Subaru Crosstrek Prices Rise Just a Tad for 2019 (As Sales Leave Earth's Atmosphere)

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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In a repeat of last year, Subaru of America plans to inflate the price of its 2019 Crosstrek models by a dollar figure that’s small and manageable. Wouldn’t want those buyers to feel used, and with good reason. As the automaker rolls out MSRPs for next year’s physically unchanged models, it’s enjoying record sales for the lifted all-wheel-drive hatchback crossover.

By placing its Impreza five-door hatch in the time machine and pressing the “AMC Eagle” button, Subaru turned what many first saw as just an interesting alternative and turned it into a juggernaut. Colourful pie charts await.

May of 2018 saw the most sales in the Crosstrek’s history. Some 14,387 U.S. buyers drove off lots in the brand’s funky, high-riding compact — a 74.4 percent increase over the same month last year. Had the Crosstrek stayed stagnant, Subaru would have posted a year-over-year volume loss in May, rather than the 7.2 percent sales increase it actually recorded.

Over the first five months of 2018, Crosstrek sales rose 68.4 percent. Taking a look around the rest of the Subaru stable, the only other model to record a YTD sales gain is the Crosstrek’s larger Outback sibling. Sedans are slipping, and the popular (but aging) Forester is awaiting its all-new 2019 replacement. The Crosstrek came within 143 units of surpassing the Forester’s sales in May.

In just a year, the Crosstrek inflated its slice of the Subaru pie from 14.7 percent to 23.9 percent.

But what about those prices, you ask. Fine.

Pre-delivery, the base Crosstrek 2.0i, in both manual and CVT guise, rises $100 for the 2019 model year. The mid-level 2.0i Premium, also available with a six-speed stick or continuously variable automatic, rises $300. It’s a larger walk for buyers of the 2.0i Limited, who’ll find themselves facing an MSRP $900 dearer than last year’s model. It isn’t quite as simple as this, however, as these models also see a $60 increase in the destination and delivery fee.

All told, a base, manual Crosstrek carries an after-delivery sticker of $22,870, with the CVT version going for a grand more. Stick shift Premiums start at $23,870 (the same as a base CVT), with self-shifting Premiums starting at $24,870. The Limited, which carries no plebian “manual” transmission, stickers for $28,170 after delivery.

Naturally, there’s some content changes to discuss. Base CVT models can now be optioned with EyeSight driver assist technology — a feature that adds a color instrument cluster display. The Premium trim adds a cold-weather package, body-color mirrors, twin USB ports, welcome lighting, and an upgraded multimedia system. The screen size (6.5 inches) remains the same.

All the goodies find their way into the Limited, which now carries a CVT equipped with X-Mode and hill descent control (for buyers who like sneaking into work the back way). The touchscreen grows to 8 inches in this guise, and safety and convenience features abound. The only major options on this trim include a power moonroof and a package that lumps the moonroof with navigation and upgraded audio.

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  • Franken-Subie Franken-Subie on Jun 24, 2018

    Subaru motors haven’t had the head gasket issue since the end of the NA EJ25 almost a decade ago. You should instead invest in whomever makes 0W-20 oil, as oil consumption is their current issue

  • Kurtamaxxguy Kurtamaxxguy on Jun 24, 2018

    For 2019, if you wanna Subaru with a turbo, you've 3 choices: Sedan only WRX, Sedan only/Manual only WRX STI, or the CVT only 3-row SUV Ascent. Forester XT turbo will be gone (Subaru claims sales were too low to continue it). Sad.

  • Kwik_Shift A manual bug eye WRX wagon (2001-03) would interest me more.
  • El scotto Ferrari develops a way to put a virtual car in real time traffic? Will it be multiple virtual players in a possible infinite number of real drivers in real time situations?This will be one of the greatest things ever or a niche video game.
  • El scotto It's said that many military regulations are written in blood. Every ship's wheel or aircraft joystick has a human hand on it at all times when a ship or aircraft are under power. Tanks, APC's and other ground vehicles probably operate under the same rules. Even with those regulations accidents still happen. There is no such thing as an unmanned autopilot, ever. Someone has to be on the stick at all times.I do not think MB understands what a sue-happy nation the USA is. The 1st leased MB in a wreck while this Type 3 "Semi-Autonomous" driving, or whatever it is called, will result in an automatic lawsuit. Expect a class action lawsuit after the 1st personal lawsuit is filed. Yes, new MB owners can afford and ever are lawyers.Mercedes Benz; "The best wrecks or nothing!" Oh and has anyone noticed that Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, the gray suit with white shirt and striped tie, automobile companies have stayed away from any autonomous driving nonsense?
  • Merc190 Very streamlined but not distinctive enough for a Mercedes. And besides, the streetcar of the early 20th century seems a far more efficient and effective method of people moving in essentially an autonomous manner. A motor car is meant to be driven with proper attention to what's important in every situation. To design it otherwise is idiotic and contradictory.
  • Abqhudson Passenger seating in recent accords has been unacceptable with my 5’2” wife forced to look at the dash while sitting in the hole provided.