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Old 08-06-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Reviewed

Watch the full review video at Subiesport.TV

The new 2013 XV Crosstrek replaces Subaru's outgoing 2012 Outback Sport. Though both cars are based on the Subaru Impreza, only the XV Crosstrek features additional ride-height equal to the Forester, larger brakes, and additional body bracing to better deal with soft-roading adventures.

The new Crosstrek will only be available as either a Premium or Limited model starting at just above $21,000 (final pricing announced in Fall of 2012). Drivetrain choices include either Subaru's second-generation CVT or a 5-speed manual transmission mated to the 2.0 boxer from the street-going Impreza (148hp/145tq).

Overall, the car is a great option for premium small crossover shoppers. It won't win any races, but for real-world needs, this car offers quite a lot of bang for the dollar. We did ask if an XT (turbo) Crosstrek was in the cards, to that question the Subaru rep only smiled and said they didn't comment on future products.

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Old 08-06-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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LOL that is one ugly vehicle in that color/wheel choice.

That thing would be awesome with the Subaru Boxer diesel!!
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:13 AM   #4
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I just want those rims...
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:14 AM   #5
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I love that color! It would be better as a matte though. And yes...this thing needs a diesel! Just like the Forester has needed on for 5 years...are you listening SOA???
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:18 AM   #6
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This is one of two colors exclusive to the Crosstrek (and yes, I agree this would look great as a matte finish!) The other color is Orange... not my taste, but it grows on you.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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Wheels are awful, other then that it looks interesting.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #8
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Sucks there isn't a turbo model
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:18 AM   #9
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #10
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:09 PM   #11
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The new 2013 XV Crosstrek replaces Subaru's outgoing 2012 Outback Sport.
Dang!!! I missed an entire model year!!!

He also, seriously, asked if he could pull the hand brake on a 148hp Crosstrek. I didn't hear a word for about 2 minutes after that I was laughing soo hard.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #12
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Dang!!! I missed an entire model year!!!

He also, seriously, asked if he could pull the hand brake on a 148hp Crosstrek. I didn't hear a word for about 2 minutes after that I was laughing soo hard.

The question was more general in nature, wiseguy
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:06 PM   #13
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Needs power more power. Might be fun on a dirt road by yourself but with 2-3 adults + luggage on the freeway, it's probably not even enough to follow traffic uphill.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:36 PM   #14
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Needs power more power. Might be fun on a dirt road by yourself but with 2-3 adults + luggage on the freeway, it's probably not even enough to follow traffic uphill.
Only if your a horrific driver. The first gen legacy wagon does fine with four adults plus gear.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:14 PM   #15
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Only if your a horrific driver. The first gen legacy wagon does fine with four adults plus gear.
First gen legacy... You're talking about the 89-94 model?

First, it was many years ago when expectations were lower and traffic was slower. Secondly the legacy was built with several versions of the EJ20, including a TURBO. Yes TURBO. At least you had the choice back then, fast track to 2012 and we have just one engine with the torque of a compact car in a small SUV. Very poor engine choice from Subaru IMO. I'm sure a turbo will be available down the line but the N/A should have been better suited to this great chassis.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #16
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First gen legacy... You're talking about the 89-94 model?

First, it was many years ago when expectations were lower and traffic was slower. Secondly the legacy was built with several versions of the EJ20, including a TURBO. Yes TURBO. At least you had the choice back then, fast track to 2012 and we have just one engine with the torque of a compact car in a small SUV. Very poor engine choice from Subaru IMO. I'm sure a turbo will be available down the line but the N/A should have been better suited to this great chassis.
There has never been a Legacy in the U.S. with a factory installed EJ20, sorry. I don't think the U.S. has ever seen a 2.0 NA subaru motor till the new impreza/XV/BRZ. They went straight from the 1.8 to the 2.2 in the impreza (was there an EA20??). All the 89-94 legacy's had the EJ22, with the turbo's having an EJ22T (I've had 3 NA's and one turbo from this generation). The turbo models still only had 160hp/180ft lbs stock so they are out gunned by both a modern EJ25 or light weight newer EJ20 impreza. (unless you're at altitude where FI doesn't lose as much hp as the N/A's).

Yep, it has less hp than the EJ25 but it weighs less and gets better mileage. The standard impreza with the new EJ20 is faster than the older (heavier version) with the EJ25 even though it has 32 less hp (not sure if that applies to the outback sport vs. XV though). It's all about hp/weight not pure HP #'s.

They'll sell a ton
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #17
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Oh the diesel wagon brigade is strong here...face it they want to sell this thing to gas engine SUV type people.

Keep waiting for the twin-turbo diesel dual-range DCCD dua-clutch version it will come...who wants a 37k CrossTrek...yeah thought so.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:08 AM   #18
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Looks great but they should have used the BRZ version of the 2.0L engine with a 6 speed manual trans and be offering the diesel engine in North America as well.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #19
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Looks great but they should have used the BRZ version of the 2.0L engine with a 6 speed manual trans and be offering the diesel engine in North America as well.
Diesel, yes...but not the BRZ motor. That motor needs revs to come alive, off road you need low end torque. You won't hit 7000 rpms through too many KOA campgrounds. At least you can do an e brake turn though, just in case.

A turbo diesel with CVT would be ideal in that car. Ditch those hienous wheels, steelies would look better imo.

Subaru could do a Crosstrek STI geared towards endurance desert racing...Dakar Rally style. Just a crazy thought.....
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:45 PM   #20
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Diesel, yes...but not the BRZ motor. That motor needs revs to come alive, off road you need low end torque. You won't hit 7000 rpms through too many KOA campgrounds. At least you can do an e brake turn though, just in case.

A turbo diesel with CVT would be ideal in that car. Ditch those hienous wheels, steelies would look better imo.

Subaru could do a Crosstrek STI geared towards endurance desert racing...Dakar Rally style. Just a crazy thought.....
Agreed. Subaru should totally go in that direction! HA!
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:48 PM   #21
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i think i found my future DD that will sit pretty next to my WRX
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:48 AM   #22
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Moar power, please!
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:56 PM   #23
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:24 AM   #24
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148 hp * stops watching


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Old 08-09-2012, 09:16 AM   #25
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Very cool car for heavy offroaders. But other then that impreza or impreza sport seems better option (better mpg, slightly cheaper, lighter = probably faster, more stylish, similair cargo space)
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