2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

What the 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek brings to the table is a mixture of off-road prowdness performance and comfort. This is something not many cars have been able to do and this one does it magnificently. With a car-based design and yet with the off-road capability which is match perhaps only by burly trucks, the XV Crosstrek is a legit contender in its segment. With a quote capable AWD system and more gouda clearance than a Jeep Grand Cherokee, this model provides something that we are all interested in seeing.

Subaru XV Crosstrek is a global model being sold in various markets in the world. It has made its name first in the homefront of Japan and slowly started expanding all over the globe. Yet it is still viewed as quite a young vehicle when it comes to its stint n the US market. Being only around since 2013 it did not leave the car with much time to offer its fullest potential but the fans and the people who have realized this in time value what eth models brings to the table.

2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek rear view

The first year saw over 60.000 units sold in the US alone, with the next year toppling even those numbers. This lead to an introduction of a hybrid model as well which also sows the green side of the Subaru XV Crosstrek. With all the popularity surrounding the car and the hype it has created for it, it was time for an update which is going to keep it afloat and match it better with the competition which are looking for ways of increasing their own offers. Read the review and see what you can expect from the car once the release date comes.

Exterior

The newest 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek is going to follow an already familiar style. In fact, most of you which are familiar with the latest Subaru Impreza may not even notice the difference between the two as the models have been designed in a very similar way and follow each other’s cues. Just some of the differences between these two models include  black body cladding along the bottom of the bumpers and am added cresting the wheel wells which follows along the rocker panels. The Crosstrek also has a unique tire package which actually allows it to do much of its off-road abilities. The XV uses the 17-inch, black and polished alloy wheels and wraps them in 225/55-series Yokohama Geolander G95 tires which have a mildly aggressive pattern. It keeps the car fresh and also very useful in various sorts of situations in different terrains.

2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek exterior

The ground clearance is another thing that makes a huge difference here. The Subaru XC Crosstrek 2017 sits above  8.7 inches from the ground. Although this is a nominal amount for some vehicles, it is unusual that it has been added to this one, but it makes it so much useful for the feats that the model has to do. The car also adds an approach angle of 18 degrees and also a departure angle of  27.7 degrees. All in all, the new 2017 XV Crosstre looks very impressive and is one of the best looking cars in the lineup now.

Interior

The images of the Impreza model are also visible on the inside of the 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The trim level, button configuration and the gauge cluster are all very familiar. The interior of the car is very intuitive and the layout is perfect as it does not drag too much attention from the driving and gives you everything in close reach. The  HVAC controls are simple and the controls on the steering wheel are also useful so you do not have to take your hands off the wheels for much of the times. The trim is perhaps the most ineffective part of the vehicle as it kind of a feels dull in some way. This is not a bad thing as it is still more than functional and provides everything that you need from a car like this one.

2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek interior

The infotainment system, although good and workable, lacks any kind of customization options. This was a problem with other Subaru vehicles and I guess there wasn’t any time to fix this problem with the new one as well. The car also comes with keyless door unlock  which is a useful features and is generally very fun car to use. The provided interior spacing is enough for any type of situation and the appropriate amount of people. Even the materials feel great and give the whole package for the newest XV Crostreek mode.

Engine specs

The drivetrain of the 2017 XV Crosstrek is going to adopt the powertrain of the Impreza model as well. Thus the Crosstrek gets a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder “Boxer” engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The base version of the car is going to have a five-speed manual, but you get a CVT as optional one, and let’s not forget the Subaru AWD system which gives us two options dependant on the transmission choice. Also the car is going to come with available EPA rates that state 26 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek engine

Release date and price

When is the most important part for the 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The most important part here is the release date and it appears that it is not going to arrive early this time. Expect the car to be out in mid-2017 when it is going to be offered for sale. The current price rates state that the model is going to be offered for a base MSRP price of  $21,595.

 

 

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