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2021 Subaru Crosstrek

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What you must know before buying the Subaru Crosstrek

John Diether
Automotive Editor - September 6, 2020
  • 2021 Crosstrek arriving; 2020s sold out
  • No factory rebate, but dealer discounting likely
  • Lease from $275 for 36 months
  • Get 1.9% APR for 48 months

Model year switchover:

The carryover 2021 Crosstrek is now rolling into Subaru dealers. Selection isn't great at the moment, but we expect supplies to ramp up quickly. New this year is an optional 2.5-liter engine with 182 horsepower.

Billed as a crossover, the Crosstrek is essentially an Impreza hatchback with increased ground clearance for moderate off-road capability. It remains quite popular with buyers.

The lineup includes the Crosstrek Hybrid, which features plug-in technology for 25 miles of all-electric range. Buyers remain eligible for a $4,502 federal tax credit, but the California state rebate is no longer available on this model.

The 2020 Crosstrek has sold out.

Current lease and APR offers vary by region and will remain in effect through September 30, 2020. Examples shown here are for California. Subaru doesn't usually run specials for Labor Day.

Check for discounting:

As usual, there is no factory cash program on the 2021 Crosstrek (or any other Subaru), but discounts will probably be available at the dealer level.

Initial lease offer:

Customers in Los Angeles can lease a 2021 Crosstrek (base trim with automatic) from $275 for 36 months (12,000 miles a year) with $2,055 due at signing. Everywhere else in the country, the monthly payment is about $10 to $20 higher.

The effective monthly cost of this lease is $332, which is rather expensive in our analysis. Offers will certainly perk up once supplies get up to speed.

If you're currently leasing a Subaru model, your first payment will be complimentary, up to $500. This loyalty perk is available throughout the lineup.

If you finance:

Promotional financing on the 2021 Crosstrek starts at 1.9% APR for 48 months. That's not bad for this early stage of the model year. We'll probably see 0.9% within the next few months.

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$275Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $2,055
Mileage: 12k
MSRP: $24,645
Deal Valid in: Los Angeles
Expiration: 9/30/20

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek Overview

Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor

What's New

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has been refreshed. The big news is the availability of a more powerful engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This is standard on the top two trim levels, while the bottom two continue with the carryover 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

Other changes include the addition of a new Sport trim, a new front bumper and grille, redesigned wheels, and adaptive cruise control becoming standard.

Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is available in four trim levels: Crosstrek, Premium, Sport, and Limited. Pricing starts at $23,295 including destination for the base model and climbs to $29,045 for the Limited.

Engine Choices

The Crosstrek and Premium trims are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the Sport and Limited get the newly available 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The larger engine is more powerful and better suited to motivate the subcompact crossover.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder152 hp145 lb-ft30 mpg
2.0L 4-Cylinder182 hp176 lb-ft29 mpg

The smaller engine starts with a six-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available for $1,350. The larger engine comes exclusively with the CVT. In typical Subaru fashion, all-wheel drive is standard.

Models equipped with the CVT gain X-Mode all-wheel drive, which incorporates power application management. The Sport model gains additional traction control modes for Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud. The Premium, Sport, and Limited trims receive steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to simulate an eight-speed conventional geared transmission.

The Crosstrek will not be beaten in the all-important ground clearance statistic where it measures 8.7 inches to ensure that it can at least get to the trailhead unscathed.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Crosstrek stretches to 176.5 inches long, which is about 6 inches longer than a Honda HR-V. It can seat five passengers, but four is more its speed.

The Crosstrek offers 20.8 cubic feet of space behind the second row, or 55.3 cubic feet with the second row folded. These figures are less than the HR-V.

Safety Features

Models equipped with the CVT get an updated version of Subaru's EyeSight suite of active safety features. It now includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.

The Sport model brings automatic high-beams, while the Limited adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic emergency braking. CVT Premium and Sport trims offer blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as part of a larger option package.

The Crosstrek has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.


The base trim features a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display that incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and plays sound through four speakers. The base trim only comes with one front USB port.

Moving up to the Premium brings a second front USB port, satellite radio, wi-fi hot spot capability, and six audio speakers. The Sport gets two rear USB ports.

The Limited trim upgrades to an 8-inch infotainment screen with HD radio. The larger touchscreen is available on the Sport model through its option package. The Limited's option package offers navigation and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Crosstrek - From $23,295

The base Crosstrek wears 17-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, black side mirrors, a roof spoiler, and, of course, roof rails. Inside, a six-way manual driver’s seat, a four-way manual passenger seat, cloth upholstery, and automatic climate control are standard fare for an entry-level car at this price.

Premium - From $24,345

The Premium trim is further equipped with fog lights, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, and a windshield wiper area de-icer. The interior receives heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and orange contrast stitching.

On models equipped with the CVT, a $1,955 option package becomes available. It bundles a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, push button start, and a six-way power driver seat.

Sport - From $27,545

Besides the engine upgrade, the Sport is distinguished with unique 17-inch wheels with a gray finish, unique wheel arch moldings, and gunmetal-finished grille, mirrors with integrated turn signals, and badges.

Inside, the seating surfaces are adorned with yellow stitching that extends to the door armrests, instrument panel, central display visor, steering wheel, shift boot, and center console while the steering wheel wears a yellow metallic trim and the interior trim is designed to resemble carbon-fiber. Push button start and a 4.2-inch driver information display are also standard.

The single option package here is $1,600 and brings the moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and the 8-inch touchscreen.

Limited - From $29,045

The Limited trim builds off of the Premium but with the larger engine. The range-topper adds adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels in black with machine finish. The seats are wrapped in leather with orange stitching, while the driver's seat gains standard six-way power adjustability.

The moonroof can be had as a standalone option for $1,000. Or, buyers can bundle it with navigation and the Harman Kardon audio system for $2,395.

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CarsDirect Tip

The upgraded powertrain is certainly worth pursuing to motivate the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. The Sport trim’s unique touches and added features create a desirable adventure vehicle without putting a hurt on the wallet.

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