The 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid will, as before, be offered in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited models. 2.0i Limited, as well as 2.0i Premium models with EyeSight, this year get a new seven-inch multi-touch gesture infotainment system. The rest of the model line isn't left out either, with new 6.2-inch infotainment systems and a rear-vision camera now standard.
In both instances, those are essentially the systems that are already installed in the redesigned 2015 Legacy sedan and Outback crossover models—systems that we've found to be significantly easier to use, both with a colorful, high-contrast display and apps compatibility.
Impressive active safety, for a price well under $30k
For the first time, Subaru's EyeSight active-safety suite is offered on the XV Crosstrek. Included in the top Limited model and available in the Premium, EyeSight packages together many impressive active-safety technologies—adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. And with the latest-generation version introduced this year, it has a wider detection range for vehicles and obstacles.
In most other ways, the 2015 XV Crosstrek continues with the same presentation—including a rugged, tall-hatchback stance, a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and a choice between standard and Hybrid versions. Standard gasoline versions have the same 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, and a choice between shifting via a five-speed manual and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Quieter inside, too
There are a few other important improvements for 2015. With thicker side glass and a new acoustic windshield for the 2015 models, added to chassis reinforcement and sound-deadening improvements, the XV Crosstrek should be much-improved in noise and refinement compared to the version that was introduced a couple of years ago—a vehicle that has a bit too much road and wind noise.
The Subaru XV Crosstrek has been, far and away, a sales success in the U.S. For 2013, it replaced the former Outback Sport and has a little more character of its own. And at last, it gave Subaru a true smaller sibling to its successful Outback wagons, as well as a truly different, tougher counterpoint to the Impreza hatchbacks upon which it's based.