When I was told I would have a new 2013 XV Crosstrek for a week-long test-drive, I was excited. I like Subaru vehicles. Because all Subaru vehicles are fully equipped with their signature All-Wheel-Drive, they can go almost anywhere, including snow or sand conditions, as well into the backwoods trail. The Crosstrek comes in either the Premium or Limited trim levels. The Limited is outfitted with slightly more items and is slightly more upscale. The test model was the Limited, five-door (hatchback) model with the optional CVT. There is an standard five-speed manual model. Although the popular color choice appears to be a luminescent orange, the test model was Marine Blue Pearl with a black leather interior.
The Subaru XV Crosstrek is roomy, capable, versatile, and fun to drive. It has an 8.7-inch ground clearance and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. It is really like the Impreza wagon with more ground clearance and better fuel economy. The five-door hatchback model features larger front brakes, a larger gas tank, and a few exclusive design features. There is increased use of high-tensile steel in the body structure for added strength and security.
The standard power-plant is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, producing 148 horsepower, with a five-speed manual transmission. The Continuously Variable Transmission is considered optional. The test model with the CVT, which are more efficient than a regular automatic. However, the CVT can be a little noisy and it takes some time to adjust to the gear changes. The vehicles was EPA rated at 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
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