If you’re in the market for an affordable, kinda weird car with all-wheel drive and some fair trail capabilities, the Crosstrek isn’t a bad option. Subaru recently revealed changes to the 2017 model. Fortunately, the MSRP has only increased $125 for the base trim, pegging it at just $21,695.
Gone is the “XV” portion of the model’s name, which makes it easier to say and remember. Subaru has a habit of dropping the tail-end of new product names after a few production years, for whatever quirky reason. You can’t get the car without all-wheel drive or 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Oh, and with a 33 mpg highway rating with the CVT, you won’t be stopping for gas all the time.
Another big change for 2017 is the addition of an optional Premium Special Edition package. It adds some nice touches to the Premium with 17-inch dark gray aluminum-alloy wheels, Pure Red or Crystal Black Silica paint, black badges, gloss black interior trim, red accent stitching, red accent lighting in the footwells, and aluminum pedals. The steering wheel, shifter knob and even the door panels are covered with leather. Electronic goodies include SiriusXM All Access Radio, keyless entry, a push-button ignition, and blind spot monitoring/rear cross-traffic detection. All of that comes at a still-impressive $25,795.
The same trims that were available for the 2016 model are returning roughly unchanged.
The Crosstrek has been a runaway hit for Subaru. With the above changes, that sales streak should continue.