Love, All-Wheel Drive and a Low Price: The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

Updated: Jan 30

For all the moaning about the high price of cars these days, it's good to know that there exists a vehicle that seats 5, carries a decent amount of things, has all-wheel drive, gets good fuel economy and, loaded, comes in under $30,000.

That vehicle is the Subaru Crosstrek Sport. Yes, it is the "small" Subaru crossover, more compact than the Forester, the Outback and the Ascent, but unless you have a large family or large dogs, you're likely to find the Crosstrek Sport is the right size---a package that delivers on all the Subaru goodness without excess size, weight or a penalty in fuel consumption.

Under the hood is this year's big news---a 2.5-liter Subaru BOXER 4-cylinder. 182 horsepower is 30 more than last year's only engine (still sold in the Base and Premium trim levels) more than enough to get the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport moving quickly. The transmission is a continuously variable unit with an eight-speed manual shift mode and paddle shifters. The EPA fuel economy estimate is 27 miles per gallon city/34 highway.

The base price of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is $26,495. The window sticker is at the end of this review so you can see for yourself, but among the standard feature highlights at that price are automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker audio system.

Our tester had extra-cost options, but not much---just one package combining blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, an upgraded audio system and a moonroof for $1,600. With $1,050 destination and delivery charge, the as-tested price of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is $29,145.

Under $30K for a weekend off-roader and all-weather tourer that can also be your everyday driver without punishing you at the gas-pump. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport makes a very compelling value proposition.

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