With a starting price of just $21,995, the 2013 Subaru Crosstrek Premium makes a very strong value proposition. Keyless entry, air conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, and a removable rear cargo tray are all included even in this base model, as of course are all-wheel drive, and all the bolstered, strengthened underpinnings that go into the Crosstrek. And even the Premium includes a removable rear cargo tray that can very easily be hosed off, and a roof rack that can hold up to 150 pounds.
The base audio system in the Premium comes with Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, as well as a USB port and iPod connectivity, but its limited-character display makes scrolling through media-player contents a crapshoot.
Leather upholstery, leather shift-knob and steering-wheel trim, automatic climate control, and a fold-down rear-seat armrest with cupholders are all extras that you get with the Limited. They also get a step-up display audio system with 4.3-inch screen, rear camera and HD Radio.
On either the Premium or Limited you can option up to a navigation system with 6.1-inch screen, voice control, text-messaging capability, satellite radio, and XM NavTraffic. This system, which we were already not so fond of because of its small buttons, odd interface, and aftermarket feel, includes an SD slot prominently on the face, although it's not for media use. It will interface with various media formats through USB however.