The 2024 Crosstrek is safer than ever with upgraded standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
for even more peace of mind on every drive. There’s also a suite of available active safety features like Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, as well as the connected services of available SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security
The 2024 Crosstrek goes big on capability in a compact SUV package thanks to the legendary traction of standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The available 2.5-liter, 182-horsepower SUBARU BOXER® engine is re-tuned for 2024, generating more torque for responsive acceleration.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2024 Crosstrek comes with a 152-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder as standard, but Sport, Wilderness, and Limited models come with a more powerful 182-hp 2.5-liter four. We expect a 148-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain to join the lineup soon too. None of those have delivered what we’d consider conspicuous performance in the past, and the 2024 model is similarly poky.
We tested a Limited model with the larger of the two four-cylinder engines and recorded a rather lazy 8.1-second time to 60 mph. While Subaru offered the outgoing Crosstrek with either a six-speed stick or a CVT, the automaker sadly drops the manual this time around. As on most other Subaru models, all-wheel drive is standard.
The Crosstrek’s chassis isn’t taking cues from Subaru’s WRX sports sedan. It’s a soft-riding crossover, and while its cornering capabilities are likely far more than its intended buyer will need, it doesn’t offer the same level of driving enjoyment as the Mazda CX-30 or the Volkswagen Taos.
The Crosstrek can probably do more off-roading than those crossovers though, as it boasts at least 8.7 inches of ground clearance and comes with hill-descent control and hill-start assist features. The Wilderness trim offers 9.3 inches of ground clearance and wears more aggressive all-terrain tires.
During our initial test drive, we sampled some of the Crosstrek’s capabilities on some rutted two-tracks and light off-road trails in Joshua Tree National Park outside Palm Springs, California.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the Crosstrek is rated for up to 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway depending on the configuration. When we get a chance, we’ll test the Crosstrek on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route and update this story with its results. For more information about the Crosstrek’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While the new Crosstrek is about as spacious and cargo-friendly as the outgoing model, Subaru has improved the seat design to be more comfortable and has added additional sound-deadening materials to damp noises and quell vibrations. The interior remains overtly utilitarian and buyers seeking a more designer look will feel shortchanged by the Subaru’s straightforward style. Leather upholstery is optional, but most trims come with cloth upholstery, and higher-end models will have patterned inserts with silver stitching.
The front doors have deep pockets for storing water bottles and other loose items, and the cargo area offers 20 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 55 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The 2024 Crosstrek will offer the same 11.6-inch infotainment display that’s found in other Subaru models such as the Outback station wagon and the WRX sports sedan, but it’s not standard. A smaller 7.0-inch display is what comes on the base model, but both screens offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2024 Crosstrek offers Subaru’s latest EyeSight driver-assistance feature bundle as standard. For more information about the Crosstrek’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
Standard automated emergency braking
Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Subaru’s warranty coverage is exactly in line with that of most of its competitors. As with many rival hybrids, the plug-in Crosstrek comes with an extra policy to cover that car’s expensive battery-electric components.
Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
Hybrid-component warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
No complimentary scheduled maintenance