Used 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Pros

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • superior off-road capabilities
  • spacious cabin
  • crossover utility in a compact, fuel-efficient package.

Cons

  • Sluggish midrange power
  • transmission drones under load
  • restrictive infotainment system.

Used 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek for Sale

Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
55,541 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
(1)
Koons Tysons Toyota
14.8 mi away
List$16,904
Est.Loan: $308/mo
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited in Blue, BLUETOOTH, BARELY USED, BACKUP CAMERA, LEATHER INTERIOR, MOONROOF, NAVIGATION, LOCALLY OWNED. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
36,076 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
Alfa Romeo of Tyson's
15.3 mi away
List$16,991
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
91,691 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
(10)
Fitzgerald Subaru of Gaithersburg
16.9 mi away
List$14,683
Est.Loan: $274/mo
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"Marine Blue Pearl 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited AWD Lineartronic CVT 2.0L 16V DOHC Bluetooth
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
60,004 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
(3)
Fitzgerald Subaru
20.2 mi away
List$17,583
Est.Loan: $320/mo
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2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV--Silver--Call for details 301-881-4000
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
17,397 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
(2)
Koons Ford of Falls Church
20.7 mi away
List$20,295
Est.Loan: $370/mo
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Outstanding design defines the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek! This vehicle shines in its off-road ability while forging a new path toward value, efficiency and flexibility! It includes heated seats, adjustable headrests in all seating positions, air conditioning, and cruise control. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the efficient 4 cylinder engine, and all wheel drive keeps this model firmly attached to the road surface. We have a skilled and knowledgeable sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers needs. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Come on in and take a test drive! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
74,795 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
(2)
Volvo Cars Silver Spring
29 mi away
List$15,396
Est.Loan: $281/mo
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
50,619 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
Laurel DriveTime
35.8 mi away
List$17,197
Est.Loan: $313/mo
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GENIUS TOOLS & VEHICLE BENEFITS: Experience the Genius Way to Buy a Car at DriveTime with true online financing terms, no haggle pricing and a pressure free sales experience. Every vehicle at DriveTime is inspected prior to arriving on the lot and comes complete with a 5-Day vehicle return policy, 30 Day/1500 Mile Limited Warranty. DriveTime vehicles also include a FREE AutoCheck History Report plus an extensive list of vehicle features and safety information. With over 14,000 used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs nationwide, we have the vehicle you�ve been dreaming of! Note: Price excludes taxes and finance charges, and may exclude doc fees up to $299 and other applicable fees (where allowed by state law).
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
59,697 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
(9)
Caspian Auto Sales
36.7 mi away
List$14,384
Est.Loan: $269/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
45,517 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
Sharrett Subaru
40.3 mi away
List$15,989
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Internet Deal on this family-friendly 2.0i Limited.. All Wheel Drive!!!AWD*** Includes a CARFAX buyback guarantee* Set down the mouse because this smooth XV Crosstrek is the SUV you've been thirsting for*** Why pay more for less? Price lowered! SAVE AT THE PUMP!!! 33 MPG Hwy! Very Low Mileage: LESS THAN 46k miles*** Awesome!! Optional equipment includes: Popular Package #1, Aero Cross Bar Set, Rear Cargo Net...Standard features include: Leather seats, Bluetooth, Remote power door locks, Power windows with 1 one-touch, Heated drivers seat, CVT Transmission, 4-wheel ABS brakes, Air conditioning with climate control, Cruise control, Audio controls on steering wheel, Traction control - ABS and driveline, Heated passenger seat, Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row, Passenger Airbag, 148 hp horsepower, 2 liter flat 4 cylinder DOHC engine, Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate, Power heated mirrors, Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 4 Doors, All-wheel drive, Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 33 and EPA city (mpg): 25, Exterior Parking Camera - Rear camera only, Front fog/driving lights, Tachometer, External temperature display, Heated Windshield Washer Jets - Wiper park, Clock - In-dash, Rear bench seats, Intermittent window wipers, Rear spoiler - Lip, Rear wiper, Speed-proportional power steering, Transmission controls on steering wheel - Gear shift controls, Trip computer, Video Monitor Location - Front, Climate controlled - Driver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback, Front seat type - Bucket...
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
67,020 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
Ourisman of Waldorf Volkswagen
41.8 mi away
List$12,954
Est.Loan: $242/mo
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
47,724 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
(1)
Hampstead Pre-Owned
52.2 mi away
List$15,985
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Happy customers, Quality cars, Better prices, That is Hampstead Pre Owned. We eliminate all the anxiety and frustration of purchasing a used car by following the golden rule of treating others the way we would want to be treated. This company was founded on three simple principles: The first and and most important is that we never put profits before our customers. We have always and will always put our customers satisfaction before anything and everything else, no exception. Second, We put every car through a rigorous pre-sale check which far surpasses any state inspection required by law to absolutely ensure that you always get a safe and reliable vehicle , also every pre owned vehicle here comes with a complementary warranty, and our unprecedented 7 day exchange. Third, we use the most current pricing applications and programs to analyze each vehicle and compare them to the current market price to ensure you never over pay. Please take a moment to read our reviews and see what our customers have to say about us. We are a pre owned dealership with old fashioned values, building an amazing reputation one deal at a time.
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
90,588 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
(1)
Anderson Buick GMC
54.4 mi away
List$12,540
Est.Loan: $234/mo
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$300 Below Market
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NEW CAR TRADE IN, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, ANTI-LOCK BRAKING, TRACTION CONTROL,ALLOY WHEELS, KEYLESS ENTRY, HEATED SEATS, FOG LIGHTS, MP3 PLAYER, CLEAN CARFAX, AND A LOT MORE. Find your next ride and get a great deal at Anderson Honda in Cockeysville, MD. 33/25 Highway/City MPG Dark Gray Metallic Subaru 2013 2.0i Premium XV Crosstrek Lineartronic CVT 2.0L 16V DOHC AWD 25/33mpg Complimentary Wi-Fi and Shuttle Service Comfortable waiting area with complimentary Continental Breakfast 24 Hour Online Service Scheduling Large selection with over $10 million in inventory Staff that is actively involved in the community Best truck technicians in Baltimore County Over 300 years in service experience Huge selection of parts and accessories, to maintain and customize your vehicle We would like to thank you for visiting our website and considering us for the purchase of your next new or pre-owned vehicle. It is our goal to provide you with an excellent purchase and ownership experience. Anderson is not a new automotive name in the Baltimore area but Anderson Buick GMC, located at 10125 York Road, are relatively new to the Cockeysville/Hunt Valley area. As a family-owned dealership we offer special benefits to our customers. Awards: * 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
62,865 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
(1)
Reynolds Subaru
63.8 mi away
List$14,356
Est.Loan: $268/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
50,505 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
(2)
Jones Junction Used Cars
67.6 mi away
List$16,998
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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This 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is in perfect condition and just passed a Maryland State Inspection where we completed an oil and filter change, replaced the wiper blades, replaced rear brake pads, resurfaced the rear brake rotors, mount and balanced two new tires, replaced the cabin air filter, and replaced the air filter. Its well equipped with a backup camera, heated leather seats, power windows, power locks, bluetooth, cruise control, an owners manual plus so much more! JONES CERTIFIED USED CAR DETAIL: -Qualifies for Jones for Life Program -30 day/1000 mile Limited Warranty with $0 Deductible -Free Carfax Report -155 Point Inspection -Jones Inspection exceeds Maryland's minimum requirements -Thorough Interior and Exterior Detail -Factory Trained Technician -Checked for Factory Recalls -Clean Title. Jones Junction is proud to announce that 2018 marks their 101st consecutive year as a family-run automotive business serving the Harford County and surrounding Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware communities. The Jones family believes their success lies in focU dedication to hard work and integrity. Their goal is not simply to sell a car; it is to create a lifelong partnership with their customers. All prices plus Taxes, Tags, and $300 Dealer Processing fee, not required by law, Feel free to visit us at WWW.JONESJUNCTION.COM, or come by today at 1713 Harford Rd Fallston, MD. 21047. Awards: * 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
114,239 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Limited
CarMax
87.2 mi away
List$14,998
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NC, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in PA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $118 Document Preparation Charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Leased Vehicle
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
25,970 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
CarMax
94.5 mi away
List$19,998
Est.Loan: $364/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NC, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in PA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $118 Document Preparation Charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
11,011 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
(2)
Farrish Subaru
15.6 mi away
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
112,783 miles
Used 2013
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
Renn Kirby Kia
58.4 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a chiseled urban dirt runner based on the steady Impreza platform.

vehicle overview

The formula will probably seem familiar. Americans like crossovers, so an automaker takes one of its core car models, raises the suspension and adds some body cladding. Subaru has done this successfully with its Outback series, so it's no surprise that the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is built using the same formula. The Crosstrek is essentially an Impreza hatchback with additional wheel travel and refined suspension tuning for off-road or broken-pavement midtown adventures.

Based on the fully redesigned Impreza that debuted last year, the XV Crosstrek offers the same 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder that generates 148 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, and the XV Crosstrek offers a choice of a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). But Subaru wants us to think of the XV not as an Impreza variant, but as its own model (even though it will be called "Impreza XV" in other world markets).

That's a fair request. The XV Crosstrek rides 3 inches higher, to begin with. Key suspension points and components are beefed up to handle additional abuse. And with its black cladding and alloy wheels, the XV certainly looks able to withstand minor scrapes with branches and rocks. Inside, the cabin is geared toward utility and function, with minimal frills. Quality materials, comfortable seats and a quiet highway ride, however, keep the Crosstrek competitive with benchmark compact sedans.

Its combination of all-wheel drive, cargo space and fuel efficiency make the XV Crosstrek unique in its class. The Nissan Juke is also a compact all-wheel-drive crossover that's more fun to drive, but comes up much shorter on cargo space and versatility. Same goes for the Mini Cooper Countryman, which costs more but outshines the Crosstrek on style points. Only the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets near the Crosstrek with its combination of ground clearance and a cavernous hatch area. Of the two, we think the Subaru is a better all-around package.

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek configurations

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a five-passenger crossover available in 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trim levels. Standard equipment on the 2.0i Premium includes 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, USB port and auxiliary jack.

Options for the Premium model include a sunroof and a touchscreen navigation system that incorporates a rearview camera, voice controls and satellite radio.

The 2.0i Limited adds automatic headlights, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, the rearview camera and the same six-speaker audio system found on the Premium but with the addition of a 4.3-inch LCD display. The sunroof and a navigation system (with satellite radio) are also available for the 2.0i Limited.

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is an all-new model.

Performance & mpg

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek features a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed "boxer" four-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and 145 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and is coupled to an all-wheel-drive system with a 50/50 front/rear power distribution. Optional on the Premium and standard for the Limited is a CVT coupled to a different all-wheel-drive system that typically apportions more power to the front wheels, but directs power -- up to 100 percent -- rearward when traction is needed.

Subaru estimates the XV Crosstrek will return fuel economy of 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 26 combined with the manual. Getting the CVT improves those estimates to 25/33/28.

Safety

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and active front head restraints.

The XV Crosstrek has not yet been crash-tested by government or insurance agencies, but the Impreza hatchback on which the XV is based received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest possible rating of "Good" in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Driving

Around town and on the highway, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek's 2.0-liter/CVT combination does exactly what's asked of it: mind fuel consumption. From a stoplight, the XV's initial acceleration is surprisingly quick, and once at highway cruising speed, the powertrain is relaxed and responsive to passing maneuvers. But the CVT allows the engine to run out of breath in its midrange, right about when you're preparing to merge into a busy lane or when making a sharp trail ascent. If fuel economy isn't a primary concern, we suggest opting for the manual transmission with its hill-start assist; it doesn't make the engine any more powerful, but does offer more control over power delivery.

Dynamically, the XV Crosstrek is every bit a traditional Subaru, confident and composed on loose, slippery roads, where its all-wheel drive and traction control systems make the XV's reactions fairly predictable. Suspension tuning -- refined from the base Impreza -- even makes the Crosstrek fun while ambling around on dry curvy roads.

The Crosstrek stands 3 inches higher than the Impreza, offering 8.7 inches of ground clearance. That's enough to glide through snowy streets and find all but the most remote surf breaks and trailheads. The XV's lack of torque and stock tires, however, prevent any serious scrambling over steep and lumpy terrain.

Interior

The Subaru XV Crosstrek follows a template similar to its Impreza counterpart, with a clean and minimal interior featuring no-fuss controls arrayed on the center stack and surrounding the steering column. Dash and door panels are wrapped in soft-touch trim in an elegant (if austere) presentation, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet on-road. The available touchscreen infotainment interface is improved even from its most recent overhaul, although some of the electronic nannies – you're locked out from adjusting the stereo's tone controls while driving, for example -- are annoying and border on deal-breaking.

As befits a car built to inspire wandering and adventure, the XV Crosstrek is slightly roomier than a base Impreza and there's even plenty of room for 6-foot drivers and passengers. With the rear seats up, the Crosstrek offers 22.3 cubic feet of storage space. Lower those seats and space jumps to 51.9 cubes. That's about 15 more cubic feet of space compared to the Juke and 10 more than the Mini Cooper Countryman. A flat load floor means you're able to maximize most of that additional space.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

They should make more cars like this
prometheus20,11/15/2012
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.
Great Car if you can find one!
dashriprocket,11/25/2012
Bought this car over a week ago. Three months of constant research after selling my Honda Element which I loved. I was looking for something sold, unique looks, reliability, comfort and just a plain kick but car. My Subaru XV Crosstrek limited in blue with beige interior...not a pocket rocket, but I genuinely love this car. Extremely practical, unique, good looks, great gas mileage, great performance!
Love my new Subaru XV
stickybutfun,12/30/2012
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.
So Far, A Great Car
salacious,11/12/2012
The Crosstrek is no Ferrari, but it IS very quick off the mark (i.e., zero to 30-40mph). That said, it also loses its *rate* of acceleration in the mid-speed range prior to reaching 60-70 mph. If you need to keep up a decent (but not great) rate of acceleration, you will need to push down quite a bit further on the gas pedal. Nonetheless, acceleration is easily adequate to merge into freeway traffic. Ignore the reviewers who say otherwise. For the vast majority of gas-mileage-conscious customers looking for a smallish SUV-style of vehicle with a great AWD system, this car is very hard to beat. If you don’t care about gas mileage or AWD or want a boat-like SUV, look elsewhere.
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Features & Specs

MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
More About This Model

If you were to define an ideal Subaru, a compact crossover would be high up the list. Practical, capable and built to maximize the benefits of four-wheel drive, it's also compact enough to rekindle memories of Subaru's notable rally racing successes.

Subaru used to call such a model the Impreza Outback. Now that idea has been reincarnated as the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek but it's been designed to seduce a different audience. Subaru reckons it's built for "urban adventure" and that it's more likely to be found curb-hopping in Manhattan than powersliding around on a dirt road. It's self-consciously trendy, which is presumably why Subaru chose to launch it in a loud shade of orange and add the "Crosstrek" moniker for the U.S.

Although we tested a production-ready model, it won't be coming to the U.S. until next fall. Subaru America Inc. admits it didn't initially plan to import the XV Crosstrek at all and that by the time it had changed its mind, most of the early production had been spoken for by other markets. So our "urban adventure" will just have to wait. Will it be worth it?

So What Is XV Crosstrek Exactly?
Beneath the lurid paint scheme, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is pretty much the latest Impreza in high heels and a posh frock. The mechanicals and even the interior are carried over largely intact, which places a keen emphasis on the exterior styling.

Subaru's engaging design chief, Masahiko Kobayashi, reckons the car was inspired by the North Face brand. "The jacket can survive Everest, but people also wear them in town," he told us. "We are seeing practical things becoming more fashionable. Cameras used to only be available in black, but now you can have one in a range of different colors without sacrificing its functionality." This, says Kobayashi-san, is the thinking behind the design of the XV Crosstrek. It is "defined by function and is not just designed for the sake of design."

OK, so what does that look like? The hexagonal grille and "hawk-eye" headlights are Subaru signatures and echo the 2012 Impreza, but the rest of the car veers off in a different direction. The A-pillars have been pulled forward by 7.9 inches compared with an Impreza to maximize cabin space and, says Kobayashi, to give the car a more dynamic stance. The dramatic 17-inch starfish alloys and stylized fender flares emphasize the body's "pumped up" aesthetic.

Familiar Under the Skin
In Europe, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will be offered with a choice of 1.6- or 2.0-liter gasoline engines, or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. All are from the new FB family that debuted in the Impreza and all remain true to Subaru's tradition of horizontally opposed "boxer" engines. Subaru has been flirting with introducing diesel in the U.S. for some time, but isn't yet ready to commit. The 1.6 is deemed too puny so for now at least, only the 2.0-liter will be offered here.

We've always had a bit of a fetish for Subaru's boxer units, but the new 2.0-liter isn't the finest example of the breed. Despite variable valve timing designed to flatten the torque curve, the boxer still needs to be worked hard to deliver a decent punch. Ultimately, an engine developing 148 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 145 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm feels no more than adequate when asked to push along an all-wheel-drive car weighing just over 3,000 pounds.

Two different transmissions are on offer for now, a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which Subaru calls Lineartronic. The latter is expected to account for more than 90 percent of sales in the U.S. Around town it's a fine companion, slipping easily through the ratios. At low to moderate engine speeds you'd be hard-pressed to tell it apart from any other automatic. Indeed, it's only when you ask for maximum attack that the familiar monotone CVT drone becomes tiresome. This problem can be alleviated by using the steering-wheel-mounted paddles that control six preset ratios. In this mode, the transmission takes on the feel of a competent but somewhat lethargic auto.

The manual transmission is the only real choice for anyone looking to extract some fun out of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. It offers six speeds but the shifter on our test car made it much too easy to select 5th from 2nd instead of 3rd. It's also somewhat long of throw and lacks the precision of the WRX shifter, which isn't saying much.

Choosing the manual makes little difference to its actual performance. Subaru says it's marginally faster from zero to 62 mph — 10.5 seconds versus 10.7 seconds — but neither figure should be a source of pride. The top speed of both models is identical (116 mph) but the manual consumes more fuel (40.9 mpg against 42.8 mpg) on the European cycle. The latter, though, is boosted by a stop/start system that's standard in Europe but won't be offered in the U.S. as Subaru strives to keep the base price down.

The Inside Story
Given the extrovert exterior, it's disappointing to discover a cabin that's on the dreary side of dull. It's shared with the Impreza, and Subaru has made no attempt to distinguish the crossover from the sedan.

It's an odd choice given the XV Crosstrek's "urban adventure" pretensions. Even a new steering wheel would have helped. Subaru could learn something here from Audi, which has perfected the art of just doing enough to distinguish the Allroad models from the humdrum wagons on which they're based.

At least it works well enough. The layout is simple and the quality is much improved over the previous-generation Impreza, although it's still not quite up to Volkswagen standards. There's also a decent amount of space. A crew of 6-footers will have no trouble sitting in tandem and the trunk measures a handy 44.8 cubic feet.

The Drive
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek shares its basic setup with the new Impreza, with struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. All-wheel drive is standard but the system differs according to your choice of transmission. Lineartronic models feature an electronically controlled multiplate clutch with torque split 60/40 front to rear as the default. Manual models have a bevel-gear-type center differential with a viscous-coupling limited-slip differential. The standard torque distribution here is 50/50. Coupled with a minimum ground clearance of 8.7 inches, both systems should prove useful when the snow falls.

On our launch drive Subaru was expecting bad weather, so it fitted all the cars with Yokohama Ice Guard IG30 winter tires measuring 225/55/R17 all around. The various company officials on hand were quick to point out that the tires were a far cry from the tires that will be used on the production versions headed to the U.S.

We will reserve final judgment until we've driven the car in U.S. conditions, but we'd be surprised if the slightly wobbly ride quality is completely cured by a set of summer boots. The handling is capable rather than inspired and while the electric power-assist steering is pleasingly linear in response, it offers little in the way of driver feedback. Overall, the XV Crosstrek's dynamic performance is inoffensive, but enthusiasts should not expect anything approaching a pseudo-WRX.

Final Thoughts
When it arrives next fall, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is likely to start at around $18K, pricing it beneath the Forester and alongside the Impreza. Subaru expects to sell around 30,000 a year, or roughly half the number of Imprezas it sells.

Most customers are likely to be new to the Subaru brand and we won't be surprised if they've never even heard of the WRX. They'll consider it because it's a compact crossover that's good-looking, spacious and undeniably competent. Can't blame them for that. We just wish that it was a little more inspiring from behind the wheel. Then we might be interested, too.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored press event to facilitate this report, which originally appeared on insideline.com.

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