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Features and Controls of Subaru cars

When Subaru changed course with the Impreza Outback Sport, placing it on a raised suspension, giving it more rugged styling cues, and changing its name to XV Crosstrek, the company had no expectations that the result would become one of its best-selling models. But that is exactly what happened.

Unconventional is a terrible descriptor for the new Crosstrek’s control layout. With the possible exception of the seat heater buttons, located on the center console, everything is placed where you expect to find it and operates the way you expect it to.

By upgrading from base trim ($21,795) to Premium trim ($22,595), buyers obtain a windshield de-icing system, wiper-linked headlight operation, heated front seats, and heated exterior mirrors. The Crosstrek Premium also includes Starlink connected services, acoustic windshield, and welcome lighting, and paves the way to option packages that install a bevy of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems.

Choosing the Crosstrek Limited ($26,295) provides a CVT with Subaru’s X-Mode traction and hill-descent control technology. Limited trim also equips the car with leather seats, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Starlink infotainment system with a larger 8-in. display, and keyless access with push-button engine starting. A blind-spot monitoring system is also standard for this version of the new Crosstrek, paired with a rear cross-traffic alert system.

Subaru also includes a PIN-code access system on the Crosstrek Limited. If you’re an outdoorsy type who would prefer to leave your keys in your car, this feature allows you to do that, gaining access to the interior using a code. Finally, you can identify the Limited by its larger and more stylish 18-in. aluminum wheels, as well as its steering-responsive LED headlights and LED taillights.

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