2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Performance Review The Car Connection

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Performance Review

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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

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the nose is pointing uphill on terrain, mashing the accelerator is slightly more rewarding finding, to your dismay, you’ve stepped on a nesting booby

The weak engine down a fairly athletic Like the Impreza, the XV turns in and is competent when hustled.

Venture a bit off road and the Crosstrek well, clambering over rocky ranch roads complaint

148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of allow for very modest once you’re underway in the car

The Subaru XV Crosstrek, now in its second has been an unexpected success for which is now cutting back on Impreza sales to get more from the factory. The Crosstrek is an Impreza hatchback that’s raised considerably, given wheels and tires, a larger gas and bigger front brakes—plus reinforcements and strengthening to make it in off-road conditions.

It’s of anything from smooth to mild off-roading, and good for any of torrential rain, blizzards, tracks, gravel mountain or for that matter, your commute. It also has good and departure angles (of 18 degrees and 28 degrees, respectively), and with its system, which is always power to all four wheels, we it might be one of the best vehicles yet for roads and driveways.

It doesn’t handle as well as the Impreza, but compared to most compact crossovers (except Subaru’s own Forester), it’s crisp and athletic in corners. taller than the Impreza—with 8.7 of ground clearance—but it doesn’t tippy at all. Subaru’s power steering is light to but crisply weighted, and overall the feels like driving a rather than a taller crossover.

Nonetheless, it can tow up to 1,500 while some competitors—the Cooper Countryman, Nissan and Jeep Compass, for example—have no tow capacity at all.

Two transmissions are available—a five-speed gearbox or Subaru’s continuously transmission (CVT), which one of our favorite of the breed—and the all-wheel-drive varies accordingly. Manual come with a viscous-coupling system with locking differential, while CVT versions with an electronically managed variable transfer-clutch system. send power to the wheels the most grip, but the manual-gearbox provides a more direct, driving feel.

That the Crosstrek isn’t particularly Its 2.0-liter flat-four engine only 148 horsepower, and it has roughly pounds in a loaded Crosstrek The torque peak of 145 lb-ft reached until 4,200 so the car is neither sprightly nor fast.

The manual version responds quickly when a burst of is needed, but the Lineartronic CVT is more decide which is more

Under light to medium the CVT delivers nonchalant acceleration, but you floor it, the powertrain loses its for a moment, revving the engine up into its range, but producing noise than added The system’s control logic the CVT to bog down for a second or two if you floor it, letting the revs rise, and it just as quick if you ease a full-throttle takeoff. CVT drivers a workaround, though, in the form of six ratios built into the paddle-shifters.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid adds a (13.4-hp) electric motor a specially tuned version of the engine and the CVT, with its pack located under the deck floor at a cost of 1.7 cubic feet of cargo lost. On the road, the Hybrid off its engine at stops, and while the isn’t as powerful as those in hybrids, its 48 lb-ft of torque is of moving the car from a stop all-electric acceleration. It also regenerative braking to recharge the using otherwise wasted

With the added weight of the system, Subaru has fitted lightweight 17-inch alloy and automatic grille shutters to the Hybrid, helping it achieve a gas-mileage rating of 31 mpg—the of any Impreza or XV Crosstrek model.


The 2014 Subaru XV is one of the most capable small for a variety of tough roads and but it can run out of power when you may need it.


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