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The Subaru Crosstrek outsells many of its rivals. The Crosstrek outsells the Mazda CX-30, Kia Soul, Kia Seltos, and many other popular subcompact SUVs. It even outsells another popular small off-road SUV, the Ford Bronco Sport.

Why does the Subaru Crosstrek outsell rivals?

A yellow 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV is driving on a wet road.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The Subaru Crosstrek is a subcompact SUV with mild off-roading capability. The Crosstrek is safe, affordable, and offers great driving dynamics.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $23,645. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 152 horsepower. The subcompact SUV achieves 28 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Crosstrek now comes standard with all-wheel drive. It has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with a tire pressure monitoring system. It includes standard daytime running lights, a keyless entry system, and brake assist.

The Crosstrek outsells rivals because of its capability. The subcompact SUV is the best-selling Subaru model because it’s a well-balanced vehicle perfect for small families and commuters. It’s a 2022 IIHS top safety pick. The Subaru Crosstrek comes in four different trim levels and is available as a hybrid version as well. Car and Driver recommends the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Sport. It comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist technology, and StarTex water-repellent upholstery.

What’s the best subcompact SUV on the market?

The front of a yellow 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The 2022 Hyundai Kona sits at the top of many different subcompact SUV ranking lists from automotive publications like U.S. News & World Report. The publication also calls the Kona one of the best cars for the money.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona starts at $21,300. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 147 horsepower. The Kona achieves 30 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Kona has a unique design, great standard features, and is incredibly fun to drive. It has great standard safety and driver assistance features like lane-departure warning and automated emergency braking.

Where does the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek stand in new subcompact SUV rankings?


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The Crosstrek isn’t at the top of most subcompact SUV ranking lists, but it has earned its place in the top five. As far as capability goes, the Crosstrek is definitely a segment leader. The year 2022 has been an incredible sales year for Subaru’s smallest SUV model. The Subaru Crosstrek could rise to the top of its vehicle segment in the years to come as both the best-selling and most popular subcompact SUV.

Until then, models like the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul are the segment’s cool kids. Even the HR-V is beginning to claw its way up rankings after its recent redesign. Will the Crosstrek become the definitive best subcompact SUV in 2023?

Read more about the redesigned Honda HR-V in the next article below.