2019 Subaru Crosstrek Reviews

2019 Crosstrek New Car Test Drive


With its Crosstrek, Subaru promises on-road comfort, combined with off-road capabilities and rugged styling. It's an enticing combination for the adventurous family.

Introduced as a 2013 model, the spirited compact crossover SUV was redesigned for 2018, based upon the latest Impreza. For the 2019 model year, the Crosstrek expands availability of advanced safety technology. Specifically, Subaru's EyeSight group, including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, is now available on the base Crosstrek if equipped with CVT. Premium-trim Crosstreks get a new 6.5-inch touchscreen.

Base, Premium, and Limited trim levels are offered. Each version is available with a handful of options.

Beneath the hood, a 2.0-liter flat (horizontally-opposed) 4-cylinder engine makes 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) may be installed. All-wheel drive is standard. For that reason, the Crosstrek weighs more than some competitors.

In upper-level CVT variants, an X-Mode button can alter traction control functionality, to improve capability on slippery pavement.

In addition to providing abundant safety technology, the Crosstrek has earned impressive crash-test ratings from both federal and independent testers. For 2019, even the base Crosstrek with CVT comes with automatic emergency braking. Also included in Subaru's EyeSight group are active lane control, lane-departure warnings, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the appropriately-equipped 2018 Crosstrek as a Top Safety Pick. With its standard LED headlights, the Limited version moved up to Top Safety Pick+ status. All crash-test ratings were “Good.” With specific options installed, the Crosstrek also earned a “Superior” designation for frontal-collision resistance. 

In its crash-test program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated the Crosstrek at five stars overall and for side-impact, but only four stars for frontal impact. Rollover-resistance (a calculated figure rather than a test) also earned four stars.

Late in 2019, a Crosstrek Hybrid ? likely a plug-in type ? joined the lineup. It's able to travel for a modest distance on electricity alone, with a modest bump in fuel economy.


Prices do not include $975 destination charge.

2.0i ($21,895 manual, $22,895 CVT), the base model, comes with a manual transmission, cloth seat upholstery, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, black cladding, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth.

An optional EyeSight safety bundle adds automatic emergency braking with active lane control and adaptive cruise control; it costs $845 with the CVT version.

2.0i Premium ($22,895 manual, $23,895 CVT) has an upgraded 6.5-inch touchscreen with CD player, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, uplevel interior/exterior trim, satellite radio, two rear USB ports, and six-speaker audio.

Options on CVT-equipped Crosstrek Premium include a moonroof, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, and the EyeSight safety group.

2.0i Limited with CVT ($27,195) upgrades to black or gray leather upholstery with orange stitching, 18-inch wheels, a power driver's seat, Bluetooth hands-free texting, keyless access, pushbutton start, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Safety features include the EyeSight group, steering-responsive headlights, reverse automatic braking, and blind-spot monitors.

A Limited option package includes navigation, a moonroof, and Harman Kardon audio.

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