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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Review

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Small yet capable, the Subaru Crosstrek can switch between city and country roads, hauling people and cargo (though not necessarily both at the same time). The subcompact SUV has extremely high safety ratings and is even available as a plug-in hybrid.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek pricing

There are four manufacturer’s recommended prices (MSRPs) for the Crosstrek, one for each of its trim levels, including the hybrid version. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to pay less than MSRP. You could check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides — to find the fair market price for your area.

Trim 2.0i 2.0i Premium 2.0i Limited Hybrid
MSRP $21,895 $22,895 $27,195 $34,995

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next on the to-do list. Car dealers routinely raise customer APRs, so be sure to apply for a loan outside of the dealership. Potential lenders could include Subaru financing, your bank, credit union or online lender.

You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, based on your creditworthiness.  It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within the rate shopping period of generally 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek safety

The 2019 Crosstrek earned a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a 2019 Top Safety Pick+, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

You could add the EyeSight driver assist suite to the 2.0i and the 2.0i Premium trims. It’s standard on the 2.0i Limited and Hybrid trims. The suite includes:

  • Pre-Collision Braking. The car alerts the driver of a likely front-end collision and applies full braking force.
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management. If the car detects an imminent collision, it will cut the throttle to reduce speed.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control. The car can adjust its speed to pace with a vehicle in front of it at your selected distance.
  • Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning. The car can alert you if it strays out of the lane.

Here is some other available safety technology:

  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The car can alert the driver of another vehicle in its blind spot when the turn signal is on and of oncoming or passing rear traffic when the car is in reverse. This is standard on the Limited trim and is an add-on option to the Premium trim.
  • Subaru Starlink ™ Safety and Security. If in an accident, the car will alert a customer care advisor who can contact the driver/passengers and call 911 if appropriate. The service can immobilize the vehicle if it is stolen, respond to an SOS alert given by the driver, help with vehicle diagnostics, provide maintenance alerts and more. It’s standard on all models but the base 2.0i.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek trim comparison

The Crosstrek has three trims plus the hybrid, which has all the features of the Limited trim. Each trim includes or improves upon the features of the trim(s) before it.

Trim 2.0i 2.0i Premium 2.0i Limited Hybrid
MSRP $21,895 $22,895 $27,195 $34,995
Standard Features AWD, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 17″ Alloy Wheels, Manual Transmission, Traction Control System, Cruise Control Leather Steering Wheel/Shifter, Fog Lights, Heated Front Seats, Subaru Starlink (TM), Automatic Headlights Eyesight, 18″ Alloy Wheels, LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Automatic Transmission, Off-Road X-Mode, 8″ Touch Screen 90 MPGe Fuel Economy, Low-Rolling Resistance All-Season Tires, Blue Interior Accent Stitching, Lightweight Alloy Wheels

2019 Subaru Crosstrek competitor comparison

Here are some subcompact SUV crossovers from rival automakers that could compete for your consideration. Out of these, the Crosstrek has the most expensive base price, yet it is also the only one with standard all-wheel drive. We include the gasoline-powered Kona here, but it’s also available as a pricier, electric vehicle.

Subaru Crosstrek Hyundai Kona Mazda CX-3 Honda HR-V
Base MSRP $21,895 $19,990 $20,390 $20,520
Expert Scores 4.2 4.3 4.2 4.1
Standard Technology All-Wheel Drive, Bluetooth, 6.5″ Touch Screen 7″ Screen, Hyundai Smart Sense, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 7″ Screen, Rearview Camera, Smart City Brake Support Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera
Fuel Economy 25 MPG 30 MPG 31 MPG 30 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

Subaru model comparison

If you know you want a Subaru, but think that maybe the Crosstrek doesn’t have everything you want, here are other Subaru models and how they compare. There is very little difference in standard features across models.

Model Crosstrek Outback Ascent Impreza Forester
MSRP $21,895 $26,345 $31,995 $18,595 $24,295
Expert Scores 3.8 4.1 4.1 4 3.9
Body Types Available Subcompact Crossover and Hybrid Mid-Size Crossover Mid-Size Crossover Compact Sedan and Hatchback Compact SUV
Standard Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic Manual Automatic
Combined Fuel Economy MPG 25 MPG 28 MPG 23 MPG 27 MPG 29 MPG
Standard Features AWD, Bluetooth, 6.5″ Touch Screen. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto AWD, EyeSight, 6.5″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto AWD, Eyesight, Trailer Stability Control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 6.5″ Touch Screen AWD, 6.5″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Cruise Control AWD, Eyesight, Trailer Stability Control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 6.5″ Touch Screen

The bottom line on the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

You might like the Crosstrek if a small, off-road-capable vehicle is on your wish list. Though Subaru calls it an SUV, some might describe the crossover as a wagon — it’s a versatile vehicle. You might not like it if you need something bigger than a subcompact or a vehicle with sportier handling. And if you want to research more, there are other vehicles truly meant for off-roading and other plug-in hybrids.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

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