The Crosstrek is basically an Impreza hatchback with a higher ride height, added body cladding, and large wheels that are intended to give it a more rugged look. The regular Crosstrek's 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine helps it deliver a frugal 26 mpg overall, which makes it among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class. But this compact vehicle doesn't provide as much cargo room as most small SUVs.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Crosstrek is basically an Impreza hatchback with a higher ride height, added body cladding, and large wheels that are intended to give it a more rugged look.

The regular Crosstrek's 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine helps it deliver a frugal 26 mpg overall, which makes it among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class. But this compact vehicle doesn't provide as much cargo room as most small SUVs. And it's loud inside, especially when you accelerate and the continuously variable transmission gears down and revs up the coarse engine.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (160 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Subaru Crosstrek owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Eyesight safety and all other safety features will shut off without warning during driving"

Anonymous, HI (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Right side blind spot monitoring rarely works, probably only sees a vehicle in the blind spot 1 out of 10 vehicles even missing large tractor trailers. Reported twice to Subaru and still no resolution"

Tim W., TN (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The indicator line showing the width and distance sometimes do not show up - meaning they are not on the display"

Jay T., VA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"1. Can't change SiriusXM stations This car has very low mileage, so I'm not confident that the problems I have with the Outback won't happen here. Restarting the car solves the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The USB port is on bottom of center storage console and has resulted in many issues of plugging in phone"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Difficult to pair with fairly current Android phone; constantly disconnecting and reconnecting, especially during calls; very outdated infotainment system"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth repeatedly disconnects and needs to be reset. Have ttried it with several phones - so its not the phones. instructions in the manual are confusing and poor and i have gotten tired of resetting it and jhave stopped using it. Dealership folks happily reset it in three minutes, but it does not stay funtioning for very long"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"SiriusXM was working great for several months, then one day 2 months ago I get in the car and it said to call SiriusXM to activate my subscription. I did, several times, and then SXM said it's not an issue on their end and to take it to Subaru. Dealer tried to reflash the software and do something else, but it did not work. They replaced the entire headunit after a week"

Zeid N., NY (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The back window was leaking in rain. Deep puddle of water gathering under the spare tire. The body shop fixed the seal around the hatch back window and it fixed the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The outlet of the air-conditioning drain got plugged and water was dripping under the glove compartment"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"an interior rattle sound; the dealer has attempted to fix it twice, but it has come back each time"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's Seat squeaks"

Michael C., PA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"During winter, there is a rattle between the windshield and the dashboard on the driver side"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud rattle in rear of car"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The road noise for this vehicle is excessive. It may be a combination of wind, transmission and tires on the road. I constantly have to raise or lower the radio volume depending on the speed I'm going in order to hear it comfortably"

Larry R., FL (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The molding around a fog light came off and had to be replaced. A service technician said this was a common problem"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The interior plastic door handle where you rest your arm or grab the door handle is very cheap and was scratched within days by my ring"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint in chipping heavily from what appears to be very minor exposure. Front and rear. doesn't seem to make sense, we can't figure out where this problem is coming from"

Edward S., OR (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint chips much more than any other vehicle we have ever owned"

Alan H., WV (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on hood started to have fade spots"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A standard chip on the hood as a result of road debris had shown the low quality of the paint. Wants to chip off more unlike other vehicles I've had in the past"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"I experienced a failure of one of the main hybrid batteries and a failure of the alternator, each of which could have been caused by the other"

Sara P., TX (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid system Light on dash would say "pull over Immediately". Dealer had it in shop once, Dealer said stop car as soon as possible when it happens, has happened several times since repair, although becoming less frequent"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Traction control

"on icy roads traction control causes car to yaw"

Dale L., WI (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Bad part that was changed"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"very weak power in key fob. Doesn't unlock my car parked on the street through my windows, and only works if the angle is right and the battery is charged by enough kilometers of driving. How many km needed to fully charge the battery is unknown. There is also no visible log of how much the battery is charged or not. I have had my battery boosted twice in 6 months of owning this car. I was told 'you haven't been driving enough. ' When I asked, "how much do I need to drive? how much is drained f"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Problem is actually push button Start would not work for a few hours. Remote start works but Push button would not work so car was stranded for a few hours at work . Tried unhooking battery. Still would not work. Eventually it started for no reason"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"It clunks sometimes in the rear suspension area. We brought it in twice to look at and they cannot recreate it"

Anonymous, SD (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"calipers needed cleaning and allignment"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"Came from factory low of freon. Unsure if there is a leak. Will be rechecking this summer"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Its a 2013 Crosstrek. Transmission started making a strange noise. Took it for diagnose and it had totally failed. Customer service said it was the first one, in the 2 years they'd worked there. The Subaru dealer replaced it on warranty. Didn't cost us a penny. Great service"

Marilyn S., AB (2016 Subaru Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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