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The Subaru Crosstrek competes with models like the Hyundai Kona for the best subcompact SUV position. The 2023 Crosstrek model year could be the best in its vehicle segment. Here’s why the new Crosstrek could be the best version yet.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is a great sedan alternative

A white 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV is parked outdoors.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is a great subcompact SUV for drivers looking to move away from sedans and coupes. The Crosstrek’s driving dynamics make it feel like a car. It may not be quick, but it handles well. The 2023 Crosstrek is also affordable. It starts at $23,645.

The Crosstrek uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 152 horsepower. It achieves 28 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive, a traction control system, and active torque vectoring. Car and Driver claims that the new Crosstrek isn’t as adept at off-roading as some of its rivals, but the Crosstrek has mild off-road manners.

Don’t expect to tackle any serious obstacles with the Crosstrek, but it’s better suited for the outdoors than the average vehicle. Some trim levels have a maximum of 8.7 inches of ground clearance, Hill Descent Mode, and X-MODE.

Should you buy a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek?

A yellow 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV is parked.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The Crosstrek is the daily driver for the aspiring weekend warrior. If you enjoy exploring easy trails in nature when you’re off the clock, the Crosstrek is one of the best subcompact SUV options for you.

The Crosstrek comes in several different trim levels and configurations including a plug-in hybrid option for consumers who desire more fuel-efficiency. The 2023 Crosstrek comes in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Hybrid trims. The Premium starts at $24,795, the Sport is $27,995, and the Limited trim is $29,495. The Hybrid model starts at $36,845.

The Crosstrek offers great value for its price, but is it the best in its segment for the money? One South Korean subcompact SUV poses a threat to the new Crosstrek.

The 2023 Hyundai Kona could be the Crosstrek’s greatest nightmare

The front of a green Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV.
The Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

The Hyundai Kona is synonymous with fun. Its quirky design and peppy powertrain options create a driving experience that few subcompact SUVs can compare to.

The Kona is featured at the top of a list of best subcompact SUVs compiled by U.S. News and World Report. The publication also features the Kona on a Best Cars for the Money list. The Hyundai Kona is slightly more affordable than the Subaru Crosstrek. It makes a great daily driver because of its engaging driving dynamics.

The South Korean subcompact SUV comes in several different trim levels that offer different degrees of comfort and performance. There’s even a fully electric version of the Hyundai Kona. When it comes to value, the Hyundai Kona has the Subaru Crosstrek beat for most average American drivers.

Read more about the Hyundai Kona in the next article below.


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