2013 XV Crosstrek review

The XV Crosstrek is an all new crossover from the house of Japanese automaker Subaru and it is a matchless and high profile urban dirt runner. The all new 2013 XV Crosstrek is built on the same platform on the Impreza platform. As the new Crosstrek built on the same formula of the Impreza series and so we can expect another well appointed and performance efficient to hatch. In other words the new XV Crosstrek is a refined version of the Impreza with additional wheel capability and upgraded suspension for off-road performance. The Americans are in love with crossovers and so in the form of the new XV Crosstrek they had another best option to consider at the time of purchase.

 

Crosstrek

Styling, Trims and Specifications

The fully redesigned Imprezia or an all new XV Crosstrek is a five passenger, five door hatchback/wagon is offered in two trims, a 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited.

The exterior look and styling of the new XV Crosstrek is just like the traditional compact crossovers but is a bit more refined, aggressive and dynamic. The front is complimented with Subaru’s benchmark hexagonal grille, a set of hawk-eye headlamps and rolls out over unique 17 inch star fish alloy wheels. Other exterior features include roof rails, windshield wiper de-icer and heated sideview mirror. The 2.0i Limited trim adds automatic headlamps.

Length 175.2 Inches
Width 70.1 Inches
Height 61.8 Inches
Wheelbase 103.7 Inches
Curb Weight 3050-3100 lbs

Inside the 2013 XV Crosstrek the Subaru’s engineers tried their level best to design the interior to deliver utmost comfort, convenience and entertainment. The interior is quite spacious that easily accommodate five adults and 22.3 cubic ft cargo area extendable to 51.9 cubic ft.

 

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The standard interior features on the 2.0i Premium are full power accessories, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, 60/40 split folding rear seat, heated front seats, a six speaker audio system with a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB ports and auxiliary audio jack. The 2.0i Limited also adds automatic climate control, 4.3 inch LCD with the same audio system, rearview camera and leather upholstery. Some optional features are also available for both the trims.

Safety Features

Standard safety features on the XV Crosstrek include front side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbags, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control.

Under the Hood

At the heart of the Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013, a horizontally opposed 2.0 liter four cylinder boxer engine that outputs 148 horsepower and 145 lb ft of torque. Power sent to the all wheels via a standard five speed manual transmission. A CVT paired with a unique all wheel drive system is optional.

The estimated fuel economy of the XV Crosstrek is 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with standard transmission. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds with a top speed up to 122 mph.

Pricing and Availability

The new 2.0i Premium is priced at $21,995 and the 2.0i Limited is priced at $24,495 and the car is available for sale.

Pros

  • Standard AWD
  • Roomy cabin
  • Strong off-road capability
  • Fuel economy
  • Excellent safety scores

Cons

  • Some low level interior materials
  • Restrictive infotainment system
  • Slow acceleration

The Verdict

The all new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a nice and the comparatively strong addition to the segment of crossover that is built on the same well known and performance efficient platform. This will make the decision making process for potential buyers a bit more difficult as they have now another very decent crossover to consider before fininalizing any model.

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