It’s no secret that the small-and-tall-wagons (crossovers) segment is one of the hottest. The group includes the Subaru Crosstrek that receives a makeover and a bigger slice of performance pie for 2021. There’s a new grille and a new front bumper with darkened cladding that matches the wheel arches and rear-bumper end caps. There’s also a new engine option: A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The carryover 2.0-liter base engine is rated at 152/145. A continuously variable transmission is standard with the 2.5 and optional with the 2.0, which continues to be available with a six-speed manual.
There’s a makeover for the Crosstrek, yes, but also a newly optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine: PHOTO: SUBARU