Congratulations! You've decided that the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the SUV you need to enhance your commutes around Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, MA. During your research, though, you've likely noticed that the Crosstrek comes with multiple trim levels, including the Premium and the Limited.

With either trim proving to be a great choice, you may be wondering which version is right for you. That's where we come into play.

We here at Ira Subaru have created this Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs. Limited comparison. Ready to figure out which Crosstrek is right for your needs? Let's get started!

Subaru Crosstrek: Dimensions

One thing you don't need to think about when deciding between the Subaru Crosstrek Premium and the Subaru Crosstrek Limited is vehicle dimensions. Regardless of which trim level you choose, you'll travel around town with the same vehicle size and passenger room dimensions:

  • Length/Width/Height: 176.5 inches / 71 inches / 63.6 inches
  • Headroom without moonroof (front/rear): 39.8 inches / 38 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 43.1 inches / 36.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 56.7 inches / 55.6 inches

In addition to these spacious interior and exterior dimensions, the Subaru Crosstrek Premium and Limited trim levels make it easy to bring your travel gear along for the ride thanks to a cargo capacity of 20.8 cubic feet.

Need a bit more room? Fold down the rear seats and obtain a maximum cargo capacity of 55.3 cubic feet, no matter which trim level you choose.

Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Limited: Performance Specs

While both the Premium and Limited trim levels offer the same interior and exterior dimensions, the performance of these two trim levels is where we begin to see some differences. Each trim is outfitted with a different engine, which means you'll get different performance specs.

Trim Level







152 HP

182 HP


145 lb-ft

176 lb-ft


EPA-estimated 28 city/33 highway MPG1

EPA-estimated 27 city/34 highway MPG1

Part of the reason for this difference in performance specs between the Crosstrek Premium vs. Limited trim levels is the standard Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) found with the Limited trim level.

The Lineartronic® CVT engine has no fixed gears as with other transmissions. This allows the transmission to constantly make adjustments based on performance by using a pulley system. As a result, you'll feel a smoother commute and be more likely to see a slight improvement in your vehicle's fuel efficiency on the highway.

While the performance and MPG specs of these two trims are different, there are some similarities. The main similarity is that both the Premium and Limited trim levels come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive-a system that balances the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels. This provides extra traction to help you navigate slippery terrain with ease.

Of course, if you want to optimize your vehicle's off-roading abilities, X-MODE® is what you need. This feature works to enhance your vehicle's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and reduces individual wheelspin. Subaru Limited drivers will have standard access to this feature while Premium drivers can upgrade to include this option.

Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Limited: Safety Features

Keeping you and your passengers safe is a top priority when deciding between trim levels. Thankfully, both Subaru Crosstrek trim levels come standard with select safety features, such as a Rear-Vision Camera and STARLINK® Safety and Security. These features help keep everyone on board as safe as possible.

STARLINK® Safety and Security includes:

  • Automatic Collision Notification
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Remote Lock/Unlock

Thanks to these features, you'll have assistance on your side in case of the unexpected.

That being said, if you're looking for safety features that may help prevent a collision, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is the system you're looking for. Coming standard on the Limited trim and optional on the Premium trim, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology includes features, like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering

Both the Premium and Limited trim levels are sure to help keep your family safe. However, if you want extra standard safety features, the Limited may be the way to go.

Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Limited: Interior Comfort Amenities

Between commuting to and from work, taking your kids to after-school activities, running errands, and your other daily travel requirements, you spend a lot of time behind the wheel. When you drive either the Subaru Crosstrek Premium or Limited trim, you'll have access to a variety of interior comfort amenities that will help you stay relaxed-even when you're stuck in traffic.

Trim Level



Climate System

Automatic climate control

Automatic climate control

Heated Front Seats



Upholstery Type

Cloth with orange stitching

Leather with orange stitching

Seat Adjustment



No matter which 2022 Subaru Crosstrek trim level you choose, you'll have access to a cabin that ensures you stay comfortable. The automatic climate control system comes standard on both trims. This feature lets you set and maintain your preferred temperature, similar to how the thermostat works in your home.

The automatic climate control system also includes voice-activated controls. That way, you never have to pull your attention away from the road to make climate adjustments. Plus, the standard heated front seats on both trim levels will help warm you up on those chilly New England nights or keep your muscles relaxed on long trips.

Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Limited: Infotainment Features

Having access to your favorite songs is the fastest way to boost the mood on your commute. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek makes this possible with the STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system, standardly offered on both trim levels. Features of this infotainment system include:

  • Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth®
  • SiriusXM® & SiriusXM® Travel Link®
  • AM/FM/CD player
  • USB ports

Simply plug in your smartphone to one of the USB ports to seamlessly sync your phone to your vehicle through Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™. Then your touchscreen display will transform into a familiar interface, allowing you to browse your phone's music library, contact list, and more without ever having to pick up your phone.

Six speakers are standard on both the Premium and Limited trim levels, so you and your passengers can hear your music crystal clear no matter where you sit. However, the Limited trim allows you to upgrade to eight speakers with the optional Harman Kardon® premium audio system.

The biggest difference between the infotainment features of the Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs. Limited is the size of the display screen. The Crosstrek Premium comes with a 6.5-inch display while the Limited comes with an 8-inch display.

Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Limited: The Verdict

With both vehicles offering exceptional features, the decision between the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs. Limited is different for every driver.

For that reason, we invite you to visit our team at Ira Subaru. We'll show you the Premium and Limited trims up close and explain in detail all the ways in which either one can improve your commutes around Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, Massachusetts.

To figure out which Subaru Crosstrek trim is right for you, visit our dealership today!

1 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.

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