Squarely in the crossover category—car meets SUV—the Subaru XV Crosstrek 2013 loads utility vehicle enhancements on the Impreza compact platform. The five-door hatchback presents a more rugged, sporty profile with the addition of a roof spoiler, roof rails, black fender cladding, 17″ wheels and a higher ride with 8.7 inch ground clearance. Inside, numerous storage compartments around the central console and in the doors, ample rear passenger legroom, and 52.4 cubic feet of carrying space with rear seats folded down. The all-wheel drive is powered by a rather modest 148 horsepower 2.0 liter flat-four engine (25 mpg city/33 mpg highway), with 5-speed manual or Subaru Lineartronic continuously variable transmission; a European diesel option offers a little more power and a lot more torque. Two trim lines, Premium and top-end Limited, share features like tilt/telescoping steering wheel, multi-function display with fuel economy information, security system with engine immobilizer, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), iPod control capability, USB port, miniplug input jack and six speakers, with Limited edition luxury extras like leather trim, automatic climate control system, auto on/off headlights, rear-vision camera, and HD Radio. It’s set to debut at the New York Auto Show next month.
25 mpg city and 33 mpg