2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV: No Show-Off Here, but Everything Else

By Florian Godovits, Epoch Times

What took Subaru so long? – That’s what the review of the Subaru XV Crosstrek basically boils down to. It is a true crossover riding on a proven Sedan platform combined with the features of an SUV. 

Subaru has a good pedigree for building tough four-wheel-drive platforms, being capable of nearly all driving conditions. 

The 2.0-Liter-Engine pushes out an unimpressive 160 horsepower from four cylinders that some reviewers have moaned over for not giving the car a real punch. But hey, this is not a high-powered Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5 – neither by power nor by price.  The Subaru Crosstrek XV starts at $21,995.

A car for the whole family – and the dog:

The mileage range of the Subaru Crosstrek doesn’t vary much between City and Highway – running 29 mpg here and 33 mpg there. The 145 Foot-pound of torque isn’t overly impressive but suits the general purpose and feel of the car.

This vehicle is built for family-use in winter and summer time. The Subaru Crosstrek XV doesn’t shy away from snow and harsh conditions, but it shouldn’t be put into a pedal-down-competition.

Both the access to the front seats and the back seats are really convenient.


What reviews say about the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV:

  • “More versatile than the Impreza hatchback but not as bulky or top heavy as a Forester or Outback, the XV Crosstrek is the affordable compact car that can easily go where most other small cars can’t.” — AutoTrader
  • “The XV Crosstrek is essentially a butched-up version of Subaru’s compact Impreza hatchback. Underneath its SUV-themed exterior, the Crosstrek retains the Impreza’s well-tuned chassis, efficient engine and attractive cabin, and it is available with Subaru’s first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain.” — Left Lane News
  • “It is one of the more carlike entries in the class, yet offers generous cargo and passenger room for its size. We also like the comfortable ride and tastefully finished cabin.” — Consumer Guide (2013)
  • “For Subaru die-hards, it’s a no-brainer: Pairing the proven Impreza formula with an added dose of off-roadability-and for just $22,790-should steer plenty of the brand’s faithful toward the Crosstrek.” — AutoWeek (2013)