Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - August 1, 2018

Expert Rating

2.85 (Fair)
24 City / 30 Highway

Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek OVERVIEW

The first Crosstrek models were known as the XV Crosstrek, but the name proved too cumbersome. Subaru dropped the "XV" moniker in 2016 and launched the second-generation Crosstrek – the brand's smallest utility vehicle – in 2018. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek combines value, utility, and on-road driving dynamics to deliver a package few competitors can match. Available active safety technologies further differentiate the Crosstrek from the pack.

What's New for 2019

Subaru’s EyeSight collection of advanced driver-assist safety features is now available across the model line. The Premium trim gets a new 6.5-inch infotainment system as standard. The Limited trim now features EyeSight, automatic high beams, and reverse automatic emergency braking.

Subaru Crosstrek

Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru offers one engine choice with the 2019 Crosstrek: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. This engine has an output of 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. It works with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The manual is standard on the base and Premium while the CVT, which is standard on the Limited, is a $1,000 extra. As with all Subaru models except for the BRZ, all-wheel drive is standard.

The EPA fuel economy numbers come in at 23 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined with the manual transmission, or 27/33/29 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the CVT. The Crosstrek’s maximum towing capacity is 1,500 pounds.

The 2019 Crosstrek is available in Base, Premium, and Limited trims. Standard features include halogen headlights, alloy wheels, full power accessories, cloth seats, air conditioning, and an audio package. The only packages available are restricted to the Limited trim. There, you'll find a sliding moonroof or a moonroof, navigation, and an audio package. That said, you’ll find individual options placed under the “accessory” category, including a Rockford Fosgate Audio Upgrade ($502).


The base model starts at $22,870 (all prices include the $975 destination charge). Standard exterior equipment includes multi-reflector halogen headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, wheel arch cladding, body-color door handles, roof rails, black folding side mirrors, and a roof spoiler. Inside, this model comes with full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and cloth seats. Keyless entry, a four-speaker audio system, and a 6.5-inch multimedia infotainment screen is also included. When the base model is equipped with the CVT, buyers can access the EyeSight for $845. The suite of safety features includes lane keeping assist, lane departure and sway warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

2.0i Premium

Move up to the Premium trim and your price comes in at $23,870. This model adds fog lights, an All-Weather Package with heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a cargo area cover. You’ll also gain the Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security system and a total of six speakers. Premium models with the CVT get access to three packages. Buyers can bundle a power tilt and sliding moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist for $1,400. For $1,395, you get EyeSight, adaptive fog lights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist. Finally, buyers can bundle the moonroof, EyeSight, adaptive fog lights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist for $2,395.

2.0i Limited

The Crosstrek Limited, with the CVT and EyeSight as standard, retails for $28,170. Also specific to this trim, you’ll find LED adaptive headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, and leather-trimmed seats. This model also includes automatic headlights, integrated turn signals on the side mirrors, a leather-wrapped shift handle, push-button start, WiFi capability, and an eight-inch color display. The moonroof is a $1,000 option, as is a package that combines the moonroof, navigation, and a Harman Kardon audio system for $2,350.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek delivers the goods in a basic package. Shoppers will be drawn by its great capability and quiet interior. As long as performance isn’t on the top half of your purchase decision list, the Crosstrek shines in many other areas where competitors fall behind, including safety. When shopping this model, you might consider comparing it to the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Rogue Sport. If you’re looking for something slightly larger and with a more powerful engine, then the Subaru Forester is worth a look.

Get your price on a Subaru Crosstrek »

Best Subaru Deals & Lease Offers In April

Subaru offers continue favoring financing as leases carry over from last month. The 2020 Impreza remains the most affordable option starting at $175/month and is the only... View All Subaru Lease Deals


Find Your New Subaru Crosstrek On CarsDirect

Price It New

Insider Information

We have information you must know before you buy the Crosstrek. We want to send it to you, along with other pricing insights.


I agree to receive emails from CarsDirect. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.
We will not spam you, and will never sell your email. Privacy Policy.

Thank you. You are now subscribed to our Pricing Insider updates.

Buying With CarsDirect

We have partnered with trusted dealers in your area to give you a great price on the new Subaru Crosstrek.
This is how it works:

  • We connect you to the Internet Department at a Trusted Dealership.
  • Use the CarsDirect Target Price as a tool in your negotiation.
  • The dealer will help you with financing or leasing, as well as trade-in options.

Subaru Crosstrek By Year

COPYRIGHT 1999-2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba