Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru Crosstrek

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Pros: Fine balance of car and SUV traits; good fuel economy; comfortable, well-finished interior

Cons: Engine power is only adequate; interior storage is only average

CG Says: After last year’s redesign, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek makes EyeSight Driver Assist Technology available on the base model with automatic transmission. EyeSight includes pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. EyeSight, reverse automatic braking, and self-dimming headlights are now standard on top-trim Limited. A plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek that can travel an estimated 17 miles on electric power was added midyear. The Crosstrek is based on the hatchback version of Subaru’s Impreza compact car (which itself was redesigned for 2017). To the basic Impreza platform, the Crosstrek adds SUV-esque styling touches (including rugged-looking lower-body cladding) and a raised ride height (Crosstrek has a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance). Though it straddles the line between a compact car and a compact crossover SUV, we categorize it as the latter. The Crosstrek’s conventional powertrain choice is a 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. The Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for a total of 148 hp. The Hybrid is only offered with a CVT automatic. All-wheel drive is standard on all models. Available features include pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and mitigation, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless access and starting, adaptive cruise control, and newly available rear automatic braking. Crosstrek is a fine combination of car-like driving refinement and SUV versatility. It’s a little short on power, but it delivers respectable fuel economy. If you can’t decide between a compact SUV or a compact car—or you’re just looking for a sensibly sized, all-weather family vehicle that offers some light off-road capabilities—the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a good value that is well worth a 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: $22,870
Premium: $23,870
Limited: $28,170
Hybrid: $35,970

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
152
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-33

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor
Horsepower
148
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
35
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
90