Most significant changes: New Sport trim level; new, more-powerful engine for higher trims (including Sport); available lane-centering steering; styling tweaks; different suspension tuning
Price change: $140 to $640 on gas-only Crosstrek for carryover trim levels; $240 on Crosstrek Hybrid
On sale: Now
Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? On the whole, the improvements to the 2021 are probably worth the increase in price, assuming you can’t find any substantial discounts on a leftover 2020 Crosstrek. And if you want the added power of the 2.5-liter engine, you’ll have to get a 2021 Sport or Limited trim. But shoppers would do well to compare the Crosstrek to its increasing number of competitors, as it recently relinquished its title of Best Affordable Small SUV in our judgment.