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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 6/7/2023 with the latest information available.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is a crossover that is notable for several reasons. From 8.7-inches of ground clearance to standard all-wheel drive, competing with this vehicle is no easy task. And recently, Subaru has given the Crosstrek more power through a 2.5-liter engine. It makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-foot of torque, but it does come with one drawback. The larger engine on the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is not available with a manual transmission.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek: Base engine available with manual transmission

The Subaru Crosstrek was introduced in 2012, and it always seemed a bit on the slower side. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder. It makes just 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. And because the weight of the Crosstrek is over 3,000 lbs, it can easily feel underpowered. All-wheel drive does help to mitigate this, but buyers wanted more power.

But, this smaller engine comes with a key benefit. On some trim levels, the Crosstrek offers a six-speed manual transmission. This sets the 2022 Crosstrek apart from other crossover models which have often been ditching standard transmission in favor of automatic options. And while the new Crosstrek does offer a feature to help with off-road situations, manual transmissions are often appreciated for adding another level of control.

What is the most powerful 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

With the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, buyers get standard all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission
2022 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

Of course, many drivers don’t prefer to shift their own gears, and to get the most powerful engine, they will not have to worry about that. When equipped with the available 2.5-liter engine, the Subaru Crosstrek only comes with an automatic transmission. But, that does give you access to 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque.

It is also worth noting that the Crosstrek is available in hybrid form. This option comes with less power, at 148 hp. But, it adds more efficiency, which in today’s gas climate, may make sense to purchasers. According to Car and Driver, it comes with a hybrid motor paired with a traditional engine.

Is the Subaru Crosstrek a good crossover?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek has two engine options, but only one can be equipped with a manual transmission
2022 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

Yes, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Still Offers a Manual Transmission

Generally speaking, the Crosstrek is a good vehicle. It has standard AWD, ample ground clearance, and modern tech. It’s also stylish, with a sort of wagon look to it. Better yet, this vehicle has up to 500 miles of driving range. Making it ideal to handle long road trips or weekend adventures. 

Additionally, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek offers more interior volume than models like the Toyota C-HR and Mazda CX-30. This makes it extremely practical, especially with its standard raised roof rails for additional cargo storage.

Finally, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is available in a variety of trim levels. This makes getting the proper amount of vehicle for your needs an easier task. The starting price of the new Subaru Crosstrek is $22,645, which makes it relatively affordable. As you climb the trim levels, the cost of the Crosstrek will vary and can quickly become more expensive. Subaru Crosstrek models that are equipped with the manual will likely be cheaper than those equipped with the continuously variable transmission.