2017 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date, Review and Info

The new 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is a versatile vehicle that offers a go-anywhere gusto in a small package. Even with stellar safety ratings, a generous standard feature galore, relatively strong off-road capability, spacious seating and laudable fuel economy ratings, rivals may tend to be solid choices in the way of on-road performance and refinement. The comprehensive review below will bring you up to speed with all the details you need to know pertaining its exterior and interior, engine specs, price, and release date.

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Subaru is a daring brand that has continued to impress with its standard AWD system even when no other brand was doing so. It also uses the same engine type as Porsche’s “flat” or “boxer” configuration. The Crosstrek, for starters, is simply a beefed up Impreza in terms of a tougher looking styling, a higher ride height, and suspension components.

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However, there are plenty of reasons why buyers should consider its rivals. For instance, we’ve found the Crosstrek to be among the slowest vehicles in its class. The output is underwhelming, to say the least, and things even get worse when it is coupled with the CVT transmission system which spoils the already disappointing system with its hair-triggering propensity and responses that make the engine whine loudly.

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With such features, it is hard for us to recommend the Crosstrek to any serious buyer, but for those who are always in urban environments will likely find it useful to some extent. Thus, we highly recommend other alternatives such as the more expensive Subaru’s own 2017 Forester, the 2017 Toyota RAV4, the 2017 Jeep Renegade, the 2017 Mazda CX-3, and the 2017 Honda HR-V.

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However, if you want an inexpensive crossover/hatchback that can easily get you off the unbeaten path, you may want to wait for the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek.

Trims Available – Subaru Crosstrek

For 2017, the Crosstrek is available in the familiar five trims: 2,0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid, and Hybrid Touring. Both the XV STI and the Turbo models are covered separately. For more information on trims, take a look on the official website.

Interior Changes & 2017 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior Review

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The base 2.0i trim’s list of standard accessories and features includes cruise controls, iHeartRadio and Stitcher music interfaces, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.2-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary input jack, a CD player, a four-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, foglights, foglights, roof rails, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek interior, leather seats, gear shift knob, steering wheel

Upgrading to the 2.0i Premium model gets you interior contrast stitching, body-color housings, a six-speaker audio system, a removable cargo tray, a cargo cover, upgraded cloth upholstery, an adjustable center armrest, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and automatic shift knob.

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The 2.0i Limited trim further adds stolen vehicle recovery, an SOS button, automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather upholstery, a hands-free text messaging, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a rear seat fold-down armrest, ambient interior lighting, automatic collision notification, lane-change assist, rear vehicle detection technologies, and an acoustic windshield.

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The base Hybrid includes most of what the above trim model offers plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch wheels, pedestrian notification, a hybrid-specific energy display, keyless ignition and entry, and an upgraded infotainment system.

The Touring version of the Hybrid trim adds a navigation system, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a leather upholstery, and a sunroof.

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Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

The base (non-hybrid) Crosstrek offers a four-cylinder horizontally opposed “boxer” powerplant beneath its hood. The power – 148 horsepower and 145 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to the front wheels via the standard AWD system via the five-speed manual transmission system. The optional CVT is also available.

The Hybrid steps up the power output through the combination of the standard engine and the CVT with the electric motor to achieve a combined output of about 160 horsepower and 163 lbs. ft. of torque. A time of 10.0 seconds should get you from 0-60 mph.

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With the CVT, EPA says we should expect the engine to return 34/26/29 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 31/23/26 mpg with the manual transmission system

Price & 2017 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date

Its release date should be expected in May 2017. Once available, the Crosstrek Hybrid will go for sale for $26,395, and a base MSRP starting from $21,595 for the Crosstrek SUV.


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2020 Subaru BRZ Release Date, Specs and Review

Exceptionally sharp handling and affordable price tag make this rear-wheel-drive one of the most attainable and appealing performance cars available today. Some of its strengths include lots of standard features, a high-fuel economy rating, comfortable front seats, excellent steering and handling, and a light and well-balanced chassis. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

2020 Subaru BRZ
2020 Subaru BRZ

New add-ons available for 2019 include a limited edition HyperBlue version, an updated touchscreen infotainment system, and distinctive interior and exterior styling flourishes.

For shoppers looking for a peppy performance, and nimble handling, the BRZ should be atop their list of priorities. It is affordable and lightweight, yet delivers an outstanding performance of a sports car. The performance is taken a notch higher by the BRZ’s boxer engine that provides an impressive 200 hp and propels its 2,800 pounds effortlessly.

Also, the ideal front and rear weight balance, lowered center of gravity, and responsive handling lake it an all-rounded highway athlete. There are very few vehicles in the market today that can compete directly with the Subaru BRZ. However, you could still walk around to sample what other vehicles in the same price range have to offer. Its alternatives include 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, 2019 Ford Focus, 2020 Scion FR-S, 2020 VW Golf GTI, 2020 Ford Mustang, and 2020 Subaru WRX.

Subaru BRZ – Available Trims

The compact coupe is available in two distinct trims: base Premium and top-of-the-line Limited trim. Also, there is a limited edition HyperBlue version available for 2019. The high-performance STI convertible is reviewed separately.

Exterior Changes & Interior Review – 2020 Subaru BRZ

As already mentioned, the four-seat compact 2020 Subaru BRZ coupe is available in two primary trims and one limited edition trim. The 2020 Subaru BRZ Premium should be expected to come equipped with LED running lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, summer performance tires, 17” wheels, air conditioning, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a fold-down rear seatback, a 6.2” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, voice controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

Others include the Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system which comes bundled with voice controls, Pandora and Aha radio, a CD player, Stitcher and iHeartRadio, calendar and weather features, and an 8-speaker sound system.

2020 Subaru BRZ back
2020 Subaru BRZ back

Picking the Limited trim gets you heated mirrors, front heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, foglamps, and automatic climate control.

Stepping up to the HyperBlue edition gets you blue-and-black interior scheme, a frameless rearview mirror, a special light blue color paint, blue interior stitching, and exterior badges and black wheels. Only 500 models will be produced.

2020 Subaru BRZ front
2020 Subaru BRZ front

The exterior colors to expect include Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, and WR Blue Pearl.

Exterior options include a rear bumper diffuser, spoiler Ice Silver Metallic, chrome fuel door cover, spoiler WR Blue, chrome fender trim, and fog lamp kit. Interior wise, expect interior illuminating blue, cargo tray, sunshade, subwoofer kit, auto-dimming mirror, and interior illuminating red.

Price & Release Date – 2020 Subaru BRZ

An MSRP starting from $25,395 is what the Premium trim will cost you in U.S dealerships. The Limited goes for sale for $27,395, and the limited edition HyperBlue Series an MSRP of $27,690.
As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle sometime later 2019.

2020 Subaru BRZ release date
2020 Subaru BRZ release date

Engine Specs – 2020 Subaru BRZ

Motivating the fresh 2020 Subaru BRZ is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 200 hp and 151 pounds of torque. Available as standard is the six-speed manual transmission system, while optionally provided is a rev-matched downshift and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles.

A manual-equipped BRZ, during our test drive, went from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Its automatic-equipped counterpart did the same in 7.9 seconds.

As per the available EPA ratings, expect the manual-equipped BRZ to return fuel consumption ratings of 22/30/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with an automatic.

Standard safety equipment available includes emergency braking assist, 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, dusk sensing headlights, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamp, 2 front headrests, and stability and traction control.

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2020 Subaru Impreza Release Date, Specs and Info

With a family-friendly ad spacious interior, a standard all-wheel-drive, and a great balance between ride and handling and quality, the Subaru Impreza for 2020 is a solid choice for anyone shopping for an all-season compact hatchback or sedan. Its release date should be expected April 2019 going by the latest industry reports.

Some of its strengths include a compliant ride quality, secure handling, a standard all-wheel-drive system, and a roomy and serene interior. For 2020, buyers should look forward to a wide array of new features including new add-ons like StarLink security and safety services for top trims, and Cloud applications.

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Subaru has managed to build a reputation for itself through its popular all-wheel-drive system that has endeared many off-road rally drivers, skiers, and campers to its burgeoning fan base. But even for those who don’t engage in adventures (misadventures) quite often, there are many reasons as why they should own one noisy Subaru.

For starters, the Subaru hatchback or sedan is pretty much the only choice you’ve got if you hope to get an all-time AWD system. Apart from the four-wheel-drive system that can be a nice thing to have for an extra dose of traction in inclement weather, the vehicle offers a nicely-trimmed, roomy, and comfortable cabin. Its ample backseat tops the roomiest in the segment.

2020 Subaru Impreza exterior, alloy wheels

Other Impreza goodies include excellent crash test scores, plenty of standard features, and steady and secure handling. Though, the vehicle still disappoints in some respects including a lackluster acceleration, a substandard sound system, a tiresome engine noise especially when mated to the CVT. As such, it might be a good idea to check what other alternatives the segment offers.

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The 2020 Mazda 3 is the closest you get to the Impreza, you get a sharp handling, quick acceleration, and a well-appointed interior. The 2020 Ford Focus offers pretty the same features as the Mazda 3 but disappoints with its cramped backseat. If you are shopping for a sedan, the 2020 Honda Civic could be the best you get for 2019 as it features several niceties like an upscale cabin, a perky turbocharged engine, and a spacious interior. Nonetheless, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is a family-friendly car that offers reliability and composure in a normal driving environment or even in an unpleasant weather.

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Available Trims – Subaru Impreza

The 2020 Subaru Impreza comes in both hatchback and sedan body styles offered in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and the 2.0i Limited trim. Furthermore, the hatchback offers an additional two trims: 2.0i Sport Premium, and the 2.0i Sport Limited. We have covered both the WRX and WRX STI in a separate review.

Interior Concept Changes & Exterior Forum – 2020 Subaru Impreza

The base 2.0i trim offers standard 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 15” steel wheels, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a rear spoiler, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a CD player, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, smartphone app integration, HD and satellite radio, a four-speaker premium sound system, a trip computer, a CD player, StarLink Cloud apps and ad news, and auxiliary audio input.

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Upgrading to the 2.0i Premium trim adds you a six-speaker sound system, a cargo cover, a rear stabilizer bar, 16” alloy wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats, a windshield wiper de-icer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17” wheels, an adjustable front center armrest, and body-color exterior mirrors.

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The hatchback version of the above trim adds “gunmetal gray” 17” wheels’ finish, body-color rocker panel extensions, roof rails, sport fabric upholstery, and roof rails.

The 2.0i Limited includes text-to-voice functionality, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual USB ports, a 7” touchscreen interface, chrome exterior trim, foglights, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, steering-responsive foglights, automatic braking, a forward collision mitigation system, satellite radio, and a rear center armrest.

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The hatchback version of the above trim adds a special silver-accented front grille, and all the contents of the Sport Limited and Sport Premium tech list.

2020 Subaru Impreza Engine Specs

Producing 148 hp and 145 lbs. of torque is a horizontally opposed “boxer” 2.0L four-cylinder engine which comes fitted under the hood of the every 2020 Subaru Impreza model. The base 2.0i and 2.0i Sport Premium trims come mated with a five-speed manual transmission which transmits the power generated by the engine to all the four wheels.

The sedan and non-Sport hatchbacks post EPA fuel economy ratings of 25/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 1mpg less for all Sport hatchbacks.

2020 Subaru Impreza engine

The CVT-equipped 2020 Subaru Impreza sauntered from 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds. The acceleration is pretty slow for either a hatchback or a sedan in the segment. However, considering the vehicle comes with an all-time all-wheel-drive which adds extra drag and weight due to the AWD hardware, it is somewhat understandable.

Release Date & 2020 Subaru Impreza Price

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Its release date should be expected April 2019 going by the latest industry reports. The hatchback once available will go for sale for $18,795, and $18,295 for the Sedan.

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