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New Subaru Crosstrek Sales Drop Like A Rock But Still Finished In The Black 

The refreshed 2021 Subaru Crosstrek sales dropped to finish the year but still finished 2021 with the best percentage of sales increase of all SOA's SUVs. Check out how the subcompact SUV compares with Subaru's sales leaders.

Subaru of America announced December and year-end sales results. Subaru sold 583,810 vehicles for the entire year, a 4.6 percent decrease compared with the calendar year 2020. The refreshed 2021 Subaru Crosstrek dropped a whopping 36.5 percent in December but finished the year with sales of 127,466, up 6.5 percent compared to 2020.

The 2021 Crosstrek has been the hottest model in the lineup, the subcompact SUV has been on numerous top-ten lists, and the new Crosstrek Sport with its new 2.5-liter engine is a sought-after new trim level with outdoor enthusiasts.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing

The Subaru Crosstrek is also the top-ranked subcompact SUV by Consumer Reports for reliability, safety scores, fuel mileage, and ride quality.

Subaru delivered only 9,494 Crosstrek models to customers in December, compared with 14,957 model sales in December 2020, down 36.5 percent. The drop is not because the demand for the Crosstrek is less. It was likely due to the shortage of new models available because of the ongoing microchip shortage.

Crosstrek finished in the black

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing

Still, the Crosstrek subcompact SUV was one of only two Subaru SUVs to finish 2021 in the black. Crosstrek was up (+6.5 percent) more than the Outback midsize SUV (+0.9 percent) to finish the year. The Forester compact SUV was down 12.6 percent compared with 2020 sales. The Ascent 3-Row family hauler also finished down (11.3 percent).

With the severe shortage of new vehicles because of the global microchip shortages, it's hard to tell how many Crosstrek models would have been delivered to customers in 2021. Subaru retailers are selling the newly-refreshed models as fast as Subaru Corporation can ship them from the Gunma factory in Japan.

Should you wait for the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek remains unchanged, and there is no reason to wait if you are thinking of buying one of the remaining 2021 models. Subaru Corporation chose to bring the 2022 models unchanged as a carryover. We reached out to Subaru of America, and a company spokesman didn't say why but told us, "The 2022 Crosstrek is a carryover. There are no new features."

If you want a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, you will have to wait. Subaru Corporation is behind in filling its backorders. If you order a 2022 model today, you could wait three months to get one.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek gets a $275 price increase, and the Crosstrek Hybrid receives a $375 price bump.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for 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 that increase +$75 ($1,125).

The refreshed Subaru Crosstrek sales dropped to finish the year but still finished 2021 with the best percentage of sales increase of all SOA's SUVs. 2022 Crosstrek models will arrive in early 2022.

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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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Michael (not verified)    January 7, 2022 - 4:10AM

In reply to by Paul (not verified)

Keep making gas powered cars. I'm on my first Outback (a '21) and like it. If I wanted an EV, I would've bought one. Rolling blackouts and blackouts caused by downed power lines...I don't want an EV paperweight. Limited range, higher insurance, longer time to refuel/charge...What part of this is appealing??? I love my 18 gallon fuel tank. That and extra cans of gas -- I'm good for anything. When it comes time for my next new car, if it doesn't have a gas engine, I'm not buying. Keep options for different preferences, don't let the Gov't cram EV's down everyone's throat!

Paul (not verified)    January 8, 2022 - 12:01PM

In reply to by Michael (not verified)

In my opinion f they keep making gas cars as a main source of income they will go under, full stop.

They are still using old tech under the hood and are only propped up by fans of their drivetrain and to some extent rightly so.

They have blown any chance to come out on equal footing in the EV market with the other major automakers this will be interesting.

Eric (not verified)    January 7, 2022 - 7:34AM

This article is very deceptive. They have a shortage of production ability, not demand. I got my new crosstrek in December after waiting months. They just can't make or ship them fast enough.

Dan (not verified)    January 7, 2022 - 9:29AM

Another misleading headline from another click whore site! Maybe at the very bottom of the article you come clean and people that there is a chip shortage but you try and suck people in via your headline. Last time I go to your site and I'll remove it from my news feeds.

CARY RAFFLE (not verified)    January 7, 2022 - 11:51AM

Also, they stopped taking orders a couple of weeks in late October and early November to switch over from 2021 to 2022. I had to wait to order mine.