2024 Subaru Crosstrek Makes U.S. Debut, Benefits From More Powerful Engine But Loses Manual Transmission

The international market has had the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek in its dealer inventories for the past few months, but the U.S. now gets its time to shine, with Subaru revealing the U.S. version of the Crosstrek at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show, where it’s expected to bolster Subaru’s SUV sales here in the U.S.


Light Tweaks Make Familiar Crosstrek Formula Shine

At first glance, the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek might not seem like a radical update over the outgoing 2023 model, with the new model having the same shape and core design elements. However, some differences make themselves known after you get a chance to go in for a closer look. The front fascia benefits from new headlights, and the switch to the current generation Impreza also gave it a new front grille and a tweaked bumper, with the rear fascia also getting in on the act with tweaked taillights. The 2024 model is slightly longer than the outgoing model, but buyers must look very closely to spot the added length.

The newly available Sport model adds yellow accents to the exterior, and the same splashes of yellow also make their way into the cabin. The Crosstrek has been a sales smash for Subaru over the years, and it’s apparent that Subaru didn’t want to rock the boat too much when it came to the task of formally updating the model for the new model year. The interior follows the same game plan but gets a more substantial list of updates. Base Crosstrek models get a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, but higher spec models now get Subaru’s 11.6-infotainment system with Subaru’s Starlink system along for the ride. There also appears to be a higher degree of soft-touch plastics in the 2024 Crosstrek. Still, with Subaru preventing the press from getting a closer look inside during the unveiling, we will have to wait until we have a chance to sit in it ourselves to get a better judgment in that regard. The 2024 model loses some cargo space compared to the 2023 model, but the 54.7 cubic feet on hand is still enough to swallow a wide range of stuff and gear.

The engines are carried over from 2023, with the Base and Premium models being powered by a 2.0-liter 152-hp Boxer engine, while the Sport and Limited models get a 2.5-liter Boxer engine that makes 182-hp. A CVT is the lone transmission available with the manual getting axed, but Subaru claims that the chassis has been stiffened, and the Crosstrek also borrows the WRX’s steering rack to help improve handling. The hybrid version has also been axed, but look for it to eventually return in the near future.


When Can I Buy One?

The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek will make its debut this spring with 2.0-liter Base and Premium models serving as the spearhead of this launch. The more powerful 2.5-liter equipped Sport will make its appearance in summer. Production of the 2024 Crosstrek will be split in two, with the 2.0-liter model being built at the company’s plant in Gunma, Japan, while the 2.5-liter model will be made at the company’s plant in Lafayette, Indiana. We have even included a full pricing breakdown which can be sen below.

  • Base: $26,290
  • Premium: $27,440
  • Sport: $30,290
  • Limited: $32,190

Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.

Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.

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