2024 Subaru Crosstrek Debuts in Toronto, to Start at $28,995

Following its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show last week, the third-generation Subaru Crosstrek landed in the Great White North for the first time today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. 

For 2024, the highly popular small crossover will be available in Convenience, Touring, Onyx and Limited trim levels. The Onyx is a new addition replacing the Outdoor and Sport models.

Adventure and Versatility

Standard across the model line is a revised AWD system with a faster response time, more agile handling and better control both on- and off-road. Driver-selectable X-MODE with Hill Descent Control maximizes wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines. Onyx and Limited trims upgrade to dual-function X-MODE for increased capability in a wider range of conditions.

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When it comes to performance, the Convenience and Touring are equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine producing 152 hp and 145 lb-ft. of torque. The other two upgrade to a 2.5-litre boxer engine delivering 182 hp and 178 lb-ft. of torque. No changes there. However, the manual transmission is no more, so all trim levels get a Lineartronic CVT, not to mention the SI-Drive performance management system.

The 2024 Crosstrek also receives a version of the WRX’s dual-pinion electronic power steering rack, providing a more direct and natural steering feel and greater responsiveness, Subaru says. What’s more, the chassis has been enhanced with 10 percent higher torsional rigidity.

Refreshed Exterior and Interior

While the new generation looks similar to the previous one, Subaru designers did make a number of changes. Black wheel arch cladding provides a sharp contrast to the body colour, while several functional aerodynamic improvements enhance the vehicle’s handling and stability. For instance, an air outlet at the trailing edge of the front wheel opening allows air to exit from the wheel well more freely, contributing to reduced lift on the front tires and improved driving stability. Another air outlet added at each side of the rear bumper reduces body sway due to air trapped behind the bumper.

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Inside, the front seats provide increased support, while a focused effort on reducing sounds within particular frequency ranges results in a quieter cabin. The climate control system has been updated to focus on occupied seats (vs. entire cabin).

Drivers will find dual 7.0-inch touchscreens as standard. For the first time, select models feature an 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment display equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus over-the-air update capability and voice-activated navigation powered by TomTom and SiriusXM Travel Link.

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Finally, it’s important to mention that Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology has been enhanced with a wider field of view, updated control software and the addition of an electric brake booster. As a result, it can identify bicycles and pedestrians at intersections sooner to prevent collisions.

Also, Automatic Emergency Steering is now included on models equipped with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. This safety feature assists with steering control to help avoid a collision within a lane at speeds less than 80 km/h.

Available at Canadian dealerships in late spring, the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $28,995 in base Convenience trim (blame the elimination of the manual transmission). The Touring is next at $31,195, while Onyx and Limited models retail from $33,995 and $36,995, respectively.

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