2021 Subaru Crosstrek: A Trim Comparison

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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can take you anywhere you need to go, so it’s no wonder the tagline is “There’s always room for more stories.”

Subaru Crosstrek Trims

Along with an attractive interior, this vehicle has a high ground clearance and plenty of features for a long drive. We’re comparing the trims to help you decide which one is right for your next adventure whether it’s on the paved road or off the beaten path.

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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i focuses on affordability, so it isn’t a surprise that this trim is just $22,248. It’s equipped with a 2.0-liter DOHC engine that’s capable of 152-horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. This allows drivers to tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds, ideal for small trailers. With this engine, the 2.0i Crosstrek gets up to 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. All trims feature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, so drivers have maximum control.

Subaru lets you go where your heart wants, including off-road. For this reason, the 2.0i Crosstrek comes with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and raised roof rails for extra storage. This trim also comes with STARLINK Multimedia with 6.5-inch touchscreen, four-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Additionally, there is automatic climate control.

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2.0i Premium

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium starts at $22,895 and is an upgrade from the Crosstrek 2.0i. On the exterior, safety improves with the addition of fog lights. It also comes with a windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors as part of the All-Weather Package. The All-Weather Package also adds heated seating on the interior.

Drivers can also find a leather-wrapped steering wheel with orange stitching, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, rear cargo tray, and retractable and removable cargo-area cover. Finally, the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium also adds two more speakers than the previous trim, bringing the total to six speakers.

With the purchase of the CVT transmission at additional cost, you can purchase an additional package for under $2K, which offers safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, as well as comfort and convenience features like a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a moonroof and proximity keyless entry.

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The Sport trim starts at $26,495 and comes with a CVT transmission, Subaru Intelligent Drive system, proximity keyless entry, and rear-seat USB ports. Most notably, this vehicle comes with automatic high-beam headlights, and off-road features like hill descent control and X-Mode an enhanced all-wheel-drive system.

2.0i Limited

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited starts at $27,195. This trim has several more luxury features that may make you think you’re driving a luxury brand. The first notable feature is leather-trimmed seating. To add to this, the driver’s seat allows power adjustment, and the shifter handle and automatic transmission handle are also wrapped in leather with orange stitching.

For convenience, the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited has automatic climate control, so you don’t have to take time to fiddle with the AC or heat. The STARLINK system receives an upgrade to an eight-inch multimedia full-color screen. With this system, you can access SiriusXM All Access Radio, Traffic, and Travel Link. You can also use Yelp and iHeart Radio thanks to STARLINK’s cloud-based applications.

If safety is important to you, the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited checks all the boxes. Along with the upgrades in the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium, this trim also comes with Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts. Drivers also have EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, High Beam Assist, and Reverse Automatic Braking included.

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Crosstrek Hybrid

The 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid trim is a plug-in hybrid with a 148-horsepower hybrid powertrain, an automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. We have a helpful explainer of the different types of hybrid cars that seem confusing to you. Essentially, this plug-in hybrid Crosstrek has a battery that needs to be plugged in to charge up to its full potential. When fully charged, the Crosstrek Hybrid can drive up to 17 miles of electric-only range that is free from emissions!

After that, the gas engine kicks in and the Crosstrek Hybrid operates like a more traditional battery electric vehicle like the Toyota Prius. It offers some of the benefits of a fully electric vehicle (no emissions or gasoline) with some of the benefits of a traditional gas engine (longer range). It’s also important to note that this is one of the few hybrid crossovers on the market available with an AWD powertrain standard. While operating on fuel, the Crosstrek earns a fuel economy of about 35 mpg combined.

In most respects, the hybrid Crosstrek has pretty much the same standard features as the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited. The starting MSRP is $35,345.

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