2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Subaru looks to venture a little further off the beaten path with the new model year, and invited us to get down and dirty with the all-new 2013 XV Crosstrek. Looking like an Impreza on steroids, and indeed filling the niche of the Impreza Outback Sport, the XV Crosstrek builds on the 5-door’s already well-done chassis, but with an eye to keep going well beyond where the pavement ends. Ground clearance has been cranked up to 8.7 inches, that’s more than a Jeep Grand Cherokee. While length and track width are increased, wheelbase has been shortened up. Added curb weight ensures the Crosstrek stays planted on all four wheels. But managing those wheels is Subaru’s familiar Symmetrical all wheel drive system through either a 5 speed manual or CVT. Power is the same 2-liter Boxer engine in the Impreza, good for a modest 148 horsepower. And although those numbers aren’t exactly exciting, the Crosstrek did provide good traction and confidence on some fairly challenging and beautiful terrain.
BEN DAVIS: Off-roading in Hawaii was a dream come true, although in my dreams I’m always driving a lifted Woodie Wagon jammed full of surfboards. But in reality, the Crosstrek did an amazing job; it’s super short footed, very little slip, tons of grip even in the mud, and I love the rugged adventurous look. It kind of reminds me of myself.
JOHN DAVIS: Sure, you won’t be setting any record lap times in it, and it’s no rock crawler, but you can still leave the road and track crowd behind, and forge your own path later this year. Base price for the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will start between $22-23,000. Well the tank is empty and we’re all out of time.
Engine: 2-liter Boxer
Price: Start between $22-23,000