2020 Subaru crosstrek

SUVs come in many sizes these days. Case and point: 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. This one is considered an extra-small SUV. It is the kind of car you don’t know that you want, because you aren’t sure what it is and what it offers. 

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Model Options

A hybrid option adds to the other three trims available in this 2020 Crosstrek. A Base Model, Premium Model, and Limited Model complete the trims options.

Interior

Like its Subaru siblings, this mini SUV has a basic yet durable feeling interior that chooses function over form. The less than perfect style is passable in the lower models, but a bit dull in the Limited model. Orange stitching on the seats adds a bit of spice and sport to the interior.   

Cargo space falls short to its competitors in the HR-V and Rogue Sport. The Crosstrek held 19 carry-on cases with rear seats folded, compared to 22 and 20. Choose the hybrid model and that space will only hold 17 carry-on cases due to the higher cargo floor.   

Drive Time

If you go with the hybrid model know that charging will take up to five hours if connected to a standard household 120-volt outlet. Cut that time down to as little as two hours if you use a 240-volt outlet. Something to make a mental and written note of, With only 17 miles of electric-only range, buyers shouldn’t expect to complete the entirety of their commute without dipping into the gasoline.    

The Crosstrek has high ground clearance for a more enhanced off-road capability.  

The non-hybrid model has great EPA ratings, said to be the most fuel efficient of tiny crossovers. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder is estimated to get 28 city mpg and 33 highway mpg. Jump to the 2.5-liter engine and the city mpg  drops to 27, but the highway mpg increases to 34.   

Tech and Safety

Subaru’s Starlink Infotainment system offers plenty of connectivity features as standard. A 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard equipment and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, bluetooth, and a USB port. Upgrade to the Limited and hybrid models and get a better view on the 8.0-inch touchscreen that offers SiriusXM radio, and optional navigation.

Crosstrek offers optional driver-assistance features at a reasonable price, and unlike many rivals, those features are available on the base model.

Final Thoughts

Not too bad for an extra-small SUV, right? The Crosstrek has the Subaru outdoorsy style with the ground clearance to go with it. If this is the type of vehicle you are in the market for, check it out.

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