2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review: Introduction
What do you buy if you want the flexibility of an SUV but need the form factor of a compact hatchback or wagon? The answer is something like the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. When it was first introduced, the Subaru XV Crosstrek was dismissed by some as being no more than a jacked-up Impreza hatchback that had been sent to the gym in order to put on some sheet metal muscle so as to better hoodwink crossover-hungry family shoppers. This facile dismissal of the Crosstrek, however, ignores the fact that Subaru has made a legitimate effort to create a niche vehicle that leverages the fuel efficiency and interior space offered by the Impreza hatch and pairs it with the added all-terrain capabilities of a crossover vehicle. The Subaru XV Crosstrek is more than the sum of its parts, as the automobile rises above its Impreza roots and presents a strong challenge to other recent compact crossover efforts such as the Ford Escape, the Mazda CX-5, and the Kia Sportage.