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The Hot New Subaru Crosstrek Small SUV Just Pulled Off A First Ever

How hot is the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek? The subcompact SUV is now ahead of the popular Outback midsize SUV in total sales for the first time.


Subaru of America (SOA) reported the 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV had a record month in February. An equally impressive accomplishment is the hot Crosstrek just passed the popular Outback midsize SUV as the second best selling model in Subaru of America’s all-wheel-drive lineup.

The refreshed Crosstrek has been ranked third best-selling model in SOA’s lineup and, for the first time, moves ahead of the Outback. SOA says its U.S. retailers delivered a record 14,476 Crosstrek models to customers in February, up 35.4 percent over February 2021 with 10,691 models sold.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback
photo credit: Schumacher Subaru

The Crosstrek passed the popular Outback with 19,164 models sales through the first two months, and the subcompact SUV is now 4,839 models ahead of the Outback year-to-date.

In February, the Crosstrek subcompact SUV was also the number one overall selling nameplate. Crosstrek was ahead of the 2022 Forester compact SUV with 11,255 models sold and the 2022 Outback midsize SUV with 8,637 sales.

It’s been a strange year with the ongoing microchip shortages and supply chain issues affecting the inventory of all Subaru models. Year-to-date, Crosstrek has 24,003 model sales, just 783 units behind the number one Forester with 24,786 models delivered to U.S. customers. The Crosstrek is up 13.6 percent for the year while Forester is down -7.1 percent, and Outback dropped -21.6 through February.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback
photo credit: Schumacher Subaru

What sets the 2022 Crosstrek apart?

Crosstrek offers excellent fuel economy, cargo space, top safety scores, all-weather capability, and affordability. The Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The Base and Premium subcompact SUV trims come with X-Mode for all-weather and off-pavement capability. The Sport and Limited trims feature a dual-function X-Mode for severe weather and all-terrain ability.

The Crosstrek is SOA’s most affordable SUV. What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $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 fuel prices continuing to go up, Crosstrek gets excellent fuel mileage. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek with the larger 2.5-liter Boxer engine comes with 30 more horsepower and gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2022 Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg.

Crosstrek has the lowest cost of ownership

Vincentric says the Subaru Crosstrek is best in class in its Best Value in America Awards. Crosstrek has low insurance, lowest ownership, and low depreciation costs. Having the highest resale value and lowest depreciation rate in its class contributed to the win.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the automaker’s hottest model in the lineup and the top in sales in February. The subcompact SUV just passed the popular Outback and is now the second-best-selling nameplate in SOA’s lineup. Can the Crosstrek keep up its hot streak? Stay tuned.

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NMK (not verified)    March 8, 2022 - 4:51PM

Dont flatter the crosstrek owners by calling it an SUV. It is an impreza which is subarus bottom of the barrel, cheap compact car. You cant give it 2 extra inches of suspension and think its some large capable vehicle.

Renai Whitaker (not verified)    March 9, 2022 - 9:33AM

In reply to by NMK (not verified)

Agree. I have the 2020 and I consider it more of a sport wagon vs SUV. Like that i can take it on the beach similar to a SUV/Jeep and it’s awesome in the snow. Regardless I love it and looking to get the newer model.

Ashamed2BAmerican (not verified)    March 15, 2022 - 11:54AM

In reply to by NMK (not verified)

So, by classifying a vehicle as an SUV it automatically becomes some sort of status symbol? The stupidity of a too large portion of American car buyers will never cease to baffle me. Just because you succumbed to the fomo caused by the "bigger is better" logic that marketers shoved down American throats, does not give you the right to look down upon people who choose more sensible options. Before you attempt to justify it, most people aren't driving through a foot of snow or up/down treacherous inclines/declines on their way to buy groceries. Not to mention the fact that most modern SUVs aren't even all that capable off-road. They are quite capable of rolling over on the highway though...

NMK (not verified)    March 16, 2022 - 8:28AM

In reply to by Ashamed2BAmerican (not verified)

Couldnt agree more. Most people think they NEED all that "extra space". Meanwhile they are the only one in the vehicle 95% of the time. They also NEED all the "ruggedness" to you know, drive to the office, walmart and the nail salon. But... but, what about that scary snow? They HAVE to AWD for the snow. The reality is, maybe they put a couple kids in back and some junk in the rear. Any sedan or hatchback can do the job just as well.

Mary Krzywicki (not verified)    March 8, 2022 - 7:21PM

I have the 2021 Limited Crosstrek. It is a blatant lie to state it has excellent gas mileage. it doesn't even come close to the 27 city mileage that the sticker advertises. I am getting between 14 and 16 miles per gallon!! How disappointing and at a time when gas is so high. I had a 6 cylinder Toyota Camry and got about 20 miles to the gallon. zi would have never bought this car had I known I was only going to get 16 mpg at most, and it's a 4 cylinder!!

Peridot (not verified)    March 12, 2022 - 3:15PM

In reply to by Mary Krzywicki (not verified)

Something's perhaps wrong with your vehicle. Take it to the nearest dealer and tell them about the MPG issue.


Call the nearest dealer's service dept and tell them about your problem. Ask them what they think is wrong.


Stop driving 80 mph everywhere. High speeds burn fuel fast. This may be the reason for your low mileage per gallon. Is this the reason?


Take public transport to work so you're not sitting gridlocked in traffic burning fuel. That's a huge fuel waster. Is this the reason for your low mileage?

PS-Just thought of another reasom. Does your gas cap lock? If not, someone may be stealing your gas.

KimMH (not verified)    March 10, 2022 - 4:50PM

Just traded in my 2019 loaded Outback. My 2nd Outback. My Crosstrek Limited is being delivered soon. Hope I won’t be disappointed.

Buffy Mullenix (not verified)    March 12, 2022 - 10:13AM

Is it really surpassing sales when not as many outbacks have been produced or even delivered to dealerships?

Lisa Wilson (not verified)    March 14, 2022 - 10:59AM

In reply to by Buffy Mullenix (not verified)

Exactly!! I bought the Limited Crosstrek because that’s what was available in the incoming shipment. No Foresters we’re available to purchase. They said I’d have to wait until June to get an Outback. I’m thinking Crosstrek models are being produced and more readily available They also said February 9th was the last date a Imprezna (sp?) was available. They may have made all of these things up…. Who knows. The prices have went up at least in Missoula. They charged me $33,000 for mine! Traded my Explorer in to get better gas mileage since gas has increased.Would have liked more room in my Crosstrek compared to what I’m used to but it does drive nicely.

Diane Magginetti (not verified)    March 13, 2022 - 11:26PM

I have a 2008 outback with 166,000 miles. Taking it in for brake services and a power steering check. When do I know when to stop fixing “issues and trade her in. I want to keep her for 200 to 250,000 miles before getting a new outback I like not having car payments!