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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Interior Review


Interior: 7.3

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek looks good inside and features higher-quality materials than you’ll find in some competitors. The seats are comfortable but may not have enough support for some peoples' taste. Few subcompact SUVs have as much cargo space as the Crosstrek, and an intuitive infotainment system headlines the features list.

  • There are lots of nice soft-touch surfaces on the inside of the Crosstrek, especially at the top Limited trim level. If you compare the Crosstrek to some class-leading compact hatchbacks, it's middling. But among the Jeeps of the world, it's a class leader." -- Edmunds
  • "The new interior rivals class leaders in terms of layout, quality, and materials choices. It retains the open, airy cabin feel of its predecessor and has excellent sight lines and ample room for four to five people." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "Interiors are nicely padded (although padding on the door tops is thin) with nice-looking trim. Two-tone black/grey interiors – in both cloth and leather – add some contrast, and Premium and Limited get orange stitching." -- Consumer Guide (2018)


The Crosstrek seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

Up front, you’ll find comfortable seats with enough side bolstering to keep you from sliding around when taking turns. Drivers enjoy excellent visibility in all directions. The rear seats provide a solid amount of legroom so adults can ride in the back without issue. The seats could use more support, however, which could make long drives uncomfortable.

  • "The seats are generally comfortable and well-bolstered." -- Edmunds
  • "In front, the supportive seats are comfortable, and there's good legroom and great headroom for taller folks. With the added rear-seat legroom, normal-size adults can fit even behind a front seat pushed all the way back, with plenty of headroom for 6-footers." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "The Crosstrek's cabin is bigger than the last one, with increases in every dimension, and while it looks familiar, it's all-new and much improved. The traditional benefits of Subaru interiors remain, however: The Crosstrek has a very low beltline and slim pillars, meaning outward visibility is outstanding in every direction. This is helpful on the highway but also useful off-road, as it allows you to see over the hood easily when negotiating tricky terrain. It's also exceptionally roomy up front or in back compared with competitors like the Mazda CX-3 or Honda HR-V. It's far more comfortable for backseat passengers." -- (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Crosstrek include a rearview camera and the Starlink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker audio system.

Available features include a moonroof, automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two additional USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and reverse automatic braking. Some of these features are part of Subaru's EyeSight suite of active safety technology.

The Crosstrek's infotainment system features a user-friendly touch screen. The sharp graphics and large fonts make it easy to navigate menus, and you can quickly master the overall interface. Redundant physical controls give you an alternate method for adjusting settings. Many of the features are great, but some – like Bluetooth – don't always work as well as they should.

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  • Standard features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto give the Crosstrek an easy entry point for tech-savvy users. The center screen's crisp graphics are appealing. Our test car had some issues with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. But when it's working, it's one of the nicer available interfaces." -- Edmunds
  • "Two areas we're glad didn't change are Subaru's traditionally excellent visibility and equally impressive control layout. The latter consists of a central touchscreen flanked by volume and tuning knobs along with some physical pushbuttons, with source and station-select 'virtual buttons' on the logically configured touchscreen. There's also an upper dash screen that displays an assortment of information, though conspicuous by its absence is a compass." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "The touchscreen interface is similar to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are included, in that it uses large icons and pages to organize functions and apps. … The infotainment can also be hooked up to an optional Harmon/Kardon sound system, but only the serious audiophiles should consider it. The Premium and Limited's standard six-speaker system works surprisingly well, and even has good bass." -- Autoblog (2018)


The Crosstrek provides 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Those are some of the highest cargo capacities in the class. The seats fold completely flat, making it easy to load and organize cargo.

  • "One of the best things about this Subie's interior are its fold-flat seats. In this case, flat truly means that, as their angle is much flatter than the seats found in most rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Interior storage is good rather than great, but cargo space is better. With the redesign comes new taillights that are split by the hatchlid opening … allowing the opening to accommodate wider cargo. When folded, the rear seat backs rest about two inches above the level of the cargo floor, but there's a ramp bridging the gap that should allow longer boxes to be easily slid forward. The area is wide at the rear with convenient tie-down hooks and side-wall lights, but there's no hidden storage under the floor." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "That rear hatch I mentioned has been widened by about four inches, making it much easier to load mountain bikes into the car's cargo space than it would have been in the earlier car." -- Jalopnik (2018)
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