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Executive Summary

2019 Crosstreks are on sale now at Planet Subaru!

Subaru debuted the current generation Crosstrek in 2013, and introduced an all-new Crosstrek for the 2018 model year.  There were big grew slightly in size and now rides on an all-new platform with 40% better crash absorption capability.  As expected right after a major model change, Subaru changed only a few things for 2019:

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology available on base with CVT
  • New 6.5-inch Multimedia system standard on Premium
  • Additional SUBARU STARLINK™ Safety and Security services available
  • EyeSight, Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist standard on Limited

For 2019, Subaru's first-ever plug-in hybrid powertrain appears on the Crosstrek, in limited quantities, in those ten states that have adopted the California zero emissions standards. The other states include Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Planet Subaru's world headquarters in Massachusetts, and other northeastern states. Since Toyota owns a significant minority stake in Subaru, many of the hybrid components will come from the Prius, the most battle-tested hybrid on the market.

The new Crosstrek Hybrid maintains all the capability of the traditional Subaru Crosstrek with increased fuel efficiency. It can be driven as a normal Hybrid, using both gas and electric power and eliminating range anxiety, or driven on pure electric drive for local commuting. The Crosstrek Hybrid is an advanced, eco-friendly version of the versatile compact SUV that has become the Subaru's third best-selling model in America (after Outback and Forester). The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uniquely integrates the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) with Subaru's four-cylinder direct-injection BOXER engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and an all-new transmission. The Crosstrek Hybrid combines the wide-ranging off-road capability of the gas-powered Crosstrek with hybrid efficiency.  The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will also feature unique styling, calling out its distinct abilities.

Take a deep dive, including pricing:

With safety as Subaru's top priority, EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is now available on all 2019 Crosstrek trim levels.  EyeSight features include Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management; Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Departure and Sway Warning; and Lane Keep Assist.  Crosstrek has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for seven years running (2012-2018) and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek received the highest possible rating for front crash prevention from IIHS when equipped with EyeSight. 

Every Crosstrek is equipped with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that delivers 152-hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.  Base and Premium trim levels are offered as either a 6-speed manual or Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).  The 6-speed manual transmission models have fuel economy of 23city/29hwy/25 combined miles per gallon. For Premium and Limited trims, the CVT features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios. Fuel economy for CVT models is 27city/33hwy/29 combined miles per gallon. CVT models have X-MODE and Hill Descent Control for enhanced performance in low-friction and off-road conditions.

The 2019 Crosstrek combines a bold design and highly capable chassis with 8.7-in of ground clearance for versatility in both off-road and city driving. The Crosstrek 2.0i base comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheel in black with machine finish, roof rails and black side cladding. The interior has black simulated carbon fiber finish on the center dash panel as well as the front and rear door panels, in addition to a standard gloss black rear roof spoiler. 

The fun-to-drive Crosstrek comes with an array of standard features including 6.5-inch STARLINK Multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; power windows with auto-up/ auto-down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; remote keyless entry system, tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more. 

The 2019 Crosstrek 2.0i CVT model is priced at $22,895 and now offers a new option package which includes EyeSight along with a high-grade instrument cluster with color LCD display, overhead console shower light, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure display.

Equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2019 Crosstrek 2.0i Premium starts at $22,895. The Premium trim adds the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, windshield Wiper De-Icer and heated exterior mirrors); body-color exterior mirrors; dual rear USB ports; On/Off automatic headlights linked to windshield wiper operation; and Welcoming lighting.  The standard features on the Premium continue with a 6-speaker sound system, retractable cargo cover, cargo tray, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle and more.

Premium trim level includes an updated SUBARU STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia system that now includes a single-disc CD player; SiriusXM® All Access Radio; SiriusXM Travel Link®; and the latest SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security services (with a complimentary 3-year subscription to Safety Plus services and a 6-month trial subscription to Safety and Security Plus services).

Stepping up to the Premium trim with Lineartronic CVT offers more optional equipment.  Option packages with moonroof and/or EyeSight include Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Cross Traffic Alert.  Models equipped with EyeSight also include TPMS with individual tire pressure display; high grade instrument cluster with color LCD display an overhead console shower light; and Steering Responsive Headlights.   

The Crosstrek 2.0i Limited continues as the top of the model line with standard features over the Premium which now include CVT with X-MODE with Hill Descent Control; SUBARU STARLINK™ 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus that adds Voice activated controls, Bluetooth® hands-free text messaging and Near Field Communication; 18-inch alloy wheels in black with machine finish; Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; 6-way power driver's seat; Steering Responsive Headlights; and High Beam Assist.  Limited trims come standard with a suite of driver assist technology including EyeSight; High Beam Assist; Steering Responsive Headlights; Reverse Automatic Braking; and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Limited trims also include Automatic LED low and high beam height adjustment control. The 2019 Limited is priced from $27,195.

The interior on the Crosstrek Limited features black or high-contrast gray leather with orange stitching on seats, door armrests and instrument panel. Limited trims include upgraded Multi-Function display and individual wheel display TPMS indicators. An optional power moonroof is available for the Limited.  A second option package, with moonroof, adds the SUBARU STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation that features voiced activated navigation powered by TomTom® with over-the-air map updates along with Harman Kardon® premium audio.

All 2019 Crosstrek models include seven airbags including driver and front passenger frontal airbags, side curtain airbags and side pelvis/torso airbags as well as a driver's knee airbag.

SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology provides hands-free connectivity and entertainment through the vehicle's multimedia or navigation system.  All STARLINK Multimedia systems offer a high-resolution touchscreen; smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Aha, Pandora® and STARLINK Cloud Apps; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; and Rear Vision Camera as standard.  The 6.5-inch multimedia system in the Premium adds a single-disc CD player; SiriusXM® All Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link®.  The 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus adds to voice activated controls for phone and Near Field Communication to the list of features.  The top-of-the-line 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation adds navigation powered by TomTom, voiced activated navigation, and over-the-air updates. 

For safety, security and convenience, SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology offers three connected services packages that are among the most affordable in the industry.  The STARLINK Safety Plus package includes SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report and diagnostic alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus package adds remote engine start with climate control and heated seats, stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights; remote vehicle locator and parenting features including boundary, speed and curfew alerts.  The STARLINK Concierge package adds the convenience of in-vehicle assistance with restaurant and hotel reservations, purchasing tickets for sporting/theater events and scheduling service appointments. 

2019 Crosstrek



Applicable Option Code


MSRP + destination and delivery








01, 03



2.0i Premium





2.0i Premium


11, 12, 13, 14



2.0i Limited


21, 22, 23




2019 Crosstrek Option Packages





Standard Model (6MT or CVT)






Standard Model (6MT or CVT)



Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert



EyeSight + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert



EyeSight + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert



Standard Model






Moonroof + Navigation System + Harman Kardon Amplifier and Speakers


More about changes to this generation of Crosstrek made last year:


  • All-new interior, roomier than before
  • All-new exterior, even cooler than before
  • 2.0-liter Boxer Engine with Direct Injection and more horsepower
  • Active Torque Vectoring for improved handling
  • Available X-Mode for off-road use
  • New Eyesight features
  • New Multimedia system adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system now gives pressure readouts on individual tires

Crosstrek got Eyesight upgrades 

including the addition of High Beam Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking when an obstacle is detected backing up.  (Forward Automatic Braking has been standard on Eyesight since it was first introduced). 

 Eyesight cameras.

Steering responsive LED headlights

Blind spot detection

Now Crosstreks
get optional steering-responsive headlights which pivot in turns. 

Another technology, Blind Spot Detection, uses radar to detect vehicles in the blind spot and illuminate lights in the mirror housing to alert you.  BSD and Rear Cross Traffic Alert will come standard on the upper level trims without Eyesight, and all Eyesight models with have these features.  Both of these features were optional starting on the 2016 Crosstrek. 

Displacement remained at 2.0 liters but output improved.

...from 148 horsepower to 152.

Interior moves upscale.
New infotainment system offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that interface with Subaru's Starlink system.  Power seat now available for the first time on a Crosstrek, as is Harman Kardon audio. 


Infotainment system incorporates the Rear Vision Camera and integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod® control capability and iTunes® Tagging capability, USB port and aux. input jack.

New global architecture.

Crosstrek rides on Subaru's common platform which will eventually underpin nearly all of Subaru's vehicles. Using one platform reduces development time and cost. 

Also known as a "chassis," a platform is the basic architecture of a vehicle. Obviously an Outback or a Forester need a bigger frame than a Crosstrek, but many of the vehicles will share more modular components than in the past, when Subaru had to start from scratch to build a new vehicle. 


We expect pricing to increase only slightly.
See current Crosstrek Models and Pricing.


t's remarkable that Subaru can continue, year after year, to include more and more equipment with price increases that don't even match inflation. 

Crosstreks through the years:

Subaru technically introduced the XV Crosstrek name in 2013, but Subaru debuted its "mini-ute" as the Impreza Outback Sport in 1996.  Through four generations, the basic formula remains the same:  start with an Impreza hatchback, raise the suspension, and give it a rugged exterior. 


Subaru maintained maximum cool factor with this latest generation, but changed almost everything.  Built on an all-new platform that will ultimately underpin most Subaru models, crash absorption capability increases by a stunning 40%.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto debut, along with an optional power seat and Harmon Kardan audio.  New Eyesight features include rear automatic braking, steering responsive headlights, and high-beam assist.
2013 through 2017

Subaru became the compact SUV to beat with this recent generation.  Introducing a continuously variable transmission and new 2.0 liter engine lifted fuel economy to 33 mpg highway.  Other new features included the optional Eyesight driver assistance system. Subaru hit the styling bullseye, producing one of the coolest looking utility vehicles available.  Outward visibility remains outstanding.  Subaru's first hybrid powerplant appeared in the 2014 Crosstrek.

2008 through 2011

Subaru stretched the wheelbase on this generation, appealing to a much broader audience who required more room for people, dogs, and gear.    

2002 through 2007

The previous generation lacked refinement, so Subaru upped its game with a standard 2.5 liter engine, modern interior, and side airbags.  Exterior styling went from weird to handsome.   

1996 through 2001

Subaru introduced the Impreza Outback Sport in 1996 with a 2.2 liter
Boxer engine by adding a long-travel suspension and styling we call "rugged whizbang."  Added equipment included crossbars, hood scoop, two tone paint, and phat fog lights.  It looks a little goofy today, but this car really pioneered the mini-ute craze in the industry that is just now coming into full bloom.

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