2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 

  • $24k
  • 2.0L Flat 4
  • 25 city 33 hwy
7.5 Out of 10
The simple design is remarkable because many competitors are going the other direction — adding lots of buttons to their interiors but not necessarily making them easier to use.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)
The CVT is the more efficient of the two transmissions; it's rated 25/33 mpg city/highway — good numbers for a small crossover with all-wheel drive — versus the manual's 23/30 mpg.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Subaru XV Crosstrek


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Reviews Word on the street for the Subaru XV Crosstrek

Despite the Crosstrek's elevated stance — which you can feel from the driver's seat — it still behaves like a car, offering a compliant ride and responsive handling.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Like all hybrids, the Crosstrek has a standard stop-start system.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
Subaru says some of these changes and additions will come to the standard car, as well they should.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
All-wheel drive is standard.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)


It keeps engine rpm low when cruising on the highway but readily increases engine speed when you step on the gas; it doesn't take long to get from 60 to 70 mph.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)
The XV Crosstrek needed these additions more than it needed a hybrid powertrain.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
The XV Crosstrek keeps pace with city and highway traffic, but you have to be willing to rev its engine.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)


Subaru claims the hybrid weighs 304 more pounds than the standard Crosstrek, so the gas-electric variant likely won’t be any quicker at the test track.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
Cloth upholstery is standard, but the Limited model gets vinyl seats with leather-covered side bolsters.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)
It also doesn't hurt that the XV Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive for less than the price of many front-wheel-drive competitors while still delivering competitive gas mileage estimates.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)


Surely those buyers will appreciate the additional peak horsepower and torque of the hybrid.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
More significant than the greater torque or the improved fuel economy are the improvements to the car’s noise-suppression package.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
The Crosstrek’s regenerative braking system is controlled by an unusually consistent-feeling pedal.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)


Many systems like this allow you to control shifts using the console gear selector, too, but the XV Crosstrek includes only paddles.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)
Part of the problem is the high load floor, which is more than just a function of the elevated ride height: The spare tire underneath the floor further reduces vertical cargo space.
by cars.com (Oct, 2013)
No part of this adventure made any sense whatsoever, but it did provide us the opportunity to sleep in a place called Landmannalaugar, eat part of a horse, and achieve an indicated 18 mpg in a small four-wheel-drive hybrid.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Subaru
Model year 2014
City range 397 miles
Highway range 524 miles
MSRP $24k
Annual cost $6,839

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders Flat 4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Optional, $0
CD player Optional, $0
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $122
Navigation system Optional, $546
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Optional, $339
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 5
EPA GHG score 7
Combined CO2/mile 317 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No

power & handling

Max torque 145 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Max HP 148 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21.6 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.61 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.79 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 70.1 in
Front track width 60 in
Height 63.6 in
Ground clearance 8.7 in
Length 175.2 in
Wheelbase 103.7 in
Curb weight 3,197 lb
GVWR 4,343 pounds
Tow weight 1,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 56 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³
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