Melding the looks of a toughened hatchback with the versatility and higher-riding stance of an SUV, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has an adventurous aesthetic all its own. It's also a fantastically versatile, easy-driving compact crossover whose value story stands out as much as its style. The Crosstrek's sub-$22,000 starting price is attractive up front, and its terrific resale value means a bigger payoff when it's time to sell.
Between those two periods, the Crosstrek has the ability to provide many miles and years of memories, especially if they involve outdoor adventures. Really, it's what the Subaru Crosstrek was made to do. Every model comes standard with all-wheel drive, and its robust 8.7 inches of ground clearance is more than some traditional SUVs. While power is only modest at 152 ponies, the Crosstrek does stand out for offering a manual transmission in addition to the more popular automatic. Also notable is fuel economy that reaches 33 mpg.
All-new just last year, this second-gen Subaru Crosstrek further benefits from gains in technology and creature comforts. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility are standard on every model, and buyers with slightly bigger budgets can opt for leather interior, heated seats, and a premium Harman/Kardon audio system. Safety and driver-assistance systems are also impressive, with features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control all in the offering.
The Crosstrek has individualist looks and an attitude that bucks the norm, but its disparate ingredients create a recipe for a small crossover that's practical, efficient, and has a history of reliability and high resale value.