When you are in the market for a rugged, safe and stylish vehicle, the Subaru Crosstrek is a great option. The Crosstrek is a popular subcompact SUV that has been sold by Subaru since 2012. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has a variety of impressive features that will once again make it one of the best selling vehicles in the class.
2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
While the Subaru Crosstrek has been produced and sold for around nine years, the company has continued to make improvements to it each year. With the 2021 model, the Crosstrek has a variety of improvements that were not provided in the prior model year. Some of the main improvements to the Crosstrek include a new Sport trim, a new strong engine option and some interior and exterior styling options.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The Crosstrek offers a range of different trim levels to choose from. These include the base trim, the Premium trim, Sport trim and the Limited trim. The main difference in the Sport and Limited trims are that you will have access to the more powerful engine. The other difference between the trims is the suite of available tech, safety and luxury finishes. The Limited trim is practically fully-loaded and includes all of the features available.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The trim that is chosen will be based on what you want to get out of your vehicle. For those that would like a powerful engine and all of the available features, the Limited trim would be best. For most drivers that are satisfied with the base engine option, the Premium trim offers plenty of features that can make the Crosstrek fun and comfortable to drive.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
One of the selling points that people enjoy with the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is the package of technology features that come standard with all trim levels. When purchasing any trim of the Crosstrek, you will receive the standard StarLink infotainment program that is controlled through a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. You can also connect your phone to the vehicle and use either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Those that would like to have even more tech features can upgrade to the higher trims, which offers additional features. Some of the other features that come with the higher trim levels include a larger eight-inch touchscreen, more USB ports, remote start and a WiFi hotspot. These features compare favorably to packages available with some competing vehicles.
How Does It Perform?
When you are looking for a new subcompact SUV, the 2021 Crosstrek offers a more powerful base engine option than most of the competition. The base engine option available in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is the four-cylinder engine that produces just over 150 horsepower. Those that would like to have more engine performance could consider upgrading to the Sport and Limited trims, which come with the more powerful engine that produces just over 180 horsepower. All trims and models of the Crosstrek come standard with a manual transmission, but can be upgraded to include a CVT automatic. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive in all trims.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has impressive fuel efficiency given it is an all-wheel drive vehicle. With the manual transmission, average fuel efficiency is around 26 MPG. Those that upgrade to the CVT transmission will receive a blended fuel efficiency of around 31 MPG with either engine option.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
A selling point for the 2021 Crosstrek is also the great reputation for safety and reliability. Both the IIHS and NHTSA have provided top overall safety ratings for the Crosstrek. A primary reason why it has received great ratings is because it has an impressive set of standard safety features including air bags, brake assist, electronic stability control and a rearview camera. The standard all-wheel drive is also a great safety feature for people that live in climates with hazardous weather.
Those that upgrade to the higher trims can enjoy a variety of other safety features as well. Some of the safety features that you will receive can include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. These features will give better visibility and control when driving your Crosstrek in any conditions.
What's the Interior Like?
When purchasing a Crosstrek or other subcompact SUV, you will want to know that there is space for the people that you want to bring with you. The two-row Crosstrek comfortably can sit up to five adults. The interior comes standard with a variety of features that will make it very comfortable to drive. The higher trim levels available can improve the overall comfort and style. Some of the upgradeable options include leather upholstery and heated and ventilated seats.
The 2021 Crosstrek also has acceptable cargo space. When the second row is folded down, you will have around 55 cubic feet of space. When the second row is up, the cargo space is around 20 cubic feet.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?If you are in the market for a subcompact SUV, the Subaru Crosstrek is a great option. However, there are other model options in the class to consider as well. Some of the other most popular options that are in this class include the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Soul and the Buick Encore. The Crosstrek continues to stand out due to the safety features, standard all-wheel drive and impressive mix of tech and luxury features.
Note: All Subaru Crosstrek lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.