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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek was new.


Interior: 8.0

Reviewers say that the all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has an attractively designed cabin with comfortable seats, decent cargo space and a great-sounding stereo. However, a few reviewers note that some of the XV Crosstrek’s plastic trim looks cheap. Additionally, the XV Crosstrek’s similarly priced sibling, the Subaru Forester, offers significantly more cargo space.

  • "XV Crosstrek's interior is handsome and uses a combination of soft-touch and hard-plastic surfaces." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Built atop the latest Impreza platform, the 5-passenger Subaru XV Crosstrek is decidedly smaller than the popular Outback, but offers plenty of room for four adults or two and a mound of gear." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "There's so-called soft-touch surfacing on the upper door panels and dashboard, but Subaru could take some classes in how to select plastics as both the inside of the Impreza and XV borderline on Saturn Ion territory." -- Autoblog 
  • "The cabin is not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination, but nor would you expect it to be. It is functional and cost-effective, with options -- such as the moonroof and nav -- which line it up nicely with other cars in the compact crossover division." -- Jalopnik 


Despite the XV Crosstrek’s small size, reviewers say that this five-seat SUV offers spacious, comfortable seats in both rows. Heated front seats are standard on the Premium trim, while Limited models also get standard leather seats.

  • "Rear-seat space is better than normal for compact cars and even outshines some larger sport utes. A six-footer can sit behind another, with enough foot space, legroom, and headroom to be comfortable. Wide rear doors help ease entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide  
  • "For such a relatively small vehicle, the Crosstrek has a surprising amount of room inside. I could easily sit behind myself with plenty of headroom. Being 6'2", that's not something I can say about every vehicle." -- Motor Trend 
  • "We found gallons of front-seat headroom for us two five-foot, 10-inch occupants, not that the former Impreza was a slouch when it came to space up front." -- Autoblog 
  • The steering wheel feels a little thin and flimsy and that was my only major complaint. On the bright side, it is telescopic, so finding a comfortable driving position shouldn't be an issue." -- Jalopnik 

Interior Features

The Subaru XV Crosstrek comes standard with a six-speaker stereo that features a USB port, an auxiliary input and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Options include a navigation system and a power moonroof. The higher Limited trim adds automatic climate control and a backup camera.

Few reviewers have commented on the 2013 XV Crosstrek’s interior features. However, many say that its interior is basically the same as the Subaru Impreza’s. One test driver compliments the XV Crosstrek for its straightforward climate and stereo controls, while another says the stereo has excellent sound quality.

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  • "The audio system is mounted centrally on the dash and is within easy reach. The climate control system is pleasantly simple to operate via well-marked, easy-to-grip knobs that are mounted below the radio." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "It comes with a 6-speaker system that does sound jolly good. Quality was crisp and it did indeed mask out the engine noise. Our Subaru rep cranked up some reggae on our way back from dinner and, although I admittedly had consumed multiple Hawaiian cocktails, I bopped my head like the Rasta that I am." -- Jalopnik 


Most reviewers approve of the XV Crosstrek’s cargo space. The XV Crosstrek has 22.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 51.9 cubic with them folded. One reviewer also likes the XV Crosstrek’s in-cabin storage, noting that there’s plenty of space to stash small items. However, another points out that the similarly priced Subaru Forester offers a lot more cargo space.

  • "The Crosstrek's interior being identical to the Impreza hatch's, it packs the same 23 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up. Here, the Forester has a clear lead, with 34 cubes." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Subaru has thoughtfully included a nice rubbery-plastic cargo tray for the rear cargo floor. Interior small-item storage is better than average. There are bottle holders in all four doors (the front doors have additional storage space as well), a large open compartment in front of the shifter, a bi-level tray aft the shifter, two console cupholders with a retractable cover, and a generously sized glovebox." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Cargo space is roomy at 22.3 cu. ft, enough to fulfill most activities a young, hip so-and-so could dream up." -- Jalopnik

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