The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a rugged, all-wheel-drive hatchback packed with adventurous spirit. Redesigned last year, the second generation Crosstrek marks its surprising success in the Subaru lineup. Although based on the 5-door Impreza, the Crosstrek is its own model, blurring the line between hatchbacks and compact SUVs thanks to its high ground clearance, tough looks, and outdoor-oriented features such as a standard roof rack. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is enhanced with more driving aids and safety features, better improvements and premium options. The Crosstrek may not as powerful or athletic as the VW Golf Alltrack, but its reputation for reliability, practicality and high resale value make this Subaru stand out.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is available in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. The base model starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, rearview camera, driver-knee airbag, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. Excellent, but with an extra $1,000, the Premium model will gets you fog lights, sound-insulated windshield, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and side mirrors, and an upgraded infotainment system with satellite radio and Subaru’s Starlink system (automatic collision notification, remote lock/unlock, emergency assistance, and stolen-vehicle recovery service). It’s also open for more options. The Limited trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, some advanced driver aids, leather upholstery, and 8-inch touchscreen.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek offers only one engine choice: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. This configuration means a lower center of gravity compared with the more common upright/inline design, providing a better handling. This engine produces an output of 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It connected to either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The base and Premium trims come standard with the manual, while the CVT is a $1,000 extra and standard on the Limited. As with all Subaru SUV, all-wheel drive is standard.
The Crosstrek 152-hp engine and CVT provide sluggish acceleration. In track testing, it hit 60 mph in 10.3 seconds. Unlike some subcompact crossover, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek can tow up to 1,500 pounds.
2.0-liter flat-4 with 6-speed manual or CVT
152 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 23/29 mpg (manual) and 27/33 mpg (automatic)
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek crossover SUV is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base 2.0i model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $22,870 (all prices include the $975 destination charge). The automatic (CVT) is an extra $1,000. The better-equipped 2.0i Premium trim starts at $23,870 and the Limited models start at $28,170. A fully loaded Crosstrek Limited can pass $30,000 mark.