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The Hot Subaru Crosstrek Leaves Outback And Forester In The Dust

How hot is the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek? The Crosstrek has its best month ever and now leaves the Forester and Outback in the dust.


The next-generation Subaru Crosstrek isn't coming for another year, the 2023 Crosstrek hasn't arrived yet, and sales of the current model are the hottest in Subaru of America's (SOA) lineup. SOA reported that the hot Crosstrek subcompact SUV is the top performer in the all-wheel-drive lineup in September, leaving the Outback midsize SUV and Forester compact SUV in the dust.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek stays smokin' hot this Fall, with 16,092 subcompact SUVs delivered to customers in September. That's a 35.6 percent increase over September 2021 sales (11,864).

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

Crosstrek stays the best-selling all-wheel-drive model for SOA, with 115,344 models delivered to customers through the first nine months compared with 101,067 sold in 2021. Crosstrek is now 9,940 model sales ahead of the Outback midsize SUV and 35,939 model sales ahead of the Forester.

The Crosstrek subcompact SUV is still one of the two SUVs with a sales increase in 2022, up 14.1 percent this year. The Ascent 3-Row SUV is the other Subaru SUV up in 2022 (+6.9%).

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

What sets the Crosstrek apart?

The fuel mileage is one significant reason the Crosstrek is the number one selling model for Subaru of America. 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.


The 2023 Crosstrek is arriving now and is a carry-over model with no upgrades except for the 2023 Crosstrek Special Edition trim level. Even with the $600 price increase on all trim levels (including destination and delivery fees), the Crosstrek remains a good value for small SUV shoppers.

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 next-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek arrive?

Subaru Corporation says they will launch the all-new 2024 Crosstrek in Japan in 2023 (or later) and then introduce the third-generation subcompact SUV in the U.S. and other global markets. Customers in the U.S. may have to wait until 2024 to get their hands on the softer Crosstrek subcompact SUV. The rugged Crosstrek Wilderness will arrive even later.

Look for the third-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek to make its U.S. reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Stay tuned.

Before the next-generation 2024 Crosstrek models arrive, The second-generation Crosstrek subcompact SUV is the number one selling model in the lineup in September and has its best month ever.

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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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ImprezaOwner (not verified)    October 6, 2022 - 2:01PM

These 'best sales month' ever claims are misleading in that this is not a sign of increased popularity. With the shortage in chips, its clear that Subaru is simply furloughing model production for a period of time and then resuming production at a later date with a healthy backlog to fill. My guess is that September was simply Crosstrek's turn to resume production.

JerryD (not verified)    October 6, 2022 - 9:40PM

Isn't the Crosstrek a CUV (crossover utility vehicle)? As I understand it, a CUV has a unibody construction, like a car, whereas an SUV is body on frame, like a truck.