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2.9 (Fair)

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2022 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,145
2022 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,295
2022 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,495
2022 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,995
2022 Hybrid Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,345


What's New

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek arrives as a carryover model this year, following a refresh for 2021. The Crosstrek remains a weird amalgam of hatchback and SUV, without fully committing to either body style. However, its tall suspension and all-wheel-drive system still allow for more off-road adventure than many rivals, and its rugged looks only encourage such behavior.

Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is available in five trims, including Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Hybrid. Prices start at $23,620 (including destination) for the base trim and range up to $36,820 for the Hybrid model.

Engine Choices

There are three engines available for the Crosstrek. Base and Premium models receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT for $1,350. Sport and Limited trims are equipped with a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder and come standard with the CVT.

Finally, the Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) that adds two electric motors to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder for increased efficiency and up to 17 miles of pure electric range. Like most Subarus, the Crosstrek line comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-cyl152 hp145 lb-ft30 mpg
2.5L 4-cyl182 hp176 lb-ft19 mpg
2.0L 4-cyl Hybrid142 hpN/A35 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

You can technically put five people in the Subaru Crosstrek, but good luck getting more than two adults to get into the back seat willingly.

There’s 20.8 cubic feet of space behind the second row in gas-powered variants, but this can expand up to 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Hybrid models receive a small penalty to make way for the battery, with a maximum of only 43.1 cubic feet of space.

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Safety Features

Interestingly, all CVT models include Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assistance package as standard, which includes automatic emergency braking and throttle management, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. Limited and Hybrid models get high beam assist, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive headlights.

The Crosstrek also received high crash test ratings, and come standard seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knee.


The Subaru Crosstrek offers just about the bare minimum for connectivity in 2022. Base, Limited, and Sport models receive a small 6.5-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Base Models are stuck with a single USB port and a measly four-speaker audio system. Premium models are more in line with the base models of most competitors with a second USB port, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and six speakers.

Stepping up to the Sport just gives you a couple more USB ports in the back seat, and the option to upgrade to a larger 8.0-inch screen with HD radio. That screen comes standard in the Limited and Hybrid, but it lacks many of the frills and features seen in competing vehicles.

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2022 Subaru Crosstrek Base - MSRP From $23,620

The Crosstrek base is actually one of the cheapest cars you can buy these days, but it shows. You get cloth seats, a tiny infotainment screen, and even a manual transmission as standard. It does get standard automatic climate control, but that’s about the only technological upgrade that this trim has over what was widely available five years ago.

No options or packages are available, besides the CVT transmission which also adds the Subaru EyeSight Package.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Premium - MSRP From $24,770

The Premium is a lot more in line with most other manufacturer’s base models, with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, and upgrades to the infotainment system to include satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker audio system.

Like the base model, choosing the CVT adds the EyeSight package, but in the Premium it also allows for a single option package that adds a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, keyless access with push-button start, and a power driver’s seat for $1,995.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport - MSRP From $27,970

The Sport adds the bigger engine and comes standard with the CVT, so it automatically gets the EyeSight package. It also gets leatherette water-repellent upholstery with yellow trim, selectable off-road driving modes, a unique rugged gauge cluster, unique wheels, keyless entry, and push-button start.

There’s one option package available that adds the moonroof and blind-spot monitoring, as well as the upgraded 8.0-inch infotainment screen for $1,600.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited - MSRP From $29,470

Limited models are better equipped with standard leather-trimmed upholstery, keyless entry, push-button start, the 8.0-inch infotainment screen, and blind-spot monitoring.

There are actually two options for the Limited, including a package that adds the moonroof, navigation, and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system for $2,395, or the ability to just opt for the moonroof for $1,000.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid - MSRP From $36,820

Outside of the plug-in hybrid powertrain, Hybrid models are basically identical to the Limited in terms of features. The notable exception is the unique navy leather interior with blue stitching that’s only available on this trim.

The only option package available adds the moonroof, navigation, the Harmon Kardon audio system, and a heated steering wheel for $2,500.

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CarsDirect Tip

As much as we love seeing cars still offered with a manual transmission, the benefits of Subaru’s EyeSight system make us recommend stepping up to a model with CVT. Of all trims, the Sport is the most compelling, especially when optioned with the upgraded infotainment system and moonroof.

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Expert Review

  • Solid engine and cabin
  • Affordably priced
  • Comes with AWD as standard
  • Rugged appearance
  • Manual trim lacks vital safety features
  • Smaller engine feels underpowered
  • Infotainment system behind the times
  • Expensive hybrid only sold in certain states
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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A blast from the past. It’s been ten years since the Crosstrek debuted at the New York Auto Show, and little has changed since then. This compact SUV has always been a highly competent all-weather vehicle, but it’s showing its age in key areas. While rivals have their dashes dominated by tactile touchscreens, base Crosstreks make do with a 6.5-inch unit that’s not going to impress anyone. Higher trims receive an 8.0-inch display, but it’s hard to escape the sense that the deeply-buried USB ports and underwhelming stereo come from a bygone age.

Subaru has been more successful in keeping the Crosstrek’s appearance contemporary, mainly by covering it in plastic cladding. It’s not a thing of beauty, but it’ll shrug off knocks in car parks. Inside and out, everything’s screwed together with that rock-solid Subaru engineering that suggests this car will be running long after contemporary European and American rivals have been scrapped.

Automatic for the people. Another area where the Crosstrek shows its age is safety – particularly on the base $23,570 manual model. Stick versions miss out on modern safety aids like automatic emergency braking and active lane control, which is pretty unforgivable in 2022. However, a key reason for choosing a manual box is to maximize performance, and you absolutely won’t be doing that in this car.

We’ll get to power in a minute, but for safety reasons alone, Subaru’s slick CVT transmission is an essential selection in the dealership. It also returns five MPG more on the combined cycle than the thirsty manual.

The Crosstrek range comprises four models featuring the usual incremental improvements. There’s also a $36,770 Hybrid model, replicating the specs of flagship Limited trim while adding a battery pack that can propel it for 17 miles on electric-only power. This boosts performance, but not as much as you’d think since the Hybrid weighs 500 lb more than its fossil fuel-powered siblings. It’s also on sale in a limited number of states at present, which will rule it out for certain buyers.

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Power is nothing without control. With every Crosstrek featuring Subaru’s legendary all-wheel-drive system, it provides more grip than you’ll ever need – especially given its lack of power. The base 152 HP flat-four gas engine is lethargic, the 182 HP 2.5-liter engine powering Sport and Limited models is no firecracker, and the CVT box neuters acceleration even further. It has a habit of kicking up the rev needle without actually doing much, though at least noise and vibrations are more muted than in other Subarus.

Nobody will buy this car for its performance, but then it’s not trying to be the new Impreza WRX, despite its hill descent control and standard AWD. The Crosstrek is a wellies-and-gloves car, one which sticks like glue to the slipperiest of road surfaces. Speaking of gloves, you can wear them while using the climate knobs, which is useful if your day generally starts with an ice scraper in one hand.

This car rides well, even on terrain that would stump less able competitors, thanks to independent suspension with almost nine inches of ground clearance. If you go for a CVT model, safety is strong, though driver assistance technology is lacking by the standards of rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q3.

Winning the space race. Space is one area where the five-seater Crosstrek excels. Its substance-over-style design means there’s up to 55.3 cubic feet of storage in the boot and over 36 inches of rear legroom, though shoulder space is less generous. There’s loads of space up front, while the cloth upholstery on base models shrugs off wear as easily as the synthetic fabric fitted to Sport trim – or Limited’s leather. This being a Subaru, you can augment the cabin space with a variety of clamp-on devices like rooftop cargo boxes and pet barriers.

Final thoughts. The Crosstrek is an acquired taste, with fairly limited appeal. The infotainment system is a long way off the pace and so is its performance, especially in the thirsty and sparsely-equipped manual models. This is clearly a 2010s design that’s still being marketed a decade later.

Yet the Crosstrek remains likable, despite its age and lack of wow-factor. It’s fairly spacious and comfortable inside, the ride’s good, standard AWD makes it a go-anywhere companion, and it’s easy to drive with neutral steering and well-judged handling. Plus, like all Subarus, it’ll last for decades. Buy it with your head, but leave your heart outside on the dealership forecourt.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 152 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 8-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
55.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.5 "
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
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Black Sti Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Accents / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan
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
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
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
Lane Centering Hands-on Steering Assist
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
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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