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The All-New Subaru Crosstrek Sport Is Still Missing One Feature You Want

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is still missing a new feature you’ve been asking for. Why will Canadian models get it?

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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims are coming with a new feature you want but you can’t get in the US. We found out from Subaru Canada that the newly refreshed Crosstrek Sport (Crosstrek Outdoor in Canada) and top-of-the-lineup Limited trim will come standard with a heated steering wheel.

We aren’t sure why U.S. spec models still won’t be offered with a heated steering wheel. We reached out to Subaru and they confirmed the Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims in the U.S. will not have a heated steering wheel for the 2021 model year. This would have been a welcome addition to the two trim levels that also get the 2.5-liter Boxer engine upgrade.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited

If customers in the U.S. want to keep your hands warm this winter you have to buy a 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid and spend $38,655. The heated steering wheel only comes with an option package ($2,500) on Crosstrek Hybrid that also brings a power moonroof and Starlink 8.0-inch multimedia voice-activated navigation system.

The Crosstrek is the brand’s “go-anywhere” all-weather compact SUV that is the third best-selling model in Subaru of America’s stable of vehicles. It’s the ideal vehicle for cold-weather climates with standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive and sits higher with 8.7-inches of ground clearance. A new generation of customers uses it for off-road adventures and for winter sports.

The new Crosstrek Sport will come standard with the all-weather package that includes heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors, but still no heated steering wheel.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited

Subaru has not released pricing on the 2021 Crosstrek models but we have an idea of what the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport pricing could be. The 2020 Crosstrek Premium trim begins at $25,555 with a CVT. The new Forester Sport has a $1,600 price difference over the Forester Premium trim. This would make the all-new Crosstrek Sport MSRP around $26,145 including destination and delivery fees.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is arriving late July 2020 but not with a heated steering wheel. You will have to go to Canada to get one in the Crosstrek Outdoor and Limited trims.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!

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Cris don (not verified)    June 12, 2020 - 11:42AM

The latest 2021 Crosstrek design is ancient, hire a modernist automotive designer . It’s a nature of human being to fine or look for new ones.

Cris sadags (not verified)    June 12, 2020 - 11:46AM

The designs of all Subaru is soooo oldies but not Goldie. It’s a nature to human to fine , look and have new to have . Hire young designers please.

Don Levin (not verified)    June 12, 2020 - 5:59PM

All-weather package w/o heated steering wheel is a very poor marketing error by Subaru. Not everyone wants or can afford this package, but those who do expect heated wheel. It’s difficult to use a bitter cold wheel and gloves are awkward and slippery. You wind up barely touching the wheel which is dangerous, while Outback and Forester owners relax with warm wheels.

Michael Flynn (not verified)    August 8, 2020 - 4:47PM

Canadian perspective here: The Canadian Crosstrek “Outdoor” trim may come with a heated steering wheel but it doesn't come with a moonroof and it’s not even available as an option. I wish Subaru would just consolidate the trim levels for the North American market.