Here Are 5 Things To Know About the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek:
1. There's a new base trim for 2015, while a rearview camera and new touchscreen interface are standard. Subaru's excellent EyeSight accident warning and avoidance technologies are also now available.
2. The XV Crosstrek is basically a Subaru Impreza with some rugged body cladding and extra ground clearance. In other words, you get the cabin of a compact hatchback with the off-roading ability of a small SUV.
3. Every Crosstrek has a 148-horsepower four-cylinder and all-wheel drive. It's a very slow car, but fuel economy is excellent with the continuously variable transmission at 29 mpg combined. The available hybrid earns only 2 mpg better and it's even slower, so it's definitely not worth the extra cost.
4. The XV Crosstrek got the best possible crash ratings from the government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Plus, the IIHS gave the optional EyeSight collision mitigation features the top rating of "Superior."
5. The cabin is well put together, but the materials quality is unremarkable. The standard touchscreen interface is relatively easy to use, and it gets even better with the larger, optional version. It's substantially better than the previous touchscreen.
We gave the XV Crosstrek a "B" rating, while the hybrid got a "C". Make sure to read their full reviews and to consider the Crosstrek's recently introduced SUV alternatives the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade, as well as Subaru's larger Forester.