The XV Crosstrek is mechanically the same as the Subaru Impreza hatchback, but with an eight-inch higher ride height. The cabin is rather noisy, the ride is stiff, and the little 2.0-liter four-cylinder has to work hard, but fuel economy is a gratifying 26 mpg. The regular Impreza hatch, which is quieter, quicker, cheaper, and rides better, makes more sense. A hybrid version goes on sale this Fall.
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Fun, Fuel-efficient Subaru by Tom (St. Louis) on 01/16/2013. Trim: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Unique looks. We have always sworn by Subarus (this is our 4th), but wished for improved fuel economy. This car delivers that and is fun to drive. Handing is great, and acceleration and power are what you would expect for a 4-cylinder engine. Comfortable seating, roomy interior, even in the rear seats. Love the backup camera and moon-roof.
Cons: No major gripes. My only wish is that the dash indicator would tell me which door was open, not just that "something" is open. My older Outback did that. LIke I said, no major gripes. It is also surprising that there is no lumbar adjustment, however the seats are comfortable,
Overall review: I have owned this car since mid-December 2012 and have put ~2000 miles on it, driving in rain, snow, mud, streams, cold weather, and a few days of temperate weather. The car has delivered on all expectations. The interior is comfortable and roomy. It is not luxurious, nor should it be for this price. But who really wants to put a dog, sports gear, or anything wet, snowy, or muddy in a luxury car? I tend to drive to maximize the mileage, but it has power to merge or pass when I need it. Sure, not as much as our V-6 Tribeca, but then again I averaged over 26 MPG on a 1000 mile road trip with 4 passengers, a full load of cargo, and a cargo box attached to the roof rack while averaging > 70 miles per hour. No other crossover is going to do that. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can make use of the bike rack! (I bought the tow package as well.)
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