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The New Subaru Crosstrek Limited Is Almost Everything You Hoped For

You get more power in the top trim 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited but it’s still missing one feature you want.

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The new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited gets the optional 2.5-liter engine with 30 more horsepower than last year’s model and it comes with almost everything that you want. The new model is better equipped to carry your gear, cargo, and equipment up the mountain with less effort than the underpowered 2.0-liter engine. But it's missing a heated steering wheel customers have asked for.

We were surprised when Subaru Canada announced two of its newly refreshed 2021 Subaru Crosstrek models would come standard with a heated steering wheel. None of the U.S. models have the wanted feature and especially the top-trim Limited model, which we thought would have it.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

The 2021 Crosstrek Limited comes standard with the all-weather package that comes with heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors, but no heated steering wheel. Subaru of America does offer it on Crosstrek, but only on the Plug-In Hybrid model.

The top-trim 2021 Crosstrek Limited ($27,995) cabin comes with other upgrades like leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle, 6-way power driver’s seat, and high-grade multifunction display with color LCD.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

Surprisingly, Subaru Canada offers a heated steering wheel as standard on two of its new 2021 Crosstrek models, the Touring and Limited trims. If customers in the U.S. want to keep your hands warm this winter you have to buy a Crosstrek Hybrid and spend $38,655 to get it.

The Crosstrek is the brand’s “go-anywhere” all-weather subcompact SUV and it’s the ideal vehicle for cold-weather climates with standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode. A younger demographic of customers with active lifestyles use it for off-pavement adventures and for winter sports.

We aren’t sure why Subaru of America doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel in the newly refreshed 2021 model. We reached out to Subaru and they confirmed the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims will not have a heated steering wheel for the 2021 model change. This would have been a welcome addition especially in the top-trim Limited.

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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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Don Levin (not verified)    July 14, 2020 - 7:40PM

Canada gets dual climate control in Limited, but not US. Canada is taking Build and shows Aug delivery but no Build or delivery date for US.

Samuel Vagen (not verified)    July 15, 2020 - 8:01AM

This guy is obsessed with heated steering wheels: to the extent that this article is borderline impossible to take seriously.

Tiny Cadon (not verified)    July 15, 2020 - 9:13PM

But not Lower Lumbar Support??? I'd think THAT is something people have been asking for since the 2013 model came out too!

Joel (not verified)    July 22, 2020 - 12:49PM

Well, I agree that the limited model probably should come with a heated steering wheel, but on the other hand, if it’s cold enough to use the heated steering wheel, you are going to have your heat on inside the car anyway. So, eventually, the steering wheel will warm up. I think we can all tough it out until that moment comes! It is not that big of a deal to me-if I can only have one, I would rather have the heated seats than a heated steering wheel

Don Levin (not verified)    July 22, 2020 - 6:23PM

In reply to by Joel (not verified)

Liking heated steering wheel is subjective. When it’s 10 F, even after 6 minutes idling, the heated seats are slightly warm but cabin air is cold. Gloves are awkward and after cleaning ice or snow off car wet, I find steering not safe with gloves. If Canada gets it we should too.