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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

In the automotive world, downsizing has long been synonymous with downgrading. While this notion is often far from true , most of today's compact SUVs have swollen to near mid-size proportions, which in turn spawned a new series of small SUVs that actually live up to their namesake. The all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is among this new breed of right-sized SUVs, offering a wealth of upscale features, nimble handling and ample cargo space at an affordable price. Rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman deliver engaging on-road performance and laudable fuel economy, but the new XV Crosstrek supplements its solid road manners with a surprising level of off-road proficiency and the best fuel economy of any all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV on the market.

You'll Like This Car If...

Today's small-SUV shopper faces no shortage of choices, but if all-terrain capability and distinctive exterior styling are prerequisites for your next compact SUV, the 2013 XV Crosstrek should make your decision much easier.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a vehicle with a great deal of cargo space and an affordable sticker price, the larger Toyota RAV4 or the Honda CR-V is worth a closer look. Subaru fans who love the rugged capability of the XV Crosstrek, but require slightly more interior volume should consider its bigger brother, the Subaru Outback.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 XV Crosstrek is a brand-new nameplate in the Subaru lineup and looks to make a name for itself in the small-SUV segment by way of impressive fuel economy, stylish sheetmetal and go-anywhere capability.

Driving the XV Crosstrek

Driving Impressions Though it is largely based on Subaru's latest small-car platform, the XV Crosstrek feels exceptionally stable and secure on the open road. Road imperfections and undulations are well absorbed, and...

the up-sized brakes provide plenty of stopping power for the relatively light XV Crosstrek. The electric-assisted power steering lacks feedback, but the light effort makes low-speed parking maneuvers a cinch. The 148-horsepower engine, however, has a difficult time hauling more than two passengers, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) exacerbates engine noise under hard acceleration. To that end, drivers looking to haul more than a few hundred pounds should search for a more powerful alternative. Still, the prevailing impression is one of suitable refinement and comfort.

STANDARD SYMMETRICAL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Unlike most competitor all-wheel-drive systems, Subaru's trademark symmetrical AWD continuously sends power to all four wheels to help prevent a loss of traction before it happens. Additionally, Subaru symmetrical AWD incorporates a compact design to optimize both fuel economy and handling performance.

PARTIAL ZERO EMISSIONS
Until recently, hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles were the sole recipients of the EPA's Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) rating. The Subaru XV Crosstrek achieves PZEV status without the need for costly alternative-fuel technology.

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Details
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek photo Interior

Barring a few minor details, the XV Crosstrek and the Subaru Impreza share the same interior layout. While material quality is below average for the segment, panel gaps are narrow and consistent throughout the cabin. The rear seats offer sufficient legroom for average-sized adults and fold flat to yield 51.9 cubic feet of cargo space – considerably more than the Nissan Juke. The dashboard's center stack is home to user-friendly controls and a handy lower storage compartment for mobile phones and other small items. If possible, we recommend avoiding the optional navigation system, as the outdated interface can be extremely frustrating to operate.

Exterior
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek photo

The 2013 XV Crosstrek shuns the utilitarian look of many "compact" SUVs in favor of a more aggressive, dynamic design. The look is spearheaded by Subaru's signature hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights, while prominent over-fenders and unique starfish alloy wheels combine to project an athletic stance. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and fairly steep approach/departure angles, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is well-equipped for travel in unforgiving terrain. Moreover, the lower body panels are wrapped in rugged plastic cladding for additional protection against various obstacles encountered on unpaved roads.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is offered in two trim levels: Premium and Limited. Premium models include roof rails, heated front seats, a multi-information display and a 6-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and a USB port for portable MP3 players. Stepping up to the Limited trim adds dual-zone climate control, leather, rearview camera, auto-on/off headlights and Subaru's new 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system with HD Radio. Despite the $25,000 price tag, Limited models do not offer power-adjustable front seats. Occupant protection comes in the form of seven airbags, rollover mitigation control and sure-footed traction of symmetrical all-wheel drive.

Optional Equipment

Since the majority of features are tied to trim level, the XV Crosstrek's short list of options includes a power moonroof, touch-screen navigation with a 6.1-inch display and host of stand-alone accessories. Given the substandard sound quality produced by the standard audio system, we highly recommend upgrading to the dealer-installed speakers from Kicker.

Under the Hood

The lone engine choice for the 2013 XV Crosstrek is a 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed "boxer" 4-cylinder engine that churns out 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The XV Crosstrek sends power to all four wheels via a standard 5-speed manual or an available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Premium models equipped with a manual gearbox feature an AWD system with a 50/50 front/rear power distribution, while automatic transmissions are coupled to an adaptive system that automatically proportions power to the wheels with the most grip.

2.0-liter boxer-4
148 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (manual), 25/33 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 77 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Great vehicle!!

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, good for dog owners, cargo room, fun!"

Cons: "Could be a hare speedier"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I absolutely love my Crosstrek. It is fun to drive and makes me feel safe. Living in Colorado it does fantastic in the snow, I don't worry while driving over mountain passes. It also has great clearance for a smaller SUV. I had owned 2 jukes previous to this, yes they were speedier but I love this so much more. I feel like my Crosstrek actually accelerates faster from the start than my juke which had turbo lag to deal with. It's not the fastest car but gets me where I need to go nicely. It has great utilitarian interior- that I don't worry about my dogs wreaking havoc on (Jukes seemed cheap and easily scratched inside). Both of my dogs (one 70lbs. other 60lbs.) fit into the back without needing any seats down. I am getting 30.6 MPG & I only have 6,700 miles on it so far. It has a nice feeling ride over bumpy and gravel roads. I just love driving this and think its such a great vehicle! Also I like that this Subaru SUV doesn't make me feel like I'm driving an old lady car! LOL"

So Far So Good, LOVING IT

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 950

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Priced right, lots of options, 4WD"

Cons: "small on interior cargo spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I can honestly say I am very pleased with my new Subie XV. I am glad they updated their info-tainment and navigation system as well; it is very intuitive and easy to learn. Thye XV definitely handles and rides like a much larger car, the suspension feels very supportive and substantial. While some have complained the 4 cyl. Boxer engine is a bit anemic, I find it quite responsive and adequate when passing. Love the fit and finish of the interior, the seats are very supportive and well bolstered. I can reccomend this great little Subaru for anyone looking for a compact yet elevated 4 wheeler."

Great Auto, a bit small

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Awesome car handles very well good mpg comfortable"

Cons: "Sun glare off dash makes reading gauges difficult"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Cross Trek is a fantastic vehicle. We are trading it in for a new Outback for two reasons: 1st the rear cargo area is too small for our needs. The steep fifth door cuts well into the usable space for hauling anything, especially hard sided coolers, while traveling. 2nd the dashboard displays are virtually unreadable except at night. The readouts are gray on black and font size is entirely too small. The sun's glare over the front dashboard renders all digital displays and the tach and speedometer unreadable. I contacted Subaru of America about the poor dashboard design. Never received a response. The cargo issue is on us. We hesitated a full year before we purchased the CrossTrek XV because of this. OK, we should have bot the Outback two years ago. The dashboard is on Subaru. Very poor design. Go for the colored readout available on some models. You will be glad you did. Overall, we rated the Cross Trek a 9 out of 10. It is that good. Just make sure it meets your needs."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

NOT the car for me

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,364

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Cute and lots of premium features"

Cons: "I'm terrified overtime I drive somewhere."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I made the mistake of jumping into a car without really thinking about it. Test drive this car multiple times in different weather conditions. I have come to HATE this car...and I'm stuck in it because I have a lease. I think it is because I'm short (5'3) I have a hard time determining where the front of the car is, and I have a hard time checking my blind spot. As you can imagine this makes driving a pretty scary situation. I've never been in an accident in this car, but I always worry I will hit something in this car. Also I used to drive a truck and since this car is lower I don't feel like I can se out of it as well. So I'm not saying don't get this car. it really is a great car and has great features. I just wish I'd been less worried about heated seats and more worried about how well I could see out of the car and such when I was driving. I got a little caught up in the emotions of it and didn't really think about it. Once my lease is up I'll be going back to a truck because I'll feel more safe in that. Unfortunately I'm going to have to re-earn to not be terrified when I'm driving anymore. because currently driving is literally terrifying, I do not want to hurt anyone because I'm in a car that I can't really see out of."

6 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Stylish crossover, rides well

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "priced well, AWD, reliability and safety history,"

Cons: "engine power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We purchased the Crossover Limited a week ago. My spouse wanted a reliable, dependable, AWD vehicle that was nimble and small enough to navigate Northern VA traffic, and tight parking spaces. In the Crossover field, the Crosstrek impresses. The interior size is deceivingly large. There is plenty of room for my 30" inseam, and her 21 yo son, who is a hefty person, fits comfortably in the back with plenty of head and knee room. The cargo space is adequate for large grocery hauls, and with the back seats down, results in enough room to carry bulky and long items. The fit and finish of the interior is excellent, as well as the exterior. I can't speak to the exterior styling other than we personally feel it's the nicest in the crossover class. The paint (we chose RED)is deep and flawless. There is lots of glass, which gives you a wide and comfortable view of your surroundings with few blind spots. Handling is very good, on par with a car. I wish I could give glowing remarks about the power, but it is clearly underpowered. In most driving circumstances, it's more than adequate. But when you punch it in avoidance maneuvers or to merge with traffic, this car is anemic/asthmatic. I understand that a car company has to balance features, performance and price... but there are several easy enough fixes to punch up the HP, and people are willing to pay."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Our 6th Subaru.

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "High ground clearance. AWD. Driver leg room."

Cons: "Underpowered. CVT. Storage in back."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our 6th Subaru. Love the high ground clearance. AWD is always great. Both will be helpful in heavy NE snows. Car is abysmally under-powered, has less power than our 2007 Impreza. CVT does NOT impress me; other than being lighter weight, don't understand the popularity. Back-up camera is great; has made me a back-up "expert". Gives me more leg room in front than our 2007 Impreza; more comfortable for me to drive. Has substantially less carrying capacity in back unless you put one or both of the rear seat backs down."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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