Not long ago, Subaru announced that the XV compact crossover on sale in Europe would be coming to America as the XV Crosstrek. The car was just debuted at the New York Auto Show.
Serious little off-roader
Last year, according to the Washington Post, Subaru debuted a compact crossover wagon/SUV called the XV, based on the Impreza platform but smaller than the Forester, the other crossover based on the Impreza. The XV was initially slated for sale in Europe. The XV resembles the Outback more than anything else, though the Outback is based on the Legacy sedan.
Eventually, Subaru confirmed that the XV was going to be sold in the United States, though it would be sold as the XV Crosstrek. Subaru, along with many other car companies, is showing off new stuff at the New York Auto Show, so the company took the XV Crosstrek along and give it a public debut. It goes on sale this fall.
Lots of the same good stuff
According to Motor Trend magazine, the XV Crosstrek has been lifted to 8.6 inches of ride-height. That gives it, according to Subaru, 3.1 more inches than the Impreza and 2.9 more than the Impreza Sport.
It also has different fenders to accommodate the 17-inch wheels and, according to USA Today, a roof rack like the Impreza Sport.
Under the hood, it’s mostly the same. It’s powered by the 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. Just like the Impreza, it has all-wheel-drive and comes with a five-speed manual transmission. Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission will be an optional extra as well.
Subaru estimates mileage at 25 miles per gallon city, 33 highway, though EPA estimates aren’t available yet.
Sips at the tank, conquers terrain
According to Forbes, the XV Crosstrek should start at about $25,000. Assuming 33 mpg is achieved, that makes it the most fuel efficient of Subaru’s crossover range and highly competitive among crossovers. The Crosstrek’s party piece is the 8.6 inches of clearance, which few competing crossovers come close to.
Among those that do, few get more than 30 mpg. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe should give the Crosstrek a run for its money; it is estimated to get up to 33 mpg, but prices aren’t available yet and the previous model had 8.1 inches of clearance. The Mazda CX-5 has 8.5 inches of clearance, gets 31 mpg with AWD and starts at $23,345. A few 2012 Mazda Tributes, with 8.1 inches of clearance with the AWD model may still be available. They start at $24,350, but only get up to 26 mpg. The Nissan Rogue AWD, according to Edmunds, starts at $23,090 and has 8.3 inches of clearance but only gets 26 mpg.