Subaru is bringing some highly appealing vehicles to market that are gaining mainstream appeal. Two vehicles that come to mind are the 2012 Subaru Impreza and the ‘hot’ (look for it to hit this spring) 2013 Subaru BRZ (A sports car bombshell for this economy).
The CUV (crossover utility vehicle) is one of the hottest automotive markets, and to this end Subaru will be offering the compact four-door all-wheel drive 2013 Subaru XV CrossTrek. The vehicle is fun to drive regardless of the destination. So what does this new Subaru crossover/hatchback have to offer?
What do I mean by ‘fun?’ Well, of the XV CrossTrek, autoblog.com states, “A utility knife for the sensible shoes crowd there are stories in every culture about a young man or woman who is supposed to marry someone sensible, attractive, a good cock and good provider. But when the protagonist of the story meets the would-be fiancee’s more interesting, vivacious, funny, and unconventional sibling or best friend, sparks fly and the original relationship doesn’t stand a chance.” Remember, this describes the XV CrossTrek ‘boom!’
Subaru has given this Impreza the Outback treatment – some extra ground clearance, beefed up suspension and rugged exterior trim. The XV CrossTrek sits 3 inches higher than the regular Impreza and thus it has 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The engine is a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder providing 148 hp and 145 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a five-speed manual or a (CVT) continuously variable unit. The car’s 0-60 mph time is in 9.9 seconds. The wheelbase of this Subaru measures 103.7 inches and it is able to tow up to 2,645 lbs.
On the exterior the XV CrossTrek’s windshield is well raked. At the front the car has the Impreza’s look consisting of a large grille surrounded by chrome. The large headlights travel well up the front fenders. Below the bumper is a large central air intake with driving lights at the corners.
The side profile includes a solid look with a large glass area. The mirror is mounted to the door and a character cut line is on the lower part of the door.
At the rear the XV CrossTrek’s hatch window angles down from the corners. To my eye, the taillights have a somewhat BMW 3-Series look. Otherwise, this crossover has crisp horizontal lines and two black inserts at the corners.
The interior of the XV CrossTrek has good looking materials. The interior room is good and feels airy because of the low dash and thin pillars. The rear leg room is surprisingly generous and the 40/60 split rear seat folds down to increase the cargo room. The hatch volume measures 22.5 cubic feet and 44 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.
The brakes are discs at each corner measuring 11.7 inches at the front and 11.3 inches at the rear. The XV CrossTrek’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 120 feet. The tires measure 255 50 17 inch.
The suspension contains of MacPherson struts up front combined with coil springs, gas shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar. The setup at the rear includes multi-links combined with coil springs, gas shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar.
Standard features on this Subaru include remote keyless entry, air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, front reading lights, cruise control, outside temperature indicator, 80 watt AM/FM radio with CD player (reads MP3 format) with four speakers, power door locks, windows and mirrors, two 12 volt power outlets, truck light, and interior micro air filter.
Safety features include ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction and stability control, driver and passenger air bags, front side air bags, driver knee air bag, front and rear side curtain air bags, tire pressure monitor, and child seat anchors.
On the road the Subaru XV CrossTrek allows the driver to sit up a bit higher than the Impreza. This crossover provides a well planted drive with responsive and nimble handling. The driver really feels connected to the road as the steering provides good response and feedback. The ride is taunt but smooth and refined. The four-cylinder engine is smooth and high revving. The XV CrossTrek is fun to drive on twisty back roads and it is comfortable and quiet to drive on the highway. Off road, however, this new Subaru crossover provides good ground clearance. This Subaru will tackle any kind of weather.
The fuel rating of the XV CrossTrek is 27 city and 35 mpg highway.
The 2013 Subaru XV CrossTrek price will start under $20,000. Look for it to be in Subaru dealership showrooms in the fall. And watch it – this Subaru can make the sparks fly!
View the slideshow to see the 2013 Subaru XV CrossTrek inside and out!
Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money.” He welcomes your comments or car questions at his auto web site:www.drivethebestbook.com orwww.cartown1.com. Follow Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.