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2023 Subaru Crosstrek

Drivers who are drawn to adventure have shown their appreciation for the Subaru Crosstrek for more than a decade now. In a sea of compact crossovers, it stands out for its unique style, standard all-wheel drive, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Plus, it has all of the latest technologies for connectivity and enhanced safety. Another increasingly rare quality of the Crosstrek is that two of its trim levels are still offered with a manual transmission, to the delight of truly hands-on drivers. Among the changes for model year 2023 is the debuting Special Edition package, which is offered for the Premium trim and differentiates it with exclusive exterior and interior colors and treatments (see the Standard and Available Features section for details).

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Love is out there. Find it in a Crosstrek.

Starting at

$23,645

MSRP

Max Cargo Volume

55.3 cu-ft

with rear seats lowered

Fuel Economy

33/28 MPG

Hwy/City

Trims and Mechanical Information

The Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited make up the trim lineup for the 2023 Crosstrek (there’s also a Crosstrek Hybrid, which we cover on a separate page). The Base and Premium have a powertrain made up of a 145-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Those trims are eligible for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. That CVT comes standard on the Sport and Limited, where it makes up the powertrain with a 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. All Crosstreks have all-wheel drive and can tow as much as 1,500 pounds.

The EPA’s official fuel economy ratings state that the Base and Premium achieve an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission; that changes to 28 city/33 highway with the CVT. The Sport and Limited are rated to return 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway.

Amenities by Trim

The Crosstrek Base has automatic cabin temperature control, fabric seats, keyless entry, auto-up/down front windows, a first-row USB port, bottle holders in the door panels, and a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seatback. Its roof rails and 17-inch wheels are black, and it can be ordered with X-Mode, a special drive system for use on unpaved terrain. Amenities such as heated front seats, auto on/off headlights, and heated exterior mirrors earn the Premium its name. It also has fog lights, a windshield wiper de-icer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, orange contrast stitching, another first-row USB port, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear cargo tray, and a retractable cover for the cargo area. Those who order the Premium may add the Special Edition Package, which changes its look with unique Desert Khaki paint, two-tone upholstery in a blend of red and black, and special 17-inch wheels with a dark-grey finish. As far as a la carte options, the Premium is eligible for X-Mode, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and proximity entry with push-button start.

All of those features become standard on the Sport trim, along with water-repellent StarTex upholstery (with yellow contrast stitching), exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, and two second-row USB charge ports. A trim-specific grille, dark-gray 17-inch wheels, black gunmetal exterior accents, and more pronounced wheel arches set the Sport aside visually. The Limited goes back to the more conventional Crosstrek look while adding leather seats with orange stitching, black 18-inch wheels, steering-responsive LED headlights, LED fog lights, a power driver’s seat, a color multifunction display, and a folding rear armrest with dual cupholders. All trims but the Base are eligible for the optional moonroof.

Active Safety Features

The Subaru EyeSight suite of advanced safety technologies is optional for the two lower trims, Base and Premium, and standard on the two higher trims, Sport and Limited. The features that make up this collision-mitigation bundle are pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure and sway warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The Limited trim adds automatic high beams, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (offered as an option for the Sport), and reverse automatic emergency braking.

Multimedia and Connectivity

In the Base trim, the infotainment system has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth for hands-free phone use and audio streaming, and a four-speaker audio system. SiriusXM satellite radio and a Wi-Fi hotspot are added to the Premium and Sport along with another pair of speakers. The Sport trim is eligible for an upgrade package to an 8-inch version with voice recognition technology and high-definition radio – features that all come standard on the Limited. Navigation and a premium Harman Kardon audio system with eight speakers are options offered solely for the Limited.

Disclaimer: EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.

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