2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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What's New for 2015:
  • Price drop with new base model
  • Limited trim level adds upscale features
  • Hybrid version benefits from improved aerodynamics
  • Reversing camera added as standard equipment
  • New infotainment and safety technologies debut
  • Transmission and steering refinements improve driving dynamics
  • Keyless access system adds PIN code entry for 2015

Based on the Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a compact crossover SUV that sits on a raised suspension for improved ground clearance. It competes against a building wave of mini-crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke, and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Models and Features
Subaru sells the 2015 XV Crosstrek in 2.0i and Hybrid model series, the latter featuring a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that ekes out a few extra miles per gallon of gas. The 2.0i model is offered in a new base trim level debuting this year, as well as in Premium, Limited, and a limited-production Special Edition version painted Sunrise Yellow. The Hybrid model is offered in base and Touring trim.

Under the Hood
A 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i. In base and Premium trim, it is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Special Edition and Limited trim levels include a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is upgraded for 2015 to feel and sound more like a traditional automatic transmission. The CVT is an option for the Premium trim level.

All XV Crosstreks have an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. With the manual gearbox, the AWD system distributes power evenly between the front and rear wheels and when one set slips, a viscous coupling locking center differential will distribute more power to the wheels with grip. With the CVT, Subaru uses its Active Torque Split AWD system, which continuously distributes power depending on traction, acceleration, and deceleration.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid adds an electric assist motor, small battery pack, and a regenerative braking system to provide a slight bump in fuel economy. This version is also more powerful, with 160 total horsepower, but any benefit that might be realized by this increase in output is offset by more than 200 extra lbs. of weight. It comes only with a CVT and Active Torque Split AWD.

Fuel Economy
Choose the XV Crosstrek 2.0i in base or Premium trim and stick with the manual gearbox and the car is estimated to return 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The CVT improves fuel economy significantly, to the tune of 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

The hybrid powertrain in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is even more fuel efficient, with ratings of 30 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. People who drive mainly in cities will enjoy the greatest benefit in selecting the hybrid version of this crossover.

Safety and Technology
Subaru makes substantial improvements to the 2015 XV Crosstrek in terms of both safety systems and infotainment technologies.

For the first time, the automaker offers its EyeSight suite of safety systems for the XV Crosstrek. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, lane-sway warning systems, and fog lights that swivel to help the driver see around dark corners. EyeSight is optional only for the 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. Subaru does not offer EyeSight on the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

A new family of StarLink infotainment systems also debuts for the 2015 XV Crosstrek.

The 2.0i base, 2.0i Premium, and the Hybrid base are equipped with a new 6.2-in. touch-screen system that includes a reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity and music-streaming capability, HD Radio, iTunes song tagging, and access to Internet radio including Aha, Pandora, and more.

Upgrade to the 2.0i Limited or Hybrid Touring and a 7-in. touch screen is standard, along with voice-recognition technology, swipe-and-scroll gesture control, text-messaging support, and satellite radio. This system can be upgraded with navigation.


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