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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

The used 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has standard all-wheel drive and a high safety score. However, its sluggish engine and rock-bottom reliability prevent it from being a class leader.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Good fuel economy
  • Underpowered engine
  • Dull interior materials

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Subaru XV Crosstrek has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview

Is the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek a Good Used SUV?

There are some good reasons to consider a used 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. It offers a rare combination – standard all-wheel drive and impressive fuel economy – along with a perfect safety score. However, it isn’t a particularly good subcompact SUV. The engine is weak, and the reliability score is as bad as it gets. A drab interior also hurts its appeal.

Used 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Performance and Interior

With its 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the all-wheel-drive 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has lethargic acceleration and trouble picking up speed for highway passing. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard and delivers decent fuel economy: 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. With its available automatic transmission, however, the fuel economy improves by 2 mpg in the city and 3 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for the class. Despite the XV Crosstrek’s height, it handles like a car. The brakes are strong, and the all-wheel-drive system is good on dirt roads and in poor weather.

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While the five-seat 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has a handsome interior design, its plastic surfaces are lackluster and low budget. There’s plenty of room for passengers in both rows. Cargo capacity tops out at 51.9 cubic feet, which is average for the class. For installing child seats, there is a complete set of LATCH connectors in each of the rear outward seats.

The 2013 XV Crosstrek comes with USB and auxiliary ports as well as Bluetooth. It’s available with navigation, a moonroof, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a 4.3-inch LCD screen, and HD Radio. 

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Used 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Prices

The average price of a 2013 XV Crosstrek ranges from nearly $14,200 for the 2.0i Premium trim with a manual transmission, up to about $16,000 for the 2.0i Limited trim with an automatic transmission. However, your final price depends on the SUV’s location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 18 Subaru XV Crosstrek reviews for this 2013 XV Crosstrek overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

The Subaru XV Crosstrek has the lowest possible reliability score (two out of five) from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the XV Crosstrek?

The Subaru XV Crosstrek received crash test evaluations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but not the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration. The IIHS gave it the highest rating of Good in all four tests administered (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength). 

There are no standard active safety features, but a backup camera is available. 

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Is the 2013 XV Crosstrek the Best Model Year to Buy?

Subaru introduced the XV Crosstrek for the 2013 model year. The SUV’s first generation ended with the 2017 model. Subaru dropped “XV” from the vehicle’s name for the 2016 model year. The 2014 model offers no major upgrades and will likely cost more than the 2013 model. However, you’ll get significant additions like a standard rearview camera and a 6.2-inch touch screen. It also has an available EyeSight package that includes several advanced safety features. 

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Which Used Subaru XV Crosstrek Is Right for Me?

There are two trim levels available: 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. The base XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium comes with a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, heated front seats, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Purchasing the XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited trim adds noteworthy features like leather upholstery, automatic climate control, HD Radio, a 4.3-inch LCD screen, and a rearview camera, and an automatic transmission with manual-mode paddle shifters (also available in the base model). 

Due to the XV Crosstrek’s low reliability rating, it’s smart to consider a certified pre-owned model. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program. 

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2013 Subaru Forester?

The Subaru Forester and the XV Crosstrek share some common traits: standard all-wheel drive, plenty of interior space, and low-rent cabin materials. However, the Forester is the better vehicle. It has a strong turbocharged base engine, more cargo space, and a slightly better (but still below-average) reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2013 Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback is a wagon that rights most of the XV Crosstrek’s wrongs, making it the better buy. It has an above-average reliability score and was named our 2013 Best Wagon for the Money and 2013 Best Wagon for Families. It also has a larger cargo hold and more options, including a 7-inch touch screen, a premium Harmon Kardon stereo, and Subaru’s EyeSight safety system.

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