2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek SUV

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is definitely a very unique vehicle in the current market. However this may or might not be in the top of the field when it comes to SUVs.
How ever Subaru has come up with solutions for some odd problems, such as unlike traditional crossover SUV’s like Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape which feel macho and unlike the Subaru Impreza which feel vanilla the Subaru XV Crosstrek could be our ideal car.

Introduction

The XV Crosstrek is the descendent of the Outback Sport; however it succeeds with enhanced capabilities for “off-road”ing than its predecessor. With the lifted suspension and bigger tiers the Crosstrek stands 4.1 inches higher than the old Impreza.

The 2.0 liter four cylinders generated 148 horsepower and 145 pound feet of torque. The standard issue comes with a five speed manual transmission system. The model that comes with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) has options for four wheel driving and a center differential similar to clutch which is able to direct torque to the front wheels or the back wheels heavily.

The ground clearance of the Crosstrek is an impressive 8.7 inches which is a definite improvement over its rivals Toyota and RAV4.

Driving feel

The XV’s torque distribution systems comes in very handy when handling rough terrain, many instances where its rivals would be in a wheel spin situation the XV was able to negotiate with ease.  However the wheel spin is achievable when required by turning off the ESC. However when driving the CVT model of the Crosstrek the engine roars loudly when accelerating to freeway speeds.

The steering of the XV is neither smooth nor numb even with the electrical assistance with power steering. In this respect the older Impreza clearly surpasses the Crosstrek.

Power and Performance

Crosstrek is capable of a 0 to 60 time of 9.9 seconds, and completing a quarter mile drag time of 17.3 seconds reaching a speed of 79.6 mph. However this is not very impressive compared to its rival Honda CR-V which does 0 to 60 in 9.4 and completes the quarter mile drag race in 16.8 seconds.

Most of the SUV’s take roughly 125 – 130 feet to come to a standstill from 60 mph. In this respect the Crosstrek is not much different with a 60 to standstill distance of 126 feet.

When considering the fuel economy the XV shows figures of roughly 26.5 mpg. In city travel the ratings are 25 mpg, in highway 33 mpg and average of 28 mpg. This is easily better than its rivals RAV4 and Toyota which has values of 23.6 mpg and 27.7 respectively.

 

Interior

The interior look and feel is very similar to the Impreza. Heated leather seats and automatic climate control are special features available in limited models. The Crosstrek is equipped with a 4.3 inch LCD screen display with navigation and a rearview camera.

The rear seats are spacious enough to accommodate large adults well over 6 feet. The rear seats are foldable creating more cargo space up to 51.9 cubic feet. However this is quite less than the RAV4’s 73.4 cubic feet.

Summary

The strong point in the Subaru XV Crosstrek is its price range, at $27,290 the Crosstrek is thousands below its similar rivals. However the replacement of RAV4 or Toyota with a Crosstrek is questionable with the following factors; your need for extra luggage space and your need of extra visibility by the ride height. Therefore the Subaru XV feels like the funky off-roader which is an affordable solution for many situations.

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