2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium and Limited Overview – Video
Subaru’s wildly popular, slightly off-kilter Crosstrek (the name no longer includes “XV”) small crossover transitions from 2016 to 2017 with few changes but with a new Special Edition model and fresh pricing. Happily, the pricing isn’t far off from the affordable price tags that hung from the ’16 Crosstrek lineup’s rearview mirrors, with the base model’s MSRP rising by $125 and the mid-level Premium and range-topping Limited trim levels seeing the same increase. The previously available hybrid model has been cut from the lineup.
As before, the Crosstrek family’s least expensive iteration comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a backup camera, a 6.2-inch StarLink touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 148-hp 2.0-liter flat-four engine. The base model now starts at $22,570, while stepping up to the $23,370 Premium nets heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and windshield-wiper de-icers, as well as an additional two audio speakers (for a total of six) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Adding the automatic transmission, a CVT unit, to the Premium will set you back another $1000. The automatic-only Crosstrek Limited costs $26,070 and comes with leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, an insulated windshield for reduced cabin noise, and a color driver-information display in the gauge cluster. Buyers who choose the automatic-equipped Premium model can opt for a sunroof for an extra $1000, as well as Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance features (adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert) and a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen as part of a $1995 package. A package bundling push-button ignition, navigation, and a sunroof is available to Limited buyers for $2100. Limited customers also can opt for that package plus EyeSight for $2895.
New for 2017 is the Crosstrek Special Edition, which debuted earlier this year and is spun off of the CVT-equipped Premium trim level; it’s priced at $26,670. Only two colors are available, Crystal Black Silica and Pure Red, and each is accented with blackout trim and badging, gray-colored aluminum 17-inch wheels, and a black cloth interior with contrasting red stitching. Subaru throws in red-colored ambient lighting for the footwell, aluminum pedal covers, a push-button ignition with keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. With an appealing mix of rugged style, a high seating position, and a low price, the Crosstrek has proved an unexpected success for Subaru, and we don’t see the love fading any time soon.