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The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek perfectly bridges the gap between sedan and crossover and offers off-road capability as well as safety.

What’s New for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

For 2020, the Subaru Crosstrek gets quite a lot of new features. Outside, buyers will notice the new design on the taillights. Inside, there are new drive modes and auto start/stop for all CVT-equipped models. Automatic climate control, automatic door locks, and a collision-detection automatic door-unlock feature are now fitted to all Crosstrek models.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $23,155

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

27 City / 29 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Outstanding flexibility

Impressive off-road ability

Quality interior

Could use more power

Hybrid loses cargo space

Crosstrek STI would be cool

2020 Crosstrek Specs

Trims & Pricing

Base - $23,155
Premium - $24,205
Limited - $28,405
Hybrid - $36,155

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Powertrain

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0L I4 - media.subaru.com

Overall the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is nice to drive. Those seeking performance on the road from the 2.0L flat-four engine are the only ones who will be disappointed. This vehicle is a cross between a normal five-door hatchback and a crossover. It features the great visibility, near car-like handling, and smaller footprint of a sedan, but also offers crossover features. First, it’s tall. It has nearly 9-inches of ground clearance. Secondly, it’s spacious inside for a vehicle of its size. And ultimately, it’s happiest off-road.

On the road it’s just a bit ponderous. The Crosstrek doesn’t feel snappy or quick at all no matter how hard you mash the gas. Still, in everyday driving situations, it’s comfortable, capable, and relatively quiet in the cabin. The suspension soaks up bumps better than most competitors and overall, the steering feedback is very good with almost no numbness. It’s well weighted too, offering WRX levels of control.

Braking is solid, but may require just a bit more pressure than some buyers might be used to. That’s ok though, because once accustomed to the pedal interaction, it becomes second nature and brings the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek to a stop effortlessly.

Towing & Payload

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek - media.subaru.com

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek isn’t the car most people would pick when it comes to towing a large load. It’s no slouch though. Those that want to haul personal watercraft or other small trailers will be happy to hear that it can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy & MPG

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek gets ok fuel economy scores. When equipped with the manual transmission, expect to get around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The automatic does better in the city scoring 27 mpg and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid does even better with a combined score of 35 mpg and up to 17 miles on electric power alone.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

As a taller person, I really appreciate how much space is inside the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. Even on longer trips it’s not cramped or uncomfortable. It’s great to drive a vehicle that’s a bit taller than others that offers a lower seating position. It really helps the Crosstrek feel more nimble. The back seat is even spacious for most passengers. Ride quality is also great for a car of its size and makeup. Most competitors can’t really match the ease at which the Crosstrek soaks up poor road conditions and mutes them in the cabin.

After having spent many hours in this car, it’s clear that Subaru dedicated quite a bit of the budget on making it a nice place to be. The fit and finish is outstanding throughout. Some might be disappointed with the lack of full on leather upholstery, but we think it’s fitting in a car like the Crosstrek.

Cargo room is ok for a vehicle of this size. It’s a bit cramped if the car is full of people, but when the back seats are vacant, it can expand to over 50 cubic feet. Notably, the hybrid version of the Crosstrek does lose space back there for the battery pack. If there’s anything to gripe about, it might be the lack of real panache inside. There’s not a lot that feels special, but this car is ultimately about substance over style, and that’s ok.

Entertainment & Technology

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek - media.subaru.com

Including features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity across the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek range really is a great move. It also helps ease some of the frustration that might come with the way Subaru approaches technology. First, go for the larger 8-inch infotainment screen because the smaller 6.5-inch unit looks out of place. Both function well and the user interface is friendly enough, but we just can’t get over how tiny the smaller screen looks.

The other concern we have is that if you want a proper three-pedal manual transmission, you’ll go without a lot of stuff that is only available on the continuously variable transmission (CVT) equipped Crosstrek models. Auto stop/start, EyeSight driver aids, and a rear seat reminder are only available on the CVT models.

Safety Features

EyeSight is a great suite, so CVT owners will appreciate its great adaptive cruise and other features. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek also received a five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA and was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Trims & Pricing

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Base - subaru.com

Base – $23,155

The base Crosstrek uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive system as the rest of the lineup. It comes standard with a six-speed manual. Base models also get 17-inch wheels, halogen headlights, roof rails, and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Android and Apple integration. CVT-equipped models get a safety suite called EyeSight which adds forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium - media.subaru.com

Premium – $24,205

Buyers who go for the Premium will see fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, satellite radio, heated front seats with contrast stitching, and heated body-color folding mirrors added to the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited - media.subaru.com

Limited – $28,405

At the top of the range is the Crosstrek Limited that only comes with the CVT and gets additional standard features in the way of 18-inch wheels, leather-trimmed upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, a 6.3-inch driver information display, a larger 8-inch infotainment system, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and keyless entry.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid - media.subaru.com

Hybrid – $36,155

The Crosstrek Hybrid is identically equipped as the Limited, but it gets a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can go up to 17 miles on battery power alone. It also gets blue contrast stitching, lightweight 18-inch wheels, and upgraded rear brakes.

Warranties

There’s not much special about Subaru’s warranty coverage. It offers a limited warranty covering three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty reaching five years or 60,000 miles. No complimentary maintenance is offered for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. Notably, the hybrid powertrain sees its components covered for up to eight years or 100,000 miles.

What we think

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It’s easy to forget the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek when considering other options because it bridges a gap that few dare to. At the same time, it’s a fantastic car with serious off-road capability, and decent enough storage to do nearly everything one might need it to. If they ever decide to double the horsepower and throw EyeSight in the manually-equipped cars, I’d be hard-pressed not to buy one.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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