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Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

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2020 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $22,145
2020 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,195
2020 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,395
2020 Crosstrek Hybrid Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,145

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek returns with an increased availability of safety features. For the new model year, all Crosstreks equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) come standard with the brand's EyeSuite suite of safety features. Previously, EyeSight became available with the CVT selected but still costed extra.

Additional changes include some color shuffling, standard automatic door locks, standard automatic climate control, and standard automatic start-stop on CVT-equipped models.

Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek is available in three trims: Crosstrek, Premium, and Limited. Pricing begins at $23,155 including destination for the base model and goes up to $28,405 for the Limited.

Engine Choices

Subaru’s legendary 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine makes another appearance in the Crosstrek. It generates 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.

All-wheel drive is standard, as is a six-speed manual transmission on Crosstrek and Premium models. The CVT is a $1,350 upgrade on those two trims, and standard on the Limited.

With the manual, the Crosstrek earns 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined, according to the EPA. These figures improve to 27/33/30 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the CVT.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Subaru Crosstrek seats five and features 20.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row. Lower it, and buyers can open up 55.3 cubic feet of space.

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Safety Features

As we already mentioned, CVT-equipped Crosstrek models come standard with Subaru EyeSight. This suite bundles adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning.

The Limited trim also gets standard automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on CVT-equipped Premium models.

Connectivity

Subaru’s STARLINK multimedia system is standard across the range, centered on a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a USB port are included.

The Premium gets satellite radio, wi-fi hot spot capability, and a second USB port. The Limited upgrades to an 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio, while the back seat adds two USB ports. Navigation only becomes available on the range-topping trim.

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Crosstrek - From $23,155

Even the base Crosstrek comes with a respectable roster of standard equipment. There’s climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, and daytime running lights. The exterior wears 17-inch black alloy wheels, while the interior features a four-speaker audio system.

Premium - From $24,205

The Premium trim's $1,050 price increase over the base model is justified by plenty of extra kits. The side mirrors and front seats are heated, fog lights are included, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather, the headlights function automatically, and there’s a CD player and two more speakers.

CVT buyers can add two options packs to their Crosstrek. The first adds a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and push-button start for $1,695. Paying $300 more brings you all this plus a six-way power driver’s seat.

Limited - From $28,405

The only Crosstrek available exclusively with the CVT, the Limited rides on larger 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior upgrades include leather upholstery, the six-way power driver's seat, push-button start, and a leather-wrapped transmission handle.

It’s possible to add a moonroof for $1,000. It’s also available in a $2,395 bundle alongside navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system.

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CarsDirect Tip

It’s easy to justify the price jump to the Premium trim over the rather stingy base model, but you really need a CVT-equipped 2020 Subaru Crosstrek to enjoy the safety features and creature comforts crossover and SUV buyers expect nowadays.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • As adventurous as the Outback
  • Good value in base trims
  • Plucky hybrid
Cons
  • …if you can get one
  • Slow gas engine
  • Manual loses out
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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

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

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

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

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

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Best of both worlds. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek desperately wants you to have your cake and eat it, too. It brings the usual Subaru virtues of capability and practicality, but it can pull double duty as a budget-friendly commuter.

The Crosstrek declares its adventurous intentions in its name, but in case you had any doubt, it walks the walk. Its 8.7 inches of clearance is just as much as its big siblings, the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester. Add Subaru’s standard all-wheel-drive system, and you get the best off-roading you’ll find short of a Jeep Renegade.

The Crosstrek comes out ahead of the Renegade on cargo space, though, with 20.8 cubic feet to start and 55 with the seats folded. Cabin space is equally good, and the hatchback shape lends plenty of versatility.

But utility isn’t the only trick in the Crosstrek’s book. The 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon combined, even saddled with the weight of all-wheel drive.

Safety and technology are up to date, and the starting price undercuts rivals like the Nissan Rogue Sport. Subaru hasn’t lost its identity, but it’s well on the way to the mainstream.

Still crunchy. Mainstream features it may have, but the Crosstrek looks like a quintessential Subaru. Exposed cladding and standard roof rails put it right at home in an REI parking lot. If you’d like to double down on granola, the Crosstrek comes as a plug-in hybrid that supplements the gas engine with a 118-hp electric motor.

We’d recommend this powertrain if you can find it — the hybrid is a second quicker to 0-60 mph, and it feels more refined than the gas-powered Crosstrek. What’s more, it comes with 17 miles of all-electric range and a boost of 5 mpg combined.

Unfortunately, the hybrid is only available in 10 ZEV states, and it comes at a premium. The gas powertrain is functional but less likable, struggling to move the vehicle’s considerable heft. It has enough grunt for everyday duty, but highway passing can be a chore.


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Penalties for the manual. The powertrain isn’t helped by the standard transmission, a six-speed manual that negates many of the Crosstrek’s strengths. Fuel economy takes a severe 5 mpg dip with the manual, and most of the Crosstrek’s standard safety features (like automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist) disappear.

It’s worth springing for the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is an extra $1,350, that brings back efficiency and safety features. We’re often sour on CVTs, but the one in the Crosstrek is better than average. It simulates shift points well, and there are even paddle shifters on the options list for buyers who want to retain control.

The CVT makes the Crosstrek a smarter car. Different drive modes (“Intelligent” or “Sport”) prioritize fuel economy or throttle response respectively. There’s also an “X-Mode” to reduce wheelspin in low-traction conditions – yet another feature lost in the manual model.

Make like Goldilocks. The Crosstrek isn’t fancy in base trim, but solid standard features suit its all-around personality. With 17-inch alloy wheels and smartphone compatibility, it starts off on a better foot than many crossovers.

Our favorite trim is the Premium, which heats up the front seats and side mirrors while adding nicer trim all around the cabin. With the CVT, it pushes just north of the $25,000 mark, which still makes for strong value.

We wish we could say the same of the top Limited trim. Leather seats, automatic climate control, and a larger touchscreen make a tempting upgrade, but the price strays perilously close to $30,000. Value is one of the Crosstrek’s greatest strengths, and it’s diluted somewhat at this level.

Final thoughts. Though it strives admirably to please everyone, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek isn’t without sacrifices. The biggest is acceleration, which is leisurely unless you can track down a hybrid. All the same, an intoxicating combination of capability and value gives the Crosstrek plenty of charm.

It may be most at home in Colorado, but the Crosstrek can handle urban commuting nearly as well as snowy mountain roads. For buyers who want versatility without breaking the bank, the Crosstrek should be on the shortlist.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 152 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 8-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 152 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$63
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
55.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
175.8 "
Exterior Width
71.0 "
Exterior Height
63.6 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,117 Lbs. / 3,188 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Black Sti Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Eyesight Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Eyesight Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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