2013 Subaru Crosstrek Can Tackle Any Challenge

By Durhl Caussey Created: January 20, 2013 Last Updated: January 20, 2013
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek (Courtesy Subaru)

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek (Courtesy Subaru)

The do-it-all 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek can become anything you want it to be—and at high places.

The Crosstrek gives you up to 33 mpg highway, has one of the highest ground clearances in its class, and the Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel-drive helps you go ever higher.

The XV Crosstrek has generous amounts of cargo area and rod rails, with available crossbar that accommodates most adventures while not sacrificing passenger comfort.

If cruising through pastoral surroundings to get to that high place becomes a little boring, the Crosstrek has an unlimited entertainment centre called the XM Satellite Radio.

In fact, the standard audio system in the Crosstrek features hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, Radio Data Broadcast system, iPod control capability, USB port, 3 auxiliary input jack, 6 speakers, a 4.3-inch LCD display screen, iTunes, and rear-view camera.

Crosstrek Specifications

Length/Width/Height: 175.2”/70.1”/63.6” with roof rails
Wheelbase: 103.7”
Track (front/rear): 60.0”/60.0”
Headroom (front/rear): 39.8”/37.7” (with moonroof 37.2”/37.7”)
Legroom (front/rear): 43.5”/35.4”
Shoulder room (front/rear): 55.6”/54.2”
Passenger volume: 22.3 cubic feet
Maximum cargo volume: 51.9 cubic feet with rear seatback lowered
Base curb weight: 2.0i Premium 3,087 lbs/3,142 lbs (manual/automatic) 2.01 Limited N/A/3,164 lbs
Ground clearance (at base curb weight): 8.7”
Maximum towing capacity: 1,500 lbs

The Limited I drove had automatic climate control, leather-trimmed upholstery, rear-view camera, and a 6-speaker single CD audio system.

Neither heavy rain, ice, nor snow will keep you off of your favourite peak, as the Crosstrek’s symmetrical AWD can handle the slippery and twisted portions of any trip.

The 8.7 inches of ground clearance makes uneven roads less challenging, assisted by 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/55R-17 tires. No need to worry about the weather, since you will stay toasty warm inside. The all-weather package features heated front seats and mirrors.

The Crosstrek’s symmetrical AWD can handle the slippery and twisted portions of any trip.

The Crosstrek has two trim levels, Premium and Limited. The trims are, however, practically the same. Each has the 148 HP 2.0i liter 4-cylinder Subaru DOHC engine and symmetrical all-wheel-drive.

Interior of the Crosstrek (Courtesy Subaru)

Interior of the Crosstrek (Courtesy Subaru)

Both trims have the 36,000-mile/36-month new car warranty, and a power train warranty of five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Wear Item limited warranty helps to repair things like battery, brake pads, wiper blades, and clutch linings. The Rust Perforation warranty is for five years (unlimited mileage).

The Crosstrek is comfortable and easily handled. It is rugged in complexion and performs like a large SUV, but only sips on fuel.

The standard heated front seats keep you warm, while the available moonroof offers a wide view. The moonroof and rear camera can add another $2,000, but were included in my vehicle price of $27,290.

Behind the wheel, I was engaged in the driving experience and found myself craving the curves, knowing that the double wishbone rear suspension supplies tight, responsive handling that keeps things lively and fun.

Durhl Caussey writes an auto column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper

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