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2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets more powerful engine option, new grade, enhanced safety tech

The Subaru Crosstrek has been significantly refreshed for 2021.

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According to the commercials, love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru and there's no doubt that brand enthusiasts love the Crosstrek. Prior to the onset of the coronavirus, the Crosstrek was setting sales records with buyers opting for the subcompact SUV that's big on cargo space and comes standard with all wheel drive.

However, there are two things missing from that equation. The Crosstrek wasn't offered with a strong enough engine to make it truly playful and it didn't come with the latest safety tech - something the rest of the Subaru SUV lineup delivers. For 2021 that's all changed.

2021 Subaru CrosstrekSubaru has integrated the fog lights into the front bumper. Here, the Crosstrek Sport wears unique wheel arch moldings.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek features a fresh front end with a new bumper that includes fog lamp insert covers or fog light covers (depending on trim level chosen), plus trim level-specific design details. It will continue to ride on standard 17-inch alloy wheels in black with machine finish and have roof rails, black side cladding, and a gloss black rear roof spoiler. Buyers can get 18-inch alloys.

Buyers can choose the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque or a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is shared with the Forester and gets 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in most trim levels. The standard six-speed manual transmission in the Base and Premium grades is paired with the smaller engine. Models equipped with the CVT get Intelligent and Sport drive modes.

The larger engine gets 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. The smaller engine, mated with the CVT, achieves 28 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. With the manual, the Crosstrek gets just 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined.

2021 Subaru CrosstrekThe car is mostly unchanged at the rear and still just as capable.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

All models will continue to be sold with standard all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring technology. Base models get a Low Shift Mode for descending hills.

Subaru is adding a Sport grade to the Crosstrek lineup for 2021. It, along with the Limited trim level, comes standard with the larger engine. The Crosstrek Sport gets dual-function X-Mode, which debuted on the 2020 Outback and includes hill descent control with snow/dirt and deep snow/mud selectable settings.

The Crosstrek Sport also gets many elements clearly inspired by the Outback Onyx Edition including specific wheel arch moldings; dark gray 17-inch alloy wheels; StarTex upholstery with yellow stitching; gunmetal and simulated carbon fiber interior trim accents; a high-grade combination meter with color LCD and yellow metallic finish trim rings; LED rear gate light; gunmetal colored grille, side mirrors, and badges; and the door trim panels, armrests, leather wrapped steering wheel, shift boot, driver information screen visor, and center console box lid all are also adorned with yellow stitching. The new model is available in seven exterior colors including new Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl.

2021 Subaru CrosstrekThe car has new front fascia that brings its looks more into line with the 2020 Outback.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru offers the Crosstrek with a standard 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, power windows with auto up/down, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, tilt and telescoping steering column keyless entry, carpeted floor mats, and more.

Available upgrades include dual USB ports, automatic headlights, power moonroof, blind spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, push-button start, fog lights, steering responsive headlights, an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, Wi-Fi hot spot, CD player, satellite radio, and a Harman Kardon sound system.

The All-Weather Package, which includes heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors is available.

2021 Subaru CrosstrekThe interior of the Crosstrek Limited grade serves as the base of the Sport trim level.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Models with the CVT come standard with a suite of Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. That suite now includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering (debuted on the Outback) in addition to automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure prevention, lead vehicle start alert, automatic start-stop, rear seat reminder, and SI-Drive.

The 2021 Crosstrek will arrive into retailers late summer. Base model pricing is expected to stay similar to the 2020 model, with the Sport model and larger engine models being sold at a premium.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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