Model Showcase: 2022 Subaru Crosstrek
It's safe to say the crossover fad is no longer just a fad and is instead a full-blown market revolution that has been years in the making.
According to a Consumer Reports data analysis article back in 2019, crossovers have seen an explosion in popularity since the turn of the century -- having only accounted for 4 percent of total new vehicle in 2000, crossover sales grew 10 times to 40 percent of the total market in 2018. Almost every major OEM has at least one crossover option, and crossovers account for 10 of the top 25 best selling cars through the first quarter of 2022 according to Car and Driver.
After relying on just its Outback to hold down its crossover offerings, Subaru in 2012 debuted the Crosstrek to expand its roster. Marketed as a shifty, compact vehicle capable of embarking on "whatever adventures you have in mind" by Subaru's website, the Crosstrek quickly gained a sizeable following with younger drivers.
Somewhat surprisingly, the compact crossover is 25th-best-selling vehicle of the first quarter with 37,463 units sold according to Car and Driver, beating out other Subaru staples such as the Outback and Forester. The total sales number also represents a 7 percent increase over the same time frame last year.
Engine and Performance
Though the Crosstrek is marketed as an adventure-ready, sporty option for consumers with a rugged-looking exterior, what it's packing under the hood may suggest otherwise.
The Crosstrek sports five different trim levels, and the base 152-hp 4-cylinder engine found in the Base and Premium models takes a not-so-break-neck nine seconds to reach 60 mph from a full stop. The sport trim does come with slightly more peppy 182-hp, 2.5-liter engine that Car and Driver says makes that trim level worth the nearly $3,500 price jump.
What it lacks in overall performance, though, the Crosstrek does begin to make up for in its efficiency. Rated at 28 mpg city/33 mpg highway with its CVT automatic transmission on the base engine, the Crosstrek "is among the most fuel efficient of subcompact crossovers" per Car and Driver.
There is a plug-in hybrid model as well, featuring a 17-mile electric-only range and a charge time of five hours using a standard 120-volt plug.
Safety and Tech
As is standard on all Subaru vehicles, each trim of the Crosstrek comes with symmetrical all-wheel drive. Some of the more basic of Subaru's EyeSight ADAS systems such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warnings are standard, though more advanced features need to be purchased separately.
The Crosstrek earned a five-star overall crash safety rating from the NHTSA, and it has fairly standard warranty coverage.