2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review
This review was written when the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek was new.
Automotive reviewers say that while the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is short on power, it offers good fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive and a comfortable interior.
Test drivers agree that the XV Crosstrek needs more power than its four-cylinder engine can provide. However, if you’re willing to look past that shortcoming, they also say that the Subaru XV Crosstrek offers a comfortable, balanced ride and a capable all-wheel drive system. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional, and both get good reviews. The 2013 XV Crosstrek gets up to 25/33 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. That estimate is quite good for the class, especially when you consider that the XV Crosstrek comes with standard all-wheel drive. Additionally, the XV Crosstrek's safety score is among the best in the class.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is based on the Subaru Impreza, and on the inside, reviewers notice a number of similarities between both vehicles. Auto critics appreciate the XV’s functional interior design and useful cargo space, though they also note some interior materials that aren’t quite up to snuff. Despite this shortcoming, auto writers say that passenger space is excellent, with spacious front and rear seats that can easily accommodate people who are 6-feet tall. The XV Crosstrek’s stereo also earns high marks for its excellent sound quality, while a standard USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming make it easier to play music behind the wheel.
- "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
- "Overall, Subaru XV Crosstrek does a good job combining car qualities with small-SUV space and styling. It's worth a serious look." -- Consumer Guide
- "Subaru feels it has hit the nail on the head with the XV Crosstrek, and we agree. It's not a sports car by any means, but it is a sporty, capable, and fun CUV that will definitely fill a void in Subaru's lineup." -- Motor Trend
- "I mentioned it needed to have that fun factor and although the styling and functionality of the car ticks all the boxes, the car did not deliver the soul and heartbeat I was looking for." -- Jalopnik
Other Cars to Consider
The Mazda CX-5 costs slightly less than the XV Crosstrek, though it doesn’t come with standard all-wheel drive. However, if you don’t need it, the front-wheel drive CX-5 gets even better fuel economy than the XV Crosstrek, and reviewers agree that the CX-5 delivers outstanding performance for a compact SUV.
Although the Ford Escape is slightly more expensive, reviewers report that the Escape delivers a comfortable interior, good fuel economy and poised handling – just like the XV Crosstrek. However, most reviewers also suggest avoiding the Escape’s underpowered base engine.
Details: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek seats five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission also come standard, while a CVT is optional. The XV Crosstrek comes in two trims: Premium and Limited. Limited models add the CVT and interior upgrades to the list of standard features. The XV Crosstrek is an all-new model for 2013.