2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Pros: Standard all-wheel drive at affordable prices; decent fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive vehicle; just-right blend of passenger-car and SUV attributes; excellent ride and handling balance

Cons: Middling acceleration; engine noise is exacerbated by CVT transmission; not all testers like layout of navigation system

CG Says: For 2017, Subaru Crosstrek drops its Hybrid model, but gains a new Special Edition model with standard blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, and unique exterior trim. Otherwise, Crosstrek is unchanged this year. The Crosstrek is one of the most car-like entries in the compact sport-utility class, yet it offers generous cargo and passenger room for its size. We also like the comfortable ride and tastefully finished cabin. Available features include pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, keyless access and starting, and adaptive cruise control. Fuel economy is decent for an all-wheel drive vehicle, but we wish the 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made a bit more power, especially at low rpm. Five-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions are available. Normally we like the flexibility of a manual transmission, but the Crosstrek’s smooth CVT automatic does a better job corralling the small engine’s horsepower. Overall, this likeable little hauler does a good job combining car qualities with small-SUV space and styling. It’s worth a serious look.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $21,695
Premium: $22,495
Limited: $25,195
Special Edition: $25,795

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
148
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33