Earlier this year, the Subaru Crosstrek received a complete redesign. In true Subaru fashion, though, this redesign did not include a huge styling update to set it apart from the previous generation. For 2019, we expect the freshly redesigned Crosstrek to remain completely unchanged.
We don’t expect any visual changes in the 2019 Crosstrek relative to the newly redesigned 2018 model. This redesigned body includes more flowing lines than before, scalloped door panels, restyled headlights, and more. The redesigned Crosstrek also has a new chassis that allows its wheelbase to grow by 1.2 inches, its width to increase 0.9 inches, and its overall body length to grow by 0.6 inches.
On top of a new look on the inside, the redesigned Crosstrek’s cabin also grew quite significantly. With exception to headroom, virtually every seating measurement grew with the redesign, including hip room and legroom in the front and rear seats. Also enhanced was its maximum cargo room, which grew by 3.4 cubic feet to 55.3 cubes, though space with the seats upright took a 1.5-cubic-foot hit to 20.8 cubes.
The new-generation Crosstrek also received a revised version of its 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. Subaru tweaked its output, raising it to 152 horsepower -- a 4-hp gain -- while its torque remained the same at 145 pound-feet. We expect this to remain the same in 2019. At the moment, there are no indications that Subaru will be bringing back the Crosstrek Hybrid.
We also expect the transmission options to carry into the 2019 Crosstrek unchanged, including its standard six-speed manual transmission on the base and Premium trims and the standard continuously variable transmission with manual mode on Limited trims. The base and Premium trims will also continue to have an optional CVT available.
The 2018 Crosstrek hasn’t undergone IIHS testing yet, but the 2017 model was a Top Safety Pick and the redesign ushered in 40% improved crash-energy absorption. This means the redesigned Crosstrek should be at least a Top Safety Pick, and possibly even a Top Safety Pick Plus if it can score more than an “Acceptable” rating in the headlight test. This should all remain the same in 2019.