The XV Crosstrek, based on the Impreza hatchback, gives Subaru another crossover entry that our editors find attractive in several areas, including base prices that range between roughly $22,000 and $25,000.
It has the look and high stance of an SUV, but the responsive handling and comfortable ride of a car. The ride height and seats are positioned so that it’s easy to get in or out. Even with standard all-wheel drive, the XV Crosstrek has EPA ratings of 25/33 mpg city/highway with the continuously variable automatic transmission. Those fuel-economy numbers are better than some front-wheel-drive rivals.
Among the Crosstrek’s shortcomings are high levels of engine and road noise, less cargo room than some competitors and modest acceleration. On balance, though, it is certainly worth a look.
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