The 2015 XV Crosstrek makes me smile because while it’s got the typical basic-feeling Subaru vibe, there were lots of features included. I was impressed with how comfortable the seats were, and the fact that the front ones were heated.
Who Is This Car For?
Small families, college students, young drivers, second car.
Model Year: 2015
Model and Trim: HXV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium
Price as Tested (including destination): $26,140
EPA fuel economy (combined/city/hwy): 29/26/34 mpg
Number of seats: 5
Number of Latch anchors: 2 sets
A few of my favorite things (about the Subaru XV Crosstrek):
In and Out
The 2015 Subaru VV Crosstrek has a lot to smile about. It isn’t just the scorching yellow paint job. It isn’t just its rugged looks and the way the Crosstrek sat me a little higher up on the road. It isn’t just the standard all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek makes me smile because while it’s got the typical basic-feeling Subaru vibe, there were lots of features included. I was impressed with how comfortable the seats were, and the fact that the front ones were heated.
All kinds of driving systems will make most buyers smile. A vehicle dynamics control system and antilock brakes along with the aforementioned AWD can, in particular, ease some parental fears about weather and their teen’s inexperience on the road.
Subaru has graciously updated its multimedia system, which means fewer buttons that aren’t needed. Past iterations have included a touch-screen equalizer that sound engineers likely appreciated but most drivers likely found overwhelming. The 7-inch multimedia screen is right-sized for the XV Crosstrek’s center stack. Icons and text are very clear and organized, and pairing devices was quite simple.
Any backseat passengers have more room than expected in the Crosstrek, thanks to a high roofline. There were two cupholders in the center armrest to keep those passengers adequately hydrated. Further back, in the cargo space, three tether anchors sit, just waiting for use. Easy access for those puppies! There’s decent space for groceries, most errands, and thanks to the plastic floor mat, any trip to the flower nursery too. Large gear will have to be squished in, but more than say, two hockey bags will require creative thinking.
While the XV Crosstrek has a lot to like, the unlikable stuff can be hard to look past. Though the cabin is comfortable, it’s remarkably noisy. It won’t be news to Subaru or any Subaru owner that the main offender is the engine noise. Subaru is going to have to keep working to address this issue-though it is less likely to be problematic for teens and college students than us older folks.
The Continuously Variable Transmission paired with the 2.0l Boxer engine requires getting used to. This pairing has to think a few seconds before shifting from Park to another gear. Despite the paddle shifters, engine power felt a bit on the slow side. The good news is that the Crosstrek can come with a manual transmission, perhaps turning a frown upside-down.
Lastly, parents using child safety seats will find frustration with the XV Crosstrek’s LATCH connectors. There are two in the back seat, and they are recessed behind inflexible upholstery “curtains”-one flap of fabric or leather covering the other. To make things a little more difficult, the anchors aren’t aligned with the upholstered holes, so once you negotiate the curtain, one still has to hunt around to find the anchor. That said, once they were installed, child safety seats fit remarkably well.