The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is essentially the same as its half-sibling, the Impreza, with a few tweaks to its suspension and exterior. Originally designed for European drivers, this five-door, compact hatchback caught the eyes of American dealers due to its uncanny ability to handle offroading magnificently, while providing excellent fuel economy and ample room to lug lots of things around. Drivers get the satisfaction of a comfortable cockpit and spectacular handling, while passengers will enjoy a roomy ride. Top safety ratings and Subaru’s reputation for building rugged vehicles further contributes to making this a good choice.
New For 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.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrekhas approximately a 175-inch length, 70-inch width, 64-inch height, nine-inch ground clearance, 104-inch wheelbase, and 3000 pound curb weight. It is offered in eight different colors: crystal black silica, dark grey metallic, desert khaki, ice silver metallic, marine blue pearl, satin white pearl, tangerine orange pearl, and venetian red pearl. Contrary to other SUVs, who favor a utilitarian look, the XV Crosstrek has more of a dynamic, aggressive design. Its front fascia is made up of a hexagonal grille with the Subaru logo in the center, sided by a pair of halogen headlights that wraparound the rounded corners. Down below is the air intake and daytime running lights. On the side, the lower body panels are fitted with rugged plastic cladding to provide additional protection versus obstacles that may be encountered on unpaved roads. The nifty 17-inch wheels are black with a starfish pattern. In the rear, there is a spoiler and a windshield wiper on the rear privacy glass. On top are removable roof rails that are handy for carrying bicycles.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is made up of quality materials, can fit up to five passengers, and offers adequate comfort. In front, there are bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, while rear passengers get a 60/40 split-folding bench seat with head rests. The telescoping steering wheel has buttons that controls audio. There are a number of compartments scattered around to carry items such as maps, snacks, and beverages. Cargo space is measured at about 22 cubic feet, which can be expanded to over 50 cubic feet by folding down the rear seat. The cargo area is fitted with grocery bag hooks, tie-down hooks, and a removable waterproof tray, making transporting loads more efficient. Similar to other entries in the Subaru line, the XV Crosstrek has enough attractive features to satisfy most people. There is Bluetooth connectivity, which allows streaming of audio onto mobile phones and other compatible devices, satellite radio, and a six-speaker sound system that delivers exceptional quality audio. Optional features include heated seats, leather upholstery, and a navigation system.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a Top Safety Pick, receiving a top score of good in front, rear, side, and roof-strength crash tests. There are front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver knee airbags. In addition overhead airbags are present to protect occupants during a rollover or side collision. It has anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, along with emergency brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. Also, a brake override system automatically shuts down the engine if the brake and acceleration are pressed simultaneously. It is equipped with stability and traction control for improved handling. Front seats have a head restraint anti-whiplash protection system. Rear seats have TETHER child seat anchors, which assist the transportation of little ones. Front Seatbelts have pretensioners that automatically tighten to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident. Rear doors are built with child safety locks to prevent them from being opened from the inside.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that spits out 148-horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The premium model comes with a five-speed, manual transmission paired with an all-wheel drive system that has 50/50 front/rear power distribution, while Limited models get a continuously variable transmission, along with a different all-wheel drive system. Either way, average fuel economy is 24/32 mpg city/highway driving and 27 mpg combined.
Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive system sends power to all four wheels all of the time. This allows drivers to confidently tackle dirt roads and other rough surfaces. The XV Crosstrek does lack the ability to accelerate quickly, moving from zero to 60 mph in a paltry nine seconds. It does, however, have tenacious handling and responsive steering, enabling succinct maneuvering in traffic and making parking jobs a cinch. When tested, brakes were firm and made stops as needed.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru XV-Crosstrek
- Hyundai Tucson
- Kia Soul
- Mini Countryman
- Nissan Juke