As far as performance goes, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstek Crossover SUV has a lot of pros and cons. First, the only engine available is a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine. As you may expect, power is lacking in this small engine, producing only 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and you have the choice between a five-speed manual continuously variable transmission. The problem is that the CVT tends to drone when you beg for more power. Don’t expect too much power, and you might not be disappointed. Many people buying the XV Crosstek will definitely be drawn to its fuel economy as it returns 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg in the highway with the CVT. Numbers like this almost make you forget the sluggish acceleration. What this vehicle lacks in power, it makes up for in handling. The XV Crosstek is a ton of fun to drive. The refined suspension leaves the ride smooth, and it remains more than composed on winding roads. Plus, a small turning circle makes it easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces.
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• Audio - Standard is a six-speed CD player audio system that comes with Bluetooth audio streaming, USB port and auxiliary trim. The 2.0i Limited offers an audio system with HD radio and 4.3-inch LCD display.
• Navigation - An optional voice activated GPS navigation system comes with a 6.1 touchscreen. Find where you need to go with maps and directions.
• Rear Vision Camera - The rear vision camera is an option, but it comes with the navigation system. When you put the vehicle in reverse, you are given a picture of the area behind your vehicle on your touchscreen.
• Bluetooth - Never miss a call or take your hands off the wheel with Bluetooth. The controls to send, end and receive calls are all at your fingertips.
The 2013 Subaru XV CRosstek has not been crash tested yet, but considering it is a brand new model, this isn’t surprising. That being said, it is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Impreza hatchback, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated “Good” in side, front and roof-strength protection.
To help the driver stay in control, the ABS prevents wheel lock-up while the electronic brakeforce distribution balances the braking. As an added bonus, a panic stop situation can be sensed by the vehicle’s brake assist, which will apply full brake force to help. Other safety features include:
• Anti-theft alarm system
• Daytime running lights
• Stability control
• Whiplash protection system in front head restraints
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Child seat anchors
• Perimeter Alarm Shock Sensors
• Engine immobilizer
• Rear door safety locks
• Seatbelt pretensioners
• Traction control
There is a lot to love about the XV Crossover and it starts with the exterior. It basically looks like an over-sized hatchback; a look that is becoming increasingly popular. Sporty lines are complemented by roof rails, a rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. Plus, it is available in some fantastic colors, such as Tangerine Orange Pearl, Desert Khaki, Marine Blue Pearl and Venetia Red Pearl.
Comfortable seats, quality materials and an exceptionally quiet highway ride are a few things that one XV Crosstrek will come to be known for. Although its aerodynamic appearance makes it look as though leg and head room would be limited, it’s not. Seating for five is provided with more than enough room for even 6-foot-tall passengers in the rear to get comfortable. The interior isn’t overly exciting, but the no-fuss layout and controls will be appreciated by many. Soft-touch trim embellishes the door panels and dash, and the optional touchscreen infotainment interface is significantly improved from what was in the Impreza.
Once again, the XV Crosstrek excels in another category. With the rear seat in place, you enjoy 22.3 cubic feet of storage space at all times. Lower the seat and you are gifted an impressive 51.9 cubic feet. That is significantly more than the Mini Cooper Countryman and the Juke.