The Subaru Crosstrek: Capable, Spacious and Confident

Whether it's the spacious cargo compartment or the plentiful backseat room, the low ride height, or the significant usability, the Crosstrek is an appealing vehicle for a wide range of buyers. It's also visually unique. How does it compare to some of the other SUVs in its class, though? We think it wins easily, but we understand if you're not yet convinced. To help out, we'll compare the Crosstrek to some of its more recognized contenders.

Subaru Crosstrek

For 2019, the Crosstrek gets new feature availability throughout all trim levels. It also gains new Starlink telematics features. It retains the spacious interior that has made it such a standout option in the market, as well as the wide range of safety features available.

You'll find just three trim levels here, but that makes it easier to find the perfect Crosstrek for your needs. The trim levels offered are 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited. All of these use the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and all of them are all-wheel drive, as well.

The base model offers 17-inch wheels, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are notably absent on many vehicles on the market. There is a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, and buyers can opt to add Subaru's EyeSight® system as an optional upgrade. Note that all of the EyeSight features are made available as standard equipment with the 2.0i Premium trim level. That also brings you a leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic headlights, as well as a higher-end audio system.

The highest trim on offer delivers 18-inch wheels, as well as adaptive LED headlights. There is an eight-inch touchscreen display, push-button start, keyless entry, and leather seating. Note that this trim level has a Hardon Kardon audio system available as an upgrade.

Honda HR-V

For 2019, the HR-V gets a few new exterior styling tweaks, as well as two new trim levels. Honda's Sensing suite is available, and the automaker has finally introduced Android Auto and CarPlay with the new center infotainment screen. However, customers still find that the HR-V lacks power and accelerates slowly, while the seats are uncomfortable and small.

There are five available trim levels with the HR-V. These are the LX, the Sport, the EX, the EX-L, and the Touring levels. The base option includes 17-inch wheels, as well as a folding rear seat. The five-inch touchscreen is a bit small, but it does come with a rearview camera and Bluetooth functionality. Note that Honda's Sensing suite is available as an upgrade/add-on.

Moving up to the EX trim brings additional features, such as satellite radio and automatic climate control. This trim also gains the Sensing suite as standard equipment,. The EX-L trim brings leather interior, while the Touring offers LED headlights and a navigation system.

Compare the Subaru Crosstrek

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Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is an interesting little SUV that offers decent handling, but lacks power. It also suffers from a less than stellar ride quality, and most buyers will be disappointed in the cargo capacity and the rear legroom. Buyers will have access to five trim levels, including the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and the Signature levels.

The Sport trim brings LED headlights, along with 17-inch wheels and a push-button ignition. There is Bluetooth connectivity offered, as well, and the Sport i-ACTIVESENSE® package brings additional options like automatic headlights and adaptive cruise control. Note that this is an optional upgrade and not standard equipment.

The Touring Trim brings rain-sensing wipers and a dual-zone automatic climate control system, while the Grand Touring offers 19-inch wheels and LED fog lights, among other features. The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature levels add luxury touches, such as leather interior.

Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue delivers good ride quality and does provide access to some of the more popular safety features and driver assist items. However, it lacks power and performance, and it is marked by poor outward visibility due to the exterior design.

Only three trim levels are offered here - the S, SV, and SL levels. Most models will have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and all-wheel drive is available as an option, but is not standard. The S trim level offers automatic high beams, lane departure warnings, and lane keeping capabilities, as well as 17-inch wheels and a seven-inch touchscreen. The SV level replaces the steel wheels with alloy options, and offers a leather steering wheel, power liftgate, and push-button ignition. The SL trim provides 19-inch wheels, as well as leather interior and a Bose audio system.

More Features and More Space with the Crosstrek

Ultimately, the Subaru Ascent offers class-leading passenger space and cargo room, some of the most towing capacity in the segment, and the modern safety and assist features that today's drivers expect and deserve. Instead of waiting for other brands to play catch up, you can get the style, comfort, tech and safety features you want, today, in the Subaru Ascent.