2 Key Performance Features Killed by the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek
The Subaru Crosstrek has only been with us for a decade, yet it’s already getting a third redesign. The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek doesn’t have any groundbreaking new powertrain options, and its exterior is just slightly distinguishable from the 2023 model. Even so, you can expect some minor improvements to keep the Crosstrek fresh and help it compete with its rivals.
Unfortunately for some Crosstrek fans, redesign years usually mean some features get dropped. In fact, two of the Subaru Crosstrek’s most popular options are no longer available.
Here are the latest details about the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek
According to Consumer Reports, the Crosstrek still has the same naturally-aspirated powertrain options. The Base and Premium trims have a 152-hp four-cylinder engine, while the Sport and Limited models feature a bigger 182-hp four-cylinder.
Both engines come standard with all-wheel drive and a continuously-variable transmission, now with supposedly quieter operations. With the exception of the Base trim, you’ll also get paddle shifters for the CVT. The Crosstrek still has approximately 8.7 in of ground clearance, plus hill descent control and drive modes for the AWD system.
Subaru says that 2024 Crosstrek has an updated “rugged” appearance, which apparently translates to more black body cladding. Teaser photos also show us some bright yellow accents (standard on the Sport trim) and standard roof rails for each model. Sport and Limited trims ride on 18-in wheels, while the other two get 17-in wheels. Both wheel sets include all-season tires.
The Crosstrek also has a wider stance compared to last year, though its interior dimensions are essentially unchanged. The 2024 model has a slightly lower maximum cargo capacity, now just under 55 cubic ft. However, Subaru did mention that the Crosstrek has more supportive front-seat cushions and an improved ride this year.
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek accommodates five riders on cloth seats, or leather-upholstered ones with orange stitching on higher trims. The standard infotainment system includes 7-in dual touchscreens. You use the bottom one for configuring audio and climate presets, while smartphone integration can be set up through the top screen.
You can also get your Crosstrek with a singular 11.6-in touchscreen, which adds wireless smartphone integration. The standard safety suite includes both forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Lane-changing assistance with rear-cross traffic alert and blind-spot monitors can be added to any trim other than the Base model.
Steering responsive LED headlights are standard across the lineup. A power moonroof and Harman Kardon audio system can be added through optional packages. Pricing for the Subaru Crosstrek starts at $24,995 and the range-topping Limited is available for as low as $32,190.
Say goodbye to the manual transmission
Road and Track report that it’s no longer possible to get a Crosstrek with a six-speed manual transmission. This gearbox was previously the standard option for the Base and Premium trims.
While it may have been the most engaging transmission choice, it also made the Crosstrek thirstier. The manual-equipped Subaru Crosstrek makes 25 mpg combined city/highway, while models with the CVT earn up to 29 mpg combined.
What about the Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid?
Subaru won’t release an updated version of the Crosstrek PHEV alongside the gas-only model. The 2023 model features a four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors to produce 148 hp combined. It earns 35 mpg in hybrid mode, plus offers 17 miles of pure electric driving.
Even without these two powertrain enhancements, the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek should remain a good choice for light adventuring or efficient daily driving. You’ll be able to get a Crosstrek Base and Premium this spring, while the two higher trims will be released in the summer.