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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Overview

The Subaru Crosstrek was subtly, yet effectively, redesigned for the 2018 model year. It has much in common with the Subaru Impreza. That said, with different front and rear ends, rugged lower plastic cladding, and unique color themes, it has a personality all its own. For 2019, it sees just minor updates.

The 2019 Crosstrek continues to employ a 2.0-liter flat 4-cylinder engine capable of 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Base and Premium trims are offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT), while Limited gets just the CVT. Premium and Limited CVT models get a manual mode with paddle shifters that simulates seven fixed gears. Like most Subarus, the Crosstrek offers all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard and there are a healthy 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Opt for the Limited, and you’ll also get Subaru’s X-MODE standard, which offers ultimate grip in low-traction situations plus hill-descent control. Fuel economy stands at 23 miles per gallon city, 29 highway, and 25 combined with the manual transmission, or 27, 33, and 29 with the CVT.

There are three grades for the Crosstrek: Base, Premium, and Limited. Base comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry, 17-inch wheels, a gloss-black roof spoiler, and security system with engine immobilizer.

The Premium trim gets heated front seats, a windshield de-icer, heated exterior mirrors, body-color exterior mirrors, dual USB ports, automatic headlights, a 6-speaker sound system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Finally, the Limited trim gets a nicer 8.0-inch infotainment system, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, voice-activated text messaging, keyless access and start, and a 6-way power driver’s seat.

Subaru also fulfills its dedication to safety with the Crosstrek. There’s the EyeSight technology suite, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure and sway warning, and lane-keep assist. For 2019, the EyeSight technology suite is now available for the Base grade. As before, it’s optional on Premium and standard on Limited, as is blind-spot monitoring with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic detection. Limited also comes standard with auto-swiveling headlights. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the current Crosstrek in 2018; it received the highest possible scores.

There are plenty of subcompact crossovers on the market. But few offer the versatility, driving dynamics, features and safety of the Crosstrek.


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