2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview
- Rugged version of the Impreza hatchback
- Subaru’s EyeSight safety system is now available
- Rearview camera added to standard features
Back with a few updates for the new model year including new safety options and added standard equipment, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek enters its third year of production ready to tackle pavement and dirt alike.
The XV Crosstrek is based off of Subaru’s Impreza, sharing a wheelbase and many parts with the compact hatchback. The two have essentially the same width and length, but the XV Crosstrek adds height and increases ground clearance to 8.7-inches, which gives it increased capabilities when moving off the beaten path. 17-inch alloy wheels come standard, as do roof rails and a fog lights. Running along the lower part of the car is unique black underbody cladding which helps to further differentiate the XV Crosstrek from the Impreza.
Under the hood there is one engine choice, a 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT. A symmetrical all-wheel drive system comes standard (par for the course for Subaru). Fuel economy ratings are better with the CVT, at 25/33 mpg city/highway while the 5MT returns an estimated 23/30 mpg.
Inside, the XV Crosstrek gets some technology upgrades for 2015 including a new STARLINK multimedia system with a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen. It also incorporates HD radio, internet radio streaming via a smartphone, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. Higher trim levels receive a larger 7-inch screen with a navigation system that accepts voice commands optional. Cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and air conditioning are also standard.
Available safety features get a boost as well with Subaru’s EyeSight system offered on Premium and Limited trims. EyeSight utilizes forward facing cameras/sensors to power adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warnings. The system can also use the fog lights to provide extra illumination in the direction of a turn. Seven airbags, antilock brakes, a rearview camera, and an electronic stability system all come standard.