2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium 

  • $22k
  • 2.0L Flat 4
  • 23 city 30 hwy
7.9 Out of 10
Rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman deliver engaging on-road performance and laudable fuel economy, but the new XV Crosstrek supplements its solid road manners with a surprising level of off-road proficiency and the best fuel economy of any all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV on the market.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
Aside from the minimal feedback through the electrically assisted steering, the XV’s chassis is well tuned, and its ride quality falls on the firmer side.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Subaru XV Crosstrek


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Fuel economy

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Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Subaru XV Crosstrek

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

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EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

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Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

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Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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27 MPG
37 MPG

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Reviews Word on the street for the Subaru XV Crosstrek

The front strut suspension is essentially carried over from the Impreza, while the rear double-wishbone setup comes with pillow-ball bushings, which Subaru says helps ride comfort, stability, and agility.


Premium models equipped with a manual gearbox feature an AWD system with a 50/50 front/rear power distribution, while automatic transmissions are coupled to an adaptive system that automatically proportions power to the wheels with the most grip.2.0-liter boxer-4148 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (manual), 25/33 mpg (automatic).


8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


STANDARD SYMMETRICAL ALL-WHEEL DRIVEUnlike most competitor all-wheel-drive systems, Subaru's trademark symmetrical AWD continuously sends power to all four wheels to help prevent a loss of traction before it happens.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and fairly steep approach/departure angles, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is well-equipped for travel in unforgiving terrain.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
And the electric power steering is light but very nicely weighted.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The chief difference is that Europe gets a six-speed manual option, while the U.S. must make due with a five-speed unit or the CVT.
by MotorTrend
We expect a quarter-mile sprint of 16.8 seconds with the five-speed manual; add a few 10ths with the optional CVT.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)
Depending on whether you choose the CVT or the manual transmission, you still get a relatively different version of all-wheel drive.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The XV's contrasting colored flares; blacked-out, 17-inch aluminum wheels; lifted stance with 8.7 inches of ground clearance; dark tinted glass; and standard-issue racks all scream "I'm stylish and really love dirt.
by MotorTrend
Go with the five-speed manual, and the Crosstrek feels far more charming, especially when you need do order up some power quickly at lower speeds.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
With EPA ratings of 25 mpg city, 33 highway with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and 23/30 with the five-speed manual, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is the most fuel-efficient crossover vehicle, based on EPA Combined ratings.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The compression-ignition version only gives up three ponies, but torque soars to 258 lb-ft at 1600 rpm.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)
But with 145 lb-ft at 4200 rpm, it isn’t, and so you do.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)
This new crossover goes around corners and in a straight line without making a negative or positive impression, although it is capable enough to handle aggressive driving.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)


Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system remains standard equipment.
by MotorTrend
Those bits are standard across the board, and help make room for lager brakes up front.
by AutoBlog (Nov, 2012)
Given the substandard sound quality produced by the standard audio system, we highly recommend upgrading to the dealer-installed speakers from Kicker.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Subaru
Model year 2013
City range 365 miles
Highway range 477 miles
MSRP $22k
Annual cost $6,517

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders Flat 4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Manual 4x4

stereo & entertainment

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


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,000
Navigation system Optional, $1,200
Roof rails Optional
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Optional, $260
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 5
EPA GHG score 7
Combined CO2/mile 346 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 20.86 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Double wishbone
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 Yes
  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 3,087 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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