The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek gains a Special Edition design package for the mid-level Premium trim but is otherwise unchanged. The current Crosstrek debuted in 2018 and received a refresh for 2021.
Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek
The Crosstrek continues in five trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Hybrid. Pricing starts at $24,870 including destination and climbs to $38,070 for the Hybrid.
The Base and Premium trims run with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission or optional ($1,350) continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Sport and Limited get a more powerful 2.5-liter and the CVT as standard.
The Crosstrek Hybrid combines the 2.0-liter engine with two electric motors and plug-in technology. On a full charge, the Hybrid can travel up to 17 miles on electricity alone. The CVT is standard here as well.
Every Crosstrek comes with all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance for moderate off-road capability.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L 4-Cylinder||152 hp||145 lb-ft||30 mpg|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||182 hp||176 lb-ft||29 mpg|
|2.0L 4-Cylinder Plug-in Hybrid||148 hp||134 lb-ft||35 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Crosstrek is a compact crossover with seating for five. Gas models offer 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 55.3 cubic feet with it folded. These figures meet our expectations for crossovers of this size.
The Hybrid can't carry as much due to the intrusion of the battery pack. Capacity dips to 15.9 cubic feet, or 43.1 cubic feet with the rear seat down.
All models equipped with the CVT carry automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, and lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot monitoring is available on the Premium and Sport bundled with other equipment. It's standard on the Limited and Hybrid, along with automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, and adaptive headlights. Note none of these items are available with the manual transmission.
The Base trim carries a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen screen, four speakers, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Moving up to the Premium brings a second USB port, six speakers, and HD and satellite radio. An 8-inch system with over-the-air update capability is included in option packages for the Premium and Sport. All of these items are standard on the Limited and Hybrid, which can also get navigation and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system in their respective option packages.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Base – MSRP From $24,870
The entry-level Crosstrek offers basics like cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, roof rails, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Models equipped with the CVT feature a 4.2-inch color driver info display and the aforementioned safety technology.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Premium – MSRP From $26,020
The Premium receives numerous interior upgrades, including heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, orange stitching throughout, a cargo tray and cover, and an acoustic windshield for a quieter ride. Outside are heated body-color side mirrors, wiper de-icers, and fog lights. The major option package for the Premium adds a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, keyless access with push-button start, and a six-way power driver seat for $1,995. Buyers can also select the new Special Edition Package ($600) with the 8-inch infotainment system, a black interior with red stitching, dark-finish wheels with matching exterior accents, and exclusive Desert Khaki exterior paint.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Sport — MSRP From $29,220
The Sport picks up the 2.5-liter engine, a terrain selector, and the CVT as standard. The interior features StarTex water-repellent upholstery with yellow stitching. Keyless access is standard, but the power driver seat isn't offered. Unique dark wheels and a sport steering wheel complete the look. For $1,600, buyers can add the sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, and the 8-inch infotainment system.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Limited — MSRP From $30,720
The Limited offers a genuine leather interior with orange stitching, chrome door handles, 18-inch machined-finish wheels, and LED headlights and fog lights. Everything available on the lower trims is standard except the sunroof, which is available by itself for $1,000. Buyers who want it all can bundle the sunroof, navigation, and the Harman Kardon system for $2,395.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid — MSRP From $38,070
The Crosstrek Hybrid gets the plug-in hybrid powertrain for superior efficiency. Standard equipment is shared with the Limited, except the Hybrid's seats are navy leather with blue stitching. The sunroof, navigation, and Harman Kardon bundle picks up a heated steering wheel for a total cost of $2,500.
Compare Crosstrek Trims Side-By-Side
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek in Base trim comes off as too austere for today's market. We consider the Premium to be the real starting point for most buyers. With their more powerful engine and standard CVT, the Sport and Limited are worth the extra money if your budget allows.