Although it has not been a rock-crawling offroader, the Subaru Crosstrek is a rugged, affordable, and fuel-efficient package that can go a little further than an Impreza hatchback. This will not change when the Crosstrek enters its next year of production for the model year 2024. Although the styling of the Crosstrek has been modified, Subaru has not made it too different. Its interior should be the same as its 2023 model, and it should still be as practical and spacious as before.
Although there is a slight chance that we will see some changes to the engine, Subaru has not yet announced these details for the Crosstrek in the U.S. Subaru claims that its seats have undergone significant improvements to make them more comfortable and less likely to cause head tossing. EyeSight’s driver-assistance bundle benefits from new camera modules. The 2024 Crosstrek will be available in North American form soon. It is expected to go on sale in 2023.
What’s new for 2024?
Although it may look very similar to 2023 Crosstrek’s, the 2024 model is completely redesigned. This marks the beginning of the third generation of subcompact crossovers.
We believe the new Crosstrek 2024 will follow the same formula as the previous model. Subaru has not yet revealed the price or the number of trims, but we expect it to be similar. The starting price for the 2024 Crosstrek is $25,000 with higher-end models increasing in price as more features are added.
Performance, Transmission, and Engine
Subaru will offer the Crosstrek in Japan with a hybrid powertrain. This powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor. It is called an e-Boxer. However, such a setup has not been available in North America. Instead, we expect that Crosstreks for the U.S. market will have the same powertrains available as before: a 152hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and a 148hp plug-in hybrid.
None of these have provided conspicuous performance. The outgoing model had a choice of a six-speed stick transmission or a continuously variable auto transmission (CVT), but we expect the manual will be dropped. All-wheel drive will become standard on all Subaru models. We’ll update this article with additional information about Crosstrek’s powertrains as well as driving impressions.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA has yet to release fuel-economy estimates on the Crosstrek. Without knowing which powertrains will come with it, it is difficult to predict its fuel economy. For the nonhybrid powertrain, the outgoing model achieved 28 mpg in cities and 34 highways. Visit the EPA website for more information on Crosstrek’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
We expect the Crosstrek to be as spacious and as cargo-friendly as its predecessor, but Subaru claims it has made the seat design more comfortable and added sound-deadening material to dampen vibrations and reduce noises. Leather upholstery is an option, but most trims will be equipped with cloth upholstery.
Higher-end models will feature patterned inserts with silver stitching. We’ll update this story as soon as we know more about the Crosstrek 2024’s standard and additional features.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Photos show that the Crosstrek 2024 will feature the same 11.6-inch infotainment screen as other Subaru models, such as the Outback station wagon or the WRX sports car. This large screen is an option in these models so we expect it will be an upgrade for the Crosstrek. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are expected to be available as standard.
As seen in other Subaru models, the updated cabin has a large, vertically-oriented touchscreen. New seats are also available. Upgrades to the camera system have also made it possible to improve EyeSight’s driver-assistance technologies.
2024 Subaru Outback Hybrid Price & Release Date
The Crosstrek will not be available in Japan until 2023. It will likely arrive in the U.S. later. We will have to wait until we learn more about powertrains, features, and pricing. It will likely start slightly higher than the current model’s base price of $24,870.