2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review: Final Thoughts
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a great entry-level crossover option for families who need a practical all-weather solution with the kind of ground clearance that can handle the occasional blizzard, rutted, mud-slicked road, or excursion into the woods. Will most buyers be happy with the average power and good-but-not-great fuel efficiency provided by the XV Crosstrek's four-cylinder engine? In our opinion, yes, but the spartan interior might be a harder sell.
The decision to keep the Impreza hatchback's dimensions virtually unchanged - especially inside the crossover - is a mixed blessing for the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, as it keeps the vehicle livable in an urban setting but somewhat limits its total cargo capacity as compared to a few of its compact rivals. The move to toughen up the Subaru's styling, however, was an excellent choice that has given the Crosstrek a rugged look that sets it apart from the anonymity that can occasionally plague family transportation. From where we're standing, there's always room for another stylish, utility-focused, and affordable compact crossover on the market, and that's exactly what Subaru has given us with the XV Crosstrek.