2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0 (1102)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0 that is a small crossover that available in five trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid and Hybrid Touring

This Crosstrek is really a car — a Subaru Impreza wagon, to be precise, but it has beefed-up suspension components, a higher ride height and tougher-looking styling.

Inside it is similar to the Impreza with logically arranged controls, a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen and generally has one of the better-equipped interiors in this segment from a technological standpoint. The audio quality just okay and there’s no premium brand-name upgrade like you’ll find in some rivals.

Crosstrek has plenty of room — even with 6-footers with the rear seatbacks in place, the Crosstrek offers 22.3 cubic feet of storage space, expanding to 51.9 cubes with those seatbacks lowered. That’s considerably more than the Juke, but it trails crossovers like the Escape and Forester.

General Information: It is assembled in Ota Gunma, Japan; Parts – US/Canadian 0%, Japan 90%; Engine and transmission – Japan; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Subaru:

Handling & Performance:

Driving: Although there’s an available five-speed manual on the non-hybrid base and Premium models, most XV Crosstreks will come with the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). And whether you’re driving around town or on the highway, there’s no hiding the fact that the CVT’s top priority is to minimize fuel consumption, so acceleration is adequate at best, and you’ll need to plan ahead for passing and merging.

One thing you’ll likely notice is the hair-trigger responses to gas pedal which can increase engine speed unnecessarily and increase engine noise.

I noted from Edmunds testing, a regular XV Crosstrek with the CVT accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.9 seconds. Nearly every compact crossover on the market is quicker.

Generally Crosstrek is traditional Subaru in that it feels confident and composed on slippery roads, where its standard all-wheel drive and stability control systems make its reactions very predictable. The Crosstrek’s extra ground clearance will naturally add confidence in snow and dirt trails. The cabin remains surprisingly well isolated from wind and tire noise on the highway.

Styling:

Similar to others in this segment and although it’s not my thing it is not unattractive and fits the out of doors active folks that actually DO get off road.

Fit and Finish:

Quite good actually and far better than most “Active Lifestyles” vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler for example.

Cost:

Very affordable and highly competitive in this segment of the market.

Conveniences and comfort:

Most all significant features that add to a comfortable driving experience.

Consumer Recommendations:

Suspension upgrades help the all-wheel-drive XV be remarkably capable when the pavement ends and it still serves you well for daily travel and commuting. I personally want more power than provided with the standard 2.0-liter 148 horsepower four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. Some characterize it as underwhelming. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) makes matters worse by having hair-trigger responses and a propensity to keep the engine droning loudly during acceleration. Edmunds testing says the Crosstrek is one of the slowest vehicles in its class.

One must consider for example Subaru’s Forester is a little more expensive, but it offers more power and the same solid off-road ability and added interior space without sacrificing much fuel economy. Other small crossovers like the 2015 Ford Escape aren’t as capable in the dirt, but they compensate with superior on-road handling and roomy, well-equipped cabins. If you prefer a more compact body like the Crosstrek’s, the 2015 Nissan Juke and 2015 Mini Countryman are worth a look. But if you mainly want a versatile and inexpensive runabout that can get you off the beaten path, the Subaru XV Crosstrek will likely satisfy.

Recognized Competition:

Subaru XV Crossover $22,000, Honda HR-V $26,000, Nissan JUKE $21,000, Nissan Rogue Select $22,000, Subaru Forester $22,000, Kia Sportage $24,000, Hyundai Tucson $24,000, Chevy Trax $25,000.

Good News:

Standard all-wheel drive; relatively strong off-road capabilities; spacious seating; good fuel economy; generous standard features.

Bad News:

Lackluster acceleration; CVT produces tiresome engine noise; so-so sound system.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 148 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, CVT Continuous Variable Transmission, symmetrical all-wheel drive, Dynamic Vehicle control,  front, side and side curtain and driver knee airbags, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes, tire pressure monitor, anti-theft alarm & immobilizer system, daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, rearview camera, four-speaker audio system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration, CD player, USB port and auxiliary input jack, remote keyless entry, push button start, power windows and locks and mirrors.

Gas Stats:

$3.59/ Gal avg. August 20, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

26 City and 34 Highway MPG

 

Pricing:

MSRP $23,250.

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