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8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By sholescurtis
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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Since this is my first Subaru, I feel I may not have a good understanding of what to expect. I am quite disappointed by the car after only having it about six weeks. I am barely getting 20 mpg, far less than advertised, and one of the major reasons I purchased this car. I do find the engine extremely loud and bothersome but again, this may be characteristic of a Subaru? I feel it definitely lacks power but I was willing to sacrifice that for decent mpg, which is why I am frustrated beyond belief. I would seriously reconsider purchasing another and yet I realize that anyone I know that's owned a Subaru, loves them.


Favorite Features

great body styling, lots of features for the price


Suggested Improvements

consisitent mpg, option of bigger engine or turbo, more aggressive tires


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Zippy
5 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By saintcase
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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I am really enjoying my new Crosstrek Subaru. Never had one before, and hopefully won't be the last. Really liked working with Steve Lewis Subaru, and they gave us a better deal than the other ones in the area. Would definetly recommend this new vehicle and Steve Lewis Subaru.


Favorite Features

The smaller version of the SUV Fun to drive easy to drive love the way it handles Small enough yet big enough for all my things sporty looking


Suggested Improvements

Different wheel/tire covers--don't like the looks of them, and in different car colors, they tend to look different--stick out too much. Too much "red" for all of the instruments-would like to have some blue-easier on the eyes.


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Awesome car for the price
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By merliech1
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought my XV Crosstrek in November of last year and have now driven it over 5400 miles. I am averaging 28.8 mpg currently and drive about 1/2 and 1/2 on city roads and highways. I love how comfortable the car is, love the cvt transmission which is nice and smooth, love the overall style of the car and love how it handles in the snow. I also upgraded the speakers and added the subwoofer. Absolutely amazing sound. Paid about $25k for the car and definitely feel I got my money's worth. I previously owned a 2003 Forester. Purchased the XV Crosstrek for the improved gas mileage. I honestly believe that I will be a life-long Subaru owner.


Favorite Features

AWD, bluetooth enabled, upgraded speakers and subwoofer, very comfortable seating, great handling, heated seats.


Suggested Improvements

I don't particularly care for the placement of the power buttons for the heated seats. With the seat up further, since I am short, I have to reach backwards to get at the buttons. Other than that, the subwoofer is huge and had to be mounted in the hatch, which ended up using quite a bit of cargo space.


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First Subaru
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By ron_in_dg
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought my Crosstrek through Edmunds web site; this required me to go pretty far afield - I live in IL but the dealer is located in WI. It was worth the trip to save the money. None of the local dealers would negotiate price at all. I got pretty much exactly what I wanted (plus the optional fancy rear view mirror and the all season floor mats) the first week the vehicle was available. LOVE the car. It is a lot peppier than I was expecting based on the reviews I had read. It is great in the snow. I've got about 4400 miles on it so far. Ask me again in 10 years how it's doing.


Favorite Features

I love the screen info on songs and artists, the computer info on mpg and time and mph.


Suggested Improvements

A little more trunk space would be good.


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Return of the rough rider
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By rivernsnow
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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3 or 4 stars, but am giving it the benefit of the doubt. Only had it a couple weeks. The engine has plenty of zip. The CVT noise is only noticable if you floor it, which isn't needed to get quick acceloration. Corners and holds the road really well. Getting 26 MPG all around which is low for my 40 mile RT city/hwy commute. I'll wait till it's broken to see if it gets the advertised 28 MPG all around. Styling inside and out is nice. Front seats are quite comfy. The back seats not so much which accent the abrupt or jerky ride. That's my biggest issue. Annoying even over modestly rough surfaces. Rougher than most of the other small/ midsize SUV's I drove. Subaru needs to work on this .


Favorite Features

Overall value for the dollar. Heated seats. Mileage, if after break-in it gets advertised mileage. Good leg room and head room ,both front and back seats


Suggested Improvements

Don't locate USD and audio plug in bottom rear of center compartment where dirt can clog them or something short out the USB. Move them higher up and to the front so stuff doesn't lay on them. Add a slide cover. Removeable liners for cup holders. Have 6" touch screen / radio with backup camera option on Premium instead of only offering it only as a small screen built into rearview mirror. Lower profile radio antenna that doesn't interfere with loading kayaks, SUP's & surfboards on crossbars Better quality sound system. Overhead or dash stash compartment for glasses


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Interior options
8 of 37 people found this review helpful
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By carscientious
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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The Crosstrek "limited" offers only two stereo head units-the standard unit w/o Satellite capability and the NAV system with SAT. As satellite users for several years, we made a dreadful mistake in buying this SUV without making sure the "Limited" version had SAT. Adding a mobile car unit is "cheesy" and takes up more room especially if you have a "Garmin" on the dash. An aftermarket unit can be quite pricey and can range $500-$1800 including installation. Our local Subaru dealer quoted $4500 for a new Subaru factory NAV system if available and requiring a new antenna if wiring is possible. Would have given up leather seats for cloth in order to get SAT. :-(


Favorite Features

Just owned for three months, but so far Just fine for the purpose purchased including: AWD for snow, gas mileage, handling, adequate power and acceleration, smaller and less expensive than Outback alternative as a second car.


Suggested Improvements

Obviously SAT in every head unit with using only one AM/FM/SAT antenna. Leave it up to the purchaser to subscribe to Sirius/XM! Improved backup camera for image quality and better position for keeping it clean. Overhead Sunglass holder, optional electric 6-8 seats. iPod/iPhone power/aux inputs in storage under dashboard. Currently, the inputs are in bottom of the console and awkward/difficult for access. Devise a way for the rear folding seats to lay flat. Otherwise, very pleased with the vehicle!


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Great Ride!
65 of 114 people found this review helpful
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By greendesignguy
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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So, we have owned our Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited (Crystal Black Silica/Ivory Leather, Pop Package #1, Moonroof, and Navigation) for about a month now. This vehicle is very difficult to find, and we would have had ours earlier had we not had to wait for it to arrive at the dealer. It was also actually very difficult to find one to test drive, and we ultimately ended up testing out a demo version. I will start with the items I find to be an issue, and then talk about the stuff I love. First, as most have said, the vehicle lacks a little bit of power from the 40mph-60mph range, which is basically when you get on an interstate or highway. This is somewhat mitigated through use of the paddle shifters (which can actually be quite fun, but I use them sparingly). The acceleration is just fine otherwise. Starts smoothly and quickly from a stop and accelerates quickly and smoothly once you are already up to speed as in passing situations. The second item that is probably only an issue for me so it is really more of an annoyance and probably won't both many others is the way the dashboard cuts back to the passenger. I am fairly tall (6'-7") and I fit really well on the driverís side. Plenty of legroom compared to a lot of vehicles in this range. The problem is that when I am a passenger my right knee does not touch the dash when the seat is all the way back, but the dash swoops back towards the passenger at the center console which jams my left knee into it. It is not a big deal on short trips, but I have a feeling I will be doing all of the driving on the long trips. And again, this will only be an issue if you are my height. I would say anyone over 6'-4" to check it out first to see if it bothers you. Those are my only complaints, and quite honestly, they are not all that big of a deal. On to the great stuff. First, the XV Crosstrek has a wonderfully solid ride and handles impeccably. We have owned many other small SUV/CUV vehicles and this one handles like a sports car compared to most of them. I would even go as far to say that it is better than the Acura crossover that we had for about a year. Next, the AWD works like a champ. Traveling for the holidays we were mostly driving through snow and ice, and this thing felt like it was magnetized to the road. On top of that, we were loaded down with two people, a large dog, all of our luggage and Christmas gifts driving in crappy, high wind weather and we still got 30 mpg. When it is just I or my wife driving in normal conditions we average that for both city and highway driving. I have to say this is one of the things that brought me to Subaru in the first place, great gas mileage on an AWD vehicle, and it has more than exceeded my expectations. All of the features of the vehicle are very nice (Moonroof, voice activated Navigation, backup camera etc.) , and I have found the leather interior to feel like it is of very high quality. The other interior finishes are also on par and even the plastics have a soft tactile feel to them. The interior design is simple, which is nice because it does not feel cluttered like a lot of vehicles today. One tech item I wish was part of the vehicle though is a read out of tire pressures. It has a tire pressure monitor/warning system, but nothing that tells you what the pressure currently is. We had this in another vehicle of ours and found it to be a functional and useful tool. On the exterior, I love the rugged yet refined look that the vehicle has from its added height, modified bumpers and especially the rims. Can't say enough how cool the rims are. Finally, a couple of other things to mention I would like to mention. First, the way the engine compartment is setup it will make it very easy to do routine maintenance if that is your thing. I will probably change our own oil and air filter as required. Second, while many dealers are not open to dealing on this vehicle, if you play your cards right, you can still get a deal as some dealers are open to dealing on the price. The biggest suggestion would be to make the dealers compete against one another and don't set foot into the dealership to finalize the deal until you have a price locked from email or phone communication. Doing so allowed us to get our Crosstrek ($28,200 MSRP) for $24,300, which makes for an incredible value on this vehicle. I hope that this review helps anyone that is interested in this vehicle. We really do love this car and could not be happier with it.


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Fun & Economical
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By pete141
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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Am new to the Subaru line - was intrigued by the looks of the Crosstrek. Didn't look like a station wagon or any of the other suv-ish crossovers out on the market today. Lots of pick-up when accelerating onto the highway & changing lanes-enough for my needs anyways. Highway ride is smooth. Have not had to fill the tank yet so can't comment on the gas mileage - although am hoping that it comes in around the advertised 25-28 range for mostly city driving. The AWD did well in the recent wintry mix of a few inches. Never lost traction and went up hills with no problems at all.


Favorite Features

The body styling. The all-weather mats are great! Heated seats on this work exceptionally fast also. Nice feature in a $23K vehicle that does not have leather seats and is not categorized as a luxury vehicle.


Suggested Improvements

The switch for the heated seats is in an awkward place. Would be better if it could be moved further up the console. Also the USB port is in an awkward place too. You have to turn yourself 180 degrees & backwards to see what you're doing.


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Love my new Subaru XV
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By stickybutfun
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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Finally got my Orange Subaru last week. Put 700 miles on it already and loving it. Sometimes I don't know what people want when they say it lacks power. We can only go so fast going from point A to point B. I rather pick a car that gets me 30mpg than go 0-60 in 4 secs. Less MPG= More use of natural resources= bad for environment. Let's hope gas prices doesn't go up to $6 then you will see what I'm talking about. For those that want more power get a sports car, not a practical family car. Car rides smooth, handles great and most importantly gets great gas mileage for a crossover. So far, it is a great car with great styling.


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Fits the Bill!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By tinycadon
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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bought the cvt premium with moonroof 12/22/12, waited until Mayan apocalypse was over! I'm 6'4" and have plenty of legroom & even with the moonroof still had enough headroom. not the fastest vehicle on the road, but plenty of power to get it moving, merging or passing on the highway, just need to punch it. road noise isn't as bad as consumer reports describes, not sure what they're comparing it to? gas mileage pretty good right out the gate, 28mpgs on 380mi trip doing 70-80 with fully loaded car and only 100 miles on it at start. pretty impressed so far.


Favorite Features

versatility for loading cargo. peppy even with only 148hp. visibility out front, sides & back is excellent. mpgs & driving range. easy to maneuver & parallel park in the city (big points for this). front seats comfortable. good amount of storage nooks & crannies up front. doors open almost 90degrees from frame. easy getting in & out.


Suggested Improvements

having reserve power to close windows after shutting the engine off, have to turn key to power back up, fairly standard stuff now. engine is very loud when you have to floor it & will hold on to high rpms than most people are used to. other than that, not much to complain about.


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