Subaru XV Crosstresk – Get the Best of Both Worlds

2014-02-22 11:17:07
Subaru XV Crosstresk – Get the Best of Both Worlds
Subaru XV Crosstresk – Get the Best of Both Worlds

Subaru is a famous automobile manufacturer, which is the subsidiary division of the Japanese transportation giant, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI). It is not the 26th biggest automaker in the world in terms of production. Subaru is well known for its introduction of the Boxer engine layout in its vehicles about 1500 cc. The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek was as well-accepted model in the SUV section of the brand.

Subaru is having a pretty strong history in the vehicle making industry, and is well known for their use of boxer engine layout in the above 1500 cc sector. They are also known for using the all-wheel drive mechanism since 1972, which had later become the standard in all the mid-size and even smaller cars in most of the international markets by the year 1996. The exception was of the RWD BRZ, which was introduced by Subaru in 2012. Another unique feature offered by Subaru is the turbocharged versions of their passenger cars as the Impreza WRX.

The parent company of Subaru, Fuji Heavy Industries, is now having a business partnership with the leading Toyota Motor Corporation that owns 16.5% of FHI stakes. Further, we will discuss about the Subaru XV Crosstrek model, which was released by the company in the year 2013.

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

For many years, it can be said that the Europeans have ridiculed the Americans with their addiction to SUVs; however the small-SUV sales are again booming on the continent lately. The new XV Crosstrek had actually been considered as an easy way for Subaru to optimize their performance on this trend. The tidy dimensions of this model make it ideal for the clean European roads. When comes to the U.S., the dealers simply like XV and are convinced with the Subaru brass, which was deemed to be an instant hit with the young urban dwellers and the stateside families. In the US, it is known as the XV Crosstrek.

Subaru’s Forester model is about 4.1 inches taller and 4.3 inches longer. It is not wider than the Crosstrek. However XV may be costing a bit higher than that of Forester, but is featuring a better fuel economy offered by its 2.0 liter flat-four than the larger cars, however its 2.5. EPA figures are yet to be known. However, it is expected that the car can offer 25 mpg in city ride and 33 on highways with the five-speed manual transmission and also an optional CVT.  It is surely quite better than the Forester’s 21/27 mpg. On the other hand, Forester’s turbocharged engine offers a bad fuel economy too, as 19/24 mpg.

The interior of the Crosstrek is identical to that of the Impreza hatch, which also packs the same 23 cubic feet cargo with rear seats folded down. In this area, however, the Forester is keeping a clear lead with an additional 2 cubic feet and a significant 8 cubic feet more on folding. The XV claims a clear 8.7 inches ground clearance, which is 3 more to the Impreza.

Same as in Impreza, XV’s flat-four is a turndown. There is on 148 horses, but acceleration is warm. Also the XV transformation adds about 50 to 100 pounds to the Impreza wagon. What can be enjoyed is a quarter-mile sprint in 16.8 seconds with the standard five-speed manual.

Subaru models:

Subaru Baja
Subaru Forester
Subaru Loyale
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Subaru Impreza
Subaru BRZ
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Subaru B9 Tribeca
Subaru Tribeca
Subaru Impreza WRX
Subaru XT
Subaru Justy
Subaru WRX