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The Crosstrek is a small quasi-SUV version of the previous-generation 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. A redesign based on the new Impreza arrived this summer. Judging by the new Impreza we have tested, the Crosstrek promises to be quieter, with a more comfortable ride. The more user-friendly infotainment system is a big improvement.

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...

Highs

  • It's roomier than alternatives like the Nissan Juke or Mini Countryman
  • Even well equipped, it costs less than most small SUVs

Lows

  • If you don't need the Crosstrek's added ground clearance, most buyers will do better with an Impreza Sport hatchback for less
  • Ride and steering aren't as good as its Impreza donor

Best Version to Get

The Premium model comes well equipped with no need to add major options.

Specifications

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 (148 hp)