2021 Subaru Crosstrek
Features & Specs
2021 Kia Seltos
Engine Power
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not available
Hybrid Option
Automatic climate control
Available on highest trim

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Kia Seltos

The crossover SUV class is filled to the brim with vehicles to choose from. This makes deciding on one seem next to impossible! At Reedman-Toll Subaru, we want to make the car-buying process as easy as possible. This is why we've taken two of the top-rated crossovers and put them head-to-head. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five amazing trim levels, a seemingly endless list of standard and available features, and three engine options, including the all-new 2.5L Boxer engine. The 2021 Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru EyeSight which includes forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and more! Keep reading as we take an in-depth look at the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Kia Seltos as they go head-to-head.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Power & Handling

The 2021 Crosstrek has three engine options available. The first engine comes under the hood of the Base and Premium trims. It is a 2.0L flat-four boxer engine that puts out 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque while getting a combined average of 30 MPG. The next engine is a 2.5L flat-four with 182 horsepower,176 lb-ft of torque, and a combined average of 29 MPG. The 2.5L engine is housed by the Sport and Limited trims. Last up is the Crosstrek Hybrid with a 2.0L flat-four engine paired with two electric motors. This provides 137 horsepower and 134 lb-ft of torque while getting 35 MPG in hybrid mode and 90 MPG in electric-only mode. The Crosstrek is rated to tow up to 1,700lbs. Of course, all Crosstrek models come out of the factory with Subaru's world-renowned symmetrical all-wheel drive. The Base and Premium trims come with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) while the Sport and Limited come exclusively with a CVT.

2021 Kia Seltos Power & Handling

While the Crosstrek has three available engines, including a hybrid option, the Seltos only has two. The standard engine is a 2.0L Inline-four cylinder engine that puts out a sluggish 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque and gets an average of 32 MPG. The second available engine is a 1.6L turbocharged I-4. This provides drivers with 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque while getting an average of 27 MPG. Except for the Seltos S, which has front-wheel drive with the option of all-wheel drive, all trim levels come with all-wheel drive. The 2.0L engine comes mated to a CVT transmission while the turbocharged engine pairs with a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Features & Design

Five trim levels make up the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek lineup. Kicking things off is the Base trim. This brings features like 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, roof rails, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, Subaru EyeSight driver aids, and a tilt/telescoping steering column. Next up is the Premium trim, this tacks on impressive features such as fog lights, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sport trim brings on water-repellent upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, a sport grille, and unique wheel arch moldings. The Limited and hybrid trims bring top-of-the-line features like black 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, leather upholstery, active LED headlights/fog lights, a power moonroof, blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and hill descent control.

2021 Kia Seltos Features & Design

There are also five trim levels for the 2021 Kia Seltos as well. Kicking off the lineup is the LX trim with features including a 2.0L engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration. Next is the S trim bringing on features such as roof rails, keyless entry, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and optional all-wheel drive. The S Turbo brings all the features of the S trim with the 1.6L turbocharged engine. The third trim is the EX that offers leather seating, a power sunroof, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat. Topping off the lineup is the SX trim. SX offers things like adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, automatic climate control, and keyless entry/push-button start.


While at first glance, these vehicles can seem like they're in pretty close competition, but after taking a closer look, it becomes clear that the Crosstrek is the definitive winner. With three amazing engine options, an extensive safety suite, and a comfortable interior, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is sure to please! If you're interested in getting behind the wheel of a new Crosstrek, come on down to Reedman-Toll Subaru to work with one of our sales professionals who will accompany you on a test drive. If you can't make it to the dealership, you can check out our full inventory right here on our website! We look forward to seeing you!

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