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The 10 Worst Car Deals Now - New Subaru Crosstrek Makes CR's Updated List

What are the worst deals on a new car you can buy right now? See why the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is now on the updated list.

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The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is so hard to come by that it’s now on Consumer Reports’ updated list of the Worst Deals on New Cars you can buy right now. Kia and Hyundai have made up most of the overpriced new cars in CR's previous reports, and it’s the same with the updated list for 2022 models.

The ten worst car deals on new cars you can buy now

The Kia Rio tops the list with a price of 21 percent over the Manufactures Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). It’s followed by the Hyundai Accent (19% over MSRP), Chevrolet Spark (19% over MSRP), Kia Telluride (19 %over MSRP), Chevrolet Camaro (18% over MSRP), Subaru Crosstrek (18% over MSRP), Kia Seltos (18% over MSRP), Kia Sorento (18% over MSRP), Hyundai Tucson 18% over MSRP), and Kia Carnival (17% over MSRP).

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing
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CR says several other new cars are selling for 15 percent or more over MSRP, including (in rank order) the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Kona EV, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia K5, Nissan Sentra, and Nissan Kicks.

What some Crosstrek buyers are paying

Consumer Reports says a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium CVT has an MSRP of $24,945. The average transaction price is $29,477 with an average of $4,532 spent over MSRP.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing
photo credit: Competition Subaru

Should you buy a used Subaru Crosstrek?

It’s not a good time to buy a new or used Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek is in high demand and short supply due to the ongoing supply chain issues. A used Crosstrek will cost you even more than a new model. You can read the complete report here.

iSeeCars reports a low mileage (13,000 miles per year) 2020 or 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will cost around (11.7 percent) or $3,524 more used than a new 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV.

Do all Subaru retailers mark up a Crosstrek 18 percent over MSRP?

The answer is no as not all Subaru retailers play by the same rules. We reached out to an AutoNation Subaru retailer near Denver, Colorado, and found they cannot charge customers more than MSRP or sticker price. Our source told us they are charging MSRP plus $599 dealer handling and taxes on all models.

Should you avoid buying a new 2022 Crosstrek?

Not all Subaru retailers give customers the best deal, and it's best to cross-shop different Subaru retailers in your area or even out of state. You may be able to get a better deal from one who has more inventory or a retailer in another state. Many will even ship the car to you for a small fee. It could be worthwhile to drive there and pick it up yourself.

Make sure you cross-shop different Subaru retailers for the best price. It’s not an ideal time to buy a new car because of the recent vehicle inventory shortages, but savvy car shoppers don’t have to pay 18 percent over MSRP for a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek.

Don't be afraid to ask the salesperson for extra incentives. You won't get them if you don't ask. You might be able to get additional accessories on a new Subaru Crosstrek.

What is the MSRP of a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for customers. The base trim has an MSRP of $23,570, Premium ($24,720), Sport ($27,920), Limited ($29,420) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,895). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

With the new model shortages, you likely won’t find a new 2022 Subaru Crosstrek sitting on a retailer’s lot waiting for a buyer. It’s best right now to order your new car from a Subaru retailer, negotiate the best price, and wait for it to be delivered from the factory.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Melinda Schwartz (not verified)    February 13, 2022 - 12:44AM

This is so misleading and wrong! I just bought a new Crosstrek Premium at cost (no markup). It replaced a 2018 Crosstrek Premium that was totalled. Insurance paid all but $1500 ($1000 was deductible). For $500.she has a brand new car with even more safety features. Subaru Crosstrek's are consistently rated as the best small SUV you can buy.
All cars are very expensive now. Subaru is no different. I talked with a lot of dealers in a tri-state area and got their best price to buy. None were over sticker as Consumer Reports suggests. I found the identical color, model, and features (plus extra safety features unavailable in 2018), keyless ignition, CD player, upgraded wheels and a few more features. I bought the first one being delivered. Don't believe every headline. Read the article.
By the way, the accident that totalled her car was bad. Run off the road down a steep embankment into a row of trees. The car hit the trees with so much force it caused it to spin 180° and blew out all the windows. My daughter's 12 year old Chihuahua was in the front seat in a harness that buckled into the seat belt inside a soft sided padded carrier. After a passers-by stopped to help, he pried open the crushed passenger back door so she could stand on the door brace and crawl out. Both my daughter and her dog walked away unharmed.
The Subaru Crosstrek saved their lives. And for only $1500 she has a new car with more safety features. That's a great reason to buy a Subaru.