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12 Affordable SUVs Under $25K- Is Subaru Crosstrek Quirky Or The Best?

Check out twelve new affordable SUVs under $25,000. Is the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek just quirky, or is it the best?


The list of affordable SUVs under $25,000 is growing, but which new compact SUV is the best? Kelly Blue Book (KBB) says the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek makes the list but says it is a bit quirky.

The list of twelve small affordable SUVs under $25,000

The Hyundai Venue is the most affordable at $20,295 followed by the Nissan Kicks ($21,285), Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ($23,245), Chevrolet Trax ($22,595), Hyundai Kona ($22,595), Chevrolet Trailblazer ($22,995), Honda HR-V ($23,115), Subaru Crosstrek ($23,270), Ford EcoSport ($23,335), Toyota Corolla Cross ($23,660), Mazda CX-30 ($23,725), and Kia Seltos ($23,845).

2023 Subaru Crosstrek specs, features, pricing

KBB says, “The quirky Subaru Crosstrek is well behaved on the street, and it’s up for off-road adventures thanks to standard all-wheel-drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It’s roomy and comfy for a subcompact crossover, and the tech features are abundant and easy to use. The lowest-priced Crosstrek has a manual transmission. However, you can get this SUV equipped with the more fuel-efficient automatic transmission (CVT) for under $25K.”

What makes the Crosstrek quirky?

What makes the Subaru Crosstrek quirky is its go-anywhere attitude. It’s more than an urban commuter or grocery hauler. What quirky means for customers is that they don’t just get standard all-wheel-drive, but all models come with X-Mode for additional all-weather performance. The 2023 Crosstrek Sport and Limited come with a 2.5-liter Boxer engine and dual-function X-Mode for all-terrain capability.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek specs, features, pricing

What is the price of 2023 Crosstrek trim levels?

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek gets a price increase and still comes under $25,000. The Crosstrek comes in six trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium, ($26,020), new Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38,070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

What is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek fuel mileage?

The Crosstrek CVT models achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28/33 city/highway and 30 combined mpg. The 6-speed manual trims are rated 22/29 city/highway and 25 combined mpg. The Sport and Limited, with the 2.5-liter Boxer engine, achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27/34 city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

Our take

Because the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek has additional off-road performance and handling, the subcompact SUV ranks as one of the best SUVs under $25,000 for those with active lifestyles. If that’s quirky, customers who love the outdoors will have the most fun with the Crosstrek.

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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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Gulo (not verified)    July 3, 2022 - 12:48AM

The manual Crosstreks don't have X Mode. They have a simple viscous coupler AWD system.

An aftermarket rear diff-locker for under $450US can make any Crosstrek better off-pavement. Aftermarket skidplates are available for Crosstreks too. So are winchmounts, steel bumpers, and rocker guards.

The aftermarket support for Crosstreks is a selling point for many buyers. No other CUV in this market segment has such support.