2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Styling

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The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek manages to look remarkably different than the Impreza hatchback on which it's based. The makeover comes courtesy of a much taller stance, larger alloy wheels, a slightly restyled front end, and body cladding that together transform it into a much tougher little crossover. The look is off-road-oriented and outdoorsy, backed up by a considerable ability to handle bad weather and marginal roads and trails.

The lower-body cladding accentuates the 8.7-inch ground clearance--almost 4 inches higher than the Impreza--and raises the whole vehicle's profile, capped by a tough-looking roof rack that's a standard fitting on every Crosstrek. A palette of brighter colors, including an almost-lime green and a tangerine orange, stand in bright contrast to the silver, white, black, and maroon of the more pedestrian Impreza line.

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek appears to be a compact five-door hatchback that's been butched up--and, essentially, it is.

The interior is largely the same as the Impreza, though some trim differs and the seats have a more rugged upholstery material. In general, the dashy is sporty but straightforward, a good mix of utilitarian and dashing. Simple, straight-across lines maximize interior volume, and Subaru's traditional analog instrument cluster and steering-wheel controls keep driver focused on the basics.

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