What Is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek?
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a small SUV that seats five and is based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback. It competes with small crossovers like the Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Compass, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. Available trim levels include the 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. All-wheel drive is standard.
What's New on the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek?
For 2014, Aha-based smartphone connectivity has been added to the available navigation system.
How Does the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Compare to Other Small Crossovers?
Its smooth ride and responsive handling are similar to those of the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, but the cargo area is smaller than those of most small crossovers, including the Escape and Honda CR-V.
What Features in the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Are Most Important?
The Subaru XV Crosstrek is powered by a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, and a five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available.
Significant standard features include foglights, roof rails, a spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, a raised suspension with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, a CD stereo with iPod connectivity and an MP3 jack and a 60/40-split, folding backseat.
Available features include a power moonroof, leather seats, a rear-seat armrest, automatic climate control and a navigation system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control and all-disc antilock brakes. A backup camera is available.
Should I Buy the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek?
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a solid choice if you value an elevated driving position, a spacious interior, strong visibility and great fuel economy. Its well-designed dashboard doesn't hurt, either. However, some elements are cheap-looking, its acceleration is just average and road noise is excessive at highway speeds. In addition, the exterior design elements might not appeal to everyone.
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