2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Consumer Review: They should make more cars lik

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek SUV - Consumer Review

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They should make more cars like this
By prometheus20 on


2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Got this car because I wanted a hatchback that can easily handle dirt and wintry roads. Also wanted a car that has good cargo space and is fun to drive. The XV makes great use of its space, especially with the seats folded down. The interior is simple but well constructed. The controls are intuitive. This car is fun to take through corners at a decent speed. Despite the 8.7inches of ground clearance, there's very little body roll. The suspension and traction on rough back roads is great. Acceleration is good from a stand still and adequate in the mid range. Not much torque so I frequently need to downshift for hills. Also, the engine is loud and revs high at highway speed.

Best Features

AWD, good handling, good MPG (getting slightly higher than official rating), Nice looking car, spacious cargo capacity for compact, fun to drive. The manual transmission model comes well equipped. The car comes with a good set of all season tires. I like the optional seat back covers. They help protect the otherwise soft material and they're easy to clean. Comfortable, supportive and roomy seats. The controls and the look of the interior are simple and uncluttered.

Worst Features

The optional mud guards are useless. They don't stop the rear of the car from getting sprayed. Could use a little more powerful/quieter engine. Larger digits and hash marks on the speedometer would be nice- no need to go all the way up to 140mph and cram in so many digits.
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