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As more and more vehicles drop the option for a manual transmission, finding an SUV that offers hand-made shifts may seem difficult. But, not every manufacturer is distancing themselves from the joy of an old-school, stick shift. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek can still be had with a manual transmission, and it’s not limited to the base trim. This means you can enjoy the benefits of an all-wheel drive SUV that allows you to control the gears. And as an AWD SUV, you will have a vehicle that is ready for the road less traveled.

What is the Subaru Crosstrek?

The Subaru Crosstrek entered Subaru’s lineup in 2012. It is an AWD SUV, designed to handle a range of automotive roles. Also notable is its 8.7-inches of ground clearance and 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Making it an extremely practical SUV.

Recently Subaru added a new engine to the Crosstrek. An available 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-foot of torque. This engine is featured on both the Subaru Crosstrek Limited and Subaru Crosstrek Sport.

Better yet, a range of active safety features can be had on this model. These include things like blind-spot monitoring and reverse automatic braking.

Which Subaru Crosstrek models offer a manual transmission?

A Subaru Crosstrek AWD SUV in red, featured at an auto show.
Subaru Crosstrek | Aydin Palabiyikoglu via Getty Images

Two different Subaru Crosstrek models can come equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, these include the Subaru Crosstrek base and Subaru Crosstrek Premium. Because of this, you can benefit from a number of amenities. Even if you do not opt for the available continuously variable transmission.

Not only does a Subaru Crosstrek with a manual feature standard AWD, when you choose the Premium model, but you’ll also get other perks as well. For buyers in colder climates, opting for the All-Weather Package is likely the right choice. This includes heated side mirrors as well as a windshield wiper de-icer.

Additionally, the raised roof rails make the Crosstrek ideal for things like camping or when you need room for extra storage space.

Why buy a new Subaru Crosstrek?

There is a range of reasons to consider the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek. You won’t be forced to opt for things like AWD, and with the manual transmission, you will have the longevity that is traditionally offered by a naturally aspirated engine.

Pricing is also something to consider. With a base price of $23,595, you can get behind the wheel of a competent SUV. That said, Subaru does offer a wide variety of accessories to the Crosstrek. So as you customize your vehicle to your liking, the cost will vary.

Experience a manual , AWD SUV

A Subaru SUV with orange paint job.
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As of 2020, according to CNBC via Edmunds, only 13% of cars for sale in the US offer a manual transmission. If you consider yourself an auto enthusiast or you want to experience the pleasure of shifting your own gears, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek can deliver that. Not only are buyers able to get a six-speed manual in this vehicle, things like ample ground clearance and AWD help to make the Crosstrek a candidate for an off-road or overland build. But, who knows how much longer this model will offer multiple transmissions.


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