Starting at $22,790 including delivery, the XV Crosstrek lets customers choose a smaller crossover experience that boasts 8.7 inces of ground clearance, which is three more than its Impreza platform donor. The car will also get a stiffer suspension, though the same 2.0-liter Boxer engine as the Impreza still sits under the hood with 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.
Set to arrive on the U.S. market this fall, the car could stand to rival several larger crossovers like the Mazda CX-5. Yet the car isn’t quite a crossover, as is the case with much of the automaker’s lineup.
Realistically, the car is a replacement for what the Outback used to be, though with significantly more ground clearance. For example, the third-generation Outback (built from 2998 to 2003) sat 7.3 inches above the road except for the L.L. Bean package which got an extra half inch.
Customers will be able to choose between a five-speed manual transmission that returns 23/30 mpg city/highway or an optional CVT which boosts those numbers to 25/33.
GALLERY: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
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