What's New for 2013:
- XV Crosstrek is based on the Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback
- Ride height is 3 inches taller, at 8.7 inches, to provide off-road capability
- Modified styling to make XV Crosstrek look more like an SUV
- Classified as a truck, which makes it the most fuel-efficient AWD crossover vehicle in the United States, according to Subaru
Subaru drops the Impreza Outback Sport this year, replacing it with the XV Crosstrek, a 5-passenger, compact crossover SUV. Based on the Impreza 5-door hatchback, the XV Crosstrek has modified styling, a taller stance and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
Subaru offers the XV Crosstrek in 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trim levels, both riding on 17-inch alloy wheels and featuring heated side mirrors, wiper de-icer grid, and dark-tinted rear privacy glass. An outside temperature display also indicates when conditions are favorable for road surface freezing.
With the rear seats in use, the Crosstrek offers 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space; with the rear seats folded down, 51.9 cubic feet of space is available.
Standard equipment for the 2.0i Premium includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and heated front seats with driver's seat height adjustment. The audio system includes Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming along with an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB/iPod port.
The Limited trim level adds a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), leather seats, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, reversing camera, and an upgraded audio system with HD Radio and iTunes tagging capability.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek can be upgraded with a power sunroof and a voice-controlled, touch-screen navigation system. The navigation system includes satellite radio, real-time traffic information, and speech-to-text messaging capability. The 2.0i Premium trim can also be outfitted with a reversing camera.
Under the Hood
The XV Crosstrek has a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT with paddle shifters, and all-wheel drive is standard.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek are:
- XV Crosstrek with manual transmission: 23/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- XV Crosstrek with CVT: 25/33/28 mpg
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is equipped with 7 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and a brake override function. An Incline Start Assist feature, which keeps the car from rolling backwards when transitioning from the brake to the accelerator, is also standard. A reversing camera is available as an option.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Crosstrek as this overview is written.