Subaru Crosstrek Stays Hot - It May Be The Hardest To Find Model This Summer
Are you shopping for a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek? The small SUV may be hard to find this summer. Subaru of America (SOA) announced May sales, and the 2021 Crosstrek stays ahead of the entire lineup in the percentage of increase year to date. The recently-refreshed Crosstrek posted a 62.9 percent increase for the year. SOA delivered 11,013 models to customers compared with 9,486 sold in May 2020, up 5.6 percent.
The 2021 Crosstrek, with a 62.9 percent year to date, beats the popular Outback with a 36.8 percent increase for the year. Crosstrek is also ahead of the hot-selling Forester, up 31.3 percent through May 2021.
The 2021 Crosstrek was updated with a new 2.5-liter Boxer engine with 30 additional horsepower, and it helped launch the small SUV to a hot start in the first five months of the year. Customers can get the new engine upgrade in the all-new Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims.
The one thing that could keep you from finding the Crosstrek this summer is the microchip shortage. Subaru shut down the plant in Gunma, where the Crosstrek is manufactured for thirteen days in April. The shutdown will limit new Crosstrek models arriving in June.
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Torque News checked with the largest volume Subaru retailer in Colorado, and at the time of this report, they only have one 2021 Crosstrek model on their lot to sell. Subaru Corporation begins the model change from 2021 to the 2022 year vehicles, which could also affect inventory.
Jeff Walters, Subaru of America Senior Vice President of Sales, says, "As anticipated, the global microchip shortage continues to impact production and inventory levels throughout the auto industry."
What is the price of the 2021 Crosstrek?
The 2021 Crosstrek subcompact SUV comes in five trim levels for customers and gets a small price increase. The base trim is priced from $23,295, Premium ($24,345), all-new Sport ($27,545), and Limited ($29,045). Prices include destination and delivery ($1,050).
Subaru should announce the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek this summer, and it won't have many upgrades in the fifth year of its second-generation life cycle. Look for few changes to the 2022 Crosstrek, but the 2023 Crosstrek will be the model to watch. Recent reports say the compact SUV will get a new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine. Read the Torque News report here.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek continues to set a fast pace in May, but it could be the hardest model to find this summer. Torque News will bring news of the 2022 model change upgrades when it's announced.
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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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