Despite strong sales in recent years, Subaru has long faced a major challenge in the American marketplace: Because of its commitment to all-wheel drive—standard on all vehicles except the Toyota-fied Subaru BRZ—the brand’s vehicles have struggled to achieve the kind of high fuel-efficiency ratings offered by the front-wheel-drive competition. Things began to change when the all-new Subaru Impreza was engineered to achieve up to 36 mpg, yet that was still a full 6 mpg behind the FWD segment leader. The next new Subie, however, will mark a notable breakthrough. The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will be able to reach 33 mpg on the highway, giving it not only the highest marks of any AWD crossover in the nation, but also the exact same EPA grade as high-efficiency FWD choices like the redesigned and EcoBoosted 2013 Ford Escape.
The starting price for the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek? A mere $21,995 for the Premium model and $24,495 for the up-level Limited version.