Friday, January 25, 2013
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i
We tested the entry-level Premium model, which comes equipped with heated front seats and sideview mirrors, a roof rack, stability control, Bluetooth, cruise control, and power windows and door locks. The $22,790 as-tested price isn’t bad for what is ultimately a useful and practical car, particularly in places where the weather can become a hazard. It’s open to discussion, however, as to whether the XV will expand the universe of off-pavement-ready small crossovers or steal sales from Subaru’s other all-wheel-drive wagon offerings. The XV slots in at $1200 more than the Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium (which goes without the extra ground clearance and SUV styling cues) and $1500 less than the larger, Legacy 2.5–based Outback wagon. That may be slicing mom’s meatloaf a little thin, but then again, Subaru’s ability to find multitudinous ways for buyers to drive over the river and through the woods is well established.