2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Consumer Reviews

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2014 Subaru Xv Crosstrek
4.4
Average based on 31 reviews
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XV Crosstrek Awesomeness

by from Minneapolis on April 7, 2014

I recently purchased an XV Crosstrek Premium CVT and I have to say that this is one of the most utilitarian vehicles EVER. I have had 16 cars in my day. I trade them up as quickly as the next fashion...
I recently purchased an XV Crosstrek Premium CVT and I have to say that this is one of the most utilitarian vehicles EVER. I have had 16 cars in my day. I trade them up as quickly as the next fashion. I also work in the Automotive Industry and am a mechanically inclined person. I've owned everything from old British roadsters to modern luxury cars. I admit, I have a car problem. As for the XV, I did my research. I wanted something that was a smaller form factor, hatchback, and not a total bore to drive. Based on some reviews, the XV met them all but the "fun to drive factor". I read one review that said they felt the car was so slow it was dangerous in traffic. Now that I own one, I can say "WRONG!". This car has enough power for spirited driving, you just need to dive into the pedal some to get the engine up to its peak power output at ~4,000 RPMs. Don't be afraid, the boxer motors are naturally balanced and love to rev. Does it make noise? Yes, but it sounds like a symphony of boxer happiness. The interior is very well assembled (even for Subaru) with minimalist function abound. If you want worthless buttons, switches, and fake chrome paneling that only wears out, go get that. If you want an interior that is functional, well laid out, and very comfortable (I am 6'5") then this is a great sample. The ground clearance and AWD from Subaru is well executed here too. We recently got 10" of snow in Minnesota and I drove with confidence on both the snow and ice. Easily driving up steep inclines, on packed snow highways at 40mph, and through some rather deep drifts (so deep I got an ice pack under car that made the exhaust rattle against the bottom of the car). I have been getting about 29 mpg mixed driving with a spirited driving style. I get compliments everywhere I go on the look of the car too, which is nice. So, what are you waiting for? Want a CUV that is actually a CUV? Then this is the only one to be had if you ask me. I don't know what other reviewers (especially the experts) are talking about when they review this car... I think they are little to warped for the average person needs... I don't think we all need to drive 0-60 in 4.6 seconds raking through 6 gears and guzzling 3 gallons of premium gas with every gadget on the planet that just distracts us from doing the job of driving, now do we?
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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unhappy reviews

by from northern ca. on September 3, 2014

I crack up when i read some of the reviews on here about the xv crosstrek that are sooooooo degrading! One person says your lucky to get 25mpg? I read another one that said he was getting 15? ( makes ...
I crack up when i read some of the reviews on here about the xv crosstrek that are sooooooo degrading! One person says your lucky to get 25mpg? I read another one that said he was getting 15? ( makes you wonder if they dont work for chevy!) Im getting 35.6 and it just seems to be getting better! No clear coat on the paint? Cheap paint? my paint looks great and is holding up fantastic! Using 8 quarts of oil in 8 months? Mine hasn't used a drop. what can you say? I'm happy!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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First car purchase ever!

by from Aurora Colorado on June 13, 2014

My first experience in purchasing a new car from a dealer was very positive due to a very fine gentleman named Trevor Taron at Shortline Subaru here in Aurora Co. I have only had this vehicle for one ...
My first experience in purchasing a new car from a dealer was very positive due to a very fine gentleman named Trevor Taron at Shortline Subaru here in Aurora Co. I have only had this vehicle for one week but I am very happy with the performance. I purchased the Limited which has leather upholstery that is very comfortable and I really like the automatic climate control system. The auto-on/off headlights are a very good feature. I am getting used to the rear-vision camera especially in a busy parking lot. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is very comfortable. There are many wonderful features in this automobile that I haven't described but I love this Crosstrek already and would recommend it without reservation.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not so lucky in Love

by from Clearwater Florida on February 10, 2016

i wanted a reliable car, that did not happen. In 8000 miles the dash has lite up twice like a Christmas Tree. Early one morning I caught the car ticking in the garage. It was not turned on. The dealer...
i wanted a reliable car, that did not happen. In 8000 miles the dash has lite up twice like a Christmas Tree. Early one morning I caught the car ticking in the garage. It was not turned on. The dealer blamed an aftermarket oil filter but could not diagnosis the ticking. As you know, if it does not happen in front of them, it did not happen. I have been told there is a known issue with the 2.0 engines. I don't have good details but it involves the cam shaft and variable timing. It has not been fixed, but the band-aid was an $80 Subaru oil change. We are waiting to see if the lights come on a 3rd time. Oh the anticipation! I do like the style, and comfort. The back seat is spacious and that is a plus. I can't see the instrument lights because they are at the top of the dash and the steering wheel blocks. I get about 27 MPH city but the gas station I use various the mileage. Circle K I get 24, Citgo I get 27. I bought it specifically for the reliability, color orange and AWD.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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I love my car! :)

by from Springville, Utah on May 4, 2014

The car drives excellently. It is speedy and handles very well. We have taken it through some rough roads and it works very well. The extra clearance on the car made it fun. The manual drive is very e...
The car drives excellently. It is speedy and handles very well. We have taken it through some rough roads and it works very well. The extra clearance on the car made it fun. The manual drive is very easy to use. I do not so much love the interior console in the car. It is very boxy. There aren't any areas or compartments on the left of the steering wheel for change, gum, or anything. There is an unusual pocket that seems to go nowhere. With the newer version of the Jelly Bean operating system for Android, it seems that the BT does not sync automatically with my car anymore, I have to switch through the radio modes off of BT and back for the audio to play again. I love the leather seats and it makes it easy to clean. I only wish that I had gotten the Crosstrek with the Moonroof. Even without the GPS system, that is all I feel is missing from my car. Everything else I love. It looks nice, drives nice, is comfortable to even ride in when not driving. It gives me the space and room that I need without being too big, like a Forester. I love the extra window space past the side mirrors. I love the auto settings for the Air Controls. It's great how intuitive the car is! I wish that, like my Honda before, I could enable the Cruise Control and it would continue to be enabled after turning the car off, and back on again. Outside of a few things, I couldn't ask for a better car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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1st Subaru

by from Seattle, WA on January 10, 2015

So perhaps I'm not the most qualified person to review cars as I haven't owned many.. well this is my second and I kept the last one 18 years, but so far I love this car. I can't say I've found any o...
So perhaps I'm not the most qualified person to review cars as I haven't owned many.. well this is my second and I kept the last one 18 years, but so far I love this car. I can't say I've found any of the negative reviews to be true. As far as I can tell this car has plenty of power for any normal uses of a car… Yeah, it's not a sports car, but why should you expect it to be? and unless you are racing when do you actually need or even get to accelerate from 0-60 in 3 seconds… This car does just fine getting up to merging speed on highway on ramps and that's even babying the brand new engine. I've yet to really put the pedal down and still have no complaints. I've found it to be a good smooth climber, unlike my old car which had some weird transmission quirks at certain grades. As far as cabin and road noise goes - it's not silent, but both my husband and I agree that driving a super quiet car is unnerving - where's the road and what are my tires doing! but it's not terribly loud either, so I'm happy there. As far as I'm concerned it's perfect for me. I wanted a small car (no kids, no dogs), with good mileage that wouldn't take up a ton of space at the curb (no driveway either), that would still be capable on forest service roads and in the snow where it's not necessarily plowed. This car takes to that like a 6 year old in snow boots. Yeah, he won't out sprint Ussain Bolt or carry as much as a pack horse, but he sure eats a lot less and takes up less space than either of them and who can run that fast in a crowded downtown anyway? We have been having a very low snow winter so far… but I have managed to find some ice covered forest service roads to climb around on. It's gone up and down so well you wouldn't even know the ice was there, granted I'm not a crazy driver, but I've only seen the traction control even come on once. As far as gas mileage goes, so far mine has been great, though I'll admit I haven't put much through it yet. I seem to be getting around 31 mpg combined, which sound pretty good to me - and that's even driving up mountains. That may go down a bit once we get the rack on it, but probably only a little. The interior is nice and rugged and most everything is where my fingers expect it to be. The drivers seat fits and comfortably adjusts for both myself at 5' even and my husband at 6'4" with no problems. There's more gadgets in there than I'm used to… (my old car was a 97!) but I'm figuring them out. I really like the radio controls on the steering wheel and I'm not sure I'd be happy without the backup cam. The car, though small, is taller than I'm accustomed to and the rear window is not huge, so looking back is much less effective. The side mirrors are big and give you a great view. I haven't had it long enough to really comment on the reliability.. but it wouldn't let me go without a rating. There's been no new car quirks - no odd rattles or loose parts or things that don't work quite right.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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The Crosstrek is a Win!

by from Baltimore, MD on November 16, 2014

This is my first Subaru. I really had narrowed it down to the Crosstrek and a close competitor. I test drove both and decided on the Subaru. The Crosstrek has quickly become one of my favorite driving...
This is my first Subaru. I really had narrowed it down to the Crosstrek and a close competitor. I test drove both and decided on the Subaru. The Crosstrek has quickly become one of my favorite driving experiences. It has great acceleration for a car in it's class and gets top ratings for safety. The interior is basic but comfortable and everything is easy to reach. A lot of people complain about road noise with this car... I have no complaints. It has significantly less road noise than others in its class and according to my wife, significantly less than many rental cars she drives. Being an all wheel drive is a plus for our winter season and the roof rack and rear mount bike racks are great add on items for anyone as active as I am. It hauls our kayaks, paddleboards and bikes no problem. I say this car is a big winner!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Love this car!

by from Reno, NV on August 17, 2014

Have owned Subarus for over 20 years, so I know their reliability and durability. The Crosstrek is fun to drive! I've never quite thought of a Subaru as "fun"....but love this car!
Have owned Subarus for over 20 years, so I know their reliability and durability. The Crosstrek is fun to drive! I've never quite thought of a Subaru as "fun"....but love this car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I love my car still

by from 08534 on July 16, 2014

This is my first sub and I love it. I know my friend who had subs before doesn't like it as much as I do. But I've test drove a lot of other cars before I decided this is the one that stole my heart a...
This is my first sub and I love it. I know my friend who had subs before doesn't like it as much as I do. But I've test drove a lot of other cars before I decided this is the one that stole my heart away. I went to Honda/Ford/Toyota looking for cars in the similar price range... When i walked into sub, the way this car looks just took me by surprise. A lot crossover cars gives me the feelings that they are confused and don't know where / who they are meant to be. But the way Crosstreks exterior looks just has personality. It drives very smoothly. It doesn't pick up as fast when AC is on... but that's with most cars. At times, the oil meter may jump two clicks after one 50 mile trip ... but it's not an big issue b/c it doesn't often. No oil leak so far and i've had this car for 9 months now. Still in love with my car. Last car i had was the new Altima, which I lost the love for new car in 3 months. The new line of 2014 subs are just amazing lookin~
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Flawed but decent

by from Waterbury, CT on June 10, 2015

I owned a few different car including cheap cars like kia and hyundai. I also owned a couple subaru outbacks throughout the years. I leased the Crosstrek because I liked the look of the vehicle and h...
I owned a few different car including cheap cars like kia and hyundai. I also owned a couple subaru outbacks throughout the years. I leased the Crosstrek because I liked the look of the vehicle and how it handled during the test drive but over the last year and a half I found flaws. There is a lot of road noise but I find that to be the tires causing it because you hear little of anything else from outside. The windshield is defective as well. I noticed distortion and found that it is very easily chipped. Also to get it replaced there is a three month wait because the manufacture cant keep up with the demand. The paint is easily scratched and chipped. The blue tooth mic location is bad and picks up alot of the road noise that the person you are talking to will hear. Last gas mileage is was not what was avertised. First 6 months I averaged 14-19mpg. Figuring there might be a break in period I let it go. Im at 15k miles and still only avg 20-25 how ever I find a major contributer to the issue is compressor on the ac unit. When not running the ac I avg 29 highway, this is all pen and paper not the dash desplay. Of all the vehicles i have owned never has one dropped the mileage so drastically using the AC. Other issues I found are the navigation system, which they recently updated the software on still needs work. It really isnt user friendly. BT connection to phone is slow to connect and disconnect or swap connections between phones. Sometimes the gps has a fit and wont update in time, but at least it stopped trying to get me to turn the wrong way down one way roads. Pros Its Stylish and comfortable. Handling is great
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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