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The Crosstrek delivers good fuel economy and impressive ride comfort. Its handling is competent and enjoyable.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission; this combination works fine and gets 29-mpg overall, which is quite good. A more powerful 2.5-liter is available and has stronger acceleration. A plug-in hybrid with a 17-mile mostly electric range and 33-mpg when operating as a regular hybrid is also available. But such slim mileage improvement and the price premium don't make it a good value over the regular Crosstrek. The seats are short on lumbar support, but the rear seat is roomy. The infotainment system is easy to use. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard with the automatic transmission but aren't offered with the manual. BSW and is optional.
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2018-2020
2018 Redesign Year
The Crosstrek delivers good fuel economy and impressive ride comfort. Its handling is competent and enjoyable.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission; this combination works fine and gets 29 mpg overall, which is quite good. A more powerful 2.5-liter is a newly available option. A plug-in hybrid with 17-mile mostly electric range, and 33 mpg when operating as a regular hybrid is also available. But such slim mileage improvement and price premium don't make it a good value. The seats are short on lumbar support but the rear seat is roomy. The infotainment system is easy to use. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and other systems are standard with the automatic transmission, but not offered with the manual. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are part of an option package.
$25,775 - $33,050
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$23,825 - $29,950
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$22,275 - $25,225
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2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
The Crosstrek is a small quasi-SUV version of the Impreza hatchback, with a raised ride height that gives it enough clearance to slosh through deeply rutted roads. It may appeal to those people who live at the end of a dirt road and don't want anything big and bulky.
The cabin is rather noisy, the ride is stiff, and the 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine occasionally has to work hard, but fuel economy is a gratifying 26 mpg. The costlier Hybrid barely improves on that, at 28 mpg. At least the Hybrid version, discontinued in 2017, is a little quieter and sounds less strained. Either way, the regular Impreza hatch may be a better choice: It's quieter, quicker, cheaper, and better riding.
$19,725 - $22,250
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$17,125 - $19,200
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