2019 Subaru Crosstrek Review

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Review

The Crosstrek is Subaru’s unique take on a crossover. The car has been around for quite some time and it has been relatively successful up to this point. Not that long ago they released a revised version which comes with quite a few improvements over its predecessor. Well, it looks like they may further improve the design with the upcoming 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Most rumors seem to suggest the car is going to further polish the design of the current generation and make it that much of a sweeter deal.

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In the Subaru marque, the Crosstrek is their top crossover SUV model. Having been around for a number of years, this SUV has enjoyed success in the market. Its latest version is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Featuring the latest technologies from Subaru, it is a head turner that can perform well on and off-road. It has recently received some updates so as to stay competitive. Here they are.

Technological updates

The new car has received some technological updates to keep the driver and car occupants safe and entertained throughout. The base CVT model has been updated with the EyeSight driver assist system. This is a combination of multiple safety mechanisms that work together to ensure safety. In addition to the already existing safety systems, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek now has adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning systems and pre-collission braking. It can now deliver cross-traffic alerts as well.

Interior updates

The new car has also got some updates on its instrument cluster. Here, you can find an effective, color LCD screen and an ambient shower light situated in the overhead console in all trims of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.

Crosstrek 2.0l Premium trim updates

To increase the quality of the driving experience and keep occupants happy, the Crosstrek 2.0l Premium trim now has a few updates. They include heated front seats and rear view mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer and dual USB ports accessible in the rear section of the car. In this trim, the car has automatic headlights which work cooperatively to the windshield wiper operation.

Its entertainment system has been spruced up too. Occupants of the new Subaru Crosstrek can enjoy their favorite tunes through a 6 speaker surround sound music system with a BluRay CD player. Upon stepping into the cabin, the car also provides you with some welcome lighting.

Elements such as the new leather-upholstered steering wheel and gear shifter create a comfortable yet functional feel. Convenience is further enhanced through a high strength cargo tray and an automatically retractable cargo cover.

Crosstrek 2.0l Limited trim updates

The Subaru Crosstrek 2.0l Limited trim has also been updated to keep up with the trends. It now has a larger 8 inch Starlink infotainment system. This unit can easily be manipulated using voice commands. Connectivity in its cabin has also been enhanced through Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. This trim also has a new driving system that is known as X-Mode. Among other helpful facilities, it delivers Hill Descent Control. Furthermore, terrain response is enhanced through black 18 inch alloy wheels. Thanks to the updates, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek combines form and function. 2.10.2018 – Updates

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is regarded as one of marque’s best ever takes on offroad models. Originally released in 2013, the model was refreshed in 2018. Since then, a number of updates have been made to it. Firstly, the car is now larger in size. Furthermore, improvements have been performed on the safety equipment and settings made within. Here is more on these changes and the impact that they have had on the model.

  • Bigger multimedia display

The model has received a better entertainment experience thanks to this update. The 2019 Crosstrek Premium trim is now available with a 6.5 inch multimedia system. This update is available in this trim level as a standard option. Through this display, the driver can access the car’s navigation system as well as make multimedia settings. The new display is also large enough for occupants to enjoy watching music and movies right in the comfort of the car.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Image source: autoblog.com
  • Subaru Starlink extra services

Some interesting updates have been performed on this model’s safety and security system. Known as Subaru Starlink, it has received some new services. These are geared to ensure confidence in the safety systems and mechanisms within the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. In addition to that, the car rides upon a brand new suspension platform that features 40% better crash absorption.

  • Additional vehicle guidance features on the Limited trim level of the car

The Limited trim of the Subaru Crosstrek has received some updates since its release. Firstly, reverse automatic braking has been added into the car’s driver assist system. In addition to that, high beam control has also been incorporated into the model. These updates are geared to improve the driver experience when navigating the new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.

  • Hybrid engine trim

There are rumors in automotive media that a brand new hybrid engine will be added to the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. It is expected to emerge in December of 2018. The new engine will have a plug-in capability and it is targeted at states that are enforcing zero-emissions standards such as California and New York. The brand has already registered the name Evoltis for this new model. Update – 7.3.2018

We are still waiting for the new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. The previous model has received a series of new changes. What would we like to see in the new 2019 model? According to comments and suggestions of the enthusiasts and fans of this Subaru model, they have made a wish list for the new model.

On top of this list are things like increased comfortability and design changes. A more powerful engine is the next most desired feature that most of current Crosstrek model customers have expressed.
The equipment is already at an enviable level, given that the current model sports features like New Eyesight, new multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay options and Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Innovations are still kept tightly under the lid so we have to be patient for a little bit more ….

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Review

The end result is one of the best cars for the money

Unlike many other crossovers on the market, the Crosstrek is basically a hatchback Impreza on stilts. While this is usually a bad thing, Subaru somehow managed to come up with the perfect combination offering not only great on-road driving characteristics but also a great off-road set of abilities. If you are interested, read our Toyota Sequoia Review.

The end result is one of the best cars for the money. Unfortunately the Crosstrek is still missing some essential features but it looks like they are finally going to add them on this update.

For starters, things like an automatic cruise control system as well as a frontal collision warning system should now be standard.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Image source: cacsw.org – 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

On top of that, it also looks like the car may get rear cross-traffic alert as well as an accident prevention system on the lower end models.


The new platform also boasts a longer wheelbase and a wider track.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is going to use the same platform as the new version of the car. This means it will boast Subaru’s new modular architecture which also underpins the Impreza.

This highly modular high strength steel chassis is enough to lower the center of gravity and give the car a far better set of crash-ratings. The new platform also boasts a longer wheelbase and a wider track, so the car would be that much better to drive on the road.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Image source: testdriven.tv – Subaru Crosstrek 2018

Difference between 2018 and the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Release and Price

Starting at $22,500, the current model is not exactly the cheapest crossover in its class. Even so, it comes with more kit and definitely a better chassis than most other cars at this price point.

It looks like not much is going to change with the revision. The car will likely hit the market close to the end of 2018 or early 2019.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Image source: tractionlife.com – Subaru XV Crosstrek


We don’t expect much to change with the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. The car is likely going to feature the same aggressive honeycomb mesh grille, pointy headlights and nice and aggressive bumper intakes.

Some did suggest that Subaru may add a new set of wheels for the higher end models and possibly a hood scoop.

Even though this is still unclear, it would definitely make the Crosstrek one of the most impressive sub-$25,000 vehicles to look at. We can also expect a couple of new colors, especially since the selection is quite limited at this point.


The big change here is likely going to be the infotainment system.

While in the past Subaru was known for being quite bad with interiors, this is luckily no longer the case.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek should feature roughly the same dashboard design and a similar layout as before.

The big change here is likely going to be the infotainment system.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Image source: autoevolution.com – Subaru XV interior

The one on the current model is barely average and the screen is not that great either. The new model will likely come equipped with a higher resolution and possibly larger screen as well as hopefully a faster hardware.


Cool Gray Khaki, Sunshine Orange, Dark Gray Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl


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Engine and Specs

Unlike its predecessor, this time around the Crosstrek should also feature a manual available on all trim levels.

The current model is only available with a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated mill which is good for 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Even though this is barely average, the car still manages quite well on the road. Most rumors seem to suggest the upcoming 2019 Crosstrek might change that.

2018 Subaru CrosstrekSpecs
EngineRegular Unleaded H-4
Gas Mileage23/29 mpg City/Hwy
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Body StyleSport Utility

While the base engine should still be available, the car is likely going to feature a second engine choice. This should be the 2.0 liter turbocharged flat-four from the WRX.

The output is still unknown but we wouldn’t be surprised if the car will make around 250 horsepower and over 250 lb-ft of torque. Unlike its predecessor, this time around the Crosstrek should also feature a manual available on all trim levels.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Image source: live.cdemo.com – Subaru Crosstrek 2018

The end result should be a crossover-looking hatchback that will drive as good and as fast as a Subaru WRX. This will definitely make it one of the most impressive crossovers available on the US market by a huge margin.


2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

39 Replies to “2019 Subaru Crosstrek Review”

  1. Nice Car – dull, lifeless, colors – all the other Subaru car lines have some really nice deep reds, blues, etc. the Crossteck – worst possible hue of orange (or red), flat lifeless blue and kaki or whatever its suppose to be. Black/Silver are ok but come on Subaru….id buy one tomorrow if the color selection were better. Whoever’s in charge of the paint department needs to find a new job.

    1. You must have never seen some of the colors in person. The khaki is beautiful, the Venetian red is stunning, and the black with tinted windows is sporty AF.

      1. I’ve seen the colors in real life and it is the reason that I purchased a competitors model. They really are that bad!

  2. Agree completely with you, Moses. If they’d bring in some good metal flake colors like a deep red or some earth tones like gold, bronze, or chocolate brown, I’d put my order in this afternoon.

  3. I TOTALLY agree with the previous comments. I told the same thing to my husband; i would go and buy a Crosstrek right away if the colors would be nicer. Even their WHITE one has way too many black trims compared to the overall white clean look of the Impreza. But if they could come out with a nice deep metallic red and light interior, i would RUN to a Subaru dealer to buy it. Subaru really needs to change their team in the paint department. So until then, i will stick with my Escape…

  4. When I see a Subaru Crosstrek with a factory turbo engine and a hood scoop I will be in line bagging to my deale to take my money! I have a 2006 Outback LLBean and Im not crazy in love with the new outback, it is way too big! The crostrek is just a hair shorter in length then my car, but is much wider, it is perfet to fit my bike inside still, all that matters!

  5. They did mention the possibility of a couple of new colors, but then listed the same old colors from previous years. I’m getting a new 19, so unless there are new colors not listed, looks like it’s silver or possibly dark gray.


    1. Here is the problem. Basically, Subaru has over the past two years sold all the cars they could make. In Japan they sold 14000 of the new CrossTrek in the first month. Guess what. That was a figure that exceeded ALL the cars they sold in the prior two months. What is the incentive for them to change some of the things we all know should be improved such as power and a better transmission?

  7. I also agree about the colors, even the silver, which normally is a safe color when the other ones are not attractive, is off and more of a dull blueish gray. Let’s hope they add some nice metallic colors.

    But more importantly, I wish that Subaru would lead the way in saving people’s life. These last few years have seen amazing life saving progress in car safety features, isn’t it time that people be given the opportunity to pay extra for these safety options separate from the luxury options?

    As it is, the optional eyesight and blind spot detection, which without a doubt has the potential to save lives and not just the ones inside the car but the other ones like the pedestrians, kids playing outside, and others sharing the road, is only available on the upper more luxurious trims. If company won’t do it from their heart, isn’t it time we push for laws which would force automakers to make these options available independantly of the luxury options?

    1. Yes, and drive up the cost so many can’t afford a reliable vehicle, “Zen”? How about paying attention when you are driving and not being distracted by your phone, “infotainment system,” the drive-through meal you are eating, etc….THAT would more likely save lives than any gizmo. Government “forcing” companies to do things….sounds much like Venezuela, North Korea, or Cuba, if you ask me. If the consumers want it, the free market will demand it via purchasing trends, rather than a government mandate. Look what has happened with the US DOT CAFE standards–making vehicles lighter by turning them into aluminum cans that crumple and offer less passenger protection than in years’ past, so as to supposedly burn less gas and “save the planet.”

      1. The crumpling is part of the known protection that protects passengers more than before not less than before. Those are facts.

  8. I totally agree about the colors. The dark grey is nice but I have had 2 Foresters both including the one I have now are dark grey. I’m tires of it. Please have some new selections for the 2019. If so you have a sale here.

  9. This car looks great. I’m looking forward to getting one in 2019. I would very much like to see a dark green exterior like in the other models and a little more horse power. My current GMC Terrain has 301 HP, so I’m a little spoiled.

  10. I owned a 2017 XV and currently a 2018 XV if only they had a rugged off-road/ turbo version would I purchase another… even in a limited supply for current customers I would still pay $40k if it was well equipped… beats trying to find options especially when they are new very difficult and time consuming to make look good…

  11. Yes I agree as well with the colors issue – especially the interior, – light one color leather without that orange stitching and I’m as old!]

  12. Please, Subaru paint department, do something exciting with th Crosstrek colors. Do not shy away from brighter colors.

    1. Please, Subaru don’t waste too much time on colors. Spend that on fixing Horse power and Transmission.

  13. I have a 2018 with the Heritage Blue, 50th anniversary edition. I waited 3 months to get this color. If I didn’t get this color I probable would not have purchased. I really would like to have a choice of interior colors ( my favorite is ivory/tan like the Outback). I guess the company doesn’t care about sales.

  14. I just drove an ’18 Subaru Crosstrek Premium. Surprised with quietness, handling, equipment and comfort but there’s too much struggle and noise from the engine when you are above 30mph. Not sure I can live with it. Loved everything else about it.


  16. I totally agree with Art, Roger & the other horsepower folks, I’ve had my eye on the Subie for quite sometime now, what kept me from purchasing one was I couldn’t stomach the lack of power. I just pictured myself going up hill and seeing a turtle in my rear view catching up(L.O.L) if Subaru decides to put on the 2.0. Turbo mill I would camp out over night so I can be the first one in the door to place my order.

  17. Do any of the 2018 or upcoming 2019 Subaru Crosstrek models offer or expected to offer, signaling in side-view mirrors?

  18. Agree about the colours. They really are pretty bad. We’ve had dark grey. Not crazy about white. The silver and what is supposed to be the khaki-grey both have a bluish tinge to them. How about some nice greens or browns or a true silver-grey? Yes, Subaru, colour really is important!

  19. I would lobe to see more flexibility on the leather interior colors independent of the paint choice. I live in florida and a black leather interior is a horrible option. I like certain exterior colors — seems like we should have the oprtion to choose a cooler interior. Also would like to see a turbo engine. I am waiting for 2019 to see is these options are available.

  20. i own the 2014 crosstrek. we are waiting to trade in for new one if they come out with turbo model. otherwise we will go elsewhere next year.

  21. own the 2014 crosstrek. we are waiting to trade in for new one if they come out with turbo model. otherwise we will go elsewhere next year.

  22. Moved from a sort of non-snowy state (w/hills) to a snowy state with hills and potholes. Before the move, figured we needed to get rid of one of our FWD cars for an AWD car. We were open to brands and had owned a Sub: Outback Impreza, Legacy, and Impreza. All cars were well worn and last 10 years & @150k miles.

    In 9 years, we went through Honda’s CRV, a Toyota RAV4, and a couple lesser brands. Hondas were very uncomfortable (and now they have AWD) and we literally looked at any AWD that had a reasonable reputation. There was only one after literally months (@8) of looking – a Subaru.

    Color was the least of our concern (except no more silver or gray). The Impreza had 167 HP and since the Crosstrek was based on the Impreza engine, it was going to be slower, but so are we. It doesn’t have the pickup I’d like but I don’t think it needs it. We get on major highways during rush hour traffic with no problem. In our case, if we had to pay for the speed, we’d pass. The car is expensive enough and the add-ons are as idiotic and useless as usual.

    What I like least as a prior techie, is less computer clutter. It’s overkill. The dashboard has useless icons. The EyeSight’s a good idea but it’s not making me feel safer (it is making me numb to the alerts) because there’s so much going on (like the computer clutter).

    We have way under 500 miles on it (enough to have had major issues with my prior car but nothing negative happened in this one … yet). We won’t let our youngsters go in any other car and so far, I’m not letting our dog go in the Crosstrek. It’s comfortable for us and needs no lumbar support. Feels sturdy. Gas mileage (city mainly so highway, too) is @23-24.

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