The Subaru Crosstrek arrived as a fully-redesigned model in 2018 and was recently refreshed in 2021. With the current-gen model entering its fifth year on sale, we expect the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek to be a carryover model.
When the fully updated Crosstrek arrived in 2018, it entered the scene with a more rugged design than the majority of subcompact SUVs in the class. A rugged front end design with body cladding on the bumper, chunky fenders, and a tall ride height give the Crosstrek a sturdy look. The rear end of the Crosstrek is curvier than its front end, while the rear bumper has similar rugged elements. The 2022 model should retain the same design as the current Crosstrek.
The Crosstrek’s interior shares the same rugged-forward motif as the exterior, which is expected to remain the same for the 2022 model year. The simple cabin has an intuitive layout for the HVAC controls, while the uncluttered look of the dash puts the focus on the touchscreen. The Crosstrek will continue to come with more durable materials than rivals that are easy to clean and highlight its rugged character.
Tech wise, the 2022 Crosstrek is expected to come with the same 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system will also be standard. Optional features will include an 8-inch touchscreen, four USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi hot spot, and satellite radio.
Two engines are expected to be offered on the 2022 model. The base engine is a 2.0-liter flat-four that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Higher trims will come with a 2.5-liter flat-four that’s rated at 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. The larger engine is only available with a CVT. All-wheel drive will continue to be standard.
The current Crosstrek comes with a rearview camera as standard. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning. The IIHS has not crash-tested the 2021 Crosstrek yet. In the NHTSA’s testing, the subcompact SUV earned a five-star overall safety rating.