The Ford Bronco Sport debuted for the 2021 model year and has earned its fair share of critical acclaim, but has found the hyper competitive space of mainstream compact crossovers to be what one might call “tough sledding.” In fact, Bronco Sport sales declined by 27 percent in Q4 2022 and eight percent year-over-year, placing the rugged crossover near the bottom of the segment with a four percent market share. Meanwhile, the Subaru Crosstrek ranked sixth, enjoying a 50 percent sales increase in Q4 and 21 percent year-over-year, accounting for seven percent of the market. Now, the all-new 2024 Subaru Crosstrek has been revealed as it aims to stay hot in a red hot segment.
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek actually carries over quite a few things from the current model, and looks similar as well. However, some big changes have taken place, including the fact that the Crosstrek is no longer available with a manual transmission, which means that it’s also more expensive – $26,290, versus the previous starting MSRP of $24,870.
Buyers can choose between four trim levels – Base, Premium, Sport and Limited – with the first two coming equipped with a 2.0L flat-four cylinder engine making 152 horsepower, while the higher trim models have a 2.5L flat-four generating 182 horsepower. All four models get the same CVT gearbox and all-wheel drive, which features some improvements and the X-Mode off-road driving mode.
Inside the cabin, the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Base gets a standard seven-inch infotainment screen, while the other three trims come equipped with a larger 11.6-inch unit. In terms of exterior styling, the new Crosstrek looks very similar to the outgoing model, but does feature a bit more black plastic cladding befitting of its off-road-focused nature. According to Subaru, shoppers can expect to see the 2024 Crosstrek at dealers this spring, when it will seek to gain ground on the segment-leading Toyota RAV4.