The 9 Best SUVs Under $25,000 – Subaru Crosstrek Now Ranks 2nd Overall
We reported on Kelly’s Blue Book (KBB) 12 best family cars of 2022, and the Outback is the best 2-row SUV, but you don’t need to spend $30,000 to $40,000 to get midsize SUV utility. What are the best small SUVs under $25,000? KBB says the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek ranks second among new models and offers impressive cargo space, versatility and excellent safety features.
KBB’s new list of 10 Best Family Cars Under $25,000 includes nine new 2022 model year subcompact SUVs and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of less than $25,000.
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Ranked from first to last, KBB’s top picks are the Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla Cross, Kia Soul, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue Sport, and Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The vehicles have also achieved excellent safety ratings, and nearly every model is a IIHS Top Security Pick or Top Security Pick+.
KBB says, “If your family wants to tour the great outdoors, there may be no vehicle that makes it easier than the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive and ground clearance of 8.7″. It’s available with X-Mode with Hill Descent Control and StarTex water-repellent padding, so cleaning isn’t much of an issue, even if you bring your pets with you.”
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How much cargo space does the Crosstrek have?
Crosstrek comes with 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space, with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. Maximum cargo volume is 55.3 cubic feet, with the rear seats down.
What is the price of all Subaru Crosstrek trim levels?
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is available in five trim levels for customers. The base version is priced at $23,570, Premium ($24,720), Sport ($27,920), Limited ($29,420) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,895). Prices include destination and delivery charges ($1,125).
What are the Crosstrek 2022 security scores?
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has been a Top Safety Pick for 11 consecutive years. The Crosstrek hybrid earns the most Best choice security + price.
2022 Crosstrek trims with CVT automatic transmission come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight safety technology. EyeSight features forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with full stop, lane departure warning, lead vehicle start alert, rear vehicle detection, corner detection deadlock, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert.
What is the fuel consumption of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?
You can have an all-wheel-drive SUV and still get good energy efficiency. Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trim levels have a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and get 27/34 mpg city/highway and 29 mpg combined.
The standard 2.0-liter engine gets 28/33 mpg and 30 mpg combined with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic.
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid gets the best fuel economy. In Consumer Reports tests, the plug-in hybrid scores 38/45 MPGe city/highway and 42 MPGe combined. Note that the Crosstrek Hybrid is not available in all states.
KBB says: “These (fuel consumption) numbers are particularly impressive considering this is an all-wheel-drive-only SUV.”
Our point of view
Which trim level is the best value for money? The Premium Crosstrek trim hits the sweet spot and comes with the standard features that most customers want. We’d choose the Sport trim with the 2.5-liter engine for outdoor enthusiasts. It has a dual-function X-mode for extreme weather conditions and extreme off-road capability.
According to KBB, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek ranks second among new small SUVs under $25,000 and offers impressive cargo space, versatility and excellent safety features.
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