New 2019 Subaru Crosstrek SUV
Subaru Crosstrek SUV
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek all-wheel-drive subcompact-crossover SUV comes with a broad set of skills at a reasonable price.
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The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek comes with all-wheel drive as standard and useful ground clearance, putting it firmly in the subcompact-crossover-SUV camp as opposed to a mere small hatchback with a slightly raised ride height. The 2019 model year represents the second year of the Crosstrek’s second generation. This version follows on from the success of the first wave, adding more driver-assistance features and raising refinement levels while remaining a value proposition. If there’s one complaint it’s that we’d like to see a chassis as good as this accompanied by more engine power, but the rest of the class is similarly modest. The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes with more punch and athleticism, but the Crosstrek counters that with a solid reputation for practicality, reliability and high resale values.
You'll Like This Car If...
When you need something with a wide spectrum of qualities, check out the Crosstrek. The security of all-wheel drive is enhanced by fuel economy, that much-loved high driving position, versatility when carrying people and/or cargo, refined driving manners, and Subaru’s superb reliability.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Size matters. Not everyone can live with a subcompact-crossover SUV. The Subaru Forester is the next step up and might be more suitable. And those requiring greater driving talents should check out the Mazda CX-3 or the VW Golf Alltrack.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek now offers driver-assistance features (including forward-collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping) in the automatic version of its most basic trim level. The Limited trim has those driver-assistance features as standard, along with reverse automatic braking and automatic high beams.
If we’re just talking about general day-to-day stuff, the 2019 Crosstrek is a perfectly acceptable drive. Comfortable yet controlled, fairly quiet and easy-going. The biggest gripe, which also afflicted the previous generation, is that engine output (152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque) is barely adequate. Those situations when joining the freeway flow or planning an overtaking move involve a foot to the floor and a prayer for a following wind. The standard transmission in the lower trims is a 6-speed manual, which doesn’t really help get the most out of the engine. The automatic alternative is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), known for being slow to respond but cheaper than a conventional planetary-gear setup. At least the new Crosstrek has useful off-road chops (with 8.7 inches of ground clearance). In our test, the standard all-wheel drive and torque-vectoring system coped easily with miles of unpaved roads.
X-MODE WITH HILL DESCENT CONTROL
Should any Crosstrek driver be so adventurous as to tackle a steep and slippery downward slope, this feature will be a boon. Just press the appropriate button, then resist the urge to put any feet on any pedals, and concentrate solely on steering. The Crosstrek’s X-Mode system (in CVT models only) will handle the rest.
APPLE CARPLAY & ANDROID AUTO
Smartphone integration for both of these major players is becoming increasingly popular in new cars, but it’s quite often an option. Even in the lowest 2019 Crosstrek trim, it’s standard equipment.
The 5-seater Crosstrek has a decent amount of cargo and passenger space for a subcompact-crossover SUV. The rear seats fold flat, opening out from 20.8 to 55.3 cubic feet. The A-pillars and B-pillars are relatively thin, contributing to first-rate outward vision, while the dashboard is unfussy and uses good-quality materials. Our complaints are reserved for the strangely firm front headrests. Those seats could use a little more lower back support as well. And the sunshades are almost comically small.
Every beholder will have their own notion of beauty, but Subaru has never really been a company to place much emphasis on exterior design. On top of that, the current Crosstrek isn’t a departure from its predecessor. Hardly a concern, since this vehicle has other virtues and sells pretty well. Nice to know Subaru fans aren’t shallow. They’ll appreciate the fact that the new Crosstrek’s tailgate is four inches wider than the first generation’s, creating a larger aperture through which to load luggage and things like sports equipment. Roof rails are also standard.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 Crosstrek range starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, smartphone integration, all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, driver-knee airbag, and a 6.5-inch touch screen. Nice, but for an extra $1,000, the Premium trim brings a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sound-insulated windshield, heated front seats and side mirrors, fog lights, and an upgraded infotainment setup that includes satellite radio and Subaru’s Starlink system (featuring emergency assistance, remote lock/unlock, stolen-vehicle recovery service and automatic collision notification). It’s also eligible for more options. The Limited trim includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, 8-inch touch screen and some advanced driver aids.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2.0i base version can be fitted with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and forward-collision mitigation. Premium trims may also include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Other options include a powered moonroof, navigation, reverse automatic braking, and a harman/kardon audio system.
Under the Hood
Subaru’s 2019 Crosstrek has one engine: a 2.0-liter unit with four horizontally opposed cylinders. This “boxer-engine” configuration means a lower center of gravity compared with the more common upright/inline arrangement, bringing benefits to the handling. Base and Premium trims come with a 6-speed manual transmission. Most buyers will choose the CVT automatic; it’s optional in the lower two trims, standard in the Limited. We’ve moaned about a lack of power, but fuel economy is impressive, especially since all-wheel drive is standard. A plug-in hybrid version is expected at some point in this model year. Unlike some subcompact-crossover SUVs, the Crosstrek is rated to tow, albeit a humble 1,500 pounds.
152 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 mpg (manual), 27/33 mpg (automatic)
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek range begins at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,895. Add the $975 destination charge and we’re talking $22,870 for a base 2.0i model with the manual transmission. The automatic (CVT) option is an extra $1,000. Again, we reckon it’s a smarter call to stretch the budget by another $1,000 for the better-equipped Premium trim. Limited models start at $28,170; a fully loaded Crosstrek Limited can exceed $30,000. Rivals like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Kicks, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X start slightly lower, but they don't have all-wheel drive as standard. The VW Golf Alltrack, starting a few thousand higher, is a larger and perhaps less obvious Crosstrek rival. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying. As with other Subaru vehicles, the Crosstrek's resale value is expected to be among the highest in its segment.
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Subaru Crosstrek Consumer Reviews
May 18, 2018
BEST VEHICLE EVER
THIS IS THE BEST VEHICLE IVE EVER OWNED. I LOVE IT BEYOND WORDS. THE AWD ALLOWS ME THE FREEDOM I NEED TO MANEUVER THE RURAL AREA WHERE...
March 16, 2018
Smooth as silk
Very reliable and safe suv. The awd is top notch. Acceleration isnt blow your hair back but definitely still has a little speed in them...
March 16, 2018
Exceeded My High Expectations
What a pleasant surprise to get behind the wheel of the new Crosstrek. The handling is amazing, the ride is smooth, the cabin is quite,...
January 27, 2018
Every thing in this car is grate from A to Z
December 29, 2017
My wife and i started with a 2016 forester ,and from there we loved subarus ever since. I have a new 2018 crosstrek and i love it. I was...
October 09, 2017
Completely satisfied with the Crosstrek
I picked up the new 2018 Crosstrek Premium in Dark Gray Metallic and have no complaints. Its very quiet inside, the cloth seats are...
October 08, 2017
2nd Subaru and More Impressive than the First
My wife loves her Subrau Baja and swore she would never part with it. Two grand kids later we needed something with more room. She...
September 15, 2017
So far, Great!
I purchased the 2018 Crosstrek premium model with CVT and eyesight. We traded our 2016 Forester because my wife thought it was a bit too...
August 26, 2017
Surprisingly great car
Ive purchased up to 20 new cars over my lifetime - for myself, for family members.... I currently own several cars - a Genesis V8, a BMW...
August 17, 2017
I would buy another one if I could!
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|#2||2019 Subaru Crosstrek||9.5|
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