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The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek continues to be a unique and very capable small crossover that can go a lot further than most of its rivals.

What’s new for the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek carries on into the new year with no changes.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $23,570

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

27 City / 34 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Great versatility

Solid handling

Excellent visibility

No manual with 2.5L engine

Buzzy standard engine

Short on cargo space

Would love a manual and 200+HP

2022 Crosstrek Specs

Trims & Pricing

Base - $23,570
Premium - $24,720
Sport - $27,920
Limited - $29,420
Hybrid - $36,770

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Powertrain

Subaru Crosstrek 2.5 H4 - carsforsale.cpm
Subaru Crosstrek 2.5 H4 - carsforsale.cpm

Despite being a more ruggedly focused crossover, the Crosstrek drives much like its Impreza relative around town. It’s boorishly slow and disappointing if you were hoping for something akin to a lifted WRX, but most buyers will be pleased with its excellent feedback and solid handling. We also love how easy it is to see out of. Traditional crossovers could learn from the Crosstrek in this regard.

The larger 2.5-liter engine is lovely too but just like many other Subarus including the WRX, the Impreza, and even their flagship STI, it could still use considerably more power. It could also use a manual transmission because while the continously-variable transmission isn’t the worst we’ve used, it’s still prone to hunting for the right ratio from time to time.

The real big win for the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is that when the road runs out, it can keep going with real confidence. Rivals from Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai could only hope to be as capable as this little vehicle and that’s in large part to the excellent all-wheel-drive system at work. It’s also reassuring when road conditions are bad.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Fuel Economy & MPG

2022 Subaru Crosstrek - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek - subaru.com

The Crosstrek gets as little as 25 mpg combined according to the EPA but it’s also capable of 30 mpg when equipped with the continuously-variable transmission. The hybrid is rated at 90 MPGe and up to 35 mpg on the highway. All Crosstreks benefit from a large fuel tank too.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Subaru has come a long way with regard to its interior comfort and quality and the Crosstrek demonstrates that again. It’s functionally fantastic and easy to understand. The buttons and switchgear feel good to use and plastic isn’t overly used inside despite the fact that this thing starts below $25,000. A lot of brands could learn from the interior of the Crosstrek. It also rides really nicely over bad roads despite allowing more road noise into the cabin than we’d prefer.

The seating is comfortable and reasonably adjustable, though we’d love to see more power-adjustable options. It would also be great to see the rear seats fold all the way flat. Since the Crosstrek is largely an Impreza with a lift kit, this vehicle will never have the same level of cargo space as rivals like the CR-V or the RAV4.

Entertainment & Technology

2022 Subaru Crosstrek - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek - subaru.com

The standard infotainment system in the Crosstrek is pretty solid. It offers Android and Apple connectivity as well as Bluetooth and a USB port. The downside is that it’s a bit tiny compared to most rivals. Beyond that, we enjoy how well it works. Those that can afford the larger 8-inch option will enjoy using it more, we imagine.

Of course, a great deal of the technology available in the Crosstrek is only available with the continuously-variable transmission. Some of that, like the adaptive cruise control system, makes sense, but there’s no reason that lane-keep assist shouldn’t be available. Still, buyers who do get the continuously-variable transmission will appreciate how well these systems function.

Safety Features

Subaru is one of the few Japanese companies that doesn’t include driver assistance features as standard equipment. Thankfully, they’re very inexpensive to include. In addition, the NHTSA rated the Crosstrek five stars in its crash testing. The IIHS gave the Crosstrek its Top Safety Pick award too.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Trims & Pricing

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Base - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Base - subaru.com

Base – $23,570

The standard Crosstrek comes with a manual transmission, symmetrical all-wheel drive, and a 152-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It also gets 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, roof rails, and a 6.5-inch infotainment system equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as four speakers. Buyers who opt for the continuously-variable transmission will also get hill descent control, a feature called X-Mode for going off-road, and Subaru’s safety suite EyeSight. It features lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Premium - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Premium - subaru.com

Premium – $24,720

The Premium Crosstrek comes with six speakers, heated front seats, heated mirrors, fog lights, a rear cargo cover, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Buyers who opt for the continuously-variable transmission will also get a sunroof, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport - subaru.com

Sport – $27,920

The Crosstrek Sport uses a 2.5-liter engine that makes 182-horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. It is only available with a continuously-variable transmission sadly but it also gets special fender flares, rear-seat USB ports, push-button start, and yellow interior stitching.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited - subaru.com

Limited – $29,420

As the top gas-powered trim, the Crosstrek Limited gets 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, and an 8-inch infotainment system.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid - subaru.com
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid - subaru.com

Hybrid – $36,770

The Hybrid version of the Crosstrek gets the same interior features as the Limited but uses a powertrain that makes a combined 148-horsepower. It can travel 17 miles on electric power alone and takes as little as two hours to charge up when connected to a 240-volt outlet.

Warranties

Subaru covers the 2022 Crosstrek in the same way that most companies do with a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. What sets them apart is that they also cover consumables like brake pads and wipers over the span of that limited warranty. Hybrid buyers get eight years or 100,000-miles worth of coverage on those components.

What we think

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2022 Subaru Crosstrek – subaru.com |  Shop 2022 Subaru Crosstrek on Carsforsale.com

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek stands out in its field and for our money is one of the most practical no-nonsense vehicles on sale today. We wish it had better drivetrain options and that advanced safety equipment was available on the manual variant but those are tiny nitpicks in what is a largely excellent car.

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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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