The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek qualifies as a compact SUV or economical 5-door hatchback. With the exception of the Jeep Renegade, there is no other small crossover SUV that offers a combination of off-road capability, safety and standard all wheel drive like the Crosstrek. Sharing its platform and interior with the impressive Subaru Impreza, the Crosstrek takes a higher level, adding more body cladding, 8.7 inches of ground clearance and more striking wheels.
- Standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology on models with Lineartronic CVT
- Rear Seat Reminder available across Crosstrek line
- Automatic door locks standard
- Automatic Climate Control standard
- Auto Start-Stop system standard on models with CVT
- CVT models include SI-Drive powertrain performance management system
- Magnetite Gray Metallic replaces Dark Gray Metallic
- Pure Red replaces Venetian Red Pearl
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder horizontally opposed engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It also come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring. The Crosstrek “BOXER” engine places the cylinders on their sides, permitting the engine to sit lower in the bay and thus creating a lower center of gravity. This is an important element in the Crosstrek ability to ride so high and yet handle like a standard compact car.
The base and Premium trim levels are offered as either a 6-speed manual or Lineartronic CVT. The Crosstrek models equipped with the CVT feature X-MODE and Hill Descent Control for enhanced performance in low-friction and off-road conditions. Also standard on CVT models is driver-selectable SI-DRIVE, which is a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between Intelligent and Sport modes. “Intelligent” mode helps smooth out accelerator inputs for fuel saving, while Sport mode tunes the throttle to emphasize performance. For Premium and Limited trims, the CVT features an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via eight pre-set ratios.
The 6-speed manual transmission models have a fuel economy of 22 city and 29 highway, with a combined 25 miles per gallon. The CVT models achieve 27 city and 33 highway, averaging a combined 30 MPG.
152 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs.
TEST RESULTS (Automatic)
Zero to 60 mph: 9.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 26.8 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 10.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 5.0 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.3 sec @ 84 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 123 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 165 ft
The 2020 Crosstrek improved soft-touch plastics and contrasting stitching on the seats don’t hide the fact that Subaru still pushes its old agenda, prioritizing functionality and durability over outright style, something loyal Subaru drivers will recognize as a plus, while new buyers may be dissuaded by the perceived low-rent approach. The interior feels chunky and lets the occupants know that they’re getting ready for an adventure. The dashboard fits the central console and features contrast stitching and aluminum accents, offsetting the relatively dark interior. Despite the somewhat dull-colored materials and faux-carbon fiber accents, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has most certainly stepped up its game with higher quality materials than before, while seating for five still remains ample.
The front occupants can expect decent legroom, and taller drivers have enough adjustment for adequate head and legroom within the confines of a car-like driving position that will appeal to many transitioning to the crossover segment. The rear passengers won’t be so happy, as even shorter occupants will feel a bit cramped in. The odd thing is the Crosstrek provides ample rear leg space, and shoulder to shoulder seating sees three adults sitting comfortably, but the roof cuts off some headspace limiting comfortable rear seat usage to short teenagers. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek seats are comfortable and offer acceptable levels of side bolstering, perfect for when you decide to hit the trails or adventure down a twisting road.
Inside the cabin, an illuminated and lockable glove box and center console bin with storage tray and 12-volt power outlet add some much-needed space to store your trail mix and sunscreen, while door pockets are amply sized. Seatback map pockets are available too, while the main storage bin ahead of the shift lever is large and highly practical.
With the rear seats in place, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek cargo space has actually decreased from the previous generation, coming in at 20.8 cubic feet, nearly half that of the Honda CR-V with all seats in place. The load sill is high, and the height of the cargo hold is shorter than rivals which makes it awkward to load large items. The volume increases when the rear seats are folded, resulting in 55.3 cubic feet of space – less than most rivals but still enough for a mountain bike on its side.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICE
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is offered in three trim levels – Base, Premium, and Limited, and pricing starts at $22,145, a $250 increase from the previous year. It will arrives in Subaru retailers this fall.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek combines a bold design and highly capable chassis with 8.7-in of ground clearance for versatility in both off-road and city driving. The fun-to-drive SUV comes with an array of standard features including the SUBARU STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia system with touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power windows with auto up/auto down on both driver and passenger sides, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, power door locks and side mirrors, multi-function display with fuel economy information, tilt and telescoping steering column, keyless entry, security system with engine immobilizer, carpeted floor mats and more. New for 2020, Automatic Power Door Locks with Collision Detection Unlock Function and Automatic Climate Control are standard on all trim levels.
The Base trim also comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels in black with machine finish, roof rails and black side cladding. The interior has black simulated carbon fiber finish on the center dash panel as well as the front and rear door panels, in addition to a standard gloss black rear roof spoiler.
The entry-level Crosstrek with Lineartronic CVT is priced at $23,495 and includes standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, Rear Seat Reminder, high-grade combination meter with 4.2-inch color LCD, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Automatic Individual Wheel ID Registration and SI-DRIVE.
Equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium starts at $23,195. The Premium trim adds the STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus, STARLINK Safety and Security features, fog lights, All-Weather Package (heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors), body-color exterior mirrors, dual USB ports, On/Off automatic headlights linked to windshield wiper operation, and Welcoming lighting. The standard features on the Premium continue with a 6-speaker sound system, retractable cargo cover, cargo tray, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, and more.
The Premium trim with Lineartronic CVT is priced at $24,545 and adds 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters, X-MODE with Hill Descent Control and SI-Drive. The mid-level trim also includes EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, Rear Seat Reminder, high-grade combination meter with 4.2-inch color LCD and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Automatic Individual Wheel ID Registration.
A $1,695 option package for Premium adds a Power Moonroof, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start. Building off this option package, a 6-way power driver’s seat can be added for a total price of $1,995.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited continues as the top of the model line. Priced from $27,395, standard features include Lineartronic CVT with X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, 18-inch alloy wheels in black with machine finish, and color-matched exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. New for 2020, the Limited also comes with SI-DRIVE, Auto Start-Stop, Rear Seat Reminder and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Automatic Individual Wheel ID Registration as standard.
The Limited is equipped with driver assist technology including EyeSight, Steering Responsive Headlights, High Beam Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The top-of-the-line trim also includes LED headlights (low and high beam) with Automatic Height Adjustment Control and distinctive “Konoji” LED daytime running lights. New for 2020, LED fog lights are standard.
The interior on the Crosstrek Limited features black or gray leather with orange stitching on seats, door armrests and instrument panel and a 6-way power driver’s seat. Standard amenities include leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system and high-grade multifunction display with color LCD.
An option package that includes Power Moonroof is available for $1,000. Adding to this option, the STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia with Navigation powered by TomTom and Harmon Kardon premium audio is available for a total of $2,395.
TECH & SAFETY FEATURES
SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology provides hands-free connectivity and entertainment through the vehicle’s multimedia or navigation system. All STARLINK Multimedia systems for Impreza offer a high-resolution touchscreen, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and STARLINK apps, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity, voice activated controls for phone and AM/FM stereo. The Base trim is equipped with the STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia system as standard. The 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus, standard on Premium, adds a single-disc CD player, SiriusXM All-Access Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link (4-month free subscription), WIFI hotspot capability (subscription required) and HD Radio. The 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus adds over-the-air updates and Near Field Communication to the list of features and is standard on Limited. The top-of-the-line 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation adds voice-activated navigation powered by TomTom (3-year free over-the-air map updates), SiriusXM Traffic (3-year free subscription) and is optional for Limited.
Three STARLINK Safety and Security packages, available on Premium and Limited trims. The STARLINK Safety Plus Package includes SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report and diagnostic alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds remote engine start with climate control and heated seats, stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights, remote vehicle locator and parenting features including boundary, speed and curfew alerts. The STARLINK Concierge Package adds the convenience of in-vehicle assistance with restaurant and hotel reservations, purchasing tickets for sporting/theater events and scheduling service appointments.