The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek main appealing is its versatility. Like many other similarly priced cars and compact crossover SUVs, it has a smooth ride quality, spacious interiors for people and cargo, and a long list of available advanced safety features. It is also equipped with standard all-wheel drive and elevated suspension that provides 8.7-inch of ground clearance. These features make the Crosstrek more capable in bad weather and off-road activities.
The main disadvantage that holds the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is its engine. It’s less powerful and noisy and buzzy when prodded. This is true, especially when paired with a continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) because the elastic-like revving nature of the CVT automatically brings the engine worst qualities. There are no big returns in terms of fuel economy too.
Overall, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is great. It’s most suitable for those who live in areas that often experience bad weather or those who like adventure activities. However, if you don’t belong to this category, subcompact crossover like the Mazda CX-3 might be more suitable for you since it’s more fun to drive.
All 2019 Subaru Crosstrek automatic now offers driver-assistance features (adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane-keeping). The Starlink telematics system gains a few new features.
Trim levels and features
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a compact crossover SUV offered in three levels of trim: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited.
For its price range, the base 2.0i trim is well-equipped. It highlights 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, auto up/down windows for the driver and front passenger, a driver information display, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 6.5-inch touchscreen dashboard display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and a four-speaker sound system. When equipped with the CVT, buyers can access the Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
Move up to the Crosstrek 2.0 Premium model and you get automatic headlights, a noise-reducing windshield, heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, a six-speaker sound system, and extra Subaru Starlink features such as remote services and collision notification. Options equipment for the 2.0i Premium models includes blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, a sunroof, and contrasting interior stitching.
The top-of-the-line Crosstrek 2.0i Limited includes all above features along with 18-inch wheels, LED adaptive headlights, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, leather seating, and all of the EyeSight features. A navigation system and Harman Kardon audio system are optional for the Limited only.
Under the hood, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine making 152 horsepower and 145 pounds-feet of torque. That’s increase slightly in the horsepower from the previous generation. Though not turbocharged, it does feature direct injection. It paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic (CVT) with a stepped-gear function meant to make it feel and sound more like a traditional geared automatic. All-wheel drive is standard across the board.
For modern vehicles, the 2019 Crosstrek is very slow. However, if you can accept the shortcomings, it offers a reassuring steering and capable off-road capabilities. Handling and in-town drivability are acceptable, although some competitors offer a more enjoyable driving experience. In track testing, the Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, a Prius can past you from a stoplight.
The benefit of the underpowered acceleration is a better fuel economy. The Crosstrek is EPA-rated 29 mpg combined (27 city/33 highway) with the CVT and 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway) with the manual. Its 33-mpg highway rating is tops for the AWD class, even beat competitor’s front-wheel-drive models.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek cabin is bigger than the previous generation. Nearly every part has been improved, and although it looks familiar, everything is new and far better. The traditional benefits of the Subaru interior remain intact: slim pillars and very low belts offer exceptional outward visibility in every direction. This is not only very helpful on the road but also off-road, which allows you to see over the hood easily when negotiating on difficult terrain.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is very spacious compared with rivals such as the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3. It’s more comfortable, especially for passengers in the back, but new competitors such as the Nissan Rogue Sport and Jeep Compass are starting to really challenge it in this area.
Like the Impreza, the 2019 Crosstrek receive Subaru new generation multimedia system. The 6.5-inch touchscreen display is standard and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Subaru Starlink suite of apps. Upgrade to a higher trim and you can get an 8-inch touchscreen and add TomTom navigation too.
At the very back, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded to 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That was less than the Honda HR-V (24.3/58.8 cubic feet), but Honda sacrificed the rear seat space. The Jeep Compass and Nissan Rogue Sport beat the Crosstrek in cargo space, each offering 27.2/59.8 and 22.9/61.1 cubic feet. The Crosstrek superior in the rear passenger space, where its width provides more comfort than any of these competitors.
Release Dates and Price
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i with the manual transmission has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $22,870 (all prices include the $975 destination fee). The CVT is an extra $1,000. The better-equipped Premium trim comes in at $23,870. The range-topping Limited retails for $28,170. A fully loaded Crosstrek Limited can pass $30,000.