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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Vehicle Type: Small suv Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 15

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $26,145
Price as Tested: $29,685

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 16.6
EPA City mpg27
EPA Highway mpg34
EPA Combined mpg29

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Crosstrek, redesigned for 2024 and now in its third generation, is a small crossover SUV that can be thought of as basic, useful transportation with an adventurous streak. At less than $26,000 for the Base trim, the Crosstrek qualifies as a solid value. It's sharp looking and easy to drive, with nimble handling. Inside, there's plenty of room for the driver and front passenger—though things get a little tight in the back seat. The controls have a simple layout and are easy to sort out and use. All-wheel drive is standard, making for a planted feeling on-road and, with nearly 9 inches of ground clearance, decent off-road chops. Gas mileage is good for a nonhybrid (29 mpg combined), and Subaru's upgraded EyeSight system of advanced safety features is standard. (Blind-spot warning and rear cross—traffic warning aren’t available on the Base trim and are optional on some others, however.) Given the Crosstrek's low price point, there are, inevitably, some downsides. The 2.0-liter flat-4 engine on the lowest 2 trim levels, including our test vehicle, is noisy and underpowered (152 hp). The plain, plasticky interior won’t impress your friends. And the infotainment system, though upgraded from the previous generation's, still feels nonintuitive and outdated.

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Pros and Cons


  • Great value
  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Nimble, easy to handle
  • Lots of standard ADAS for the money


  • Noisy, underpowered powertrain
  • Nonintuitive, outdated infotainment system
  • Plain interior, with cheap materials

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2024
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3296.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 176.4 / 70.9 / 63.0
Wheelbase (in): 105.1
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Yokohama Geolander G91
Front and rear tire size: 225/60 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): 1,500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L H4 boxer
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 152 @ 6,000

Test Data

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Handling: 5.10
Quality and Drivability: 6.38

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