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Subaru Crosstrek Is 2nd Among Skyrocketing Small SUVs, So Which Is First?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is among the skyrocketing subcompact SUVs. See where it ranked among the top models last year and where it's headed in 2022.

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In a recent S&P Global Mobility market trend report, a new "sweet spot" has emerged among mainstream customers. Sales of subcompact SUVs have more than doubled from three years ago. This is where Subaru's number one selling model, the 2022 Crosstrek, resides. The report says the Crosstrek was the second best-selling new subcompact SUV last year. Which model is number one? See where Crosstrek is trending in 2022

The ten best-selling subcompact SUVs in 2021

The Honda HR-V saw the most growth in sales among subcompact SUVs last year, followed closely by the Subaru Crosstrek. The Honda HR-V had 93,109 sales in 2021, and the Crosstrek had 89,203 in 2021.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek
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The Crosstrek takes the lead in 2022

Through the first eight months of 2022, the Subaru Crosstrek is on an uptrend and has the most growth in sales among subcompact SUVs. The Crosstrek has 99,252 sales in 2022 versus the Honda HR-V, with 84,120 sales in 2022. The Crosstrek is up 11.7 percent in 2022, while the HR-V is down 9.65 percent.

The next fastest growing models in 2021 were the Ford Bronco Sport, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Rogue Sport, Volkswagen Taos, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Mazda CX-30, and Toyota Corolla Cross.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek
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The Subaru Crosstrek is Subaru of America's best-selling model this year. What sets the Crosstrek apart?

The fuel mileage is one significant reason the Crosstrek is the number one selling model for SOA. Customers are looking for affordability, utility, all-wheel-drive, and fuel efficiency. The Crosstrek offers all four.

Crosstrek gets excellent fuel mileage

The 2.0-liter CVT models achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28/33 city/highway and 30 combined mpg. The 6-speed manual models are rated 22/29 city/highway and 25 combined mpg. The 2.5-liter Boxer engine achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27/34 city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

Standard all-wheel-drive and X-Mode

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV rides higher with extra ground clearance (8.7-inches) than other small SUVs, and all trim levels come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive.

The Sport and Limited trims also have a new dual-function X-Mode for added off-pavement capabilities. The new system has settings for Snow and Dirt mode to the new Deep Snow/Deep Mud Mode and is best for sand where traction is compromised.


Even with a recent price increase, the 2022 Crosstrek is affordable. The base trim is priced from $24,320, Premium ($25,470), Sport ($28,670), Limited ($30,170) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,520). Prices include destination and delivery fees that increase ($1,175).

Should customers wait for the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek?

The Crosstrek is a carry-over model with no upgrades except for the 2023 Crosstrek Special Edition trim level. There is no advantage to waiting as all 2023 Subaru Crosstrek trim levels get a $600 price increase, including destination and delivery fees.

The 2023 Crosstrek base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium, ($26,020), Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38,070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

When will the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek arrive?

The 2023 Crosstrek subcompact SUV will begin arriving at Subaru showrooms this summer. Before the 2023 Crosstrek Special Edition gets here, the 2022 models are the number one selling model in the lineup and the number one selling subcompact SUV in 2022.

Subaru Corporation will reveal the next-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek on September 15. Torque New will have the complete details here. Stay tuned to this page.

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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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