The XV Crosstrek has the advantage of being equipped with AWD, no matter the trim level. Other smaller crossovers quickly jump up or past the XV’s price point with an all-wheel drivetrain, like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. The compromise in price comes at the expense of interior quality. Featuring no luxury amenities or soft plastics or any kind, the rugged persona carries on inside the XV. This is a bit of a let-down, especially after seeing how Toyota ramped up the interior in the RAV4, and the excellent ergonomics in the Honda CR-V.
However, the XV’s perfect combination of fuel-economy and capability make it a far more competitive, especially if you put full-time AWD at the top of your wish-list.