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These results extend to the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, by the way, which adds about 300 pounds of curb weight due mainly to its additional battery pack and electric motor system.
However it's not all top marks for the Crosstrek. Taller than the Impreza on which it's based, it earns four stars in the rollover category; and it was given four stars in the frontal crash category.
These ratings combine with the existing top 'good' results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—and this model's Top Safety Pick status from the group—to paint the picture of a vehicle that provides strong, although perhaps not quite class-leading, occupant protection.
Admittedly, there isn't much else on the market that combines outdoorsy ruggedness, capable all-wheel drive, and generous ground clearance—in a pretty stylish package—the way that the XV Crosstrek can do for less than $25k.
To compare, the Jeep Compass is about the same size, with comparable capability and size when you get it with one of the 4WD systems, but it gets lower safety scores—as does the that's about the same size. But if no extra clearance or adverse weather ability is needed, you might be better off with something like the new 2014 Kia Soul—which does earn better safety ratings.