You don’t need an SUV. You really don’t. What you need is this, the Subaru Crosstrek. I mean, a reasonable person, right? Sometimes you might have to drive in pretty inclement weather? Sometimes you go camping? Regular skier or snowboarder? Live on a normal street? Rarely, if ever, have to take more than three people with you?
Look, I get it. An SUV gives you a sense of security, and yeah, you might have to use it to get yourself out of a serious apocalyptic jam. But seriously, I know only three people who need an SUV: One is my friend Carl, who lives up in the middle of the woods in a log cabin on a reservation, the other is a doctor/avid snowboarder friend of mine who does emergency pediatric transport, and the other lives in the middle of Alaska.
Anyone else? 90 percent of the time, you’re just posing.
No, for what you actually use an SUV for, the Subaru Crosstrek (goofy name aside) has you covered. Effectively, the Crosstrek is an Impreza with a factory lift kit, some notional bash-plates, and that inherent Subaru all-weather capability baked in from the start. It’s a wagon, so it can haul a reasonable amount of people and stuff; it’s smaller so it’s easier to park and all that, and it gets much better gas mileage than that deuce-and-a-half you’re considering for grocery duty.
When it shows up at dealers later this summer, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek will come in three flavors: 2.0i base, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited and ring out at just $100 more than last year, starting at $21,895. No matter the trim level, all 2019 Crosstreks come with standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a safety nanny thing-o that combines features like Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist in one nice package.
Since it’s a Subie, every Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Does Subaru even make a non-AWD car? I don’t think so. The drivetrain also features such niceties as Active Torque Vectoring and Subie’s evergreen 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine, putting out 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft. of torque.
The Base and Premium trims have an optional six-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT transmission. The CVT models will also get you X-MODE and Hill Descent Control.
Styling & Tech Treatments
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek rides along with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and on 17-inch alloy wheels, in black, with a machined finish. On the inside, you’ll see the standard 6.5-inch Starlink Multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 60/40-folding rear seat, multi-function display with fuel economy information, keyless entry, a security system with engine immobilizer and, I hope you’re sitting down: carpeted floor mats.
Below is a handy-dandy little chart that Subaru sent us, detailing all the models, option packages, and costs for the 2019 Crosstrek.
Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz