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2021 is bringing some changes for the Subaru Crosstrek, in the form of a new front end and trim level-specific design details. The new bumper will include fog lamp insert covers or fog light covers. The 2021 will continue to sit on 17-inch black alloy wheels and be topped with roof rails, have black side cladding and a gloss black rear roof spoiler.  In addition, 2021 will bring a new engine to the Subaru Crosstrek.

Now, buyers can choose the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The 2.5 is the same engine you will find in its sibling, Forester. You will jump from 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque in the 2.0 to 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque in the 2.5.   

In most trim levels, both of those engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The standard six-speed manual transmission in the Base and Premium grades is paired with the smaller engine. Models equipped with the CVT get Intelligent and Sport drive modes.   

A sigh of relief will come knowing that the larger engine gets a similar estimated MPG compared to the smaller one. Combined for 29 MPG the 2.5-liter just falls short to the 30 MPG combined on the 2.0-liter. (2.5-liter engine – 27 city/34 highway, 2.0-liter 28 city/33 highway).   


All models will continue to be sold with standard all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring technology.   

Sport grade will be added to the 2021 Crosstrek line up which will come with the larger engine. The Crosstrek Sport gets dual-function X-Mode, which includes hill descent control with snow/dirt and deep snow/mud selectable settings.   

The new model is available in seven exterior colors including new Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl. It comes equipped with LED rear gate light; gunmetal colored grille, leather wrapped steering wheel,dark gray 17-inch alloy wheels; StarTex upholstery with yellow stitching; gunmetal and simulated carbon fiber interior trim accents, and that is just the beginning.   

Crosstrek is standard with a 6.5 inch infotainment touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, power windows, and so much more.   

Upgrades available include, automatic headlights, power moonroof, fog lights, rear cross traffic alert, an 8 inch infotainment touch screen, Wi-Fi hotspot, and many more.   

Heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors are available as the All-Weather Package.   

Models with the CVT come standard with a suite of Subaru Eyesight Driver Assist Technology. This technology now includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure prevention, automatic start-stop, pre-collision throttle management, and SI-Drive.  


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