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Features to Love With the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

There isn’t much not to love when you buy a Subaru. From the brand’s charitable contributions to better the world and everyone and everything in it to its reliable vehicles focused on safety, practicality, and sporty and ruggedly designed vehicles that perform as well as they look. Subaru has built its legacy on giving and receiving love from the masses, which is why it should be no surprise that you’re going to love what one of its leading models has to offer. Alongside the basics that you’ll love about owning a Subaru, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the ideal SUV for those looking for versatility with features you won’t be able to resist.

Capability Features

As an SUV, although it may be small, the subcompact 2022 Subaru Crosstrek has to be capable enough to attract any driver. That’s the point of an SUV, right? No matter what your driving consists of, it needs to handle the flexibility of being a commuter vehicle in any weather or road conditions, plus be able to handle towing a small camper or trailer when the need arises. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek can do it all.

Whether you’re looking for a versatile commuter car, family car, or a vehicle that can handle your adventurous lifestyle in the wilderness climbing mountains, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek has a powertrain option suitable for almost any kind of driving. Each Crosstrek model comes standard with Subaru’s infamous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to ensure the wheels of your vehicle stay connected to the road no matter what surprises the weather or the road has in store for you. What makes the symmetrical variation different from the regular all-wheel drive you find in other SUVs is that the power is distributed from the engine to all four tires continuously, similar to four-wheel drive when it’s engaged. With regular all-wheel drive, that only happens when the system detects your vehicle slipping on the road. Any other time, regular all-wheel drive distributes the power only to where it senses it should go, which is not as reassuring as knowing you’ll have the maximum amount of traction all the time and always.

As for engines to provide the power essential to getting you to where you need to be, with the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, you can choose between three of Subaru’s Boxer engine options depending on the driving performance and capabilities you’re looking for. No matter which one you choose, its flat horizontal layout creates a lower center of gravity which results in greater handling, smoother acceleration, and a more enjoyable ride with fewer vibrations.

If you are looking for the most eco-friendly Crosstrek, you should opt for the 2.0L Boxer Hybrid engine, which may produce the least amount of horsepower, but can save you at the pump and produce fewer emissions, giving you up to 90 MPGe and getting you up to 480 miles on the road before needing to fill up. That’s impressive, especially compared to others in its class that also come with all-wheel drive. The hybrid model’s range in itself makes up for only being able to tow 1,000 pounds compared to the gas-powered engines, which can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds, but with fuel economy like that, you aren’t buying it for its towing capacity.

The two gas-powered engine options for the Crosstrek are very comparable. However, for the most responsive ride, you’ll want to choose the 2.5L Boxer producing up to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque and providing you with an estimated 27 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. The lesser base model, the 2.0L Boxer engine, may produce less power with only 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, but it can still get you an estimated 28 MPG in the city and 33 MPG highway miles with its automatic transmission. It’s available with a manual transmission for more control over your driving experience that you can’t get with the other two engine options.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek’s capability doesn’t end there. Even though it is the perfectly sized subcompact SUV for easily maneuvering the city streets or weaving through heavy traffic on the highway or obstacles on the lesser maintained roads, there are still plenty of flexible cargo solutions so you can bring along everything you need for all of life’s adventures. Each Crosstrek comes standard with raised roof rails with available racking accessories to help you carry the cargo that doesn’t fit inside with you. With up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo volume, you should be able to fit most of the essentials inside the cabin with you as long as you don’t have any passengers. With 60/40 split-folding rear seats to open up the designated cargo area around your rear seat passenger or completely to maximize your storage needs, you’ll have room for any of your traveling essentials, depending on the model you choose.

A man is shown adjusting the roof rack on a blue 2022 Subaru Crosstrek.

Design Features

If the look of a car, truck, or SUV didn’t appeal to you, you’d walk away immediately, no matter what it had to offer under the hood or even inside the cabin. From first glance to the first time behind the wheel, design features are critical to attracting you to dig deeper and see what it’s capable of. There’s nothing better than a vehicle designed to appeal to you and your needs, and with your choice between five trim levels, including the hybrid model, you’ll find a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek that will satisfy your desire for style and comfort.

From the outside, you can design your perfect vehicle to reflect your personality, whether you want to stand out in a crowd or blend in with your surroundings, with nine exterior paint options to choose from, including the Plasma Yellow Pearl and Lagoon Blue Pearl, which vary on availability depending on the trim level. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport trim is one trim available with the blazing Plasma Yellow Pearl paint option, and it’s understandable why.

The Sport model comes standard with the exhilarating 2.5L Boxer engine and an athletic grille and sport moldings to complement the engine power. On the interior, you’ll find StarTex water-repellent upholstery for easy clean-up after your adventures or if your four-legged family members tend to travel with you. The yellow stitching and yellow accent trim throughout the cabin will also catch your eye and draw in a crowd. Top that off with floor mats made from recycled materials, and you can’t go wrong.

However, if you’re looking for a classier interior over a modern, sporty style, then the Limited model may be the Crosstrek to appeal to your style preference. It too comes standard with the 2.5L Boxer engine for a great performance but to replace the StarTex upholstery; you’ll find leather-trimmed upholstery with optional orange stitching for a more luxurious look and feel. Not to mention a powered 6-way driver’s seat for easily positioning yourself into comfort while you drive and a folding rear seat armrest with dual cup holders so your back seat passengers can enjoy their favorite beverages along the ride. Don’t worry, though; if you choose the lower trims, you won’t be missing out. The exterior remains stylish and rugged-looking with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, while the interior remains practical and comfortable with automatic climate control with voice-activated controls, power windows and side mirrors, and heated front seats with the Premium version and higher, just to name a few, but that doesn’t even touch what comes standard on every model for technology features.

A yellow 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is shown driving on a foggy dirt road.

Technology Features

No matter where the road takes you, you want everyone that rides with you to enjoy the drive and get there safely. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek may not offer the most technology features, but they offer those that matter the most standard with every model. Plus, there are plenty of available features like the Harmon Kardon system with eight speakers and an amplifier for an enhanced musical experience for every adventure that you can upgrade to from the six-speaker systems, standard with all the models except the base model Crosstrek.

If your primary concern is staying connected to the world outside of your vehicle, Subaru’s Starlink 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system comes standard with every 2022 Subaru Crosstrek. You’ll have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to access all of your favorite apps, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, texts, and streaming from your cell phone, and for all models except the base model, SiriusXM compatibility and AM/FM/CD player with the multimedia plus version. You can even upgrade the size of your Starlink display from a 6.5-inch to an 8-inch screen which comes standard with the Limited and Hybrid models and is available for the Sport model. If you want navigation included, that’s optional only for the Limited and Hybrid trims, but for every model except the base model Crosstrek, you’ll have 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability no matter how far away from civilization you end up.

Subaru likes to take the stress away from your driving experiences so you can focus on the more enjoyable aspects of your ride like your passengers, the view, or finding your serenity while listening to your favorite music on your commute home from work. This is why Subaru makes the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology standard on all of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek models. This suite of safety technology monitors the movement of the traffic around you, optimizes cruise control, warns you when you’re driving out of your lane, and even helps you brake the vehicle in emergencies with Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering. Rear vision cameras are also standard on every model, while other all-around awareness technologies like Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Reverse Automatic Braking are standard or available on only the top trim levels.

Is It True Love?

It’s hard not to love the Subaru brand and what it stands for; it’s even harder not to fall head over heels for a model that defines what a true SUV should offer, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek. Sure it isn’t the most capable vehicle when up against the big boys, but it’s capable of providing you with all of the features you need in a vehicle. From a rugged and versatile performance to a stylish and practical design that looks and feels good and standard technology to put the Crosstrek above all the rest. To truly know if the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is meant for you, you need to check it out for yourself because words just do not do it justice. Go ahead and test drive one—you won’t regret it.