2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview
- Rugged hatchback version of the Impreza
- Added ground clearance for better off-road capability
- Also offered as a hybrid model (covered separately)
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is the more rugged relative of the Impreza, adding extra off-road capability to the compact hatchback.
The XV Crosstrek is based off of the Impreza platform, so it shares the same wheelbase and has nearly identical length/width except in one key area: ground clearance. The XV Crosstrek has been raised up to 8.4-inches of ground clearance which expands its off-road capabilities. It is also taller than the Impreza, giving it a slight crossover-type feel, more so than you would find in other wagons. Exterior styling is similar to the Impreza as well, but the XV Crosstrek adds roof rails, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, and distinctive black cladding along the underbody.
Under the hood, the XV Crosstrek features a 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an available CVT. This being a Subaru, a symmetrical all-wheel drive system is standard. Fuel economy ratings vary by transmission; CVT models get an estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway, while manual models return 23/30 mpg.
Inside, the XV Crosstrek doesn’t break any new ground. Standard features include cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. Also available are automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a navigation system.
The XV Crosstrek received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest designation. It comes with seven airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system standard.