The 2019 Crosstrek is available in three trim levels; 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. All Crosstreks are equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder boxer engine making 152 horsepower. This engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT transmission comes standard in the 2.0i Limited trim. Both drivetrains come standard with all-wheel-drive, a specialty of Subaru, including Torque Vectoring providing improved handling and performance.
Subaru makes sure the Crosstrek is well-equipped, with its base model 2.0i seeing a host of standard features. The base 2.0i includes 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rearview camera, multi-function driver’s display, cloth interior, faux carbon fiber interior trim and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With a small step up in price, the 2.0i Premium adds significantly to the list of standard equipment. The Premium adds heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, cargo shade, fog lights and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
Drivers looking at the top-of-the-line 2.0i Limited will get even more. The standard features of the Limited include leather seats with a power driver’s seat,18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, 8.0-inch infotainment system display and adaptive LED headlights. Additionally, the Limited comes standard with the CVT transmission.
Subaru also offers several optional features that buyers will find desirable. Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist is an option, which includes forward facing cameras with collision warning, automatic braking, lane keeping assist and optimizes cruise control. Additional options include a moonroof, Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, remote engine start and a rear spoiler.
Subaru has taken particular care with the safety features of the Crosstrek. It has all the standard electronic safety features including traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, rearview camera and stability control. A full suite of airbags come standard on all Crosstrek trims. The front airbags are dual-stage and include a mechanism to detect how close the driver is sitting to the steering wheel, delaying airbag deployment accordingly. With all the safety features Subaru has included in the Crosstrek, it has earned a top pick with IIHS and an overall 5-stars with NHTSA.
The Subaru Crosstrek returns for 2019 after a full redesign last year. For 2019, the Crosstrek gets a new 6.5-inch multimedia system for the Premium trim as well as increased functionality for Subaru’s EyeSight suite of safety systems; meaning that EyeSight now comes with automatic high beam assist and reverse automatic braking on Limited trimmed Crosstreks. In addition, EyeSight is now available on base trimmed Crosstreks with the CVT.
All-wheel drive standard; fuel efficient; quiet comfortable interior; extensive standard feature list; high safety standards; high ground clearance
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek jumps in the compact crossover market, competing with other small crossovers such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. With all-wheel drive standard & high ground clearance, the Crosstrek is an extremely capable vehicle, while providing the comfort and conveniences seen in some of its competition. Subaru continues it high safety standards, which are shown in the high ratings received from both IIHS and NHTSA. The Crosstrek achieves excellent fuel economy and does so without compromising Subaru’s famed all-wheel-drive. With a starting price at under $22,000 and Subaru’s reputation for reliability, the Crosstrek becomes a strong option for buyers desiring a smaller SUV.