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2021 Subaru Crosstrek getting more powerful engine, additional trim level

A new report by AutomotiveNews indicates that Subaru is adding a new 2.5-liter engine option to its lineup.

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One of the biggest complaints reviewers and buyers have about the Subaru Crosstrek. is that it's underpowered. The small SUV's 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is plenty competent as a daily driver but when it comes to more exciting driving situations, the Crosstrek doesn't have the oomph to keep up.

AutomotiveNews has reported that during the annual National Automobile Dealers Association conference in Las Vegas, Subaru of America's CEO Tom Doll told dealers that Subaru's 2.5-liter engine will replace the current 2.0-liter for the 2021 model year.

2020 Subaru CrosstrekSubaru sells a plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek in certain states.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

That's the same engine that is standard in the 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, and Legacy. In those models, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine achieves 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers would be a significant upgrade for Crosstrek customers.

The power plant gets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That's about the same fuel efficiency as the 27 mpg/33 mpg city/highway that the Crosstrek gets from its current 2.0-liter engine.

In the Outback, Forester, and Legacy, the engine comes paired with a standard continuously variable transmission. That is likely to be the case with this engine offering.

Doll told dealers that the new engine will be available in the Limited trim level.

Subaru will also offer a new Crosstrek Sport grade. Subaru currently sells a Forester Sport model that has proven popular with buyers.

The Subaru Crosstrek saw sales decline in 2019, but still managed to claim a spot on the top 20 SUVs sold list.

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Subaru announces refreshed 2023 Legacy

The new Legacy got a facelift and new lighting elements.

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Sedans are a dying breed as SUVs and pickup trucks take over, but there are still a few compelling options out there, and Subaru has one of them. The Legacy has been a long-time part of the Subaru lineup, and the all-wheel drive family sedan got a notable update for 2023.

2023 Subaru LegacyTop trims get luxury finishes inside.Subaru

Subaru offers the sedan in five trims: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring XD. The automaker updated the Legacy with a facelift that brought a new front fascia, redesigned front bumper and new LED lighting. The car features a low dash and open cabin for great visibility in all directions, and the top Touring XT trim offers high-end accommodations, including Nappa leather and metal trim inside.

Every Legacy comes with the latest version of Subaru Starlink infotainment software. It runs on an 11.6-inch display and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trim levels get the same display with navigation and a new-for-2023 what3words integration.

2023 Subaru LegacyThe Legacy goes on sale this fall.Subaru

The 2023 Legacy comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The top two trims come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission that offers an eight-speed manual shift mode.

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2022 Subaru WRX pricing starts around $30,000

The new WRX starts at around $30,000.

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The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX is here, and regardless of how you feel about its styling, there's no denying that the car is worth talking about. It's got a new engine for 2022, and while power output is the same as before, the larger four-cylinder is more responsive and provides solid performance.

2022 Subaru WRXSubaru offers a large, vertically-oriented touchscreen for the 2022 WRX.Subaru

Four trims are available for 2022: Base, Premium, Limited, and GT. The 2022 WRX Base starts at $30,100 including a $995 destination charge, and at the top end of the lineup, the WRX GT costs $42,890. Subaru offers just one option for the car: A $1,875 Harman Kardon speaker system and a moonroof for the midrange Premium trim.

The base WRX gets a decent list of standard features that include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, 17-inch wheels, a six-speed manual transmission, and more. Moving up through trim levels, the WRX adds features that include a larger 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, blind spot monitoring, adaptive dampers, and LED headlights. The top WRX GT gets a new drive mode selection system that offers up to 430 different combinations of settings, and new Recaro sport seats with synthetic suede upholstery.

2022 Subaru WRXA manual transmission is standard. Subaru

All 2022 WRX models come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Subaru says it fitted the turbo with an electronically controlled wastegate and new air bypass valves that improve responsiveness and acceleration. Every car also gets Subaru's all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring, which shifts power between the wheels that need traction most. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but buyers can opt to "upgrade" to an automatic.

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