Is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek a Good Car?

As a new model, critics recognized the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek for its overall comfort and available technology. You could say that the positive reviews for the 2019 Crosstrek contributed to it being one of the best-selling SUVs of the model year. Could this Subaru be right for you?

Driving dynamics 

A orange 2019 Crosstrek on the track.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The 2019 Crosstrek comes with a 152-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Some models will have a six-speed manual transmission, while others will have a continuously variable automatic. As Consumer Reports says, what makes the Crosstrek special is that it’s well-cushioned on paved roads and dirt trails. It has 8.7-inches of ground clearance and a standard all-wheel-drive system that contributes to its off-road abilities.

A blue Crosstrek Hybrid on the track.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid | Subaru

According to CR, 2019 Crosstrek owners get an overall 29 mpg in their SUV. This figure is laudable for the class. You may also be interested in the plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstreek, which has 17 miles of semi-electric driving. The hybridized option is a worthy choice for fuel economy and a quick driving experience. 

The most significant drawback to the nonhybrid Crosstrek’s performance is its pokey acceleration. Furthermore, its engine gets loud at higher speeds. In CR’s road test, it took the car 10.2 seconds to hit 60 mph. Class rivals like the Mazda CX-3  are a bit faster. You may also want to opt for the 2021 version, which adds a new, faster four-cylinder. But on another note, CR’s data shows that most owners have been happy with the driving experience the Crosstek provides. 

2019 Subaru Crosstrek interior 

A sideview of a 2019 Crosstrek with black leather seats.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek with leather | Subaru

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The Crosstrek’s car cabin is pretty straightforward. It’s generous on headroom and can carry up to five people. This Subie’s available cargo room is also good for the subcompact SUV class. Most Crosstreks will be outfitted with cloth, but you can shop for the Limited models for leather upholstery.

Standard infotainment features for the 2019 Crosstrek include a 6.5-inch touchscreen plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The Crosstek doesn’t come with many active safety features, though. Once again, the Limited trim would be the one to get for Subaru’s full-suite of driver’s technology, including adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. The good news is some of the lowers trims will have these as upgrades. 

How reliable is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek?

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid seen at the New York International Auto Show
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid seen at the New York International Auto Show | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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The 2019 Crosstrek earned excellent safety and dependability ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a five-star crash safety rating. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, its highest honor.

Consumer Reports considers the Crosstrek as the most reliable Subaru. The org gave the 2019 version a four out of five for predicted reliability. Plus, there aren’t any significant complaints associated with the 2019 Corsstrek. However, there are five NHTSA recalls related to this model. 

The Crosstrek’s recalls concern potential issues with the Crosstrek’s power assist system, visibility, electric system, engine, and seat belts. Make sure that the dealer properly addressed these before you buy. The average price for 2019 Crosstrek ranges between $20,850 and $27,075.