The Subaru Crosstrek finally has a more powerful engine option. Subaru has unveiled the 2021 Crosstrek, which is now available with a 2.5-liter engine that generates 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.
The new engine is only available on the Limited and new Sport trim level, which means that the base and Premium trim levels are still powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. For buyers that want a manual transmission, it’s only available with the smaller engine, while a CVT is an option. The larger 2.5-liter engine is only available with a CVT and both engines are mated to a standard all-wheel drive system.
The 2.5-liter engine is rated at 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. The 2.0-liter mated to the six-speed manual is rated at 22/29/25 mpg and with the CVT it is rated at 28/33/30 mpg.
You’ll also notice that the 2021 Crosstrek has received a small facelift with a new front bumper and a restyled grille. The new Sport trim adds unique wheel arch moldings, 17-inch alloy wheels with dark gray finish, and a gunmetal finish for the front grille, side mirrors and badges. Inside the seats are wrapped in StarTex upholstery with yellow stitching and yellow stitching has been added to the door armrests, steering wheel, shift boot, and center console storage box lid. The Crosstrek Sport is also the only version to get the dual-function X-Mode feature with Hill Descent Control.
Lastly the EyeSight Driver Assist system now features adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is scheduled to arrive this summer.