2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review – Leave the Pavement

If you sum up the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek in one word, that word would be “average.” It has a standard all-wheel drive, a casual interior, boxer engine, a rugged lifestyle, CVT, and a high safety rating. These qualities all scream normal and does very little to promote the adventurist lifestyle that the brand portrays through advertising.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review - Leave the Pavement

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is Plain Average

When you look at the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek, it does scream normal but it is a peculiar one at that. It is too big to be considered as a subcompact crossover, but it is also in the more smaller side of things to be a compact crossover. It is somewhat stuck in the middle between these two sizes.

But when it comes to its pricing, this quality is definitely closer to that of the subcompacts. This all-wheel-drive vehicle is competitive as its specs are similar to those found in the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, and Mazda C3-X.

What makes the XV Crosstrek unique is it is a jacked-up compact vehicle. It has 8.7-inches of ground clearance so it can crawl over taller objects as compared to other subcompact car. Furthermore, and unlike a lot of compact crossovers, the XC can sed 40-percent of the power generated from its engine to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. Hence, this is better suited for off-road conditions.

The XV is based on the Impreza and it does not include some unique parts aside from the body cladding. Speaking of the body cladding, most of which can be found in the architecture found in its rear suspension.

Although the XV is found in that gray area between a subcompact and a compact crossover, it does not have the engine power to make up for its size. In fact, the engine is the weakest part of the vehicle. It can only deliver 148-horsepower. This may be competitive enough for its class but it is not exactly what you can call “quick.”

For its weight, at least it weighs less than 3,200-pounds. This allows for fuel economy rating to reach 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. But drivers would still want more power for this vehicle. While it is efficient, it does not carry around a big stick.

For its price, simple features, and off-road ability, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek can cover the basics of an all-wheel-drive vehicle. But with an inferior design and poor engine ability, drivers may just want to stick to the city-life with this one instead.


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