The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek – REVIEW

Many people may have heard of the new 2013 XV Crosstrek, but do you know much about it? Exactly who is it for? What does it do well? Surprisingly, the answers are – it’s for nearly everyone, and it does a lot quite well. This is a well rounded vehicle; not too big, not too small. All-wheel drive, but not strictly an adventurists’ vehicle. It’s a car that is equally at home scaling the side of a mountain pass as it is pulling into the grocery store parking lot with the kids. The Subaru XV Crosstrek is also a great value at just over $21,000 base, gets very good gas mileage, with all the classically capable Subaru traits that make a Subaru, a Subaru.

By Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection
July 16, 2012

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek may be best thought of as the automotive equivalent of a good cross-training shoe–not sharply honed for any one thing, but surprisingly fit and fortified for a wide range of conditions. As the epitome of a crossover, the Crosstrek looks brawnier yet not too carlike; it adds some rugged off-road ability but still handles like a hatchback or sport wagon on the road; and it offers some pretty impressive cargo space, versatility, and places to stow gear–for the trip out to the ski slopes, the campsite, or the beach.

Up close, or from afar, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is what it is, which is a hatchback, built up with more ground clearance, protective lower-body cladding, and all sorts of more outdoorsy and off-road-oriented cues–many of them functional, some of them, perhaps intentionally, resembling outdoor gear and wear. Yet at the same time, the Crosstrek’s differences yield a completely different stance and entirely different proportions it seems, with a certain level of the familiar Outback charm.

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