2023 Subaru Crosstrek in RI

2023 subaru crosstrek in desert khaki


The adventure-ready Subaru Crosstrek is back for 2023 with all of the same attributes that have made it a strong seller for the previous ten model years. This outdoorsy compact crossover can help you navigate challenging terrain thanks to its 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. It’s also a respectable everyday driver with plenty of comforts and conveniences, as well as an assortment of must-have safety features. Couple that with its spacious interior and available manual transmission (a rare find in this class), and you have yourself quite the versatile vehicle. For 2023, a new Special Edition variant joins the Crosstrek lineup. It’s distinguished by its exclusive Desert Khaki exterior paint, 17-inch wheels, and dark gray interior with two-tone (black and red) upholstery.

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Trims and Performance

Subaru offers their ’23 Crosstrek in Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels. A separate Hybrid version is offered, too, but we cover just the gasoline-only version on this page. The Base and Premium get the same powertrain: a 145-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joined to a six-speed manual transmission (a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters is available). The Sport and Limited elevate to a 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder with the CVT. Each trim receives standard all-wheel drive and can tow up to 1,500 pounds. According to the EPA, the manual-transmission Base and Premium achieve an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and with the CVT they get 28 city/33 highway. The Sport and Limited achieve 27 city/34 highway.

Notable Equipment

The Base trim of the 2023 Subaru Outback is nicely set up with black roof rails, black 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, auto-up/down driver and front passenger windows, a front USB port, door panel bottle holders, automatic climate control, and a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seatback. The Base can also be ordered with X-Mode, a special drive system for traversing tricky terrain. The Premium earns its name with a more deluxe assembly of features: fog lights, automatic headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors and front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, orange contrast stitching, an additional front USB port, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear cargo tray, and a retractable cargo area cover. The Premium also qualifies for X-Mode, in addition to a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and proximity entry with push-button ignition.

Those optional features are made standard in the Sport. This trim also shows off cosmetic upgrades such as dark-gray 17-inch wheels, a sport grille, black gunmetal exterior accents, and more aggressive wheel arches. Its other amenities include side mirrors with built-in turn-signal indicators, StarTex water-repellent upholstery with yellow contrast stitching, and two rear USB charging ports. The Limited doesn’t have the gunmetal exterior accents, sporty grille, special wheel arch cladding, or StarTex upholstery, but it is nonetheless stocked, getting attractive black 18-inch wheels, steering-responsive LED headlights, LED fog lights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery with orange stitching, a color multifunction display, and a folding rear armrest with a pair of cupholders. A moonroof is available for every trim but the Base.

Driver-Assistance Technologies

The Subaru EyeSight driver-assist suite is available with the Base and Premium but standard on the Sport and Limited. This advanced safety technology group consists of a pre-collision braking system, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure and sway warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The Limited also has blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (which is optional for the Sport), automatic high beams, and reverse automatic emergency braking.

Infotainment Systems

The Base trim is given a multimedia system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a sound system with four speakers. While both the Premium and Sport gain SiriusXM satellite radio, another pair of speakers, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, only the Sport trim can be upgraded with an 8-inch touchscreen, HD radio, and voice recognition. The Limited gets those amenities standard and is eligible for navigation and a top-quality eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

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