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If You Like The Subaru Crosstrek Now See What's Coming Next

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is good, but check out what’s coming next. See why the new 2021 Crosstrek Sport trim is going to leap ahead.

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The Subaru Crosstrek is popular now, and it’s poised to jump farther ahead of the competition. The Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter engine, which is underpowered, is outselling its rivals by a large margin. Through June 2020, Subaru has delivered 45,732 models to customers. Compare that to the Honda HR-V which is next with 36,895 sales, Hyundai Kona (24,824), Toyota C-HR (21,424), and Mazda CX-3 (4,757).

With its new 2.5-liter engine in the 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited, the subcompact SUV will pull even farther away from the pack. The Sport trim will be more appealing to those who lead active lifestyles because it comes with dual function X-Mode off-road hardware. It’s for adventurous customers and it complements the small SUVs 8.7-inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

The Sport’s new 2.5-liter’s engine output also beats the competition. The 2.5-liter comes with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque which is considerably more than the 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque from the current Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter engine. The new Sport will get an estimated 24/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. 

The 2020 Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 144 horsepower and 139 lb.-ft of torque. It’s coupled with a continuously variable transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S) and gets 27/31/29 city/highway/combined. Four-wheel drive is not available

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

The Honda HR-V features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower) with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive is available for an extra $1,500. The HR-V gets an EPA estimated 31 highway mpg with all-wheel-drive.

The Mazda CX-3’s four-cylinder engine produces 148 horsepower and gets 27/32 city/highway and 29 combined mpg with all-wheel-drive. Front-wheel drive is standard, and like Honda, all-wheel drive is an extra option.

The Hyundai Kona’s exterior style may be somewhat polarizing, but it offers utility and all-wheel-drive is available as an option. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine produces 175 horsepower over the base engine’s 147 horsepower and comes paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Kona gets an EPA estimated 25/30 city/highway mpg and 27 combined mpg with all-wheel-drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

The new Crosstrek Sport will be a hit with those with the most active adventurous lifestyles. The compact SUV comes standard with Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, dual-function X-Mode for off-pavement excursions, and 8.7-inches of ground clearance for tackling trails.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport trim’s extra horsepower, off-pavement capabilities, and excellent fuel mileage will be a big selling point. Look for the new Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims with the 2.5-liter engine to pull even farther away from the pack.

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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 and the founder of 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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Larry Kueneman (not verified)    July 9, 2020 - 12:43AM

I had just moved to live in the mountains when we bought our first Subaru. What stunned me was the realization that all-wheel drive is superior to four wheel drive. Those mountain roads proved it.

Scott (not verified)    July 9, 2020 - 7:37PM

Loyal Subaru fan since my second car if AWD is a factor I look at little else ...

Got new 2020 XT Outback Turbo ... I still have fun driving it when the wife and kids are in the back sleeping ... Minus getting a big Merc or BMW other car manufacturer will be hard pressed to pull me away