It’s a pretty well-known fact that we Americans are in love with SUVs. And while subcompact SUVs aren’t usually as popular as their midsize or compact brethren, they’re gaining interest. With gasoline prices at ridiculous numbers and new car prices soaring, more people have begun to appreciate the subcompact segment and what it offers, namely, a more reasonable price and better fuel economy. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek in Albuquerque NM is one of the most affordable SUVs available today and offers all-wheel drive as standard across all trim levels. In addition, it’s currently the only Subaru that offers a hybrid powertrain. For this new model year, the cute Crosstrek acquired a new Special Edition trim and a small price increase for the remaining trims.
Based on Subaru’s five-year product cycle for its high-volume products, this would’ve been the year for a new generation of Crosstrek. We suspect the ongoing supply chain issues contributed to that not happening. Instead, the company gave us the new Special Edition trim for the Crosstrek, which we love. Hopefully, we’ll see the new generation Crosstrek for the 2024 model year.
The Crosstrek Special Edition starts as a Premium trim but gets noticed with its exclusive paint color in Desert Khaki and 17-inch dark gray aluminum alloy wheels. Crystal Black Silica paint on the grille, antenna, door handles, and side mirrors rounds out the look, while the exterior badges finished with Low Luster Black complete the final touches.
Inside the Special Edition, you’ll find black and red upholstery with red contrast stitching throughout, including the cloth front and back seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, door armrests, shifter, dash panel, combination meter visor, and center console. The Low Luster Black finish also found its way onto the interior trim accents, tying it all together. All the amenities of the Crosstrek Premium are included inside the SE, along with an upgraded gauge cluster and Subaru’s STARLINK® 8-inch Multimedia Plus system as standard equipment.
The traditional gasoline-powered Crosstrek has two engine options: the 2.0-liter 152-horsepower flat-four in the Base and Premium and the new updated 2.5-liter 182-hp in the Sport and Limited trims. The two lower trims get a 6-speed manual stick (Subaru knows some of us still love a manual!) or the optional CVT (continuously variable transmission), and the higher trims come standard with the CVT.
Fuel economy is good with an EPA rating of 28/33/30 mpg city/highway/combined for the Base and Premium with the CVT, while the higher trims drop slightly to 27/34/29 mpg.
However, if you want the most efficient 2023 Subaru Crosstrek in Albuquerque NM, choose the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. It pairs a 137-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with two electric motors and gets an EPA rating of 35 mpg, 90 mpg-e, and 17 miles of pure electric range. This model also gets the CVT as standard.
The 2023 Crosstrek is waiting for you at Fiesta Subaru in five trims for the traditional gasoline-only model- Base, Premium, SE, Sport, and Limited- and the Hybrid. An optional package with extra features, including navigation, a moonroof, and enhanced driver-assist, is available for all trims except the Base. Come see us at 8100 Lomas Blvd in Albuquerque New Mexico and take the Crosstrek for a test drive today!