2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Sport Level

By: Cathy Droz

Test Drive #577

Have you ever spoken to a Subaru owner?  If they are over 50- years old you can bet, it is not their first Subaru.   I often wonder why Subaru enthusiasts keep coming back to the same brand, and many times the same model?  Subaru owners have been teased and stereotyped in the media for years.  I say the Subaru owner wants a well-made machine that they can count on.  They are not impressed with glitz and glamour but don’t mind a little splash of color here and there.  The Crosstrek Sport is priced right, sturdy, great gas mileage and has all the technology one needs. The Subaru owner likes adventure when off roading, towing a vintage trailer or valet parked at the opera.  Secure and confident, that is what I believe the Subaru owner possess.


A new Sport trim joins the lineup for 2021 with a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine offering a substantial performance boost over the 2.0-liter engine in the Base and Premium trims. The Limited trim also adds the 2.5-liter engine for 2021.

All Crosstrek models are equipped as standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, an advantage over other compact SUVs that make all-wheel drive an extra-cost option.

The 2021 Crosstrek features a redesigned front bumper with new-design fog light insert covers (Base trim) or fog light covers (all other trims), plus new-design front grille, with details specific to each trim.

 Two Power Levels for 2021

Debuted on the 2019 Forester, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine in the 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited produces 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. With their standard Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission), these trim levels achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 city / 34 highway / 29 combined MPG.

New Crosstrek Sport – WHAT’S NEW

The distinctive and more powerful new Crosstrek Sport is the only Crosstrek model to feature the dual-function X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control with SNOW/DIRT and DEEP SNOW/MUD selectable settings to optimize AWD performance for difficult weather or road conditions.

The new Sport trim offers unique exterior trim elements that include specific wheel arch moldings, Sport-type 17-inch alloy wheels with dark gray finish, and gunmetal finish for the front grille, side mirrors and badges. The Sport interior equipment includes the Premium trim’s content, plus exclusive StarTex™ upholstery with yellow stitching. StarTex upholstery is a lightweight, urethane material manufactured without polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalate or chlorine. Also, yellow stitching has been added to the simulated leather door trim panel armrests, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift boot, multifunction display visor, and center console storage box lid. Carpeted floormats feature the Sport logo and yellow stitching. The backing of the floormats is made from 25 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The new Sport is available in seven exterior colors including new Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl.

The Sport is further distinguished by its cabin with gunmetal and simulated carbon fiber interior trim accents, a high-grade combination meter with color LCD and yellow metallic finish trim rings, and a high-power LED rear gate light.

 Safety for 2021

Crosstrek models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT, whether standard or as an option, come with award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The EyeSight system has been enhanced for 2021 with new Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering. The suite of driver assist technologies includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking; Pre-Collision Throttle Management; Lane Departure Prevention; Lead Vehicle Start Alert; Auto Start-Stop; and SI-Drive. The Rear Seat Reminder (with CVT-equipped models) is designed to help prevent child or pet entrapment by alerting the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle.

All 2021 Crosstrek trim levels include seven airbags: driver and front passenger frontal airbags, side curtain airbags and side pelvis/torso airbags, as well as a driver’s knee airbag. Crosstrek has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ for six years running (2015–2020). The 2020 model earned the award with EyeSight and Steering Responsive Headlights.


  • Power moonroof
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • STARLINK 8-Inch Multimedia Plus System

Outstanding Features

  • Stitching in goldenrod color on front seats
  • Brushed Gold – Lower part of steering wheel
  • Recycled mats
  • Subaru gives back to the community and to humanity

MSRP:   $26,495

AS TESTED:  $29,145

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AS TESTED:  $28,860

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