This Subaru XV Crosstrek video review includes information about fuel economy, pricing, all-wheel drive, interior space, safety scores, off-roading and competitors. We discuss both the 2.0i and Hybrid models.
There are two versions of the Crosstrek available. The standard one has the same 148-horsepower four-cylinder as the Impreza, along with a standard five-speed manual or an optional CVT automatic. That's not a lot of power and the Crosstrek is pretty slow as a result.
The other version of the Crosstrek is this hybrid model. It has the same four-cylinder engine and CVT augmented by an electric motor and batteries. It has 12 extra horsepower, but is also heavier and therefore even slower. It also only gets 31 mpg combined -- the standard Crosstrek with the CVT gets 28. It would take you about 7 years to pay back the Hybrid's price premium with fuel savings alone.
Like the Impreza, there are two all-wheel-drive systems available. With the manual, Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel drive system has a constant 50/50 front and rear power distribution. The optional CVT and Hybrid get an all-wheel-drive system that shifts power front and back depending on traction.
The Crosstrek has the same amount of back seat and cargo volume you'd find in a compact hatchback. In that context, it's actually fairly generous, but know that the Crosstrek is no substitute for a bigger Forester or other compact SUVs.
Interior quality is average at best, with materials and construction that trail many competitors. The available touchscreen interface is also frustrating to use and the base sound system is weak.
The government gave it 5 stars for overall crash protection and it's an IIHS top safety pick.
Pricing starts at around $22,000, which is actually about the same as the bigger and more powerful Forester. You get more equipment for you money, though, especially with the Limited trim level. So that, along with Subaru's reputation for reliability makes the Crosstrek a great value for those looking for something a little different to take them off the beaten path.