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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.
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 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.
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