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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Overview

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Subaru’s lineup of vehicles may not be as gargantuan as some other leading automakers, but each of its entries earns acclaim for craftsmanship and quality. The Crosstrek, the brand’s smallest SUV, is based on the underpinnings of the Impreza but gets a wealth of driving and body upgrades that make it an excellent ride for daily commutes and adventurous excursions.

The entry-level version of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

What’s New for the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek?

In most every way, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek remains the same, carrying over the body and soul of the 2016 model from last year.

The most substantial change this year isn’t to the Crosstrek itself but in the discontinuation of the Hybrid version. Over the past years, the Crosstrek Hybrid sold poorly, and finally got the axe this year when Subaru decided it wasn’t worth keeping around. In exchange, Subaru promises that it will release other hybrid-version vehicles in the coming years.

If you want a unique version of the Crosstrek that goes above and beyond the standard lineup, you’re in for a treat with the Premium trim-enhancing Special Edition package. Like last year, it flaunts blackout trim, aluminum 17-inch wheels, black interior with red stitching, aluminum pedal covers, and safety tools like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Of course, features like this can individually purchased as upgrades to your Crosstrek instead.

Otherwise, there are only minimal price increases this year.

Images of Crosstrek Special Edition Package at Chicago Auto Show

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The entry-level version of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek will have a starting MSRP of $21,695

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

Not too long and not too short, the 2017 Crosstrek stretches 175 inches long, with a height of merely 64 inches. For a five-seater family car, the Crosstrek has impressive ground clearance, visibility, and sporty styling. Characteristics like the spoiler–available on all levels–make the Crosstrek a little more appealing than is many imitators.

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited.

Exterior features included on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

  • 2.0i: 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Multi-reflector halogen headlights, foglights, Rear spoiler, Power black folding side mirrors, Body-color door handles, Raised roof rails
  • 2.0i Premium: Body-color folding side mirrors, Windshield wiper de-icer, Heated side mirrors, Auto on/off headlights
  • 2.oi Limited: Body-color folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Images of Crosstrek Special Edition Package at Chicago Auto Show

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Performance

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is a solid blend of efficiency and capability. Powered by a signature 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer four-cylinder engine, this compact SUV doesn’t hold back–reaching 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. That might not be enough to tow the family camper, but it is enough juice to keep the Crosstrek rolling in rough terrains and hills.

Two transmissions options are available, which affect the Crosstrek’s gas mileage: a five-speed manual transmission vs. a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

Pictured: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Efficiency

According to the EPA, this year’s Subaru Crosstrek boasts fuel efficiency rates that are similar to previous years, with the manual gasoline configuration earning 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. As usual, the CVT gasoline version improves that to 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway–a mere 1 mpg less than last year.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

Pictured: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

Unless you choose the Special Edition with black seats and red stitching, not much has changed inside the 2017 Crosstrek. Still able to seat up to five people or double cargo space up to 51.9 cubic feet, the compact SUV is comfortable and versatile without being expensive of cheaply made. Numerous electronic controls are at your fingertips, while most of the actual cabin design is by-the-numbers.

Interior features included on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

  • 2.oi: Six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, Four-way manually adjustable front passenger’s seat, 60/40-split rear seatbacks, Cloth upholstery, Silver metallic accent trim, Steering wheel with integrated controls, Rear vision camera, 12-volt power outlet, STARLINK™ 6.2-inch Multimedia, Four speakers
  • 2.oi Premium: Heated front seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls, Leather-wrapped shifter handle, Rear cargo tray, Cargo-area cover, Automatic climate control system, Six speakers
  • 2.oi Limited: Leather-trimmed upholstery, Color LCD display, Lineartronic® CVT paddle shifters, Folding rear seat armrest with dual cup holders, Dual USB ports

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

Unexpectedly for a Subaru model, the 2017 Crosstrek is a safe ride in rough circumstances. It earned a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA, with top marks in side barrier ratings. The IIHS also awarded the highest scores in all crash test categories–a “Good” designation–to the latest Crosstrek.

Standard Safety Features

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel drive
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Brake assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH system

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Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.