Subaru revealed the third-gen Crosstrek for the Japanese market last September. Now though, it’s time for the U.S.-spec model to make its public debut at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show. Order books are yet to open, but the MSRP starts at $24,995. Buyers get to choose from four trims:
|Trim||MSRP||MSRP + destination & delivery|
Certain optional packages are available depending on the trim:
|All-Weather Package + Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Power Driver Seat + Power Moonroof||$2,245|
|Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Power Driver Seat + Power Moonroof||$1,920|
|Power Moonroof + Harman Kardon Amplifier and Speakers||$1,795|
|Power Moonroof + Harman Kardon Amplifier and Speakers + Navigation System||$2,445|
The photos here showcase the Crosstrek Sport trim in Alpine Green paint with yellowish-orange contrast elements on the bumpers and on the side of the body. Key exterior features on the base model include LED headlights and 17-inch dark gray alloy wheels. Step up to Premium and you’ll get LED fog lights as well. The Sport trim we’re seeing here boasts gloss black front grille, mirror caps and roof spoiler, and 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels. The Limited trim also rides on 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels.
Inside, the base model is equipped with dual 7-inch touchscreens where the bottom one is for climate and vehicle settings—as is the case with cars having such dual screens. Dual-zone climate control is also a standard feature. The Premium trim gets you a 11.6-inch portrait style Starlink touchscreen, 6 speakers, a 4.2-inch MID, multiple USB ports, and auto up/auto down on all windows. A power moonroof and 10-way power driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support are part of an optional package. The photos above showcase the Sport trim with seats wrapped in gray cloth with yellow accents and contrast stitching. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is available on the Limited trim as part of an optional package.
The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology comes standard on all trims, which can identify bicycles and pedestrians at intersections and apply brakes if necessary. However, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are part of an optional pack.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the Base and Premium trims are powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Boxer (flat-four) petrol engine with 113 kW (152 bhp/154 metric hp) and 197 Nm (145 lb-ft). The Sport and Limited upgrade to a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Boxer (flat-four) petrol engine with 136 kW (182 bhp/185 metric hp) and 241 Nm (178 lb-ft).
But no matter which you choose, CVT is what you get. However, except for the base model, the rest all get a manual mode with paddle shifters. The CVT offers 8 pre-set ratios to simulate an 8-speed shifting experience. Active Torque Vectoring comes standard too. Also, Subaru claims that the chassis is 10% stiffer for improved dynamic performance and ride quality.