- the 2021 subaru crosstrek will now offer a new engine option, a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that puts out 182 horsepower—a 30-hp boost over the standard 2.0-liter engine.
- the updated crosstrek also adds a trim level, sport, which comes with the 2.5-liter engine and a special x-mode that has snow/dirt and deep snow/mud settings for rugged terrain.
- the 2021 crosstrek will go on sale later this summer.
for 2021, subaru has revisited the crosstrek, giving it an updated, sportier appearance and adding options. most notably, the 2021 crosstrek will come available with a 2.5-liter boxer-four that churns out 182 horsepower, which is 30 more than the standard 2.0-liter engine.
that higher-powered engine will be offered on two trim levels, the new-for-2021 sport and the top-end limited. along with a more powerful engine, the sport trim expands some off-road features from elsewhere in the subaru lineup to the crosstrek for the first time, including a dual-function x-mode with snow/dirt and deep snow/mud capability.
the sport trim also gets its own unique interior, punctuated by yellow stitching and the sport logo. it comes standard with subaru's continuously variable automatic transmission (cvt); a six-speed manual remains standard on the base and premium trims, with the cvt optional. for crosstrek models with the cvt, subaru adds two new driver-assistance features, adaptive cruise control and lane centering, and the top limited model also gets reverse automated emergency braking, blind-spot detection with lane-change assist and cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist features. the limited also has a leather interior with orange contrast stitching.
across the trim levels, the 2021 crosstrek sees aesthetic upgrades, including sharp, sporty lines running the length of the car and a more rugged-looking front end. the 2020 crosstrek starts at $23,155, and the 2021 should start around that level. it will reach dealer lots later this summer; expect pricing closer to the on-sale date.