Cool styling; lots of ground clearance for when the snow gets deep; good fuel economy; well-equipped base models; available with a manual transmission
Not much power under the hood; high noise levels at highway speeds; poor Bluetooth functionality; limited availability for satellite radio
A hybrid model will join the lineup midway through 2014. It promises slightly better acceleration and fuel economy without a significant price increase. Also new for 2014, the Aha infotainment app is standard on all models with the available navigation radio
Go for any CVT-equipped model -- it will ultimately have better resale value. The entry-level model starts under $23,000 including destination charges, so checking the box marked CVT is probably within a potential customer's budget. We'd also recommend going for a nice aftermarket navigation radio over the Subaru unit. It will cost about the same or less, and give you better features and better sound.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek comes in two trims: Premium and Limited.
The Premium ($22,820) includes a 5-speed manual transmission, power function for the windows, door locks and mirrors, heated front seats, heated mirrors, windshield deicer, fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, AM/FM/CD stereo, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a tilt/telescoping steering column.
The Limited ($25,320) adds the CVT automatic, leather seating, automatic climate control, upgraded audio with 4.3-in display screen and HD radio, auto on/off headlights and a rear backup camera.
Options for both trims include a navigation radio upgrade with Sirius satellite radio and a power moonroof. Dealer-installed options are numerous and include 115-volt outlet, remote start (automatic only) and a number of roof rack attachments, body trim pieces and protective moldings.
With the rear seats in place, cargo volume for the XV Crosstrek is 22.3 cu ft, big enough to accommodate three golf bags. It's a simple operation to fold them down -- they split 60/40 and form a flat load floor. Cargo space then expands to 51.9 cu ft.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
Kia Sportage -- This latest generation of Sportage is already a hit, thanks to smart styling, generous equipment levels and decent pricing. There's also a turbo version.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport -- Somewhat underappreciated, the Outlander Sport sports clean lines, better audio and navigation systems, and comparable standard equipment to the XV Crosstrek.
Nissan Juke -- Exhibiting a singular aesthetic sense mixed with fine on-road manners, the Juke takes a predominantly paved route rather than a wooded trail.