The Subaru Crosstrek is popular now, and it’s poised to jump farther ahead of the competition. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek arrives this summer with a refresh, two power levels, and new upgrades for the 2021 model change. Crosstrek comes with the 2.0-liter engine and a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the all-new Sport and top-of-the-lineup Limited trim.
The 2021 Crosstrek subcompact SUV comes in five trim levels for customers and gets a small price increase. The base trim is priced from ($22,245 +$100), Premium ($23,295 +$100), all-new Sport ($26,495), Limited with the 2.5-liter engine ($27,995 +$600). Destination and delivery adds $1,050 (+$40).
We contacted Subaru and they informed us there will be a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid trim. They have not released information on the 2021 model or pricing. Look for a future story from Torque News on the 2021 Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid soon.
The big upgrade for the subcompact SUV is the addition of the new Sport trim. Sport and Limited trims are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. It is coupled with a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission with adaptive control, incline start assist and 8-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters.
The base and Premium trims are powered by the 2.0-liter engine producing 152-hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Subaru will still offer the 6-speed manual transmission as standard in the two trims or the optional Lineartronic CVT automatic.
Base trims come standard with Subaru Starlink, a 6.5-inch Multimedia system with touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power windows, door locks and side mirrors, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, multifunction display with fuel economy information, tilt and telescoping steering column, keyless entry, security system with engine immobilizer, and carpeted floor mats.
Premium trim adds fog lights, heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors, body-color exterior mirrors, dual USB input ports, on/off automatic headlights linked to windshield wiper operation, and welcome lighting. In addition, the Premium trim gets a 6-speaker sound system, retractable cargo cover, cargo tray, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift lever handle.
The new 2021 Crosstrek Sport trim offers a more rugged appearance with wider wheel arch moldings, 17-inch alloy wheels with a dark gray finish, and a gunmetal finish for the front grille, side mirrors, and badges. The Sport interior adds water-repellant StarTex upholstery with yellow stitching to the seating.
Also, yellow stitching has been added to the simulated leather door trim panel armrests, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift boot, multifunction display visor, and center console storage box lid. The carpeted floor mats feature the Sport logo and yellow stitching. The new Sport gets a new Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl exterior colors.
The Sport also comes with gunmetal and simulated carbon-fiber interior trim accents, a high-grade gauge cluster with color LCD and yellow metallic finish trim rings, and a high-power LED rear gate light.
The new Sport is the only 2021 Crosstrek trim that gets suspension upgrades with dual function X-Mode. You can dial up Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud settings to optimize all-wheel-drive performance for more extreme weather and road conditions. All other Crosstrek trim levels equipped with the CVT come with standard X-MODE with hill descent control.
The top-of-the lineup Limited trim adds LED steering responsive headlights with automatic height adjustment control and LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. The Limited also comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels in a black machine finish, and body-color exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Limited comes upgraded with high beam assist, reverse automatic braking, and blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
Other Limited features include 6-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle, keyless access with push-button start, Starlink 8.0-inch multimedia, and multifunction display with color LCD.
Improved safety for 2021
The standard EyeSight driver-assist system (All CVT models) has been enhanced with new advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The suite of driver-assist technologies also includes automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure prevention, and lead vehicle start alert.
All CVT models also come with a new rear-seat reminder designed to help prevent child or pet entrapment by alerting the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle. The 2021 Crosstrek features new wheels and a redesigned front bumper and grille. Advanced adaptive cruise control is standard on trims with EyeSight/CVT.
With a more powerful 2.5-liter engine in the 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited, the subcompact SUV will pull even farther away from the competition. The refreshed 2021 Subaru Crosstrek arrives at retailers later this summer. Look for a future Torque News story on the Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid.
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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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