2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
I have had mine for 6 months now having bought it in the midst of an upper Michigan blizzard. This is a really decent suv. Nice looking exterior. The lifted suspension and larger tires make a difference over the typical Impreza. Very good in snow, deep or packed. The interior is somewhat plain, but to be expected at this price point. Great solid seats with plenty of room for my 6'2" frame even in the backseat. Common sense controls work well. Limited cargo with the back seat up but a roof rack helps. Others complain about the power. This car is not slow. Its not a race car, but quick enough for traffic. Gas mileage has been great. I am averaging 27 city/highway and 37 highway which is great.
Snow performance, interior, looks, mileage. Paddle shifters are very cool. Very well optioned.
A turbo or a 2.5 engine for slightly more power with a load of passengers or cargo. CVT is smooth but there is a slight hesitation when putting the car in gear from park which takes a bit getting used to. Seems like it takes a second to engage from park to drive. Sound system if ok but gets a little tinny at high volumes. Subaru does appear to use thinner than average sheet metal on their cars so this one will ding up easier in parking lots. That was a problem on an older WRX I had. Easy to get door dings.
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