2024 Subaru Crosstrek Vs. Compare Kia Seltos 2024
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek gets a redesign that gives it a more supple suspension, a quieter cabin, a stiffer chassis, more available tech features, and updated safety aids. A new model called Wilderness also joins the lineup for 2024. It makes Subaru’s adventure-seeking small SUV even more capable off-road.
Despite everything new, the 2024 Crosstrek remains the same SUV that Subaru fans have come to love. It’s no wonder the affordable Crosstrek is one of the brand’s best-selling products.
Not to be outdone, the Kia Seltos has been updated for 2024. In addition to a modern dual-screen dashboard setup and subtle exterior tweaks to the lighting and grille, the 2024 Kia Seltos gets new alloy wheel designs and, surprise new, rugged-looking Air Driving trim The divorce. Called the X-Line, it sits in the middle of the Seltos lineup and comes standard with the turbo engine.
Let’s explore the highlights of the redesigned Subaru Crosstrek and Kia Seltos.
2024 Subaru Crosstrek
The 2024 Crosstrek is the third generation of Subaru’s small SUV, and pricing starts at $25,195. Five trims are offered: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Wilderness. The base and Premium models are powered by a 152-hp 2.0-liter flat-4. Sport, Limited, and Wilderness all get a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard, as is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The most prominent features of the Subaru Crosstrek
Off-road credentials: Figuring out exactly what to call a Crosstrek is a challenge. Technically it’s a small SUV. But in our eyes, you can easily call it a high-riding wagon. Whatever the sticker, having standard AWD and class-leading ground clearance gives the Crosstrek better off-road credentials than any other similarly sized SUV (or wagon or whatever!).
Standard and available cabin technology: Affordability is a key element of the Crosstrek formula, but standard and available features aren’t limited to some annoying accounting department. The base Crosstrek features dual 7-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and dual-zone climate control. All 2024 Subaru Crosstreks also benefit from new front seats with added padding and support.
Technological touches: Just one trim level above the base Crosstrek, you get a beautiful 11.6-inch touchscreen that takes pride of place in the center of the dashboard. Additional features with this system include more front and rear USB ports, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Check out this week’s Fair Buy Price or see Crosstrek models for sale near you.
Kia Seltos 2024
With the addition of the new X-Line, the 2024 Kia Seltos is available in five trim levels: LX, S, EX, X-Line, and SX. The three lesser models feature a 146-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a CVT transmission. X-Line and SX models get a more powerful 195-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission that’s new for model year 2024. The base LX model with AWD is $24,390. At $28,690, the X-Line represents the most affordable way to get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It comes with black exterior trim, heated front seats, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
Kia Seltos features
Panoramic infotainment display: The new instrument panel, with a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, looks great and works great. This sleek system is standard on all entry-level LX Seltos.
Passenger and cargo space: The Seltos is small but certainly not cramped. This is important for SUV shoppers who want something affordable and convenient for people, cargo, or both. With 38 inches of rear legroom and 26.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats, the Seltos surprises us with its abundant interior space.
X line trim: Think of the X-Line as a racy version of the Seltos designed for better dirt-road performance. Its main attraction is the more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, although additions like gloss black alloy wheels, a thicker roof rack, lower skid plate, and metallic-colored grille add (slightly) solidity to the huggable Seltos.
Check this week’s Fair Buy Price or see Seltos models for sale near you.
The Subaru Crosstrek and Kia Seltos are compelling options in the subcompact SUV segment. Both have base 2.0-liter engines that work similarly with CVT transmissions, and both are available with upgraded engines that provide more power. Both have similar base prices, and both are also rated by the EPA at up to 29 mpg with all-wheel drive.
We’ve always liked the adventurous spirit—and affordability—of the Subaru Crosstrek. However, the same also applies to the Seltos, which isn’t exactly adventurous but is a multiple-time KBB Best Buy award winner.
Despite their compact dimensions, each has rear seats suitable for adults. Both the Crosstrek and Seltos also come standard with driver aids such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
This is a see-saw battle. Both the Crosstrek and Seltos have key advantages.
Working in the Crosstrek’s favor is standard AWD and better off-road ability. It also has a slightly stronger resale value.
The Seltos counters with its peppy turbo engine option, better exterior looks, and more cargo space than you’ll find in the Crosstrek. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the great coverage Kia offers, highlighted by an impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
If you’re planning to visit, say, a remote mine in the Mojave or a favorite fishing spot 10 miles up a bumpy dirt road, we’ll take the Crosstrek. However, for life spent on paved surfaces, it’s hard to beat the more refined Seltos, with its larger cargo compartment.
|2024 Subaru Crosstrek
|Kia Seltos 2024
|2.0 liter flat 4
|2.0 liter 4 cylinder
|152 hp at 6000 rpm
|146 hp at 6200 rpm
|145 lb-ft at 4000 rpm
|132 lb-ft at 4500 rpm
|27 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined
|28 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined
|2.5 liter flat 4
|Turbo 1.6 liter 4 cylinder, 8-speed automatic; SUV
|3 years/36,000 miles
|5 years/60,000 miles
|5 years/60,000 miles
|10 years/100,000 miles
|NHTSA Public Safety
|Maximum seating capacity
|Height, second row
|Legroom, second row
|Shoulder room, front
|Shoulder room, second row
|19.9 cubic feet
|26.6 cubic feet