2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview
Subaru introduces a brand new model for 2013 dubbed the XV Crosstrek, which is quite a mouthful.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek replaces the Outback Sport as a rugged, compact option in Subaru’s lineup. It’s based on the Impreza hatchback, and even shares a wheelbase with the smaller car, which means that the length/width of the two cars are similar. However the XV Crosstrek adds extra ground clearance (8.4 inches, matching the Outback crossover) and additional cabin height which makes it a more formidable off-roader and more crossover than passenger car.
From the outside, the XV Crosstrek shares a lot of design cues with the Impreza; they are very much cut from the same cloth but the XV Crosstrek adds roof rails, unique 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and black underbody pieces that run along the wheels and down the sides.
Under the hood, the XV Crosstrek offers one engine option and a pair of transmissions. A 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine is joined to a five-speed manual or an optional CVT. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system is (predictably) standard. Fuel economy ratings are better with the CVT than the manual, 25/33 mpg city/highway with the CVT and 23/30 mpg city/highway with the manual.
Inside, the XV Crosstrek has a functional interior that doesn’t break any ground when it comes to style but is easy to use. With the rear seats folded, it offers 51.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The XV Crosstrek comes with an All-Weather package standard which adds heated front seats. Also standard are Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Options include automatic climate control, an upgraded stereo with HD radio and touchscreen, and leather upholstery. A power moonroof and a navigation system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen are standalone options.
Like all new Subarus, the XV Crosstrek comes with 3 years or 36,000 miles of 24-hour roadside assistance. Standard safety features include seven airbags, an electronic stability system, and all-disc antilock brakes.