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2021 Subaru Crosstrek Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 16, 2020

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Subaru Crosstrek has been one of the most trusted and popular Subies ever since its launch in 2013. Crosstrek is loved by the buyers because of its rugged character, spacious interior, efficient powertrain, and most importantly value for money. The Subaru Crosstrek underwent a generation change in 2018 only, and thus the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek carries forward this wholesome packaging with a few prominent tweaks, both mechanically and aesthetically.

What's new for the 2021 Subaru Outback is a new 2.5L Boxer-4 engine that amplifies the power figures offered by the standard 2.0L engine. Moreover, a new trim has also been introduced, called the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport equips this new 2.5L engine, which makes it much more potent, and faster to reach from 0-60 MPH. The new powertrain is also offered in the Limited trim of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. Speaking of trims, there is a new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid joining the lineup as well. Click here to read the in-depth review of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Pros

Best in class off-road capabilities

Spacious cabin

Pleasant ride quality

Cons

Laggy base engine

Comparatively unengaging handling 

What's New?

New 2.5L flat-4 engine

Minor cosmetic tweaks

A new Sport trim on offer


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Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine And Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

8.9

Interior

8.3

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

7.5

7.6

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Subaru Crosstrek Base

Base

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,145 - $23,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $22,145 MSRP (27/29/29) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Manual all wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,595 MSRP (28/30/33) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$23,195 - $24,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $23,195 MSRP (27/29/29) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Manual all wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,545 MSRP (28/30/33) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

Sport

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded h-4
mpg
29 combined

$26,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,495 MSRP (27/29/34) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
CVT all wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $26,495 MSRP (27/29/34) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded h-4
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

Limited

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$27,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $27,395 MSRP (27/29/34) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is offered in a total of 4 trims. The prices of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek begin at $22,245 and ranges all the way up to $27,995 for the top of the line Limited trim. As compared to the prices of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, the 2021 model's prices have seen a slight bump. What's new for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a slightly resculpted front and rear fascia, a new powertrain option, a new trim line, and of course the addition of the Hybrid variant. 

There are several changes taking place in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. However, what remains unchanged is the competition this Subie faces. The Subaru Crosstrek goes against the likes of  Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX 3, Buick Encore, and many others. So is the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek a worthy buy? Scroll down to find out. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV Front View
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV Side View

7.3/10
Features

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

8.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.3/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

7.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Subaru Crosstrek Features

7.3/10

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will be offered in 4 trims, namely - Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited. The prices for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will initiate at $22,245 for the Base trim and will go up to $27,995 for the top of the line Limited trim. 

The Subaru Crosstrek gets a new Sport trim for 2021.

A trick that Subaru has played here is that it has differentiated between the purists and the luxury seekers by adding a new Sport trim. The Sport and the Limited trims are fundamentally the same, but the Sport trim serves the occupants with a Sporty vibe, whereas the Limited trim is all about opulence. 

The Base and the Premium trims of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will possess the same old 2.0-liter engine whereas the Limited and the Sport trims would be having the new and powerful 2.5-liter mill. The Base and Premium trims offer a manual transmission as standard, which of course can be swapped with a CVT for a price of $1350.

Trim Base Premium Sport Limited
MSRP (Manual) $22,245 $23,295 N/A N/A
MSRP (CVT) $23,595 $24,645 $26,495 $27,995
Key Features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Includes Crosstrek Base key features and adds: Includes Crosstrek Premium key features and adds: Includes Crosstrek Premium key features and adds:
  STARLINK® Multimedia with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Leather-trimmed upholstery
  Available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology Available power moonroof Available heated steering wheel Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  17-inch black with machine finish alloy wheels All-Weather Package with heated front seats Unique 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels 18-inch black with machine finish alloy wheels
  Automatic Climate Control SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security Sporty Interior and Exterior Graphics EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
    Available 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat   Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Base

The Base trim is offered with a 2.0-liter Boxer engine, transmission choice is offered in terms of 6-speed manual and CVT (Continuously variable transmission), the prices are $22,245, and $23,595 respectively. 

The Base trim has limited features like Driver Assist Technology, Automatic Climate control, and other low scale features but it misses out on many needed features like SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security, 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated seats, and many more which makes it unpopular amongst the buyer.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Premium trim is placed above the Base trim and has been the most popular trim due to its offering in terms of features and transmission. Like the Base trim, the Premium trim is also offered with a 6-speed manual and CVT (Continuously variable transmission), the prices are $23,295 and $24,645 respectively. 

The reason for being the most popular Crosstrek trim is that it offers more features than the base trim with very less price difference, another reason for its popularity is its transmission as all the manual transmission freaks go for this trim as it's the most elite trim having this offering. Features like SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security, All-Weather Package with heated front seats, and a powered moonroof are key features of this trim.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport 

The Sport trim of the Subaru Crosstrek will make its debut in the model year 2021. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport will feature a new 2.5-liter boxer engine There will be no difference between Limited trim and Sport trim as such apart from sporty interiors and exterior. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport will come at a price of $26,495.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

This is a limited-edition trim having a 2.5-liter engine (2021 version onwards) which is more potent than the other trims resulting in high power and torque figures. This trim is offered at a price of $27,995 with a CVT transmission. Apart from the High powered engine, this trim consists of 18-inch black with machine finish alloy wheels, Leather-trimmed upholstery, and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Subaru is one of the most trusted and reliable automakers in the market and Crosstrek is one of its finest products in terms of reliability and ownership cost. Subaru being a Japanese brand has always focused on introducing new technologies to make its cars worth it.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Though there are a number of ways and techniques for deriving the actual reliability and ownership experience of a vehicle, one of the most trusted ways is to call attention to what the JD Power says about it. The JD Power Report gives ratings to vehicles on certain parameters like the Quality, Driving experience, resale value, etc. The ratings are mainly based on reviews by car-owners. 

Speaking of the Subaru Crosstrek, the 2020 Crosstrek bagged a total JD Power score of 80 out of a maximum 100, which happens to be a decent score. Below is a further breakdown of this score:

  • Quality and reliability: 77 out of 100
  • Driving Experience: 84 out of 100
  • Resale: 78 out of 100
  • Dealership Experience: 81 out of 100

Since the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will not be getting any major revamps apart from some cosmetic tweaks and a new engine option, we expect the same scores to imply on the new model as well.

Car prices vary from state to state all across the US. The main reasons being the different levels of state taxes as well as the destination charges and dealer discounts. If we see the price of Crosstrek location-wise then it appears that buying it is the cheapest in Atlanta, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Montana due to the exemption of sales tax.

Particulars

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1,073

$1,111

$1,149

$1,190

$1,231

$5,754

Maintenance

$425

$838

$535

$2,320

$1,078

$5,196

Repairs

$0

$0

$130

$310

$456

$896

Taxes and fees

$2,721

$398

$333

$280

$234

$3,966

Financing

$1,666

$1,339

$991

$621

$224

$4,841

Depreciation

$3,720

$2,119

$2,006

$2,352

$2,227

$12,424

Fuel

$1,484

$1,528

$1,574

$1,621

$1,670

$7,877

Real cost to own

$11,089

$7,333

$6,718

$8,694

$7,120

$40,954

When you buy the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, the average ownership costs you’ll have to fork out in a span of 5 years is a little more than $40,000.This amount includes a number of costs such as insurance, taxes and dealership charges, depreciation, repairs, fuel, financing, etc.

According to NHTSA Crosstrek being a reliable car received 9 minor complaints in the year 2020 although, there are zero recalls for the car as the complaints were managed at a small scale which saved the company from the recall of more than 30k units.

Warranty

Subaru of America (SOA) decides the warranty norms for all Subaru cars in America. The basic warranty lasts for 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever occurs first, Subaru offers 5years of warranty on powertrain restricting up to 60,000 miles. Subaru offers a lifetime warranty on seat belts of course not covering the cosmetic appearance like color fading and etc.

Warranty Type

Duration

Basic Warranty 

3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

5 years or 60,000 miles

Lifetime Warranty on Seat Belt

Lifetime

Rust Perforation Warranty

5 years (unlimited miles)

24/7 Roadside Assistance

3 years or 36,000 miles

The warranty offered by Subaru is equivalent to its competitors and you will not find any major difference between the warranty offered by rival brands such as Hyundai or Mazda.

Miles Per Dollar

We had put an estimated ownership cost of $41,000 for 5 years, 15,000 miles each year for the Subaru Crosstrek. This equates to $41,000 for 75000 miles, that is, a running cost of $0.54 per mile! These calculation factors in parameters such as depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, etcetera.


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2021 Subaru Crosstrek Buying Advice

Crosstrek is offered in many trims and variations so, choosing the ideal trim of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek completely depends on the buyer's needs. If you are a manual transmission freak then it is better to go with premium trim which has a 6-speed manual transmission with a 2.0-liter powerhouse and lots of features. If you need more power and performance in the car regardless of the fuel economy you can go with limited trim as it has a 2.5-liter powerhouse and lots of features.

Apart from these mechanical factors, the decision of making a choice also relies upon your lifestyle preferences. In case you are more into the Sporty and rugged look, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is the trim to go for. Yet, if you like to keep it subtle and classy, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited proves to be a better choice.

Is buying a used Subaru Crosstrek a good idea?

It is always a sensible decision to buy a used car, as it saves you a lot of money while giving you a larger selection of options within your price range. Moreover, when you buy a used car, you do not take a hit on the depreciation factor. 

Speaking of the Subaru Crosstrek, you can buy the 2018 or 2019 version as the price depreciates by 15-20% annually so you can get a used Crosstrek between $16k-$18k and yes obviously you will get the 2.0-liter engine. It is advised to not go for versions beyond 2018 while buying a used Subaru Crosstrek as the model underwent a generation change in 2018 wherein lots of improvements were introduced to the car.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Engine and Performance

7.2/10

The performance of Crosstrek was just average till last year due to an underpowered engine but this year with a new 2.5-liter engine on offer, the performance factor of the Subaru Crosstrek will surely take a turn.

Enter the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, and there will be two engine options to choose from - a 2.0L Boxer-4, and a new 2.5L Boxer-4. The 2.0L engine, that’s available in the Base and Premium trims, belts out a meek 152 hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. 

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets a new 2.5L Flat-4 engine option. 

However, it’s the new engine that’s the star of the show. The new 2.5L Boxer-4 engine option in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek churns out an impressive 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. Of peak torque. The 2.5L engine is being offered as standard in the Limited and Sport trims of the 2021 Crosstrek.

Models

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3 

2021 Buick Encore

MSRP

$22,245

$20,400

$20,640

$24,195

Engine

2.0L BOXER 4

2.0L GDI 4-cylinder

2.0L Inline-4

1.4L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic

6-speed automatic transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic 

Power

152 hp @ 6000 RPM

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

148 hp @ 6000 RPM

138 hp @ 4900 RPM

Torque

145 lb-ft @ 6000 RPM

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

148 lb-ft @ 1850 RPM

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers two transmission options - a 6-speed Manual, and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The 6-speed manual is offered as standard in the Base and the Premium trims of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, with the CVT being an optional extra, costing $1350. 

Whereas, the upper two trims of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek - Sport and Limited get a CVT transmission as standard, paired with their more powerful 2.5L engine. Regardless of the transmission option you go for, the Subaru Crosstrek is driven by all of its wheels, as it gets Subaru's Symmetrical AWD as standard.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets Subaru's Symmetrical AWD drivetrain as standard.

Talking about the rivals, the Subaru Crosstrek even with its standard 2.0L engine is the most powerful car in this segment. The 2021 Mazda CX-3's 2.0L Inline-4 makes it the second most powerful car with 148 hp. Whereas, the 2021 Buick Encore is the least powerful car in the segment. What further differentiates the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek from all its rivals is the standard AWD drivetrain.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Acceleration and Braking Performance

Speaking of the base 2L engine setup of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, well this engine is pretty meek and basically that’s the whole reason why Subaru came up with the new 2.5L powertrain. The 2.0L Boxer-4 engine can make the 2021 Subaru Outback accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds, and clock the quarter of a mile lap in almost 17 seconds

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 9 seconds.

Though the Crosstrek leads the segment in terms of power figures, it also is the heaviest crossover in this class. Thus, the power to weight ration of the Crosstrek lends it a big disadvantage when it comes to sprinting fixtures. 

However, it's the new engine option of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek that's stealing the eyeballs, and why not, after all as it has been directly handpicked from the larger Legacy and Outback models.

Models

2021 Subaru Crosstrek 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3 

2021 Buick Encore

0-60 (seconds)

9.0

9.2

8.2 

9.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.9

16.8

16.3

16.4

Top Speed (mph)

140

127

114

120

60-0 (feet)

120

129

127

126

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Subaru Crosstrek Limited can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in just 8.2 seconds while clocking the quarter of a mile lap in 16 seconds, owing to their new and more powerful 2.5L Boxer-4 engine.

Talking of the halting prowess, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek bears 11.6-inch front brake rotors and 10.8-inch rotors at the rear wheels. The Crosstrek comes equipped with ventilated discs at the front and solids at the rear along with 4-wheel ABS. The brakes in the Crosstrek feel very solid with strong responses, bringing it to a halt from 60 mph in just 120 feet.


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2021 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy

8.9/10

The Subaru Crosstrek is a competitive car, but fuel-efficiency is definitely not the aspect that lends this Subaru an edge. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is economical but not as economical as other rivals of this segment, courtesy of a manual transmission, AWD drivetrain, and of course the heavy curb weight.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek returns a city/highway/combined mpg rating of 22/29/25. Though these figures are not outright impressive, yet can be referred to as decent. However, what comes as a welcome move is the fact that the new 2.5L engine despite being powerful will hold onto these MPG figures. 

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek posts the best in class range figures.

Moreover, the Crosstrek tries to make up for its comparatively dim mpg figures by offering a cavernous fuel-tank capacity of 16.6 gallons. This is the best in class fuel-tank capacity and makes the Crosstrek a serious mile cruncher. 

However, Subaru has taken a significant step-up towards making the Crosstrek a more economical ride, as it has launched a hybrid variant of this crossover. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a new model, and returns up to 35 mpg combined

Models

2021 Subaru Crosstrek 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3 

2021 Buick Encore

MPG (City)

22

27

29

26

MPG (Highway)

29

33

34

31

MPG (Combined)

25

30

31

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

16.6 

13.2

12.7 

14.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

368/481/415

370/422/392 

368/432/394

350/420/378 

Comparing the rivals, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 offers the best in class fuel economy, followed by the mpg figures on offer in the 2021 Hyundai Kona. The 2021 Buick Encore posts a combined mpg of 28, finally followed by the fuel economy of the 2021 Crosstrek. 

However, despite being the least fuel-efficient contender, the Crosstrek offers the best in class range figures, owing to the mammoth size fuel tank. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

8.3/10

The interiors of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, just like every other Subaru, place functionality much higher than the form in the list of priorities. Subaru has retained the interior layout of the Crosstrek for the model year 2021, as there are no major changes happening inside this crossover. 

The Subaru Crosstrek gets a new cloth-upholstery for 2021.

The only change that occurs is the new patterns for cloth upholstery which now gets more comfortable. All the other attributes are retained and its clean dashboard layout and top-notch quality are maintained as well. 

Subaru Crosstrek has faced a fair share of criticism for its dashboard design which seems very conservative and needs refreshment. However, that's definitely not on the cards for the model year 2021, as the atmosphere inside the new Crosstrek remains mostly dark and a bit dull. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek's new Sport trim gets a new color contrast theme. 

However, the Sports trim of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek tries to rectify it with a splash of color contrast theme, sporty graphics, and trim-specific badges scattered around the cabin.

Models

2021 Subaru Crosstrek 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3

2021 Buick Encore

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.8/56.7/43.1

38.0/55.5/41.5

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.6/54.2/40.8

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.0/55.6/36.5

37.8/54.5/34.6

37.2/50.4/35.0

38.8/52.5/35.8

If we compare Crosstrek with the rivals, it comes out that Crosstrek is roomier and comfortable than its competitors. Moreover, the dimensions of the 2020 version and 2021 version are the same so Crosstrek will continue to lead its legacy of a roomier and comfortable cabin.

How’s the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system of Crosstrek has always been a center of attraction for the buyers. Crosstrek comes with the Subaru Starlink Infotainment system (SSIS). Now, for the model year 2021, the Crosstrek carries forward the same infotainment setup from last year. 

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen panel in lower trims and an 8-inch display in upper trims. 

The lower variants get a 6.5-inch unit that is coupled to 6 speakers and top variants get an 8-inch unit. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across all trims. Exclusive to the top variants is a premium 9-speaker Harman Kardon music system, which will also be equipped in the new Sport trim.

The system is easy to interact with and displays all the vital information in the form of crisp graphics, laid out in a very neat manner. The audio system controls are well laid out on the steering wheel with the privilege of voice-activated commands. Various infotainment features in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek are:

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system(base trims)
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system(top trims)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Integrated Pandora and AHA
  • NFC technology and 4G LTE Wi-Fi compatible
  • Voice-activated audio system controls
  • Dual USB ports
  • Bluetooth audio streaming with Hands-Free

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV cockpit area
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV steering wheel
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV front seats
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV cockpit area
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV front seats

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

7.0/10

It is well known that Subaru follows a 5-year plan for generation shift, Crosstrek was last changed in 2018 so we have to wait until 2023 to see a differently styled Crosstrek. In the 2021 version, there are only minimal changes in the exterior styling of the Crosstrek, as it will continue to flaunt its humble-looking and rugged exterior.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets a refreshed rear end.

The Subaru Crossback underpins the same platform as the Subaru Impreza, which makes it look like a "hatchback on steroids". However, it's the same platform that lends this crossover its nimble handling traits and compact looks. 

What's new for the Crosstrek in the model year 2021 is a tweaked front fascia, that now looks a lot more aggressive and dedicated, courtesy of generous use of chrome and tweaked fog lamp cutouts. Though it's the rear end of this crossover, that lends it a refreshing vibe as it has been given a more detailed makeover with the tailgate now being a bit wider.

The new 2021 Crosstrek Sport trim would also get several design cues that will accentuate its sporty vibe and segregate it from the other trims in the lineup. Moreover, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will be pointed out from the rest of the trims via its black rear spoiler.

Models

2021 Subaru Crosstrek 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3 

2021 Buick Encore

Curb Weight (lbs)

3117

3126

2,851

3237

Length (inches)

175.8

164.0

168.3

168.4

Width (inches)

71.0

70.9

69.6 

70.1

Height (inches)

63.6

61.6

60.7 

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7

6.7

6.1 

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

104.9

102.4

101.2 

100.6

The Crosstrek is the heaviest car in this segment, which explains the underwhelming performance of its base 2.0L engine. However, the Crosstrek is well known for its 17/18 inch wheels and 8.7 inches ground clearance which makes it a capable rough-roader, a skill that other rivals cannot really pull off. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV left side view
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV rear view
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV three quarter view
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV three quarter view
2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV headlights

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

9.0/10

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has not yet been bashed into a pole or a barrier by NHTSA or the IIHS. However, since the 2021 Crosstrek is a carryover model with just mild cosmetic tweaks, we can consider the safety ratings of the previous year model.

The Subaru Crosstrek has been awarded the Top Safety Pick by IIHS.

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has scored five out of five stars in NHTSA safety ratings and scored six goods in IIHS ratings, which is enough for terming a car safe. Moreover, the 2020 Crosstrek was awarded the top safety pick by IIHS.

The body structure of the Crosstrek is made from high strength steel to make the car more durable and safe. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is loaded with safety features and techs to ensure the maximum safety of the occupants, with most of these highlights available even from the base variant.

Some of the standout safety features of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek are as follows:

  • 7 airbags(driver and front passenger, side curtains, front row mounted torso, and driver knee)
  • Adaptive dusk sensing headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Reverse camera
  • Pre and Post-collision system
  • Blindspot warning system
  • Lane Departure Warning system
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Steering Responsive Headlights

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Competition

7.0/10

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

These two cars are the best of the lot and competition between them is very tough but Crosstrek manages to get a slight advantage over Hyundai Kona with higher ground clearance and spacious interior.

2021 Hyundai Kona

The price difference between these two cars is also a big one, the base variant of Crosstrek costs around 22 Grands whereas the base variant of Kona comes at a cost of 25 Grands. This price difference makes buying Crosstrek more logical and feasible as saving money with more advantages is one of a kind deal.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Mazda CX 3

Subaru and Mazda have always given a tough competition to each other in every segment, Crosstrek and CX 3 both are better options to go for as both are equally spacious and equally efficient. Although CX 3 is more powerful than Crosstrek due to its 2.5-liter engine with the introduction of the new 2.5L engine on the Crosstrek, the engine cubic capacity has matched and so the power and torque figures have also coped up so the difference you are left with is the cost at which one can own these beasts. 

2021 Mazda CX-3

Comparing the prices of both the cars Mazda turns out to be more favorable as its base version costs 25 Grands and still has the 2.5-liter engine whereas Crosstrek offers you 2.5-liter engine at a cost of 28 Grands so if you want a powerful vehicle at low cost than CX 3 goes better with you or else if you are fine with the medium-powered car then Crosstrek is waiting for you.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Buick Encore

Between these two cars, it is easy to opt as the difference between them is huge on each and every parameter, considering all the above-mentioned stats of comparison on the basis of Mileage, interior, tech features, and also the price Crosstrek clearly wins over the Encore. 

2021 Buick Encore

The only advantage that Encore carries is its top speed and efficient braking system which enables it to stop from 60 mph to idle condition at a distance of 117ft, but this difference does not make it up to have an overall advantage over Crosstrek. So it is clear to go for the Subaru Crosstre.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Final Verdict

7.5/10

Subaru Crosstrek is an all-rounder vehicle and definitely, worth a go, Crosstrek is very close to being an ideal car. Crosstrek has a spacious and comfortable cabin, mileage provided is very good, has stunning exterior looks, king of safety, and now a powerful engine as well.

Moreover, Crosstrek is pocket friendly unlike others which burns a hole in your pocket, Crosstrek costs very less than its rivals and this makes it more viable for the buyers to go for Crosstrek. Apart from features and advantages that Crosstrek carries it also provides its customer with the best after-sales experience and due to which Subaru has a very good Customer retention ratio.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek FAQs:

Is Subaru Crosstrek reliable?

Subaru has come a long way since it entered the US. It now makes some of the most reliable cars in the industry and is backed by contended customers and impressed regulatory organizations. The 2020 Crosstrek bagged an impressive 80 out of 100 in the J.D. Power Report which is impressive in general. Recalls were a handful, but Subaru has always been quick to rectify it and make the least hassle in doing so.

What is the annual maintenance cost of a Subaru Crosstrek?

The annual maintenance cost of a Subaru Crosstrek, on average, ranges from $480 - $492, depending upon your service provider. 

Is the Subaru Crosstrek AWD?

Yes, the Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical AWD system. 

How much is an oil change for a Subaru Crosstrek?

An oil change for a Subaru Crosstrek costs around $162 for the base engine and $220 for the more powerful 2.5L engine. 

How often does Subaru Crosstrek need an oil change?

According to Subaru, you should get your Crosstrek's oil changed every 3000 - 5000 miles.  

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek Overall Reviews


EL

Edward E. Lassiter

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Has all the important things

Pros - Mpg, safe, reliable

Cons - Design, wheels could have been better

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Great on gas and very safe to drive! Subaru is known for making some of the best and most refined vehicles and Crosstrek is no different.

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
5/10
Dealer Review

DA

David D. Allmon

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Perfect family vehicle!

Pros - User-friendly controls, legroom, tech

Cons - Nothing. I love everything about my Subaru

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

A family SUV through and through! Does everything amazingly well! And I love it for that. There are no power lags or delays. CVT is super smooth and is surprisingly quick.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
5/10
Dealer Review

DS

David N. Stark

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Needs POWER!

Pros - Interior design, handling, ease of driving

Cons - CVT, performance, power

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

A great vehicle for all. It is very easy to drive and get around in. The handling is superb. I always feel that I? the one in control. I can feel exactly what the tires are doing.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

9

User Overall Rating

Has all the important things

Great on gas and very safe to drive! Subaru is known for making some of the best and most refined vehicles and Crosstrek is no different.

by Edward E. Lassiter

10

User Overall Rating

Perfect family vehicle!

A family SUV through and through! Does everything amazingly well! And I love it for that. There are no power lags or delays. CVT is super smooth and is surprisingly quick.

by David D. Allmon

10

User Overall Rating

Needs POWER!

A great vehicle for all. It is very easy to drive and get around in. The handling is superb. I always feel that I? the one in control. I can feel exactly what the tires are doing.

by David N. Stark

9

User Overall Rating

Couldn? be happier

Does have a little road noise on highways which can be annoying over a long time, but the solution is also simple: just turn the radio up and have a nice ride!

by Brett S. Todd

8

User Overall Rating

First Subaru

Not a pro here. All I know is it gets us where we want it to without problems and that counts for something I believe

by Luis E. Rice

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