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The 5 Most Affordable SUVs - New Subaru Crosstrek Isn’t The Cheapest But It's The Best

Which five 2024 model-year SUVs are the cheapest? The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek ranks as the fourth most affordable new SUV you can buy today. Which is the best, and can the Crosstrek compete since the price has increased?


Which five SUVs are the best value for shoppers this winter? Is the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek a top pick for small SUV shoppers? U.S. News ranks the cheapest new SUVs you can buy now and lists five 2024 model-year vehicles for shoppers. There are eleven more 2023 model-year SUVs to check out. 

I will look at number four on the most affordable list: the all-new, remodeled 2024 Subaru Crosstrek, and why it's the best choice for active customers. 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek driving

Which five 2024 model-year SUVs are the cheapest?

The 5 Cheapest 2024 model year SUVs from most to least expensive are:

The 11 Cheapest 2023 model year SUVs from most to least expensive are:

  • 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: $25,795 | Overall Score: 6.6/10
  • 2023 Volkswagen Taos: $24,155 | Overall Score: 8.1/10
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross: $23,060 | Overall Score: 7.7/10
  • 2023 Kia Seltos: $23,340 | Overall Score: 8.3/10
  • 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: $22,995| Overall Score: 6.1/10
  • 2023 Mazda CX-30: $22,950 | Overall Score: 8.6/10
  • 2023 Hyundai Kona: $22,140 | Overall Score: 8.4/10
  • 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer: $22,100| Overall Score: 7.8/10
  • 2023 Nissan Kicks: $20,440 | Overall Score: 7.8/10
  • 2023 Kia Soul: $19,890 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  • 2023 Hyundai Venue: $19,650 | Overall Score: 7.5/10

What does U.S. News Auto say about the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek?

$24,995 | Overall Score: 7.9/10

U.S. News says, "The Subaru Crosstrek gets a full redesign for 2024, and changes included more grown-up styling, a better interior and upgraded tech. With the 152-horsepower four-cylinder on board, the Crosstrek can sometimes feel sluggish, and the CVT causes the engine to whine loudly under heavy throttle."

"The Crosstrek offers enough room for five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Subaru offers water-repellant upholstery and genuine leather in higher trims. There's ample space for front-seat passengers, and the back seat can accommodate adults, though taller passengers may feel the pinch of limited legroom."

"A dual-7-inch-touch-screen system comes standard, which can be clunky at times. The upgraded single 11.6-inch display works better but drives up the Crosstrek's affordable base price."

Why the Crosstrek is the best choice for active customers.

The Crosstrek is Subaru of America's best-selling vehicle, and the popular small SUV has been completely redesigned for 2024.

Why is the next-generation 2024 Crosstrek the better value?

My take.

The 2024 Crosstrek is all new and comes with extensive upgrades.

The Crosstrek gets a new 11.6-inch tablet-style multimedia screen, a wireless smartphone charger, and USB-A and USB-C ports in the front and rear. The game-changing improvement could be the Crosstrek's new front seat design. Subaru Corporation completely redesigned the seats for maximum riding comfort and used a medical approach.

All 2024 Crosstrek trim levels come with the next-generation EyeSight safety technology with a new wide-angle mono camera. The safety technology provides a broader field of view with improved pedestrian and cyclist protection while driving on busy city streets.

The Crosstrek is for customers who want to get further off the grid. 

The ultimate off-road trim level is the new outdoor-themed 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness. It gets new Wilderness upgrades for getting further off the grid.

The most rugged and trail-capable Crosstrek has an upgraded suspension, all-terrain tires, more prominent wheel arch cladding, a metal front skid plate, unique hex-design LED fog lights, and an anti-glare hood decal in a matte-black finish. It has everything you want in an off-road-ready small SUV.

What is the price of the 2024 Crosstrek?

The 2024 Crosstrek Base has a starting price of $26,290 (the same MSRP as the 2023 Base model equipped with the Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission). The 2024 Crosstrek Premium has a starting price of $27,440, Sport ($30,290), and Limited ($32,190). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

What is the price of the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness?

The all-new Crosstrek Wilderness costs $33,290, including dealer destination and delivery fees. 

Which five 2024 model-year SUVs are the cheapest? The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek is the fourth most affordable new SUV you can buy today. Which one is the best? It's the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek if you want to get away from the city and further off the grid. 

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru Crosstrek story. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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Check out the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness Review and Off-Road Tests from Driving Sports TV

I am Denis Flierl, a 12-year Torque News senior writer with 20+ years of Subaru and automotive journalism experience. I enjoy bringing you, the Subaru fans and customers, the most up-to-date Subaru news, reviews, and new model information. You'll find the latest Subaru stories on the Subaru page. Follow me on my The Dirty Subaru website, Dirty Subaru blogSubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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