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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek – Review

Subaru has managed to impress many car buyers with the 2012 Subaru XV Crosstrek crossover SUV and now Subaru is going ahead with better improvements and options that they can offer to the consumers. Subaru has been working on some of the better core car models and turning them into crossovers because of the high demand of crossovers in the US market. The all new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek SUV is based on the Impreza hatchback model but Subaru has made some modifications to it that offers better off road adventures. The XV Crosstrek has been redesigned for the year to take the crossover competition to the next level. Here we take a quick look at some of the top features of the vehicle in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek review below.

Exterior

In terms of the design Subaru has decided to stick to the design available in the older version and therefore there are no big changes that are visible in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.  However, the new version is three inches higher to make off road adventures even better.

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Subaru has also updated the suspension of the vehicle along with other exterior components that can handle the off-road abuse and has included black alloy wheels that can easily handle all the minor scrapes and rocks that are in its way. The new version also gets the same front fascia with hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlights that make the car look more sporty and aggressive.

Interior

Subaru designers have cleaned up the interiors of Impreza and come up with spacious cabin design for 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The center console is right in the middle and most of the controls are simple to make it convenient for the users. The cabin is comfortable and quiet as well which is surprisingly good for those who want low engine noise.

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In comparison with base Impreza model the new XV Crosstrek is roomier and offers plenty of space for tall drivers and passengers. The vehicle offers 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space but with rear seats down the cargo space can be extended up to 51.9 cubic feet which is pretty impressive.

Performance

The all new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets the 2.0 liter horizontally opposed boxer four cylinder engine that has the capability to produce 148 horsepower and 145 lb feet of torque. The engine is mated with five speed manual transmission and coupled with all wheel drive system.

Subaru estimates that the XV Crosstrek will have fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. On the CVT powered XV Crosstrek the fuel economy improves to 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.

Safety

In terms of safety 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek offers all the standard safety features like ABS, stability control, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbags and active front head restraints. Since the XV Crosstrek is based on the same car model as Impreza it is believed that the crossover will manage to get better safety ratings from IIHS and NHTSA.

Price

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is available for $21,995 and above in the US market.

Conclusion

Subaru has done it yet again with the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek that offers better performance on road and off road as well. The overall design of the car looks great and the vehicle ensures better fuel efficiency. The handling is responsive and the interiors are comfortable, quiet and spacious. However, it gets some competition from Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Mini Cooper Countryman. While these crossovers offer something better in some categories, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek offers better all-around package.

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Published on: June 10, 2013

Filled Under: Autos Reviews, Subaru

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