Posted Jan 20th 2013 6:43PM
The new XV Crosstrek was conceived as a way for Subaru to capitalize on the trend, its tidy dimensions making it ideal for tight European roads. As seems to be the case with most new Subaru products, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek isn’t going to win any beauty pageants. It borrows all of its bodywork from the lower-slung Impreza five-door, but the addition of the new ride height does much to improve the vehicle’s presence on the road. He might level the same barb at the XV’s engineers, as the model is really just a lifted Impreza hatchback with new bumpers, some fender cladding, and unique wheels. In here, it will be known as the XV Crosstrek.
Down the side, onlookers can’t help but notice the chunky 17-inch alloy wheels with their geometric design and black painted accents. Those bits are standard across the board, and help make room for lager brakes up front. The 2013 XV Crosstrek wears bulky plastic fender flares and rockers that do a good job of protecting the paint against slung gravel and careless ingress.
As for other features of the Subaru XV Crosstrek, the following: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Raised roof rails, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Available Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and its electronically-managed continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch.
The XV Crosstrek’s interior being identical to the Impreza hatch’s, it packs the same 23 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up. Fold them down and that number swells to 51.9 cubes. Make no mistake, though, the XV is on the small end of the CUV spectrum. The Escape, CX-5 and Compass all outdo this little Subaru on the cargo capacity front. Here, the Forester has a clear lead, with 34 cubes. The larger car also betters the XV’s passenger space, with two more cubic feet up front and a significant eight more – 49 to 41 – in the back. The dashboard was made of a nice soft-touch material with a cowling over the 4-inch display at the very top for ambient temperature and mile-per-gallon averages.
Everything else about the interior, including rear seat entry, exit and legroom, we find to be pretty nice – with the exception of the front seats. We had a tough time locating a good driving position from the mushy seats. Global XV Crosstreks get a much niftier multi-meter display, but we only get a simple trip computer.
The following are the features that exist on the interiors XV Crosstrek: Flexible cargo area, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity, Available power tilt/sliding moonroof, Available voice-activated GPS navigation, and 6-speaker audio system with available SirusXM™ Satellite Radio.
Performace and Efficiency XV Crosstrek
The Subaru XV Crosstrek is stuck with the same 2.0-liter DOHC SUBARU BOXER® engine four-cylinder that powers the base Impreza. At 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, the little engine is clearly taxed shuffling the 3,164-pound hatchback around town. To darken those waters even further, our tester came with a continuously variable transmission. There are plenty of manufacturers building excellent continuously variable gearboxes these days, but rest assured Subaru is not one of them. It will take you more than 10 seconds to get to 60 mph on any sort of grade, which requires a certain amount of foresight in traffic and while merging onto the interstate. We’ve driven compact cars that feel more confident playing with others on the road.
The all-wheel-drive system typically splits power between the front and rear axles, but it can apportion 100 percent of the grunt to the rear wheels when needed. Even fitted with every option, our tester tips the scales at about 3,200 lbs., which helped it achieve a remarkably good 30 mpg average during our testing. That’s some serious haymaking since the EPA’s 25 MPG city – 33 MPG highway rating (and 28 mpg combined).
The Insurance Institute for main road Safety deemed the 2013 XV Crosstrek a high Safety choose, reflective top ratings of excellent in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, a roof-strength take a look at designed to measure protection throughout a change and an assessment of neck protection throughout rear-impact collisions.
Standard safety options include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, that are needed on new vehicles as of the 2012 model year. Additionally standard are side-impact airbags for the front seats, facet curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. A backup camera is optional .
So, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium starting at $21,995 plus a $795 destination fee for the base Crosstrek, and 2.0i Limited starting at $24,495 before getting optioned up with the Navigation and Moonroof Package for a grand total of $27,290 delivered.