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Although not quite as capable as something like a Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is an SUV capable of much more than just going to the grocery store. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and offers legitimate ground clearance. At the same time, the 2023 Crosstrek should be fairly comfortable on the road. Which is a plus for those looking for a new SUV.

Is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek a good car?

In terms of being a good subcompact SUV, the 2023 Crosstrek does stand out. Its standard AWD and optional 2.5-liter engine help with handling and acceleration. If you’re willing to pay an upcharge, the more potent engine makes 182 horsepower. Which is probably worth it unless you are set on getting an SUV with a manual transmission.

A light blue 2023 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) compact SUV
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid | Subaru of America, Inc.

For small SUVs, making AWD standard is a pretty big perk. It will keep you from having to pay extra in order to get power to all four wheels. The 2023 Crosstrek also boasts a range of standard and available safety equipment. But much like the larger engine, you can’t get all of them if you opt for the six-speed manual transmission.

Is Subaru discontinuing the Crosstrek?

It doesn’t look like Subaru has any plans to eliminate the Crosstrek subcompact SUV. In fact, the company is bringing its Impreza-based vehicle to a new generation. Although it is not available in the United States yet. According to Car and Driver, the new generation should arrive for the 2024 model year. It is going on sale first in Japan.

Front angle view of tan 2022 Subaru Crosstrek
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

Since its introduction, the Subaru Crosstrek has been a popular SUV. It is large enough to accommodate family life, while remaining fairly rugged. Plenty of off-road enthusiasts make the Crosstrek their vehicle of choice. 

How expensive is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek?

The new Crosstrek SUV has a starting price of $23,645. You can even find a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Limited for around $30k. And that helps to make this vehicle pretty affordable. If you are searching for a hybrid SUV, Subaru has the answer with the Crosstrek Hybrid. But it has a cost closer to $40,000.

A blue 2023 Subaru Crosstrek driving down a city street surrounded by buildings.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru of America, Inc.

Off-Road Frenzy: The Subaru Crosstrek Outsells Most of Its Rivals

Overall, it does seem like the Crosstrek is a solid value proposition. Although most will probably buy their Crosstrek with an automatic transmission. It is nice that Subaru offers a six-speed manual on the Base and Premium models. If you like to row your own gears, finding a car with a standard transmission is getting more and more difficult. This SUV has AWD, and you can shift gears yourself. 

What SUVs does the Crosstrek compete with?

The Crosstrek is in a crowded field. It competes with things like the Toyota RAV4, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3. So, you’ll want to test drive it to confirm it’s the right subcompact SUV for you. The Crosstrek does just have two rows of seating, and its interior might not feel as nice as the competition. 

But you do get things like AWD, modern safety tech, and relative affordability.