With a plug-in hybrid model added for 2019, the Crosstrek enjoys a reputation as a rugged performer over mud, snow and rough roads. It also bears close kinship to the Impreza hatchback, with both using Subaru’s Global platform, engineered to provide the best possible ride-and-handling combination. The off-road capable model has 8.7 inches of rock-hopping ground clearance, plus unique bumpers, roof rails, protective side cladding and rear spoiler. The tougher look is enhanced with darker window tinting and a set of 17-inch all-season tires mounted on custom-look wheels. Powering all four is an Impreza-based 152-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A mid-year addition will bring a new plug-in hybrid model that uses a system supplied by Toyota. The standard six-speed manual transmission comes with Incline Start Assist: When stopped on an uphill incline, the system briefly holds the brakes while the driver’s right foot moves to the gas pedal. Optional is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters that control seven preset ratios. Subaru’s Active Torque Split AWD setup maintains a 60:40 division, front to rear, but automatically directs up to 100 percent of the torque to either set of wheels when necessary.

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