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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek was new.


Interior: 7.4

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek's interior is lined with high-quality, soft-touch materials, and its overall design is simple and practical. Climate and audio controls are easy to operate, and the infotainment system is user-friendly and packed with helpful features. The majority of reviewers agree that both the front and back seats have plenty of space for tall riders. Cargo space is excellent for the class.

  • "With plenty of soft-touch materials and a simple, cohesive overall design, the Crosstrek's cabin is a pleasant place to ride out long journeys." -- Left Lane News
  • "The dashboard and door panels are wrapped in soft-touch trim, and in general the Crosstrek's cabin materials are nicer than Subaru's historical norm." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The cabin is not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination, but nor would you expect it to be. It is functional and cost-effective, with options -- such as the moonroof and nav -- which line it up nicely with other cars in the compact crossover division." -- Jalopnik (2013)


The Subaru Crosstrek seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The front seats are comfortable and spacious, but power-adjustable front seats aren’t available, which is rare for the class. Most reviewers agree that the Crosstrek's back seats have plenty of head- and legroom for six-foot and taller occupants, but a few think back-seat legroom is lacking. The rear doors are wide, so getting into and out of them is easy.

The Crosstrek can accommodate three child seats with its LATCH system. There is a full set of connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor at each seat. The rear middle seat has the ability to borrow lower anchors from the outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Crosstrek's LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal. Its lower anchors are buried deep within the seats and are hard to get to when attaching a car seat.

  • "Sadly, rear-seat legroom is in short supply, so it might be best just to max out the 52 cubic feet of cargo space instead. Curiously, power seats aren't available." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For drivers and passengers alike, the Crosstrek has plenty of room, even with 6-footers in the mix." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Rear-seat space is better than normal for compact cars and even outshines some larger sport utes. A six-footer can sit behind another, with enough foot space, legroom, and headroom to be comfortable. Wide rear doors help ease entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek comes with a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a USB port, and a Starlink infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch-screen display.

Optional features include an upgraded Starlink system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice-activated navigation, push-button start, hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, automatic climate control, satellite radio, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Subaru’s EyeSight system, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning.

The Subaru Crosstrek is pretty well-equipped for the class. The standard and available infotainment systems are user-friendly and provide a good amount of convenient tech features. Audio controls are easy to operate and reach, as are climate controls. Still, the Crosstrek stereo's sound quality is pretty poor, and the only way to upgrade it is to add more speakers, not opt for a more premium system with better sound quality.

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  • With a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen interface and an available 7.0-inch touchscreen that includes enhanced multimedia features, the Crosstrek has one of the better-equipped interiors in this segment from a technological standpoint. Standard audio quality is pretty awful, though, and there's no premium brand-name upgrade as you'll find in some rivals." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek SUV features the newest Starlink infotainment system that emphasizes apps and user-friendliness, putting this little Subaru on more competitive footing." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The audio system is mounted centrally on the dash and is within easy reach. The climate control system is pleasantly simple to operate via well-marked, easy-to-grip knobs that are mounted below the radio." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


Behind its back seats, the 2017 Crosstrek has 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold those seats and you’ll have 51.9 cubic feet of space, which is more cargo room than most subcompact SUVs offer.

The rear seats are split-folding and easy to raise and lower. The nearly flat load floor means you can get the most out of the Crosstrek's cargo space.

  • The Crosstrek has … considerably more [cargo space] than the Nissan Juke, but it trails crossovers like the Ford Escape and Subaru Forester by a healthy margin. At least the flat load floor means you're able to maximize the space provided." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "With the rear seats in place, cargo volume for the XV Crosstrek is 22.3 cu ft, big enough to accommodate three golf bags. It's a simple operation to fold them down -- they split 60/40 and form a flat load floor." -- Autotrader (2014)

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