rd number in terms of height. With a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, the Subaru Crosstrek beats all of its competitors with a big margin of almost 2.5 inches.

Model Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Curb weight (lbs.) 3109 2809 3237 2805
Length(in) 175.2 168.3 168.41 167.6
Width(in) 70.1 69.6 69.85 69.9
Height(in) 63.6 60.7 65.26 64.8
Ground clearance (in) 8.7 6.1 6.22 6.2
Wheelbase (in) 103.7 101.2 100.60 100.6
Track width (in) F/R 61.0/61.2 60.0/59.9 60.62/60.62 60.6/60.6

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

6.9/10

Providing high-safety standards is one of the most highlighted characteristics of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV. For ensuring the safety of passengers in the event of a mishap, the SUV comes fitted with seven standard airbags. Additionally, there are many other features for preventing accidents such as a rear-vision camera, blind-spot detection and rear-cross traffic alert.

Talking about the IIHS ratings of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek, the SUV receives a superior rating in the front crash prevention. However, a poor rating is given to the car for the headlight section and it scores acceptable in terms of child seat anchors. In many other parameters such as moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV scores a good rating.

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV 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.

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

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

NHTSA Rating

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

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Competition

Mazda CX-3 SUV vs Subaru Crosstrek

Mazda CX-3 is one of the major rivals of 2017 Subaru Crosstrek and comes with a price tag of $19,960 against the $21,695 of the 2.0i trim of the Crosstrek. Apart from the price, the CX-3 also outpaces the Crosstrek in terms of 0-60 mph acceleration time, braking efficiency, lesser emissions, and fuel economy. However, the Subaru Crosstrek clearly beats the CX-3 when it comes to the ground clearance and interior room space availability.

Buick Encore vs Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore is another strong opponent of the Subaru Crosstrek in its segment. The Buick Encore has an upper hand over the Crosstrek when compared on the basis of torque delivery, acceleration, second headroom and legroom space and cargo volume with rear seat up. On the other hand, the encore's MSRP is set at $22,990, which is $1,295 greater than that of Crosstrek. Moreover, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek has lesser curb weight, greater ground clearance and bigger cargo volume with folded rear seats than the Encore SUV.

Chevrolet Trax SUV vs Subaru Crosstrek

Yet another SUV that gives a run for money to the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is the Chevrolet's Trax. The Trax has a lower price than the base model of the Crosstrek and offers a 6-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, Chevrolet Trax offers many advantages over the Crosstrek including, better fuel economy and lesser 60-0 mph deceleration distance.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Final Verdict

By judging the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek from different perspectives, it can be concluded that it is one of the best SUVs available in the US. The SUV is a great choice if the customer requirements encompass large cargo volume, extraordinary ground clearance and ample room for passengers as well as the driver Moreover, the Crosstrek scores extremely well in the NHTSA ratings and ensure delivering better safety.

Despite many advantages, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek lags when it comes to annual emissions, fast acceleration, and better braking capability. Moreover, the SUV offers a lesser fuel economy than its competition. However, in overall functionality, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is definitely a value for money.