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 gas engines are 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) and will be standard on the Base and Premium trims. The Sport and Limited trims will come standard 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, and is optional on the Base and Premium trims. All-wheel drive will continue to be standard.
The Crosstrek plug-in hybrid gets up to 17 miles of pure electric driving and is EPA-rated for 35 MPG/90 MPGe, with a 480-mile total driving range. Current Crosstrek Hybrids are eligible for a $4,502 federal tax credit and other state green vehicle incentives.
Available safety features for Crosstrek Hybrids and Crosstreks with the larger engine include a rearview camera, automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane-keep assist, lane departure and sway warning, lead vehicle start alert, and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. Specific to the Limited trim and the PHEV, the Crosstrek has standard high beam assist, reverse automatic braking, and blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. 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.