subaru has made a few changes in standard features and increased starting prices by $100 to $900 for the 2019 model of its popular crosstrek hatchback, the cladded and buffed-up version of its impreza compact. even with the new pricing, however, the crosstrek — which was redesigned on the subaru global platform for 2018 — continues to compete as a spacious and high-mileage rival among subcompact suvs such as the jeep renegade and compass, honda hr-v and nissan rogue sport. the crosstrek is now subaru's no. 3 bestseller.
the base 2019 crosstrek 2.0i with a six-speed manual transmission will start at $22,870, a $160 increase including the destination charge that was increased by $60 to $975. the mid-level 2.0i premium with a stick shift gets a $360 bump to $23,870. and the top limited trim, available only with the continuously variable automatic, gets the biggest increase, $960, to start at $28,170. the automatic transmission is a $1,000 option on the first two trim levels.
feature changes for 2019 include making subaru's used engine ering/eyesight.html">eyesight safety and driver assist system available on the base trim level with cvt as an $845 option. the bundle includes automatic front emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. the system is standard on the top limited trim level, along with automatic braking in reverse and automatic high beams. the mid-level premium for 2019 gets an updated subaru used engine ering/starlink.html">starlink standard multimedia system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, a cd player and satellite radio capability, and availability of the latest starlink safety and security services.
if you were hoping for a little more power, though, you'll still be waiting. the adequate but less than exciting 152-horsepower, 2.0-liter four cylinder carries over, but so does the standard all-wheel drive and high gas mileage ratings of 23/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined with the manual and 27/33/29 mpg with the cvt.
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