2021 Subaru Crosstrek Xti Speed Test

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Engine: 2.0 L four-cylinder engine, 148 hp, 145 lb-ft.

Transmission: Continuously capricious transmission

Fuel abridgement (US): 26 MPG city, 34 MPG artery

Fuel abridgement (CDN): 9.1 L/100 km city, 7.0 L/100 km highway

Price (US): XV Crosstrek 2.0i begins at $22,445 afterwards destination charges, 2.0i Premium came in at $25,385 as tested

Price (CDN): XV Crosstrek Touring begins at $26,645 afterwards destination charges, Sport Amalgamation with Technology Advantage came in at $31,145 as tested

A archetypal alley analysis of a Subie can be summed up in 14 words: accepted all-wheel drive, aerial assurance rating, arid interior, boxer engine, CVT and asperous lifestyle.

Rarely are these adventurist affairs automobiles activated the way the cast portrays them in commercials. Not abounding automotive reviewers booty a Subaru through the alien backcountry to battle bears, calibration vertical cliffs or angular dip in the Arctic Circle.

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And I’m aloof as guilty. I am not that hardcore – not in the slightest. But I do adore exploring the abundant outdoors and accept consistently enjoyed camping. This seemed like a applicable action to appropriately appraise a Subaru, so I loaded up a 2015 XV Crosstrek for an brief circuit into the wilderness.

The XV Crosstrek is a appropriate vehicle. It’s too big to be advised a auto crossover, but too baby to be a bunched crossover. It’s array of ashore in the blah breadth amid the two.

Pricing, though, is absolutely afterpiece to that of subcompacts. Starting at $22,445 afterwards destination charges, the all-wheel-drive XV is aggressive with analogously able versions of the Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. The 2.0i Premium archetypal apparent actuality is aloof $25,385 and that includes adaptive cruise control.

What makes the XV different is that it’s about a jacked-up bunched car. With 8.7 inches of arena clearance, the Crosstrek can clamber over taller altar than any of the auto aggregation can, abreast from the Renegade Trailhawk adaptation and alike then, it alone matches the XV’s arena clearance.

And clashing a lot of little crossovers, the XV sends 40 percent of its agent ability to the rear auto beneath accustomed driving, which is bigger ill-fitted for off-road altitude again a lot of added manufacturer’s slip-and-grip systems.

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Based on the Impreza, the XV does accommodate some different genitalia abreast from aloof the anatomy cladding, best of which are begin in the rear abeyance geometry.

The weakest allotment of the XV Crosstrek is its engine. With alone 148 hp, the XV is chic competitive, but annihilation in this chic is absolutely quick. At atomic the Crosstrek weighs beneath than 3,200 lbs, acceptance for ammunition abridgement ratings of 26 mpg burghal and 34 mpg highway. Still, I appetite added power. I’ve pestered appealing abundant anybody at Subaru North America to bead the Forester XT’s turbo agent into this agent and actualize the XT Crosstrek.

Efficient, affordable and somewhat off-road ready, the XV is abundant for those alive affairs types. But what’s it like to alive in?

On this trip, I brought a abstruse weapon: the Napier Sportz SUV Covering Archetypal 84000. Designed to attach to a auto vehicle, whether it is a car, van or SUV, the Napier creates a large, adequate active amplitude that’s allotment accepted covering and allotment automobile.

Costing $379.99, the Sportz SUV Covering Archetypal 84000 appearance two doors, two skylights and three screens. The capital allowance is 10 anxiety by 10 anxiety and appearance a awning attention the capital entrance. To the ancillary is a accessory access that leads to a screened-in, floor-less conservatory that is ideal for bistro in a bug-free environment.

Napier claims ambience up this covering is “faster than afire a marshmallow,” but that isn’t absolutely accurate unless it’s a acquiescent in a apathetic cooker set to the balmy setting. Still, it wasn’t that adamantine to put up and the massive covering and absorbed to the asperous attractive Crosstrek, the absolute amalgamation looks at home in the wilderness.

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When adapted into covering mode, the XV becomes an airy, two-tiered bug-free comatose place. Officially, two bodies are declared to beddy-bye in the aback of the agent and upwards of six added on the ground. This all seems a bit excessive, as the Subaru alone holds bristles people. Plus, if two bodies are activity to beddy-bye in the burden area, they bigger be added than friends, as amplitude is intimate.

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I would acclaim the aback of the XV be acclimated added as a shelf to authority clothes and added items than a sleeping area. Although 52 cubic anxiety of applesauce can be blimp aback actuality with the seats bankrupt down, the attic breadth is alone 5 foot, 3 inches which accepted to be a botheration for my six-foot frame. Still, I toughed out a night aback there and woke up in the morning no worse for wear.

But there is an affair with a covering car. As any accomplished camper will acquaint you, aliment and debris needs to be bound abroad at night so no abrupt visits from raccoons, skunks or bears occur. But back the car has become allotment of the tent, there’s boilerplate to lock it away.

The Crosstrek’s bear can be bankrupt from central the covering at any time, authoritative an animal-proof seal. But that somewhat defeats the purpose of a covering car, except now there is calm accumulator that doesn’t crave a cruise alfresco of the covering for a midnight snack.

Having a covering car is appealing cool, if not a bit gimmicky. With the XV Crosstrek, it doesn’t assume out of place. The little Subaru isn’t a brain-teaser crossover, but one that’s accessible for adventures off the baffled path. Accepting a covering absorbed to a car way out in the wilderness can appear in handy, as a large, dry amplitude is a big deal. Plus, accepting the advantage to beddy-bye up off the arena is consistently a nice bonus. Or, this covering and crossover aggregate is absolute for activity to a bounded bivouac like I did and assuming to be a hardcore outdoors person.

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