STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - This off-road capable model is a close relation to the Subaru Impreza, but the Crosstrek has more ground clearance, unique bumpers, roof rails, protective side cladding and a rear spoiler. The car comes with an Impreza-based 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable unit (CVT) with paddle shifters and seven preset steps/ratios. Manual-trans models comes with Incline Start Assist: When the Crosstrek is stopped on an uphill incline, the system briefly holds the car while the driver's right foot moves to the gas pedal from the brake. Subaru's standard all-wheel-drive setup maintains a 60:40 front:rear torque split, but automatically directs up to 100 percent to the front or back as needed. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) - a mid-2019 addition - uses electrical components supplied by Toyota along with the regular Crosstrek's four-cylinder to make a net 148 horsepower. The hybrid can run up to 65 mph on battery power alone and travel up to 17 miles. The total electric/gasoline range is a claimed 480 miles.
Base price (incl. destination): $22,700; $36,000 (PHEV)
Type: Four-door hatchback/wagon
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter H-4 (152); 2.0-liter H4 with electric motor (148)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual, continuously variable (opt.)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 27/33/29 (CVT)
Base weight (lb.): 3,110