The second-generation Subaru Crosstrek debuted just a few years back in 2018. This redesign, like most Subaru redesigns, was far from revolutionary, but it was enough to keep its resident hatchback fresh. We expect the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek to hit showrooms with the same basic look, but it will gain a more powerful engine option.
The new-generation Crosstrek arrived looking more like a refresh than a redesign, but this is common for Subaru. Instead of rocking the boat, Subaru massaged the Crosstrek’s looks with sharper body lines, more prominent wheel arches, a 0.6-inch-longer body, a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase, and more. We expect this new look to remain the same when the 2021 Crosstrek hits showrooms.
Inside, the massaging of its design carried on with a cleaner center stack setup with vertical climate control vents, a black HVAC bezel, more tasteful accents, a sharp character line on the passenger’s side of the dash, and more. This cabin also grew by 1.1 inches in rear legroom and 3.4 cubic feet in maximum cargo room. We anticipate this look and roominess to remain the same in the 2021 Crosstrek.
Under its hood, we expect the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek to continue with the same standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. This power will head through a standard manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission and out to all four wheels.
New for 2021 will be a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the new Sport trim and the existing Limited trim. The output is not confirmed for this engine yet, but in other Subaru models, it produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque.
The current Subaru Crosstrek received a “Good” rating in all IIHS crash tests and a “Good” rating from its optional headlights. Buyers who opt for the CVT get standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and lane-departure warnings. The automatic emergency braking system received a “Superior” rating, which combines with its other top-notch scores to make it an IIHS Top Safety Pick. We expect all the safety ratings and equipment to remain the same in the 2021 Crosstrek.