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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

The Subaru XV Crosstrek ranks in the bottom half of the subcompact SUV segment. The Crosstrek has a roomy cabin and a comfortable ride, but it’s rivals are better overall.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Roomy seating space
  • Weak acceleration
  • Buzzy sound system

New for 2015

  • Standard touch screen and rearview camera
  • Available EyeSight safety features

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Subaru XV Crosstrek has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek a Good Used SUV?

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is a decent pick if you’re in the market for a used subcompact SUV. The Crosstrek has a spacious and attractive interior, refined handling, good fuel economy, and a large suite of available safety features. It also offers impressive all-weather practicality, since every model comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Despite these finer points, the XV’s so-so reliability rating and lethargic acceleration make it tough to recommend over direct competitors like the Mini Countryman and slightly larger SUVs like the Mazda CX-5. We review the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid separately.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 30 Subaru Crosstrek reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

Based on listings for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek on our site, the average price is $19,800. Prices range from $16,000 to $23,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Cost to Own?

The Crosstrek’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,000, or $4,400 per year. That’s lower than average for a subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Crosstrek?

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $21,895 and can exceed $30,000 in its top trim level. The 2019 model has pleasant handling and a comfortable ride, and it boasts a handsome interior with generous seating and cargo space. The Crosstrek also comes equipped with the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. It’s a nice SUV with all the latest in tech features, but it doesn’t improve on the Crosstrek’s core drawback: weak engine performance. Additionally, it costs far more than the average used model. If all you want is a practical small SUV, you’ll find it for thousands of dollars less in a used 2015 XV Crosstrek.

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There are no new subcompact SUVs that cost less than a used 2015 XV Crosstrek, but there are a few sedan and hatchback options. The boxy 2019 Kia Soul starts at $16,490, and it packs even more cargo room than the Crosstrek. Starting at $16,190, the 2019 Honda Fit offers comparable cargo space to the Crosstrek, along with superior fuel economy (up to 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway). Neither of these vehicles is available with all-wheel drive, though.

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Which Model Year of the Subaru XV Crosstrek Is Best?

Subaru launched the XV Crosstrek for the 2013 model year. The SUV’s first major updates came with the addition of a standard rearview camera and an easier-to-use Starlink infotainment system for 2015. Additionally, the advanced EyeSight safety features package became available, which includes forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The next updates arrived for 2016: Subaru dropped XV from the Crosstrek’s name, made blind spot monitoring available, and restyled the SUV’s front bumper. Overall, these tweaks make the 2015 to 2017 models a better buy than the earlier models.

Subaru fully redesigned the Crosstrek for 2018, and this second-generation model has sleeker looks, slightly sharper handling, as well as the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. If these perks are worth it to you, upgrade to the 2019 Crosstrek.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

The 2015 Crosstrek has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This rating is about average for the class, but it’s low for the industry as a whole.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Recalls

There is one recall for the 2015 Crosstrek at the time of writing. Subaru is recalling certain models equipped with the EyeSight safety package due to an issue with the pre-collision braking system. Make sure this recall has been addressed by a Subaru dealer before buying a used Crosstrek.

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Which Used Subaru XV Crosstrek Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Crosstrek is available in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited. The base model Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i is very well-equipped, making it a good choice for buyers on a tight budget. It has a 148-horsepower engine, a five-speed manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. It also comes standard with a 6.2-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, cloth seats, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and alloy wheels.

The mid-range Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium trim adds heated front seats and an available continuously variable automatic transmission. Lastly, the top-of-the-line Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited trim adds a larger 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control. Optional features include a navigation system, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, and the EyeSight safety features, which are listed below in the How Safe Is the XV Crosstrek? section.

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust, according to our analysis. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the XV Crosstrek?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Crosstrek a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s most prestigious accolade. The SUV received the highest rating of Good in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Crosstrek an overall rating of five out of five stars. It also earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

All 2015 Crosstrek models come standard with a rearview camera. The EyeSight suite of active safety features is available, and it includes forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and steering-responsive fog lights.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2015 Subaru Impreza?

The 2015 Subaru Impreza is a hatchback that shares a lot in common with the XV Crosstrek – from its engine and all-wheel drive system to its tech features and even its body. The main difference is that the Crosstrek has a taller ride height for better off-road ground clearance. Neither of these vehicles are top picks in their respective classes, but a used Impreza offers similar utility at a lower price point than the XV Crosstrek.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek or 2015 Subaru Forester?

The Subaru Forester is a compact SUV, and it’s the next step up in size from the subcompact Crosstrek in the Subaru lineup. The boxy Forester offers a substantially larger cargo space, and it’s available with a turbocharged engine, which makes it more enjoyable to drive. Prices are similar between these two models. Opt for the Forester – it’s the better buy.

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2015 XV Crosstrek Performance

How Does the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Drive?

The XV Crosstrek has a four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 148 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission with shift paddles is available. This engine doesn’t get much love from critics. It sounds coarse and feels low on power, especially when paired with the CVT automatic. The Crosstrek accelerates slowly from a stop, and its powertrain offers meager passing power at higher speeds.

The XV’s carlike ride and handling do earn some praise, though. The SUV glides comfortably over bumps and dips in the road, and it remains balanced around turns. It also boasts 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which makes the Crosstrek well-equipped for trudging through deep snow or along dirt trails. The Crosstrek can surely handle an occasional off-road trip, but it’s much better-suited to on-road driving.

Does the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the manual transmission, the Crosstrek gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are good numbers for a small SUV. The CVT-equipped models do even better: 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Towing Capacity

The XV Crosstrek is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

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2015 XV Crosstrek Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 XV Crosstrek Seat?

The XV Crosstrek is a four-door SUV with five seats. The front seats are supportive, with ample head- and legroom for tall drivers and passengers, and the rear seats are cozy too. Despite the Crosstrek’s small size, two adults can sit in this second row quite comfortably. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather upholstery and heated seats (front) are available.

The Crosstrek’s interior looks rather upscale by class standards. The dashboard has a nice layout, and most surfaces are soft to the touch. Better still, the cabin offers good visibility to the front and rear of the vehicle, making the Crosstrek an easy SUV to navigate through tight traffic.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

The Crosstrek has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use because some of the lower anchors are too deep in the seat cushions and difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Features

The Subaru XV Crosstrek’s Starlink touch screen is quite easy to use, and it boasts a number of popular apps like Pandora, Aha, and iHeartRadio. This infotainment system is also complemented by simple buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. On the other hand, the Crosstrek’s speakers provide poor sound quality.

The standard Crosstrek is equipped with a 6.2-inch touch screen, four speakers, a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB port, and keyless entry. Available features include satellite radio, six speakers, a larger 7-inch touch screen, and a navigation system.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Dimensions

Subaru XV Crosstrek Cargo Space

The Crosstrek has 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 51.9 cubic feet of space with those seats folded. That’s about average by subcompact SUV standards.

2015 XV Crosstrek Length and Weight

The XV Crosstrek is 14.6 feet long. It weighs between 3,109 and 3,208 pounds, depending on the trim level.

Where Was the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Built?

Subaru built the 2015 XV Crosstrek in Japan.

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