2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

April 2, 2014
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If you are in the market for a family vehicle that rides like a car and can handle off-road duties, you should take a look at the affordable 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. It offers great fuel economy especially with this year’s additional to the lineup, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Learn more about it below.

NEW FOR 2014 XV CROSSTREK

  • Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
  • Aha infotainment app

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylidner engine that generates 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0i Premium model has this paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive system. The 2.0i Limited has a CVT and a different all-wheel drive system which sends more power to the front wheels and directs it to the rear when traction is necessary. This configuration is optional on the Premium model.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is motivated by the same boxer four and an electric motor that together make 161 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. It also uses a CVT with all-wheel drive system.

The 2014 XV Crosstrek’s fuel economy is rated by the EPA at:

Model City/Hwy/Combined MPG
XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium 23/30/26
XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 25/33/28
XV Crosstrek Hybrid 29/33/31

 

ON THE ROAD

With the fuel economy figures shown above, there’s no doubt most buyers would prefer a CVT-equipped model over one with manual transmission. Although a CVT makes the XV Crosstrek more fuel efficient, it accelerates the SUV just adequately. It is also sensitive to gas pedal inputs, speeding up the XV Crosstrek unnecessarily.

But with nicely tuned suspension, the Subaru feels stable and confident on slippery roads and in corners. Traction is plenty with all-wheel drive system.

INSIDE THE 2014 XV CROSSTREK

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The XV Crosstrek’s interior design is simple and a bit serious. The controls are logically arranged which make them seem easy to use. Reviewers have mixed opinions about the SUV’s interior features, though. Some say the navigation system is cumbersome. Others think that the sound system produces good sound quality, but some aren’t satisfied.

When it comes to roominess, the XV Crosstrek has more of it than the base Impreza. Taller passengers would not find the front and rear seats cramped for their size. The cargo space is likewise roomy at 22.3 cubic feet and 51.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

KEY FEATURES

There are four trim levels of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek: 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid and Hybrid Touring.

The 2.0i Premium is automatically equipped with fog lights, heated front seats, 60/40 split flat-folding rear seatback, cloth upholstery, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, 6-speaker single-CD audio system, Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity, auxiliary jack, instrument cluster with LCD display, daytime running lights, security system, and keyless entry.

The 2.0i Limited adds leather-wrapped shift knob, leather seats, rearview camera, automatic headlights, 4.3-inch LCD display for audio system, HD radio, and automatic climate control.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid features side mirrors with turn signals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, cargo-area underfloor storage, 6-speaker single-CD audio system, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity, instrument cluster with color multifunction display, and keyless access and start.

The Hybrid Touring adds power sunroof, leather upholstery, hi-res 6.1-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, satellite radio, HD radio, and navigation system.

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