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2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

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$22,481 — $33,026 NEW and USED
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SUV
5 Seats
25-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent steering
  • Copious passenger space
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Available safety features

The Bad

  • Absurdly slow
  • Cheesy gray plastic cladding
  • No off-road underbody protection
  • Overly sensitive lane-keeping assist
  • Poor charge-port placement (hybrid)
2020 Subaru Crosstrek exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
  • Automatic air conditioning now standard
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Plug-in hybrid version available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • EyeSight active safety system available

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

The Subaru Crosstrek is a small SUV based on the automaker’s Impreza and comes with standard all-wheel drive and seating for five. It’s powered by a 152-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Though it is not designed for rugged off-road use, the Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Competitors include the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Nissan Rogue Sport and Hyundai Kona. A plug-in hybrid version dubbed Crosstrek Hybrid can travel up to 17 miles on electric power alone, according to EPA estimates.

What’s New on the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

Automatic air conditioning and automatic door locks are now standard. A rear-seat reminder is available, and CVT-equipped Crosstreks come with Subaru’s EyeSight active safety technology. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, automatic precollision braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist. CVT models also get engine auto stop-start technology.

What Features in the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Are Most Important?

All-wheel drive is standard on all models, and Subaru’s EyeSight collision mitigation system is an important available feature. Other standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and a 60/40-split, folding backseat.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Vs. 2020 Honda HR-V: How Do They Compare?

Both small SUVs have seating for five, and though the Crosstrek’s base price is higher it does come with standard all-wheel drive, which costs extra on the HR-V. Automatic-equipped gas versions are similarly efficient, but the Crosstrek Hybrid notably boosts efficiency. The plug-in hybrid is considerably more expensive but it’s also eligible for a federal tax credit. Interior space and outward visibility are highlights of each, though neither SUV is very powerful.

Should I Buy the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

Subaru used to be a clear leader in the small SUV pack, but other manufacturers have caught up with new and redesigned entries. The Crosstrek, however, still has much to offer. It’s roomy, gets good gas mileage when equipped with the CVT and offers important safety features.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I love this car.

by Kathy from Orchard Park, NY on April 14, 2021

I love this car. It’s comfortable and gets great gas mileage. I love the Android Auto app. The sound system is perfect. I was able to get the color I wanted. Read full review

(5.0)

Great Vehicle! Very Happy with Purchase!

by Sue from Bridgewater MA on February 18, 2021

This is a great vehicle! I find it comfortable, well designed, and loaded with safety features that would cost far more in other makes of vehicle. The mileage is great, and I enjoy the stereo upgrade ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

* 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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