2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Road Test Specs

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek SUV

(2.0L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Vehicle TypeAWD 5-passenger 4dr SUV
Base MSRP$25,290
Options on test vehicleCrystal Black Silica, Moonroof + Navigation System ($2,000 -- includes power tilt-and-sliding glass moonroof; 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen GPS navigation system; HD AM/FM radio with radio broadcast data system; single-disc CD player with MP3 playback; SD card slot; voice-activated controls and navigation; Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity; iPod control capability; iTunes tagging capability; USB port; SMS text messaging capability; XM Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic (subscription required); 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; six speakers; roof-mounted audio and satellite antenna; rear-vision camera)
As-tested MSRP$27,290


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected flat-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,995/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)148 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)145 @ 4,200
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission ratios (x:1)3.581-0.618
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.70
Differential(s)Front: open, Center: hydraulically actuated clutch, Rear: open (with brake-type torque transfer differentials front and rear)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire make and modelYokohama Geolander G95
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size225/55R17 95H
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.8-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.7
0-45 mph (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph (sec.)9.9
0-75 mph (sec.)15.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 79.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.6
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.9
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)15.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)17.7 @ 79.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.8
@ Full throttle (dB)70.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.2
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,050

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDespite a touchy throttle in everyday driving, the XV is slow off the line in testing. The CVT doesn't seem to take advantage of the possibilities here. For instance, in Drive, the XV reaches 60 mph at about the time the engine reaches a steady 6,000 rpm. In Manual mode, the 6,000 rpm (and beyond) mark arrives at about 40 mph, but then it insists on an "upshift" and the revs drop each time.
Braking commentsNothing out of the ordinary here. Some nosedive, but typical fade resistance and a medium/soft pedal. No lane wander or wiggle at the back with full-ABS panic stops.
Handling commentsSlalom: With electronic stability control on but traction control off I was pleased to find the XV was pretty lenient with being thrown around before it began making single-brake corrections. There's a little lag in steering input and reaction, and part of this is due to the amount of body roll that it exhibits. However, driven smoothly, the XV will surprise people with its abilities. I'd give it a "good" performance for a vehicle of its size/type. Skid pad: With TC off I could feel the XV trying to make use of AWD, but the ESC wouldn't quite allow it -- at least while circling the skid pad. Steering has appropriate build-up and feels natural. With TC on I wasn't able to maintain the momentum I could with it off so the result is a little slower.

Testing Conditions

Test date2/12/2013
Test location1,020
Elevation (ft.)60.12
Temperature (°F)22.19
Relative humidity (%)29.09
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)4.3, headwind
Wind (mph, direction)2,885
Fuel used for test33/32
As-tested ballasted trailer weight (lbs.)25 city/33 highway/28 combined

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26.5
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)524.7
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)AM/FM stereo with HD radio and single-disc CD player, six speakers

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionStandard iPod via USB jack, generic aux jack
iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional
Satellite radioStandard Hard Drive with traffic 6.1-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Rear seat video and entertainmentStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional with traffic 6.1 display screen (measured diagonally)
Night VisionStandard fuel economy meter
Driver coaching display3,164

Dimensions & Capacities

Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)175.2
Length (in.)70.1
Width (in.)63.6
Height (in.)103.7
Wheelbase (in.)60.0
Track, front (in.)60.0
Track, rear (in.)34.8
Turning circle (ft.)43.5
Legroom, front (in.)35.4
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)39.8
Headroom, front (in.)37.7
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)55.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.2
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)5
Trunk volume, top down (cu-ft)51.9
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)22.3
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)27.8
Towable by motorhome8.7
Ground clearance (in.)18.0
Approach angle (degrees)27.7
Operation lockout3 years/36,000 miles


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/Unlimited miles
Corrosion3 years/36,000 miles

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