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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/20/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Vehicle Overview

Subaru is going green with the 2014 XV Crosstrek. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek marks the launch of the Japanese automaker's first-ever hybrid. Though only a mild hybrid -- a setup where the electric motor is incapable of powering the vehicle on its own -- the XV Crosstrek Hybrid boosts the cute-utes mileage to an EPA-estimated 29/33 mpg city/highway. The non-Hybrid XV Crosstrek is rated at 23/30 mpg with a five-speed manual and 25/33 mpg with a CVT. The new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-4 and electric motor combo, good for a combined 160 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. The non-hybrid 2014 XV Crosstrek is powered by the Impreza's 2.0-liter F-4 making 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque -- which makes sense, considering the XV is really nothing more than an Impreza hatch with a suspension lift. Like all Subarus (save for the rear-drive BRZ sports car) all-wheel drive is standard.

When we sampled an early prototype of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, we noted that the car felt exactly like the regular XV from behind the wheel. "The Hybrid's slightly stiffer spring rates give the car a firmer feel on the road without being detrimental to the ride quality," we wrote. "The car rolls less in corners and feels more stable in a straight line. But it's the tighter steering gear ratio that gives the Hybrid something that makes it feel more like a Subaru. It turns in quicker with less effort, good steering feel, and just the right amount of road feedback." As for the non-hybrid XV Crosstrek, well that fares well in our testing too. We found it comfortable and practical, but noted it could use a bit more power.

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid is just about the only thing new in the XV lineup this year. Aside from the new hybrid model, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek lineup gets Aha smartphone integration in the optional navigation system for XV Crosstrek Premium and Limited models.

New for 2014

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek goes green this year. The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid joins the lineup as Subaru's first-ever hybrid. A mild hybrid system (meaning the electric motor never powers the car without the help of the engine), Subaru promises the 2014 XV Crosstrek will net at least 28 mpg city -- a 3 mpg improvement over the standard XV.

You'll Like

  • Great ride and handling
  • Excellent value
  • Fuel efficient
  • It's just a tall Impreza.

You Won't Like

  • Terrible infotainment system
  • Low-rent interior compared to rivals
  • Don't let the name fool you; it's just a tall Impreza.

Key Competitors

  • Ford Escape
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Nissan Juke

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