2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will make its American debut at the New York Auto Show next month. The Crosstrek will be a crossover-type vehicle and will be brand new to the U.S. market, Subaru says in a press release.

Based on the Subaru Impreza platform, the Crosstrek compact crossover will offer two different all-wheel drive systems. Kicking Tires notes that the Crosstrek will have a ride height of 8.7 inches, which is higher than many crossovers, and should make the SUV particularly useful off-road.

The new Subaru will come with a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower, and either a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable transmission. Though the EPA hasn’t rated the Crosstrek’s fuel economy yet, this same engine in the all-wheel drive Impreza wagon manages to net 27/36 mpg city/highway when paired with a CVT. Autoblog notes that that’s good enough to make the XV Crosstrek “the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover on the market,” though that won’t be confirmed until it undergoes official EPA fuel economy testing.

Inside, the Crosstrek will offer two trim levels: Premium and Limited. The base Premium model will come with features like standard Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and power windows and door locks. Limited models add features like heated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery and automatic climate control.

Overall, test drivers say that the Crosstrek handles fairly well, but all wish for more power. However, one of their biggest complaints is that it’s too similar to the Impreza. “There’s nothing in here to give the Crosstrek its own flavor—no special upholstery, no unique trim, no distinct equipment,” writes Automobile Magazine.

Subaru hasn’t announced pricing for the Crosstrek yet, but Car and Driver estimates that it will start at about $22,500. That’s not a bad price for a small crossover with standard all-wheel drive, but with the Impreza starting at about $17,500, many buyers may find that the Crosstrek’s extra ground clearance isn’t worth paying $5,000 more. The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will hit U.S. dealerships this fall.

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