2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

We already drove the XV in Italy back in December before it was officially announced it would go on-sale in the U.S. But we knew it was just a matter of time before it came to the U.S. Think of the XV as essentially the next-generation Outback Sport. Like it's Aussie-themed predecessor, the XV is Impreza-based, with a higher ride height and more aggressive styling to differentiate it from the garden-variety Impreza.

Although European customers get the option of a tasty turbodiesel boxer four producing 147 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the sole engine for the U.S. market is the same 148 hp 2.0-liter flat-four as in the regular Impreza, mated to your choice of a five-speed manual or CVT automatic. The upside to the modest power train is a competitive 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg highway. The XV also has a slightly larger 15.9 gallon tank than the Impreza. Pricing has not yet been announced, but expect a slight price premium over the Impreza.

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XV is an Impreza Plus