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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Videos and Review on Everyman Driver

The Subaru Crosstrek has undergone a redesign for the 2024 model year, with notable changes to its lineup and features. The plug-in hybrid variant has been discontinued, leaving behind two four-cylinder gas engines. The 2024 Crosstrek also introduces an upgraded 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, available on all trims except the base model.

The Sport trim now boasts distinctive yellow accents both inside and outside, setting it apart from the rest of the lineup. Additionally, the all-new Wilderness trim brings an array of off-road enhancements. Safety features have also received upgrades, enhancing their functionality.

In its third generation, the freshly redesigned 2024 Subaru Crosstrek retains its identity as a compact crossover that accommodates five passengers. The exterior has received a subtle styling update, bolstering the Crosstrek’s reputation for its adventurous spirit. The incorporation of a new grille and headlight design, coupled with functional air outlets at the front and rear of the body, showcases a blend of practicality and style. With greater ground clearance compared to most of its compact SUV competitors, the Crosstrek is perfectly suited for off-road journeys. As with all Subaru models sold in the U.S., the Crosstrek benefits from standard all-wheel drive and X-Mode with hill-descent control, ensuring confident and sure-footed driving experiences.

While this year’s exterior updates may be modest, passengers will certainly appreciate the inclusion of a new 11.6-inch infotainment screen across all Crosstrek models, except for the base variant. The front seats offer enhanced comfort and support, and the ride has been made noticeably quieter through the incorporation of additional sound-deadening materials throughout the body. The Crosstrek’s interior materials continue to be robust, designed to withstand dirt and wear. The vehicle offers ample cargo capacity for family road trips, although rear-seat accommodations are best suited for two adults unless the journey is brief.

With the discontinuation of the plug-in hybrid option, the redesigned 2024 Crosstrek presents two choices of four-cylinder gas engines: a 2.0-liter engine producing 152 horsepower and a 2.5-liter variant with 182 horsepower.

Rivals to the Crosstrek include the Honda HR-V, which boasts a more refined interior but lacks off-road capabilities, and the Jeep Renegade, offering a broader array of trims and superior off-road handling at a higher price point. The Kia Seltos, of similar size, features a wider range of trim levels and an affordable starting price, although all-wheel drive is not standard. As an option tailored for active drivers, the Subaru Crosstrek excels with its off-road capabilities. The inclusion of all-wheel drive and a durable interior make it an excellent companion for both weekend adventures and daily commutes.


Subaru of America today revealed to the world the newest member of the Wilderness family, the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness, at the New York International Auto Show. Combining Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with a revised drivetrain, standard X-MODE, elevated 9.3-inch ground clearance and exclusive body cladding, the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness is the most rugged and trail-capable Crosstrek ever.

With an already impressive list of standard features, the Crosstrek Wilderness adds exclusive mechanical, design, and functional enhancements for added capability on the roads and trails less traveled. Critically, the rugged new model preserves the Crosstrek’s renowned blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling. Numerous exterior and interior details make the Crosstrek Wilderness especially suited to carrying outdoor gear, even when wet or muddy.

The Crosstrek Wilderness is powered by a 2.5-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine, with 182 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Subaru engineered the Crosstrek Wilderness drivetrain for better off-road performance by installing a revised differential gear ratio and retuned Lineartronic CVT. The 4.111 final drive ratio (vs. 3.700) improves the SUV’s climbing ability and the new tuning for the CVT optimizes traction at low speeds and on slippery surfaces. Additionally, maximum towing capacity more than doubles to 3,500 lb. thanks to the addition of a transmission oil cooler.

Like all 2024 Crosstrek models, the Wilderness is equipped with the brand’s award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control; Pre-Collision Braking; Pre-Collision Throttle Management; Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. In addition, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are standard on the new model. 

The Crosstrek Wilderness also comes standard with Automatic Emergency Steering. The feature works in conjunction with EyeSight and Blind-Spot Detection to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph. Standard Reverse Automatic Braking adds an extra measure of safety in tight trail situations and while parking.

Design + Function = Unique Wilderness Style
Like the other Wilderness models, the Crosstrek Wilderness design blends trail-enhanced function with style that also turns heads. To visually communicate the more capable off-road performance, the Crosstrek Wilderness adds exclusive styling with all-new front and rear bumpers, bold hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, metal front skid plate, unique hex-design LED fog lights and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish.

Subaru Wilderness badges are emblazoned on the front doors and rear gate. A body-color roof spoiler and black side mirrors with integrated turn signals complement the SUV’s rugged look. Among the exterior colors offered, the Crosstrek Wilderness is available in Geyser Blue, which is exclusive to the Wilderness family.

The Crosstrek Wilderness features a versatile ladder-type roof rack system, with a 176 lb. dynamic load capacity and a 700-lb. static load limit, allowing safe use of larger roof-top tents. The roof rail design provides flexibility to fit a wide variety of carrying accessories, including Genuine Subaru Accessories available from Subaru retailers.

Off-Road Capability
Exclusive suspension components give the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness 9.3-inch ground clearance, more than a half-inch increase over the other Crosstrek models, which already were among the highest in their segment. Longer coil springs and shock absorbers provide the added ground clearance, while special tuning helps maintain dynamic performance.

Longer travel strokes for the front and rear shock absorbers help keep the tires in contact with rough surfaces, increasing vehicle stability. In addition, a longer dampening compression stroke helps increase absorption on rough road surfaces, providing a smoother ride. Even with its added ground clearance, the Crosstrek Wilderness maintains a low step-in height for ease of entry.

The approach angle is increased from 18.0 degrees in other Crosstrek models to 20.0 degrees on the Wilderness; the angle of departure increases from 30.1 to 33.0 degrees, and ramp breakover angle moves up from 19.7 to 21.1 degrees.

The Crosstrek Wilderness comes equipped with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for optimal performance in mud, gravel or snow. Mounted on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in matte-black finish, the tires are embossed with raised white letters.

X-MODE for Maximum Control
The Crosstrek Wilderness is equipped with Subaru’s driver-selectable dual-function X-MODE. The system offers Snow / Dirt and Deep Snow / Mud modes. To help maximize traction in varying conditions, each mode specifically optimizes the engine output and CVT ratio positions, increases the Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and enhances the control logic of the Vehicle Dynamics Control with Traction Control System. The X-MODE display features a Roll-Angle Indicator to help the driver judge potentially hazardous situations.

This technology also helps make Crosstrek Wilderness a nimble climber. When the X-MODE system is activated, Low Speed / Low Ratio Gradient Control is automatically put on standby to sense when the vehicle is traveling on a steep incline at low speed. When it does, the system shifts the CVT to its lowest ratio (4.066:1). Combined with the Wilderness model’s lower differential ratios, the system also enhances rough off-pavement, low-speed drivability over rocks and other situations that require repeated on/off accelerator usage.

Standard Hill Descent Control will automatically engage individual wheel braking control on downgrades when the vehicle is driven under 12 mph with the accelerator pedal pressed less than about 10 percent, thereby helping to control vehicle speed. Active Torque Vectoring, standard on all 2024 Crosstrek models, enhances handling stability on road or trail.

An Interior designed for the Outdoors
Inside, Subaru equipped the Crosstrek Wilderness cabin for comfort and durability. The seats are upholstered in comfortable, water-resistant Subaru StarTex® material that features the Subaru Wilderness logo embossed in the front headrests. Bold copper colored contrast stitching accents the interior, complementing the anodized copper-finish accents on the shifter, gauge meter rings and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Upon entering the vehicle, the driver is greeted with a Wilderness logo appearing in the meter display at start-up.

Black pillar trim, assist grips, overhead console, and headliner pairs well with the Gunmetal Grey trim used on the dash, doors, and shifter plate. Standard all-weather floor mats feature a unique Wilderness design. In the cargo area, a removable water-resistant rear cargo tray protects the load floor from wet, muddy gear tossed in the back. The rear gate comes equipped with an LED light for better nighttime visibility. 

The Wilderness comes standard with the SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system. The 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen is equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay® and wireless Android Auto™ with full screen display. Additional features include Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; rear vision camera; SiriusXM® All-Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link® (4-month free Platinum Plan); HD Radio®; and over-the-air updates.

The multimedia system also works as a center information display with combination meter integration and on-screen controls for audio, climate, and vehicle functions. The Wilderness is also equipped with a wireless phone charger in the center console.

Competitively Priced Adventure Compact SUV
Starting at $31,995, the Crosstrek Wilderness comes with an extensive list of standard features including Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; steering responsive LED headlights; SI-Drive engine performance management system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire display and automatic individual wheel ID registration. The SUV is also equipped with USB-A and USB-C ports in the front and rear of the center console; dual zone automatic climate control; and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors.

An available option package for Wilderness includes Power Moonroof; 10-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar support; and a Harman Kardon® 10-speaker system with 432-watt equivalent amplifier for an MSRP of $2,270.

The 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness will begin arriving in Subaru retailers this fall. The Wilderness will be built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana along with the other two Crosstrek 2.5-liter models, Ascent, Legacy and Outback.

2024 Crosstrek Wilderness
Model/TrimTransmissionApplicable Option CodeMSRPMSRP + destination and delivery
WildernessCVT21, 23$31,995$33,290
2024 Crosstrek Wilderness Option Package
21Standard ModelNA
23Power Moonroof + Power Driver Seat + Harman Kardon Amplifier and Speakers$2,270

Destination & Delivery is $1,295 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT. D&D is $1,445 for retailers in Alaska.

Crosstrek and Crosstrek Wilderness Compared

Exterior2024 Crosstrek Base2024 Crosstrek WildernessDifference +/-
Wheelbase (in.)105.1104.9-0.2
Length (in.)176.4176.40.0
Height (in.)63.063.6+0.6
Width (in.)70.971.7+0.8
Track, front (in.)61.260.9-0.3
Track, rear (in.)61.260.8-0.4
Ground clearance (in.)8.79.3+0.6
Approach angle (deg.)18.020.0+2.0
Departure angle (deg.)30.133.0+2.9
Breakover angle (deg.)19.721.1+1.4

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