Subaru has unveiled the new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek to consumers and initial reviews are quite positive. The design of the Crosstrek is based on the sleek style of the Impreza, an already popular vehicle in the Subaru line. The only true cosmetic differences between the Crosstrek and the Impreza Sport are the raised suspension and the matte black cladding that highlights the side skirts and wheel wells. The dark lower panels add a nice contrast to the overall color of the vehicle. However, the style of the front and rear bumpers as well as the grill are exclusive to the XV.
The raised suspension allows for almost 9 inches of ground clearance, 8.7 inches to be exact. This makes the vehicle capable of plowing through many types of obstacles be it snow or even dirt. This clearance is actually higher than that of most crossovers and suvs. The 680 kilogram towing capacity also gives the XV hauling capabilities.
Under the hood, the Crosstrek boasts the same 148 horsepower, boxer engine. It is the same 2 liter, 4 cylinder set-up found in the Impreza. Manual and automatic transmission options are available. One of the mechanical differences in the two Subaru vehicles is the size of the fuel tanks. The XV has a 60 liter tank, 5 liters greater than the Impreza.
The cosmetic look of the XV includes standard, tinted privacy glass as well as a five door design. The interior possesses ample rear leg room as well as large door pockets for catching accessories and supplies. Numerous compartments located near the console make it convenient for equipment and small electronic storage. The interior and exterior design also promote good visibility during operation.
The Crosstrek is efficiency equipped with several safety features. Active safety systems include Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Override. The override system ensures that power will be cut off when the gas and brake pedals are pressed at the same time. Passive systems include the design of the automobile’s frame. The reinforced, ring shaped frame used by Subaru has been proven safe and reliable for more than a decade. Multiple air bags also create a safe driving environment.
The XV comes in three, well-equipped trim levels offering a wide variety of features to drivers. Easy on the environment, the Crosstrek also provides decent gas mileage. Estimated 33 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in the city make the automobile a little less hard on the checkbook. Younger buyers may also be drawn to this new offering from Subaru due to its sleek and urban style.
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