2024 Crosstrek Review and Links

Planet-exclusive 2024 Crosstrek gallery. Click images to enlarge.

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Crosstrek in One Sentence:
Go for the Crosstrek if you like a smaller sport utility vehicle that's nimble, easy to park, and sacrifices nothing on utility or style. 


Crosstrek has the underpinnings of an Impreza, so it shares the Impreza's basic dimensions.  Subaru gave the Crosstrek:
  • Unique bumpers and grill;
  • Aggressive silver/black alloys wheels;
  • Wheel arch cladding;
  • Black rocker spoiler;
  • Privacy glass;
  • Optional bright paint colors (as if the styling didn't already attract enough attention!)

With almost nine inches of ground clearance, think of it as a mini-monster truck that gets 33 mph highway.

It's the only Subaru available with an optional plug-in hybrid model. It comes standard with a 2.0 liter gas engine, but the Sport and Limited trims come standard with a 2.5 liter engine starting with the 2021 model year.

They are priced from the upper $20s to the mid $30s.

What's new for 2024?
  • See the changes.
Shopping used? We have a page showing what was new for each model year:


  • Peruse a fancy dynamic Crosstrek brochure.

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. 
2024 and up

Infotainment improvements keep Crosstrek at the top of its class, including the introduction of a generous 11.6" display and wireless CarPlay and Android Auto. Subaru knows it has a styling winner, so even though they changed almost everything inside and out, from the chassis to the sheet metal, it still looks super cool. Eyesight improvements keep coming. Manual transmission rides off into the sunset with this version.

2018 through 2023

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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Planet Exclusive Comparisons:

  • Compare Crosstrek Hybrid with regular Crosstrek
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Outback
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Impreza
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Forester
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Honda HR-V
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Plowtruck
  • See the Planet-exclusive quick model comparison chart


Exclusive Planet Benefits: 

We take care of all your XV Crosstrek needs in Framingham, Brockton, Newton, South Shore, Fall River, and Boston.  We have many special offers, rebates, incentives, sales, and discounts.
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