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Auto review: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek's fashion sense is purely functional

Larry Printz, Tribune News Service on

Published in Automotive News

The Crosstrek Sport’s tech package includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. It's a noticeable improvement from the base model's 6.5-inch touchscreen. That said, the radio features the cheapest tuning knobs ever fitted to an automobile. Totally lacking in weight or heft when you turn them, they feel as delicate as crepe paper, and are sure to break. Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Certainly the Crosstrek offers what any Subaru devotee would expect: a purposefully utilitarian vehicle with a few added frills, delivered in a fairly plain package. There’s nothing flashy here, just what you need to get the job done in an economical manner. Its fashion is its utter lack of it.


2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

Base price: $26,495

Engine: 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder

Horsepower/Torque: 182/176 pound-feet of torque

EPA fuel economy (city/highway): 27/34 mpg


Observed fuel economy: 31 mpg

Fuel required: 87 Octane

Length/Width/Height: 176.5/71/63.6 inches

Ground clearance: 8.7 inches

Cargo capacity: 20.8-55.3 cubic feet

Towing capacity: 1,500 pounds

Curb weight: 3,265 pounds

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