First Drive - 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Once upon a time, Subaru could count on luring in compact and mid-size crossover shoppers with the one-two punch of the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback. The gradual increase in size of each of those platforms has left a gap in the Japanese brand's SUV lineup - a gap that has now been filled by the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek might at first seem to be an Impreza hatchback with a taller ride height and a longer name, but don't let that first impression fool you. Subaru has managed to build a legitimate compact crossover competitor on what was already a formidable platform. This allows the automaker to once again swoop in and woo small SUV buyers who have been left behind with the plus-sizing of the Outback and the disappearance of the Impreza Sport.