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4 reasons not to buy the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and wait for 2017 models

Subaru announces new upgrades on the Japan 2016 Crosstrek. Should crossover buyers wait for the 2017 Crosstrek?


The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is in a mid-cycle and due for some exterior and interior upgrades. Subaru will bring a Crosstrek with new upgrades to the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 on October 28 for the press day. It will get new upgrades in its exterior design, interior features and safety performance. This is a Japan model and U.S. buyers will likely see these upgrades on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. What changes are coming?

Subaru typically makes some changes to the headlights and taillights during the mid-cycle refresh because they can change the look of the car and it doesn’t requiring expensive sheet metal redevelopment. Interior upgrades are also usually made during the mid-cycle refresh. This is exactly what Subaru is doing to the all-wheel-drive Crosstrek crossover.

What’s coming on the new Crosstrek?

Outside, Crosstrek will feature a redesigned front end that will feature redesigned headlights, front grill and front bumper. It will also get new 17-inch aluminum wheels and new exterior colors like Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl. Crosstrek also gets a new expanded sunroof options on various models. Inside the cabin, Crosstrek features a new look with piano-black instrument panel with metallic accents and orange stitching has been added to the seats, dash and door trim.

New safety performance on Crosstrek

Subaru continues to upgrade the safety performance in their automobiles and Crosstrek gets an advanced safety package that includes a wide range of driver detection systems with a rear radar blind spot detection, lane change assist, auto high-beam and auto-dimming rear view mirror. Subaru also includes as standard equipment SRS side air bag and SRS curtain air bags.

Subaru will officially reveal the new Japan version 2016 Crosstrek at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 on October 28. U.S. buyers will likely see the new upgrades on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek next year and may want to wait if you are thinking of getting a 2016 model. Another reason to wait? A 2017 Crosstrek STI is also in the works. Stay tuned.

Media source: Subaru Japan


james crown (not verified)    October 8, 2015 - 9:32AM

The only reason I am holding off from buying a Crosstrek is because of lack of horsepower and a poor sound system. If 2016 includes a turbo and a Harmon Kardon......

Jen (not verified)    November 23, 2015 - 11:12AM

The 2016 is already available in the US now, with the sporty cloth interior with the orange stitching, and Hyper Blue/Dark Blue colors.

Paul Madura (not verified)    December 15, 2015 - 12:13PM

I was wondering if the 2017 XV will be available with more HP & with a 6 speed automatic or Manual instead of the CVT in the Limited version of the SUV

hmoney brown (not verified)    January 14, 2016 - 3:35PM

this article was a joke. I only see 4 reasons the writer of this article should be fired. looking at 2016 and would like to know real reasons to wait, not some BS.. d. bag

Ahmed Mamdouh (not verified)    March 27, 2016 - 11:35AM

when will the new xv 2017 released in Egypt and the middle east and what is the difference in the performance of the car for models 2016 and 2017

Hans (not verified)    April 8, 2016 - 3:56AM

I am driving a 2015XV 2.0 CVT and I hate the CVT. What disappointment, although I love the handling and the looks of the XV. I hope they get rid of CVT