Adventure-Ready 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru is well known for producing SUVs that have the same flexibility as an agile sedan. Find out whether the new 2021 Crosstrek continues this tradition.
New Updates for 2021
For 2021 the Crosstrek's front bumper and grille have been tweaked for a slightly fresher look, while a new, more powerful 2.5L engine has been added as an available option.
Powertrain and Performance Options
There are two gas engine choices for the latest Crosstrek. The base is a 2.0L design which offers 152 horsepower and 145lb-ft of torque. A welcome addition to the range is an all-new 2.5L mill which pushes the ponies up to 182hp and raises the twist to 176lb-ft. Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which gives a smooth and reliable drive under all conditions. Also available is a plug-in hybrid option based around the 2.0L engine with an additional electric motor, which increases the fuel economy dramatically while also giving a boost to acceleration.
Excellent Fuel Economy
The base engine has a great fuel economy rating of 7.8L / 100km combined, and even the more powerful 2.5L mill delivers an impressive 8.1L / 100km. But as you'd expect, the hybrid option is significantly more efficient, with a stunning combined equivalent rating of just 2.6L / 100km.
Safety and Driver Assist
Subaru consistently performs well in crash safety tests, and the 2021 Crosstrek is no exception, gaining five stars from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. Safety is further increased by a suite of active driver assist systems, which are available on every trim either as standard or as reasonably priced additions. The main systems include: • Lane keeping assist and departure warnings. • Automated emergency braking. • Adaptive cruise control.
Interior Tech and Infotainment
All trim levels of the 2021 Crosstrek offer an infotainment touchscreen, with size choices of 6.5" or a more luxurious 8". Smartphone integration is offered as standard via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port is also present on every model. Higher trims can add integrated navigation to the 8" display, and also bring a SiriusXM satellite radio option into the mix.