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New Subaru Crosstrek Is Almost Everything You Hoped - Still Missing An Essential Upgrade

The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trim levels are much improved for outdoor enthusiasts, but they still miss an essential upgrade. Check out the new Crosstrek report here.

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The third-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims will be the hot models for Subaru of America with their complete remodel. They get significant improvements over the second-generation models. But they still need a key upgraded for outdoor enthusiasts. It's one essential feature you want.

The all-new 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited come with the newly re-tuned 2.5-liter Boxer engine with additional power and almost everything active customers want. The engine now delivers a more responsive 182 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

The new model is better equipped to carry your gear, cargo, and equipment up the mountain with less effort than the underpowered Base and Premium trim levels 2.0-liter engine. But it still needs a vital cabin upgrade. It's the heated steering wheel upgrade customers asked Subaru for in the previous generation models.

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid trim was the only trim level with an available heated steering wheel, but Subaru of America has discontinued the plug-in hybrid. You can read the report here.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

The next-generation Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims come standard with the all-weather cold climate package with heated front seats, heated windshield with de-icer, and heated exterior mirrors, but no heated steering wheel.

The Crosstrek Sport is the Subaru of America's "go-anywhere" all-weather capable subcompact SUV, and it's the ideal vehicle for cold-weather climates with standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, X-Mode, and dual function X-Mode. In addition, a younger demographic of customers with active lifestyles use it for off-pavement adventures and winter sports.

What is the price of the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek?

For 2024, the Crosstrek will be available in Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels and has a starting price of $26,290 (the same MSRP as the 2023 Base model equipped with the Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission).

The 2024 Crosstrek Premium has a starting price of $27,440, Sport ($30,290), and Limited ($32,190). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,225). The Premium trim price increased by +$70, the Sport trim +$1,070, and the top-of-the-lineup Limited +$1,470.

The good news is the Crosstrek Sport, and Limited trims will be built at Subaru's manufacturing plant in Lafayette, Indiana, for the first time. As a result, customers in the U.S. will now have shorter wait times for the two models.

We are still determining why Subaru of America doesn't offer a heated steering wheel in the newly remodeled 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims. The third-generation 2024 Crosstrek is almost everything you hoped for. The heated steering upgrade would have been a welcome addition for customers in cold climates and outdoor enthusiasts who use the vehicle for winter recreation.

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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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Greg Iverson (not verified)    February 20, 2023 - 10:14AM

Amen! Crosstrek is available with heating steering wheel in Japan (judging from the photos on Subaru's Japanese website), and long has been in Canada, too. It's just mysterious why a heated steering wheel, as on my 2020 Forester Touring, can't be had on any model of Crosstrek in the US -- is it just a miserly cost-saving move? I don't like to wear gloves, and so depend on this feature throughout the crisp winters of Wisconsin. It's the dealbreaker holding me back from trading for a 2024 Crosstrek Limited.

Dave P (not verified)    February 21, 2023 - 3:42AM

In reply to by Greg Iverson (not verified)

I also am disappointed with the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek. I'm on my fifth Subaru ( my second crosstrek) and love the heated steering wheel. I'll probably keep my current one which I love as the omission of the heated steering wheel would be a deal breaker for me if it's the same status here in British Columbia

Jamie Locricchio (not verified)    February 21, 2023 - 9:42PM

So i drove the 2023 the other day and got the limited and found out the passanger side seat does not have powered seat. like why not bot side why only drivers side. does anyone know if the 2024 have powered seat adjustments or manual?

Greg Iverson (not verified)    February 22, 2023 - 11:43AM

In reply to by Jamie Locricchio (not verified)

What's really needed for the Crosstrek, it seems to me, is a Touring edition, like the Forester and Outback have. This would have the additional high-end features we think should be available on the top Crosstrek model (power passenger seat, heated steering wheel, other goodies as in Forester and Outback Touring), and of course would cost more, but this is for the top model. A 2.4 turbo XT edition would be wonderful, too -- but let's start with properly outfitting the top of this line!

Barbara (not verified)    March 1, 2023 - 10:57PM

In reply to by Greg Iverson (not verified)

Greg, this makes a lot of sense. My "dealer" has held my check supposedly in line for the Hybrid since 09/01/2022 to the point I expect to switch to an option other than Diablo Motors' offerings. I had a very positive showroom experience with a new Honda CR-V Hybrid, and they offered their AWD only in the Sport Touring edition. (Now they have a chip shortage and have to stop production of a lane departure feature.)

Dan W (not verified)    February 25, 2023 - 10:23AM

I thought this article was going to mention a real missing feature, like a 6 speed manual transmission. But Subarus still have cup holders, right?