The Subaru of compact crossovers, the XV Crosstrek comes off as rather edgy for this family-oriented class. In addition to its adventurous styling, you get light off-road capability and even a manual transmission if you want it. Although it can do everything you expect of a crossover, the XV Crosstrek seems more at home hauling bicycles and dogs rather than kids and groceries.
What's New for 2015
The XV Crosstrek receives a new base trim level and enhanced standard equipment across the board.
Choosing Your XC Crosstrek
If you haven't driven a Subaru in a while, you might be surprised by quality of the XV Crosstrek's interior. It still has a no-nonsense way about it, but the materials are a cut above those used in earlier Subaru crossovers. Five passengers fit without issue, and there's up to 52 cubic-feet of cargo space. That's definitely on the small side, but the flat load floor makes the area seem bigger.
The standard 2-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 148 horsepower and comes with your choice of a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission. Every XV Crosstrek gets all-wheel drive. The system used on CVT-equipped models sends most of the engine power to the front wheels under normal operating conditions, while the standard setup distributes power equally unless slippage is detected.
The XV Crosstrek is now offered in three trim levels:
The XV Crosstrek is one of those vehicles that make the most sense in loaded form. For all its extra features, the Limited still comes in at under $25,000, a hands down bargain in our view.
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