2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Consumer Reviews

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2013 Subaru Xv Crosstrek
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XV Crosstrek - Great Ride!

by from OH on January 6, 2013

So, we have owned our Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited (Crystal Black Silica/Ivory Leather, Pop Package #1, Moonroof, and Navigation) for about a month now. This vehicle is very difficult to find, and we w...
So, we have owned our Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited (Crystal Black Silica/Ivory Leather, Pop Package #1, Moonroof, and Navigation) for about a month now. This vehicle is very difficult to find, and we would have had ours earlier had we not had to wait for it to arrive at the dealer. It was also actually very difficult to find one to test drive, and we ultimately ended up testing out a demo version. I will start with the items I find to be an issue, and then talk about the stuff I love. First, as most have said, the vehicle lacks a little bit of power from the 40mph-60mph range, which is basically when you get on an interstate or highway. This is somewhat mitigated through use of the paddle shifters (which can actually be quite fun, but I use them sparingly). The acceleration is just fine otherwise. Starts smoothly and quickly from a stop and accelerates quickly and smoothly once you are already up to speed as in passing situations. The second item that is probably only an issue for me so it is really more of an annoyance and probably won't both many others is the way the dashboard cuts back to the passenger. I am fairly tall (6'-7") and I fit really well on the driver’s side. Plenty of legroom compared to a lot of vehicles in this range. The problem is that when I am a passenger my right knee does not touch the dash when the seat is all the way back, but the dash swoops back towards the passenger at the center console which jams my left knee into it. It is not a big deal on short trips, but I have a feeling I will be doing all of the driving on the long trips. And again, this will only be an issue if you are my height. I would say anyone over 6'-4" to check it out first to see if it bothers you. Those are my only complaints, and quite honestly, they are not all that big of a deal. On to the great stuff. First, the XV Crosstrek has a wonderfully solid ride and handles impeccably. We have owned many other small SUV/CUV vehicles and this one handles like a sports car compared to most of them. I would even go as far to say that it is better than the Acura crossover that we had for about a year. Next, the AWD works like a champ. Traveling for the holidays we were mostly driving through snow and ice, and this thing felt like it was magnetized to the road. On top of that, we were loaded down with two people, a large dog, all of our luggage and Christmas gifts driving in c rappy, high wind weather and we still got 30 mpg. When it is just I or my wife driving in normal conditions we average that for both city and highway driving. I have to say this is one of the things that brought me to Subaru in the first place, great gas mileage on an AWD vehicle, and it has more than exceeded my expectations. All of the features of the vehicle are very nice (Moonroof, voice activated Navigation, backup camera etc.) , and I have found the leather interior to feel like it is of very high quality. The other interior finishes are also on par and even the plastics have a soft tactile feel to them. The interior design is simple, which is nice because it does not feel cluttered like a lot of vehicles today. One tech item I wish was part of the vehicle though is a read out of tire pressures. It has a tire pressure monitor/warning system, but nothing that tells you what the pressure currently is. We had this in another vehicle of ours and found it to be a functional and useful tool. On the exterior, I love the rugged yet refined look that the vehicle has from its added height, modified bumpers and especially the rims. Can't say enough how cool the rims are. Finally, a couple of other things to mention I would like to mention. First, the way the engine compartment is setup it will make it very easy to do routine maintenance if that is your thing. I will probably change our own oil and air filter as required. Second, while many dealers are not open to dealing on this vehicle, if you play your cards right, you can still get a deal as some dealers are open to dealing on the price. The biggest suggestion would be to make the dealers compete against one another and don't set foot into the dealership to finalize the deal until you have a price locked from email or phone communication. Doing so allowed us to get our Crosstrek ($28,200 MSRP) for $24,300, which makes for an incredible value on this vehicle. I hope that this review helps anyone that is interested in this vehicle. We really do love this car and could not be happier with it.
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Love this ride

by from Eureka Springs, AR on March 8, 2013

I recently purchased a Crosstrek Limited. I was making a change from a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited because gas mileage was just terrible. I was looking for a capable vehicle with all wheel drive, good gas...
I recently purchased a Crosstrek Limited. I was making a change from a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited because gas mileage was just terrible. I was looking for a capable vehicle with all wheel drive, good gas mileage and able to handle my outdoor activities (Kayaking, camping, mountain biking, etc). I have found all of those in the crosstrek and more. I find myself wanting to drive it, just to drive it. The vehicle may not have the most powerful engine, but it serves it just fine. I'm not racing my vehicle to get from place to place, so the engine performance suits me just fine. Gas mileage was more important since I drive 100 miles for work each day. The seating is comfortable and the ride is much, much better than the Wrangler, but that is to be expected. I plan to keep this vehicle because it matches exactly what I was looking for. Great fuel economy, all wheel drive, good ground clearance, off road agility, comfortable seating, outdoor activity and dog friendly.
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Great Value

by from San Diego, ca on February 15, 2013

I got this car about 3 weeks ago and I am loving it. I purchased the XV Limited without the navigation package. It is very fun to drive especially on curvy roads and is extremely functional for my act...
I got this car about 3 weeks ago and I am loving it. I purchased the XV Limited without the navigation package. It is very fun to drive especially on curvy roads and is extremely functional for my active lifestyle and very functional for my dog. The interior is comfortable and spacious. I have noticed that it lacks a little bit of power when getting on to the highway but once it reaches cruising speed it rides comfortably and gets great gas mileage. I am averaging about 30 mpg with mixed driving. As per the previous reviewers comments about the windshield...I wear glasses and have not noticed any problems with distortion whatsoever. I actually really like the windshield because it is expansive and very easy to see all around. I am very happy with my new car and will have many fun driving years with it to come. I think Subaru might have converted me for good!
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Great little car

by from Cheyenne, Wy on August 2, 2013

This is our second Subaru. We bought a 2013 forester and like it so much we were hooked to the Subaru brand. We've now had our 2013 XV Crosstrek Limited in desert khaki for about three weeks and we lo...
This is our second Subaru. We bought a 2013 forester and like it so much we were hooked to the Subaru brand. We've now had our 2013 XV Crosstrek Limited in desert khaki for about three weeks and we love it. It is my wife's first new car of her own and she couldn't be happier. We live in Wyoming and with our winters awd can't be beat! The cvt in this car is great, it's very smooth and keeps you within the power band so there is always plenty of pep. I'm not sure why people dislike the cvt, I have nothing but praise for it so far. It's definitely better than subaru's old 4 speed auto. Thus far we have close to 900 miles and have averaged 28-29 mpg with mixed driving which is not bad. It gets fantastic mileage on the interstate on flats but any uphill driving tanks the average. It's not a race car but I don't feel like its terribly underpowered either, it's got plenty of low end torque and the boxer can run at interstate speeds with no problems. I'm not sure what people expect from cars these days, they seem to think anything less than 300 hp is inadequate, which is insane! This car has a small engine but heck it's got more hp than the original mustang v6! So if you see the reviews about being underpowered, all I can say is go drive one for yourself and go from there. I have very few complaints with the car, some of which are; no power seat option, no lumbar support, weak sound system, and no standard moonroof on the limited model. Other than those small gripes I really enjoy this little Subie. You really could not ask for a more versatile vehicle. On a side note, if you find one you like and you know you want it, buy it, don't hold off for color/options especially if you're in the Rocky Mountain region, these things are flying off the lots and if you're picky you may be waiting a while! When we bought ours the dealer had 6 on the lot, (ours was the only limited model) within a week they had sold all of them and are still waiting for more to come in, they can't keep them in stock! One recommendation though, if you're someone that does not need the ground clearance of the crosstrek but still want awd and the rugged styling, go for the impreza sport, it's basically the same car just lower, you'll still do great on slick roads and you'll get a few more miles per gallon to boot! We were set on the impreza sport until my wife drove the XV, she is coming from a 98 4runner so she just felt better with the added height. You can't go wrong with a Subaru :)
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Great gas mileage in town and on interstate

by from Santa Fe, NM on April 16, 2013

Am getting over 30 mph around town(over 2,500 mile history) and recently got well over 34 mpg on I-40 over 400 mile distance at mostly 75 miles per hour speed at fairly high altitudes in AZ and NM wit...
Am getting over 30 mph around town(over 2,500 mile history) and recently got well over 34 mpg on I-40 over 400 mile distance at mostly 75 miles per hour speed at fairly high altitudes in AZ and NM with 3 people in car and with over 100 pounds of luggage. Actually the highway mileage at high speeds is the most impressive aspect of the car and the reason I purchased it. I traded a Subaru Outback that got only about 29 mpg on the highway, but caused me no problems over a 123,000 history. Hopefully, this car will do as well. There are a few trim and feature issues that I wish they had carried over from the Outback, but overall I am happy.
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Great little car for big adventures

by from Costa Mesa, CA on September 2, 2013

The Crosstrek is a great little car. It has the clearance of an Outback with the size of an Imprezza. That was exactly what I was looking for. My previous car was an Outback and even though it was a t...
The Crosstrek is a great little car. It has the clearance of an Outback with the size of an Imprezza. That was exactly what I was looking for. My previous car was an Outback and even though it was a terrific car, it was getting a bit long in the tooth and I wanted something similar with better gas mileage. In comes the Crosstrek. With the smaller frame and CVT transmission it's giving me the mileage I want. As with all non-turbo Subarus it has torque but not a lot of horsepower, so if you're looking for something with a performance edge this isn't it (Besides, the higher clearance makes it not the most planted vehicle in turns. It's not a sportscar...) Benefits: All wheel drive, high clearance, MPG Deficits: Not fast. A touch noisy when you're really on the gas
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My First Subaru

by from Dayton, OH on April 8, 2013

My initial observations give me hope that this is going to be a great car. Plenty of space for big guys going to a ball-game or filling it with pre-teen girls going the movies. Storage is everywhere a...
My initial observations give me hope that this is going to be a great car. Plenty of space for big guys going to a ball-game or filling it with pre-teen girls going the movies. Storage is everywhere and hookups for cell, iPod and anything else powered by cigarette lighter outputs. The car rides smooth and, other than full pedal mashing, is pretty quite for a four cylinder. Best of all, after 1200 miles in a month of mostly city driving, my average gas mileage is 28.8 MPG! Pretty dog-gone good for an all-wheel-drive car.
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Full of regret

by from North County, San Diego CA on August 25, 2015

I truly don't understand when I see reviews of folks that love this car. I have driven it in the MA blizzard of 2014 where it was great, I have driven it in the desert of CA where it shines off road, ...
I truly don't understand when I see reviews of folks that love this car. I have driven it in the MA blizzard of 2014 where it was great, I have driven it in the desert of CA where it shines off road, but overall it is miserable. I am still waiting for Subaru to provide an official response to my getting a documented 21.6 MPG over the past 7000 miles. (I have this documented on video). The car has 148 HP which is a true challenge on todays roads and you will soon feel the power deficit when you are trying to merge onto the highway, or pass another car. Overall the car is decent but they MUST admit that there are tremendous issues with the mileage and the car is grossly underpowered. Do a Google search for XV Crosstrek mileage and see for yourself what actual owners are reporting for mileage. I should have bought a full-sized SUV. I would have more room, more power, and better mileage!
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

by from adirondack foothills on February 20, 2013

Just bought this Crosstrek, what a great car. I'll always buy Subaru from now on. I cant say anything bad about it. Going to get my wife a new one soon.I'll tell you about the gas mileage, if you driv...
Just bought this Crosstrek, what a great car. I'll always buy Subaru from now on. I cant say anything bad about it. Going to get my wife a new one soon.I'll tell you about the gas mileage, if you drive easy, not too heavy on the gas, it will get an average mileage in winter, cold , 27-29. In the summer, warmer months about 29-32. I got exactly 28 in winter and on an open road trip, with hills etc in February I got 31.5, that's great for an all-wheel drive vehicle. If you commute on freeway etc 70mph most likely numbers will be less.. still a great vehicle..
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New to the Subi Game

by from Florida on July 22, 2013

Excellent car for the money!! We just bought the 2013 Limited i w/ Navigation! Nothing hugs the road like this car. Rain, Sand, Standing water, you name it the XV has got it covered!!
Excellent car for the money!! We just bought the 2013 Limited i w/ Navigation! Nothing hugs the road like this car. Rain, Sand, Standing water, you name it the XV has got it covered!!
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