2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Higher driving position
  • Gas mileage
  • Front and rear occupant space
  • Simple, elegant dashboard design
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Modest power
  • Cargo room compared with competition
  • Some cheap-looking interior pieces
  • Body cladding may detract for some
  • Road noise on the highway

Notable Features of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

  • Based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Subaru XV Crosstrek is a beefed-up version of the Impreza hatchback. Subaru says the Crosstrek has the same ground clearance as the larger Outback wagon. It competes with small off-roaders like the Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and it comes with a four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive.
New for 2014
The optional navigation system now includes Aha-based smartphone integration.
Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Raised suspension with 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Spoiler
  • Roof rails
  • Fog lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; available leather
  • Heated front seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • CD stereo with iPod connectivity and MP3 jack
  • Available automatic climate control
  • Available rear-seat armrest
  • Available navigation system with 6.1-inch touch-screen

Under the Hood

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Available continuously variable automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Seven standard airbags
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Available backup camera
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Subaru XV Crosstrek is a beefed-up version of the Impreza hatchback. Subaru says the Crosstrek has the same ground clearance as the larger Outback wagon. It competes with small off-roaders like the Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and it comes with a four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive.
New for 2014
The optional navigation system now includes Aha-based smartphone integration.
Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Raised suspension with 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Spoiler
  • Roof rails
  • Fog lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; available leather
  • Heated front seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • CD stereo with iPod connectivity and MP3 jack
  • Available automatic climate control
  • Available rear-seat armrest
  • Available navigation system with 6.1-inch touch-screen

Under the Hood

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Available continuously variable automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Seven standard airbags
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Available backup camera

Latest 2014 XV Crosstrek Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The car is the best for single or one kid couple

by DYL on August 16, 2018

The car is very safe and comfortable. If you drive the car, you can feel stable, Even though the car is a wagon car, I can feel getting on SUV like CR-V. In particular, when it snows, the car is the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Fantastic Cruiser!

by AustinGarth from Eau Claire, Wi on May 9, 2018

I love this car because it gets great gas mileage while not feeling totally gutless. It?s also great for mild off-roading and very smooth on the street. The flat engine design makes for a sporty ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Subaru

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XV Crosstrek received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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