2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek vs. Its Competition

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, upstate New York, Dec 2012
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Crosstrek’s competitive set includes some of the smallest and most carlike crossover vehicles on the market.

Among those, the MINI Cooper Countryman has probably emerged as the most carlike; it has an unmatched interior design that some might find gimmicky and others might fall for; otherwise, the MINI's ride is harsh.

The Jeep Compass is another alternative, and about the same size, although the Compass has a noisier interior and its materials still feel lower-budget.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport also feels subpar inside in many respects, although it handles quite well.

The Range Rover Evoque costs quite a bit more, but it offers the same kind of trail ability and good on-road handling as the Crosstrek, but with more power and better straight-line performance overall.

Finally, it's also worth considering the larger Subaru Forester, which is more of a traditional utility vehicle and at the base level not that much more expensive than the XV Crosstrek.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek aims to provide the kind of trail ability and space for gear that weekend adventurer types need; but it also looks like a great value for Snow Belt commuters and small families -- and an alternative to bulkier crossover utilities.
6.4
The 2013 Jeep Compass is affordable and makes good practical sense—but its disappointing interior appointments and lack of refinement limit its appeal.
8.2
The 2013 Range Rover Evoque nails the coupe-crossover concept, and puts the off-roading on mute with a sexy shape and a casual elegance.
7.6
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is space-efficient, comfortable, and very maneuverable, but its noisy interior and lack of refinement are limiting factors.
7.0
The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks.
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The biggest MINI, the Countryman adds crossover flexibility to the lineup without diluting the fun-to-drive factor too much.
MSRP From     
$21,995$19,495$41,145$19,170$21,295$22,000
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDCompact
Style Name     
5-Door Manual 2.0i PremiumFWD 4-Door Sport5-Door HB Pure2WD 4-Door Manual ES4-Door Manual 2.5X PZEVFWD 4-Door
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A44N/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
ManualManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManualManual