SUBARU CROSSTREK GETS NEW TRIM,
MORE POWERFUL ENGINE OPTION FOR 2021
Fully redesigned for 2018, the Subaru Crosstrek gets some key updates for 2021 that include a new trim level and a major upgrade to what is under the hood for the upper half of the model portfolio.
A new Sport model gives buyers the choice of four trims to choose, and the new model comes with a standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine featuring Saburu’s traditional Boxer layout and its horizontally moving pistons.
Also available on the top-of-the-line Limited trim, the 2.5L engine gives the Crosstrek a significant, and much-needed boost to 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque over the 152/145, respectively, for the 2.0L that is standard in the Base and Premium trims.
The larger engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission that gets impressive fuel mileage ratings of 27 miles-per-gallon city, 34 highway, and 29 combined while delivering a more satisfying driving experience. Crosstreks with the 6-speed manual transmission are rated at 22/29/25.
All CVT models except the Base also have steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters simulating an 8-speed transmission in providing for manual gear selection.
You can also give a little jolt to the Crosstrek’s throttle response by switching from “Intelligent” (or standard/normal) mode to “Sport.”
Being a Subaru, the Crosstrek also comes with all-wheel drive with settings for “snow/dirt” and “deep snow/mud” for more challenging conditions.
The new Sport trim that this review is based on offers styling upgrades that include sport-type 17-inch alloy wheels. sport-type wheel arch moldings, and a distinctive finish for the front grille, side mirrors and badges.
Inside the Sport, yellow stitching has been added to the seats, and simulated leather door trim panel armrests, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift boot, and carpeted floor mats feature the Sport logo and yellow stitching.
Simulated carbon fiber accents also give the cabin a distinctive flair.
Among standard features included in the Crosstrek Sport’s starting MSRP of $26,545 (including the $1,050 destination and delivery charge) are an eyesight driver assist system that has been enhanced with adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assist, automatic climate control, four USB ports, fog lights, roof rails, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, Subaru’s Starlink Plus multimedia system, remote keyless entry and push-button start, and water repellant upholstery.
An optional Starlink 8-inch Multimedia Plus system that includes blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist and a power moonroof ran the total for my test Sport model to $29,145.
The Base trim with a 6-speed manual transmission starts at $23,295 including destination and delivery, and the Premium with the manual starts at $24,345. The CVT adds $1,350 to the cost of the Base and Premium models.
The top-of-the-line Limited tops out at $30,440 when equipped with a moonroof, navigation system, and Haman Kardon premium audio system.
What I didn’t like about the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport: I would prefer, say, an 8-speed automatic transmission or even a 7- or 6-speed rather than the CVT, but the only other transmission offered is a 6-speed manual available in the B and Premium trim.
Would I buy the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport? Yes Though I lean toward the Outback and Forester among Subaru SUVs, the Crosstrek is a nice alternative. The new Sport trim sits near the top of the lineup in MSRP but adds some nice extras.