2021 Subaru Crosstrek's Larger Engine Has Almost Identical MPG To Smaller Engine

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, Automotive Editor - May 11, 2020

There’s a new engine coming for the Subaru Crosstrek. While the Japanese automaker hasn’t updated its online configurator for the Crosstrek for the 2021 model year, there’s a new engine for the subcompact SUV on the EPA’s fuel economy site. The new information confirms previous rumors that the Crosstrek will benefit from a larger, more powerful engine, but at the moment, all we know is what kind of fuel economy it will get.

According to EPA’s official fuel economy figures, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will come with all-wheel drive as standard. Fuel economy for the powertrain is rated at up to 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. That’s only 1 mpg short of the current Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined figure with all-wheel drive.

While the 2.0-liter four-cylinder is available with both a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a six-speed manual, the EPA’s website reveals that the upcoming 2.5-liter motor will only be offered with one transmission. The EPA doesn’t confirm the transmission, but “Automatic (AV-S8)” is next to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and that’s exactly what you’ll find next to the 2.0-liter engine on the site. With that being said, we believe that the 2.5-liter engine will only be available with a CVT, at least for the 2021 model year.

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There’s still a lot of information we don’t know about the Crosstrek’s 2.5-liter engine. Like performance specs, how much it will cost, and what trims it will be available on. MotorTrend claims the 2.5-liter four-cylinder will be offered on a new Sport trim and the Limited trim. The outlet also believes that there’s a strong chance the new 2.5-liter engine will be the same one found in the Forester, Legacy, and Outback. If that’s the case, it will be rated at roughly 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Those figures would be a large increase over the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.

In our review of the Crosstrek, we found the subcompact SUV to be a great option in the class, but its major issue is the lack of performance. The Crosstrek desperately needs more power, and hopefully, the new 2.5-liter engine brings that.

When it comes to subcompact SUVs, the Crosstrek’s fuel economy is good for the segment. The Nissan Kicks (33 mpg combined), Hyundai Venue (32 mpg combined), Kia Seltos (31 mpg combined), and Chevrolet Trailblazer (31 mpg combined) all have better fuel economy figures. But those numbers are for models with front-wheel drive. When it comes to subcompact SUVs with all-wheel drive, the Crosstrek is near the top of the class.

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Pictured: 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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