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2016 Subaru Crosstrek

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$17,358 — $26,170 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
26-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Higher driving position
  • Front and rear occupant space
  • Power from a stop
  • Simple dashboard design and climate control layout
  • Forward and rear visibility

The Bad

  • Steep hybrid price premium
  • Passing power
  • Road and engine noise on the highway
  • Rough idle on startup
2016 Subaru Crosstrek exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • Blind spot warning system now available
  • Based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback
  • Hybrid model available
  • Ground clearance of 8.7 inches
  • All-wheel drive standard

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Subaru’s Crosstrek is the automaker’s smallest crossover offering. Available in gasoline-powered and hybrid models, the Crosstrek has off-road ready looks and seating for up to five people.

(Skip to details on the: Crosstrek Hybrid)
New for 2016
The front-end styling has been updated with a new bumper, grille and headlights. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is now available, as are emergency communication services like automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery service, and remote locking and unlocking. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 6.2-inch touch-screen multimedia system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Backup camera
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Leather seats
  • EyeSight collision avoidance system
  • Keyless access and push-button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system

Crosstrek Hybrid
The hybrid version of the Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and electric motor that produce 160 hp combined.
What's Special

  • Updated front-end styling, with exclusive gloss-black grille
  • Keyless access and push-button start standard
  • Slight increase in fuel efficiency over gas-only model

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Vehicle Overview

Subaru’s Crosstrek is the automaker’s smallest crossover offering. Available in gasoline-powered and hybrid models, the Crosstrek has off-road ready looks and seating for up to five people.

(Skip to details on the: Crosstrek Hybrid)
New for 2016
The front-end styling has been updated with a new bumper, grille and headlights. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is now available, as are emergency communication services like automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery service, and remote locking and unlocking. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 6.2-inch touch-screen multimedia system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Backup camera
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Leather seats
  • EyeSight collision avoidance system
  • Keyless access and push-button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system

Crosstrek Hybrid
The hybrid version of the Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and electric motor that produce 160 hp combined.
What's Special

  • Updated front-end styling, with exclusive gloss-black grille
  • Keyless access and push-button start standard
  • Slight increase in fuel efficiency over gas-only model

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
70 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Very reliable vehicle

by Hosue from El Paso Tx on November 21, 2018

The car has met my needs and I have been extremely happy with its reliability and performance. Subaru makes great vehicles and I cannot stress how satisfied I have been with everyone in the service ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great car for the money

by Redsoxfan from Boston on November 1, 2018

I bought this car after a very snowy winter in the Northeast. It's my first SUV and I am very happy with it. The visibility and clearance is excellent and all wheel drive is a plus. I have to admit ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Crosstrek received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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