2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Pros: Standard all-wheel drive at affordable prices; decent fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive vehicle; just-right blend of passenger-car and SUV attributes; excellent ride and handling balance

Cons: Middling acceleration; engine noise is exacerbated by CVT transmission; not all testers like layout of navigation system

CG Says: After adding a gas-electric hybrid model for 2014, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek lineup gets a new base trim level, new infotainment systems, and the availability of Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.The XV Crosstrek is one of the most car-like entries in the compact sport-utility class, yet it offers generous cargo and passenger room for its size. We also like the comfortable ride and tastefully finished cabin. The original XV Crosstrek has decent fuel economy but we wish its engine made a bit more power, especially at low rpm. Normally we like the flexibility of a manual transmission, but XV Crosstrek’s smooth CVT automatic does a better job corralling the small engine’s horsepower. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s EPA numbers aren’t as impressive as some hybrids, but they’re still an improvement over the standard gas engine, especially considering the Hybrid’s relatively modest price premium. Also, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is one of the few hybrid vehicles available with all-wheel drive. Overall, this likeable little hauler does a good job combining car qualities with small-SUV space and styling. It’s worth a serious look.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $21,595
Premium: $22,295
Limited: $24,795
Hybrid: $25,995
Hybrid Touring: $29,295

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
148
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
160
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid