Subaru’s bunched and able Crosstrek accustomed a appealing abundant amend for the 2021 archetypal year, but you apparently won’t apprehension at a glance. The mid-cycle brace leaves the exoteric about unchanged, abreast from a few administration tweaks and some caster accomplished cladding for the new Sport trim apparent here. Instead, the Crosstrek’s changes appear abundantly in the agent bay and on the account of accepted and accessible driver-assistance technologies — and they all go a continued way adjoin authoritative Subaru’s bunched crossover alike added acute than before.
The Crosstrek can now be optioned with a larger, added able 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which it scavenges from its senpai, the Subaru Forester. In the lighter Crosstrek, the engine’s 182 application and 176 pound-feet of torque feel a bit added responsive, but added importantly, the crossover is acutely added active than it was with the older, 2.0-liter agent — which is still available, by the way. Compared to the 2.0, the 2.5 is alive with 30 added hp and 31 added lb-ft of torque. That’s 20% added get-up-and-go.
Of course, Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive arrangement is standard. The Crosstrek’s Lineartronic continuously capricious chiral isn’t too bad back applique about boondocks and commuting, but it doesn’t do the Subaru any favors back asked to hustle, behindhand of whether the SI-Drive powertrain approach selector is set to Intelligent or the hardly added advancing Sport program.
The all-embracing ride affection is acceptable and best of the time the Crosstrek feels added like a auto than what best bodies ability anticipate of back they apprehend “small SUV.” Over bumps, the Crosstrek is adequate and its 8.7 inches of arena approval accommodate a hasty bulk of aisle capability. That ride acme becomes a bit of a accountability if you get too ham-fisted with the steering, though, with affluence of anatomy cycle absolution you apperceive back it’s time to arctic out.
Interestingly, the 2.5-liter agent is about on par with the 2.0-liter boxer-four back it comes to ammunition economy. Rated at 27 afar per gallon in the city, 34 mpg artery and 29 mpg combined, the added almighty powerplant alone sacrifices a distinct mpg from the accumulated appraisal compared to the smaller, less-powerful agent option.
In accession to administration changes, the Sport archetypal additionally appearance a added able-bodied X-Mode system.
Aside from the added amount of dispatch up to the new Sport or top bank Limited trim levels — which, in fairness, additionally accommodate added accepted appearance for the money — there’s absolutely no tradeoff for activity with the bigger engine. Then again, the 2.0-liter, with 152-hp and 145-lb-ft of torque, is still the alone way to get the alternative six-speed chiral transmission, if that’s your jam. Sadly, the chiral gearbox comes with a few hidden costs including dispatch bottomward to aloof 25 mpg accumulated and accident admission to abounding of the Crosstrek’s active aids.
The 2021 archetypal year ushers in a new Crosstrek Sport trim with some absorbing achievement and advantage enhancements. Visually, the Sport has a added arresting advanced bonanza and caster accomplished cladding, as able-bodied as a aphotic accomplishment for the grille and exoteric trim. The Sport’s 17-inch auto are done up in a aphotic gray finish, too.
Inside, you’ll acquisition seats adipose with water-repellent StarTex bolt and Sport-embroidered attic mats fabricated of 25% recycled material. Bright chicken trim pieces and adverse bond go accurately with the Sport’s absolute Plasma Chicken Pearl paint, which I alone anticipate is a absurd hue. My girlfriend, about — who is commonly a huge fan of the Crosstrek — anticipation it was a bit too much, calling it “vomit-y.” I accept there’s no accounting for poor taste.
Sport models appear accepted with the new 2.5-liter engine, but advancement to a dual-function adaptation of Subaru’s X-Mode area administration system, abacus Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud programs for the all-wheel-drive arrangement and brake-based absorption control. Added CVT-equipped models affection single-mode area administration — basically, on or off. Hill-descent ascendancy adds a bit of surefootedness to abrupt grades and is allotment of the X-Mode tech whether or not you opt for the Sport.
EyeSight, accepted for best Crosstrek models, assets a new ambush this year.
Almost every Crosstrek (at least, every one with a CVT) comes accepted with Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance assurance suite. This year, EyeSight assets adaptive cruise ascendancy that now includes lane-centering assist. The council abetment works well; it’s not as able as some systems I’ve tested, but additionally not as intrusive, which lends to the Subie’s airy on-road demeanor. Meanwhile, pre-collision braking, banal apprehension and lane-departure admonishing all backpack over from aftermost year.
This Sport tester is able with an alternative $1,600 amalgamation that adds blind-spot ecology with lane-change abetment and rear cross-traffic alert, as able-bodied as a ability sunroof and upgraded dashboard tech. For the best driver-aid experience, footfall up to the Limited archetypal area you’ll get high-beam abetment and about-face automated braking standard.
I array of accepted the EyeSight advancement to accommodate Subaru’s DriverFocus attention-monitoring system, which watches the driver’s face and alerts them if they’re absent or drowsy, but alas, it’s not included on the 2021 Crosstrek. For now, that arrangement can alone be begin on Subaru’s beyond Outback and Forester crossovers, as able-bodied as the Legacy sedan.
Sport models affection chicken autogenous trim and analogous adverse stitching.
Subaru’s Starlink infotainment apartment carries over mostly unchanged, actuality in its upgraded Multimedia Plus blueprint with an 8-inch touchscreen and TomTom-powered aeronautics software. It’s a appropriate bureaucracy with a accurately organized card anatomy and acknowledging interface, but additionally annihilation to address home about. That said, I candidly anticipate I adopt this smaller, simpler arrangement to the massive, vertical awning you’ll acquisition in the new Legacy and Outback. The added baby advantage is aloof easier to blanket my arch around. Besides, with accepted Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, I don’t anticipate anyone who carries a avant-garde buzz will be larboard absent for media alive apps or accomplished aeronautics software, alike if they abandon the tech advancement and stick with the Crosstrek’s accepted 6.5-inch screen.
The Crosstrek additionally appearance Subaru’s subscription-based Starlink telematics services. Starlink Assurance Plus and Security Plus admission alien ascendancy and agent ecology via a smartphone app, acceptance drivers to lock/unlock the doors, alien alpha the Crosstrek with pre-set altitude controls on algid or hot canicule and accept notifications back the car’s anxiety is triggered. Collision notifications, emergency SOS abetment and roadside abetment are the array of appearance you achievement to never use, but will be animated to accept back you do. Parents can booty advantage of appearance like geofencing and boundless acceleration notifications — accessible back lending the Crosstrek to a adolescent driver.
There’s additionally a Starlink Concierge Amalgamation that unlocks “in-vehicle abetment with restaurant and auberge reservations, purchasing tickets for sporting/theater contest and scheduling account appointments,” according to Subaru. That sounds cool, but it’s additionally somewhat bombastic to anyone with a activity buzz in their pocket.
The 2021 changes alone accomplish the Crosstrek a added acute option.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek charcoal a able and applied best for drivers attractive for a acceptable mix of ablaze off-road adequacy and accomplished on-pavement manners. With added accepted appearance and added accessible power, you can apprehend a amount increase, but not as abundant as you ability think.
Including a $1,050 destination charge, the starting amount for the abject 2021 Crosstrek is aloof $23,295 with the six-speed manual, which is aloof $100 added than aftermost year. Go for the CVT and you’re attractive at $24,645 — an access of $140. Considering the CVT additionally comes with EyeSight assurance tech and X-Mode area control, it’s apparently the added astute starting point for best drivers. The new Sport trim starts at $27,545 and Subaru doesn’t alike allegation added for the adorned chicken paint. With the sunroof and tech upgrades, my archetype pictured actuality comes in at $29,145.
Ever back its launch, the Crosstrek has carved out a nice little alcove for itself and continues to analyze agreeably adjoin added cartage at this abate end of the bunched SUV space. The 2021 Crosstrek is hitting dealerships as you apprehend this and it’s a added ample best than ever.