Largely because it’s a Subaru, the XV Crosstrek almost qualifies as a special breed of compact crossover. Adventurous design imparts a more edgy aura than is customary in this family-focused category. Though it’s hardly ready for harsh terrain, a Crosstrek does promise light off-road capability, helped by 8.7-inch ground clearance. Unlike many crossovers, too, you can specify a manual transmission rather than the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
What's New for 2016
Updates include a new grille, front bumpers, and headlights. New dark grey 17-inch wheels feature a machined finish. Inside, new LED night illumination is standard. Newly available active-safety technology includes Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist.
Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek
Only one powertrain is offered, centered on a 2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) may be installed. Despite lack of actual gears, the CVT incorporates six “virtual” ratios.
Like nearly all Subarus, every XV Crosstrek has all-wheel drive Under normal conditions on CVT-equipped models, the AWD system sends most of the engine power to the front wheels. With manual shift, AWD distributes power equally, unless slippage is detected.
Fuel economy with the manual gearbox is estimated at 23 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway. The CVT version is thriftier: 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Subaru also offers Hybrid versions, which are a few mpg more frugal in city driving and identical to the CVT-equipped conventional Crosstrek for highway use.
If you haven't driven a Subaru lately, interior quality might surprise you. Despite its no-nonsense demeanor, seemingly eager for rural-terrain duties, materials in the XV Crosstrek are a cut above those used in earlier Subaru crossover models.
Five passengers fit without fuss, and you get up to 52 cubic feet of cargo space. Yes, that’s on the small side, but a flat load floor makes the area appear bigger.
The XV Crosstrek comes in three trim levels:
Even though the base model is nicely equipped, the XV Crosstrek is one of those vehicles that seem more acceptable in fully-loaded form. Despite all of its additional features, the Limited still costs less than $26,000, or $1,700 more than the Premium edition. We consider that a hands-down bargain. If that’s not sufficient, Subaru offers a huge list of optional items for the XV Crosstrek.
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