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Freak'n Subie! by Mike - Milwaukee WI. on 02/04/2014. Trim: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium 5MT, Owned 1 year.
Pros: This is a fun car to drive with the manual transmission. It responds well and has nice curb appeal both in the city and on the trail. We've taken it through the smokey mountains without any trouble and intend to visit the Rockies in the near future! So far, the only thing that has stopped it was sliding off an un-maintained winter road in the Michigan UP and ending up in over 2 feet of soft snow. Thanks to the snow mobilers that hauled us out! I added the optional speaker upgrade and all weather mat package. Both were an excellent addition. Some folks say the stock speakers are not very good. I will vouch for the quality of the Kicker add ons.
Cons: If a turbo option was presented, I would trade up in an instant. The car is adequately powered, but could use a little extra something to pass at freeway speeds. The one other thing I would add would be a sunroof to the manual transmission. Not sure why this wasn't an option...
Overall review: Great crossover SUV with everything you need and nothing you don't. Handles the snow and ice as well as the dirt and mud. No odd maintenance problems and a great value for the money. Looks awesome in the woods.
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