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Should you buy the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

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The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is an entry-level SUV with a starting price of $22,000. the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek comes in three trim styles, base, premium and limited.



2020 Subaru Crosstrek User Reviews

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is an entry-level SUV with a starting price of $22,000. the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek comes in three trim styles, base, premium and limited. This subcompact is equipped with 152-HP, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All models of this vehicle are equipped with all-wheel drive.

Only the Limited trim comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the base and Premium come standard with a manual transmission. The Premium trim starts at around $23,000 and the limited starts around $27,000.

Upgrading to the premium will give you access to heated seats, auto-on/off headlights, dual front seats USB input ports and sun visors with concealed illuminated vanity mirrors. There is even a plug-in hybrid option for this vehicle starting at around $35,000.

What’s good about the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

Consumers on average give this subcompact very high reviews. Consumers gave this vehicle an average of 4 out of five stars on its performance; the AWD operates well enough to keep the majority of drivers satisfied. Most consumers seemed to happy with the vehicles 33 mpg highway mileage and the 27 mpg city mileage.

This vehicle received an above rating in all categories including value, quality, reliability, performance, comfort, and styling. Based on the average consumer’s review of this vehicle, most drivers of the Subaru Crosstrek would recommend purchasing this vehicle.

What’s bad about the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

There were very few consumer complaints against the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. Some consumers did complain of minor issues like the steering wheel having too many buttons.

Some consumers complained about the revs hanging between shifts in the manual transmission. The engine also revs high while warming up; consumers reported the revs staying around 1800 RPMs in models equipped the manual transmission.

What Do Experts Think?

Expert Opinion Experts seemed to rate the Subaru Crosstrek just as highly as consumers. Only the Jeep Renegade trail hawk is comparable to this AWD compact SUV. The CVT transmission for this vehicle allows for a feature called X-mode with Hill descent control. X-mode allows for the vehicle to descend down a hill or to deal with other off-road complications with the push of a button. X-mode also allows the car systems to take control of the engine’s output, transmission, AWD torque split and braking system. While using X-mode users can expect the vehicle to consume more fuel; the feature should only be used when required.

Experts recommended going with the CVT vs the manual transmission. The manual transmission comes with more of a basic mechanical AWD system. The AWD drive system is more advance and fuel economy is improved in models equipped with a CVT.

The manual transmission achieves 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the CVT receives 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Overall the experts would recommend this vehicle and would suggest upgrading to the premium trim for an extra $1,050 to receive extra features like heated seats.

Maybe wait for the 2021 Model Year? Read the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek preview here.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

MRSP $22,000

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  • Sub Par Manual Transmission
  • Too many buttons
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