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Rankings & Research

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Subaru XV Crosstrek has a score of 7.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

The Subaru XV Crosstrek has a roomy interior, good fuel economy, and a comfortable ride. However, its weak engine performance and below-average reliability rating pull it down in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Spacious interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Weak engine performance
  • Frustrating navigation system

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview

Is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek a Good Used SUV?

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is a decent option for those shopping for a used subcompact SUV. It impresses with a spacious and upscale cabin, a smooth ride, and standard all-wheel drive. However, the Crosstrek’s tepid acceleration, clumsy infotainment system, and so-so reliability ultimately make it hard to recommend over competitors like the Buick Encore and Mini Countryman. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Used 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Performance and Interior

The Subaru XV Crosstrek has a four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard; a continuously variable automatic transmission with shift paddles is available. The engine largely disappoints for its lack of muscle. It offers pokey acceleration and meager passing power, which becomes especially apparent on hills. That said, both transmissions feel refined, and they help the Crosstrek hit 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

The Crosstrek’s all-wheel-drive system and 8.7 inches of ground clearance make it well-equipped for traversing snow-covered roads and wooded trails. Still, you’ll want to look elsewhere if you have serious off-roading in mind. The XV Crosstrek rides comfortably over broken pavement and it feels stable around corners. It’s easy to park as well, thanks to its quick and light steering.

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The Subaru XV Crosstrek seats five and features a spacious interior. The front seats are somewhat firm, but they are supportive and provide ample head- and legroom. The rear seats are cozy as well, and there’s enough room for average-sized adults to sit comfortably. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats. Outward visibility is good in all directions. The Crosstrek has a decent 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 51.9 cubic feet with its 60/40-split seats folded flat.

The Crosstrek’s cabin looks and feels rather upscale by segment standards, and many of its interior plastics feel soft to the touch. In particular, the dashboard looks cleanly designed, and it features simple audio and climate controls. Unfortunately, the Crosstrek’s speakers don’t sound that great. The cabin lets in a fair amount of road, wind, and engine noise. The XV Crosstrek is available with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but its on-screen buttons are small and awkward to use while driving.

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Used 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Prices

The price of a used 2014 XV Crosstrek ranges from about $17,400 for Premium models to around $19,300 for Limited models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

This overview includes fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test scores, and much more. We've also researched 24 Subaru XV Crosstrek reviews to help you decide if the 2014 Crosstrek is the right car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

The XV Crosstrek has below-average reliability, earning a score of 2.5 out of five points in JD Power’s reliability ratings.

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How Safe Is the XV Crosstrek?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Subaru Crosstrek a 2014 Top Safety Pick and gave the highest score of Good in all five areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Crosstrek a perfect five-star rating for its overall and side impact safety. The Crosstrek earned four stars for front and rollover crash safety.

Subaru offers the Crosstrek with an optional rearview camera. However, no other advanced driver assists are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used XV Crosstrek?

The 2014 XV Crosstrek marks the second model year of the vehicle’s first generation. The Crosstrek saw no major updates for 2014. That means you can save money by shopping for 2013 models with similar features. On the other hand, you may want to consider 2015 models. They are available with Subaru’s advanced EyeSight safety features, which include forward collision warning, automatic brake assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Used Subaru XV Crosstrek Is Right for Me?

Subaru offers the 2014 XV Crosstrek in two trim levels: 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. The base model Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium has an AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, remote keyless entry (including liftgate), cruise control, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and fog lights.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited trim adds leather seats, a 4.3-inch display screen, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, and automatic on/off headlights. Available features for both trims include a moonroof, a 6.1-inch touch screen, navigation, and satellite radio.

You may want to look for 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.

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

Subaru launched the XV Crosstrek Hybrid as a new model in 2014. It looks exactly the same inside and out as the nonhybrid Crosstrek. Both share the same features. Used models are often similarly priced, as well. The biggest difference is that the hybrid’s powertrain is more fuel efficient (29/32 mpg city/highway) and provides zippier acceleration. Overall, the hybrid is the better pick of the two. Just be aware that both models have below-average reliability ratings.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2014 Subaru Impreza?

The Subaru Impreza hatchback shares almost all of its components with the Crosstrek, including its body, tech features, engine, and even the standard all-wheel-drive system. The core difference is that the Crosstrek has a taller suspension. That provides better ground clearance off-road, but it also reduces fuel economy. Neither are top options in their respective classes, but a used Impreza offers comparable practicality, often at a far lower price.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2014 Subaru Forester?

The 2014 Subaru Forester is a compact SUV, and it’s larger in size than the XV Crosstrek. The Forester’s boxy dimensions yield roomier seating than the Crosstrek and far superior maximum cargo space (a vast 74.7 cubic feet). The Forester also has stronger engine performance, a long list of advanced safety features, and similar fuel economy. Though used Forester models are typically pricier than XV Crosstreks, the Forester is the better – and much more capable – pick for SUV shoppers.

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