The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek main appealing is its versatility. Like many other similarly priced cars and compact crossover SUVs, it has a smooth ride quality, spacious interiors for people and cargo, and a long list of available advanced safety features. It is also equipped with standard all-wheel drive and elevated suspension that provides 8.7-inch of ground clearance. These features make the Subaru Crosstrek more capable in bad weather and off-road activities.
The main disadvantage that holds 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is its engine. It’s less powerful and noisy and buzzy when prodded. This is true, especially when paired with a continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) because the elastic-like revving nature of the CVT automatically brings the engine worst qualities. There are no big returns in terms of fuel economy too.
Overall, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is great. It’s most suitable for those who live in areas that often experience bad weather or those who like adventure activities. However, if you don’t belong to this category, subcompact crossover like the Mazda CX-3 might be more suitable for you since it’s more fun to drive.
- Automatic door locks standard
- Rear Seat Reminder available across Crosstrek line
- Automatic Climate Control standard
- Base, Premium and Limited with CVT include SI-Drive powertrain performance management system
- Standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology on models with Lineartronic CVT
- Auto Start-Stop system standard on models with CVT
TRIM LEVELS & FEATURES
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is a compact crossover SUV offered in three levels of trim: Base, Premium, and Limited.
The base price starts at $22,145 and comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, power windows with auto up/auto-down on both driver and passenger sides, keyless entry, security system with engine immobilizer, power door locks and side mirrors, tilt and telescoping steering column, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, carpeted floor mats, multi-function display with fuel economy information and SUBARU STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia system with touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The base Crosstrek with CVT is priced at $23,495 and adds rear seat reminder, 4.2-inch color LCD, tire pressure monitoring system and SI-DRIVE.
With safety as a top priority, the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is now standard on all 2020 Subaru Crosstrek models. It includes automatic pre-collision braking and throttle management, lead vehicle start alert, lane keep assist, lane departure and sway warning.
Equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2020 Crosstrek Premium starts at $23,195. It also adds fog lights, STARLINK Safety and Security features, body-color exterior mirrors, automatic headlights, welcoming lighting, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, retractable cargo cover cargo tray, a 6-speaker sound system, dual USB ports and All-Weather Package (heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors). The Premium trim with CVT is priced at $24,545 and adds an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters, X-MODE with Hill Descent Control and SI-Drive.
A $1,695 option package for premium adds keyless access with push-button start, a power moonroof, blind-spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. building off this option package, a 6-way power driver’s seat can be added for a total price of $1,995.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited starts from $27,395 and adds CVT with X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, 18-inch alloy wheels, color-matched exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, auto start-stop, Steering Responsive Headlights, High Beam Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, Automatic LED headlights (low and high beam), black or gray leather with orange stitching on seats, door armrests and instrument panel and a 6-way power driver’s seat. Standard amenities include Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system and multifunction display with color LCD.
An option package for the Limited includes Power Moonroof for $1,000. Adding to this option, the STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia with Navigation powered by TomTom and Harmon Kardon® premium audio is available for a total of $2,395.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine that produce 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. That’s increase slightly in the hp from the previous generation. Though not turbocharged, it does feature direct injection. It paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic (CVT) with a stepped-gear function meant to make it feel and sound more like a traditional geared automatic.
The Crosstrek models equipped with the CVT feature X-MODE and Hill Descent Control for better performance in low-friction and off-road conditions. Also standard on CVT models is driver-selectable SI-DRIVE, which is a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between Sport and Intelligent modes. The Sport mode tunes the throttle to emphasize performance, while the Intelligent mode helps smooth out accelerator inputs for fuel saving. For Premium and Limited trims, the CVT features an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via eight pre-set ratios.
For modern vehicles, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is very slow. However, if you can accept the shortcomings, it offers a reassuring steering and capable off-road capabilities. Handling and in-town drivability are acceptable, although some competitors offer a more enjoyable driving experience.
The benefit of the underpowered acceleration is a better fuel economy. The Crosstrek is EPA-rated 29 mpg combined (27 city/33 highway) with the CVT and 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway) with the manual. Its 33-mpg highway rating is tops for the AWD class, even beat competitor’s front-wheel-drive models.
Zero to 60 mph: 9.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 26.8 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 10.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 5.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.3 sec @ 84 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 123 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 165 ft
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek cabin is bigger than the previous generation. Nearly every part has been improved, and although it looks familiar, everything is new and far better. The traditional benefits of the Subaru interior remain intact: slim pillars and very low belts offer exceptional outward visibility in every direction. This is not only very helpful on the road but also off-road, which allows you to see over the hood easily when negotiating on difficult terrain.
Like the Impreza, the Crosstrek receive Subaru new generation multimedia system. The 6.5-inch touchscreen display is standard and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Subaru Starlink suite of apps. Upgrade to a higher trim and you can get an 8-inch touchscreen and add TomTom navigation too.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is very spacious compared with rivals such as the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3. It’s more comfortable, especially for passengers in the back, but new competitors such as the Nissan Rogue Sport and Jeep Compass are starting to really challenge it in this area.
At the very back, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded to 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That was less than the Honda HR-V (24.3/58.8 cubic feet), but Honda sacrificed the rear seat space. The Jeep Compass and Nissan Rogue Sport beat the Crosstrek in cargo space, each offering 27.2/59.8 and 22.9/61.1 cubic feet. The Crosstrek superior in the rear passenger space, where its width provides more comfort than any of these competitors.