The Good The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive. It features a practical mini-SUV design and excellent fuel economy. Voice command includes the ability to request music by name.
The Bad The XV Crosstrek's acceleration is on the slow side. The navigation head unit's interface can be confusing.
The Bottom Line Although lacking cutting-edge cabin tech, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek covers the basics very well, and offers excellent practicality and easy drivability.
An all-new Subaru emphasizing practicality
There must be something in the water at Subaru HQ. The company, which maintained a stable model lineup over the past decade, is coming out this year with not one, but two new models. The, and its twin the , launched earlier to the delight of sports-car fans everywhere. And now we have the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.
Unlike the BRZ, the XV Crosstrek does not take Subaru into previously uncharted territory. With its all-wheel drive, the XV Crosstrek is like a downsized, and less station-wagony than the . It comes off as a mini-SUV, similar to the and the upcoming .
And as a totally new model, the XV Crosstrek doesn't get weighed down with legacy tech. The optional navigation head unit in the Crosstrek is a relatively new system for Subaru, with many advanced, and unexpected, features.
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