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The Crosstrek transforms Subaru's Impreza hatchback into a small SUV that benefits from the improvements made to that compact car, including better fuel economy, impressive ride comfort, and reduced cabin noise. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine does the job, but it won't set your heart on fire. The continuously variable transmission mimics a conventional automatic, but it still amplifies engine sound when the car is accelerating. Its handling is secure, though it isn't sporty to drive. Fuel economy of 29 mpg overall is quite frugal for an AWD vehicle. The infotainment system is capable and user friendly. Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology is optional, and includes automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Other available safety features include blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The Crosstrek is an appealing option for buyers who don't need the room of the Subaru Forester SUV.

Road Test

Subaru has once again sprinkled its Outback dust on the Impreza hatchback, creating a pseudo-SUV to satisfy weekday commuters and weekend adventurers. Don't be fooled by the modest design changes -- both inside and out -- from the first-generation Cr...

Highs

  • Rides comfortably
  • Gets very good fuel economy

Lows

  • Not all that quick
  • Some engine noise when pressed

Best Version to Get

For the best value, we think the 2.0i Premium with the EyeSight advanced safety suite would be the right choice for most buyers. Going with the base trim loses a couple of speakers and the ability to get the EyeSight system. The top-shelf Limited trim adds 18-inch wheels, a power driv...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (152 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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