• Off-road capable
  • Versatile interior
  • Just a taller Impreza
  • Worse fuel economy than the Impreza’s
SUM UP The new Outback Sport.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for XV Crosstrek in 2013

Although the name is new, the XV Crosstrek is more or less the same idea as the old Outback Sport. That means the XV Crosstrek shares a lot with the Impreza, right down to its interior and powerplant. Look for unique orange or khaki paint and the presence of plastic cladding on the rockers to distinguish between the two models...more

Overview

Looking for the ground clearance of an Outback with the footprint and fuel economy of an Impreza? Perhaps the awkwardly named XV Crosstrek is the car you’ve been looking for. We find the chassis to be nimble, the handling predictable, and the off-road capability to be more than adequate. One of the few letdowns is the electrically assisted steering, but fuel-economy concerns trump driving enjoyment in a vehicle like this. Not surprisingly, the interior looks and feels exactly like the Impreza’s and offers the same standard Bluetooth and iPod connectivity along with a more universal USB port. The powertrain is carried over directly from the Impreza, which means a 2.0-liter flat-four engine producing 148 hp and all-wheel drive are standard. The only choice to make is between manual and continuously variable transmissions. Despite the shared engine, the XV Crosstrek isn’t quite as fuel efficient as the Impreza because it offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is three more than its road-focused cousin. If you aren’t going to venture off-road, the Impreza hatchback probably makes a lot more sense because its lower center of gravity will improve handling. Although we aren’t in love with the name, we certainly appreciate the execution of this crossover.

Safety

Front, side, driver’s knee, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A rearview camera is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Soul
  • Mini Countryman
  • Nissan Juke

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2013 XV Crosstrek Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Roof Rail

Interior

  • Air Filtration System
  • Cargo Cover
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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