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Subaru Xv Crosstrek Guide

Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the Subaru Xv Crosstrek. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the Subaru Xv Crosstrek.


The Crosstrek nameplate traces its origins to its days as an off-road appearance package for Subaru's compact car, the Impreza. It was during the Impreza's fourth production cycle, however, when Subaru began to spin off the Crosstrek as a standalone vehicle. This variant, with a raised suspension and a five-door hatchback body style, was known as the XV Crosstrek between 2013 and 2015.


Standard All-Wheel Drive

Few, if any, subcompact vehicles have standard all-wheel-drive like the Subaru XV Crosstrek. Typically, subcompact rides have front-wheel drivetrains, which means that engine power is sent to the front wheels. All-wheel drive avoids unequal power application by sending power to all wheels. That way, all tires are firmly planted on the groundeven when it's made slippery by rain, snow, or ice.

Good Gas Mileage

Armed with a 2-liter flat-four engine, the Subaru XV Crosstrek offers the choice of swapping the standard manual transmission with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Eschewing the energy-consuming gear-shifting mechanism of the manual transmission, the CVT changes through a range of gear ratios without interruptions or gaps. As a result, fuel economy peaks at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the 2015 model.

Available EyeSight Suite

For the 2015 model year, Subaru introduced EyeSight as an available feature to add to the XV Crosstrek. EyeSight is Subaru's proprietary suite of driver-assistance technologies. It includes forward-collision warning to help prevent front-end crashes, brake assist to provide additional stopping power if needed, lane departure warning to alert you when you leave your lane of travel without signaling, and adaptive cruise control to keep you at a safe distance from the vehicle you are following.



The previously mentioned 2-liter engine puts out 148 horsepower and 145 pound-foot of torque. That's not a lot of power to get the vehicle accelerating quickly from a stop. For instance, an Edmunds test of a 2015 model with the CVT yielded a 0-to-60 mph time of 9.9 seconds, which is slower than many other vehicles in the XV Crosstrek's class.


If the engine is paired with a CVT, overall performance takes a major hit. The CVT produces engine noise; there's a coarse sound with each operation of the transmission. If you're sensitive to vehicle noise or keep your radio quiet, you'd be better off sticking with the standard manual transmission to avoid engine noise.

Sound System

The infotainment system on the Subaru XV Crosstrek includes a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system, which is anchored by a 6.2-inch touchscreen. Upper-level trims are more likely to get six speakers and a larger 7-inch touchscreen. Despite the robust infotainment setup, the speakers don't provide the best sound quality.

Subaru XV Crosstrek Reviews

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