A model new to Subaru, the high-stepping 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek stopped briefly at Quirk Subaru in Bangor earlier this month. Painted Tangerine Orange Pearl, the Crosstrek captured attention where it stood parked beside 2012 Subarus with more subdued paint schemes.
Described by Subaru literature as “a green-minded crossover,” the 2013 XV Crosstrek “is designed to be a compact crossover that is fuel efficient,” said Stan MacArthur, a sales and leasing consultant at Quirk Subaru, located 295 Hogan Road. Available only as a five-door hatchback, the Crosstrek will officially arrive at Quirk Subaru this October.
MacArthur believes the vehicle will appeal to “people who have an active lifestyle” involving such outdoor activities as biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and many others.
“They will like the ground clearance,” which at 8.7 inches “is comparable to a lot of pickup trucks,” he said. With Subaru’s time-tested symmetrical all-wheel drive, the Crosstrek will handle snow-covered roads “very well,” MacArthur noted, and “with the additional [ground] clearance, the Crosstrek will be able to go through just about anything.”
Subaru will offer the Crosstrek in the Premium and Limited trim levels. Features standard to both trims include fog lights, roof rails, four-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, power door locks and windows, power mirrors, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and an all-weather package that adds heat to the exterior mirrors and front seats and a de-icer for the windshield wiper.
The Crosstrek Limited adds leather-trimmed upholstery, a rear-view camera, and automatic climate control and boosts the six-speaker audio system’s capabilities with iTunes tagging and HD Radio. The Limited also features as standard equipment the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, which is op-tional on the Premium.
Optional to both trim levels are a power moonroof and a voice-activated GPS navigation system.
Opening the hatchback, MacArthur discussed the standard tonneau cover and removable cargo-area tray. “The rear seats fold flat so you can place more cargo back here,” he said.
To reduce production costs and cut vehicular weight, a few auto manufacturers now replace spare tires with canned tire inflators. MacArthur lifted the Crosstrek’s floor mat to reveal “a space-saver spare tire,” intended to “get you home or to the shop if you have a flat.”
According to MacArthur, Crosstrek buyers will also like “the gas mileage,” rated by the EPA at 33 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in urban areas.
With the 2.0-liter Boxer engine and the Lineartronic CVT, some drivers may get better fuel economy. “It’s all based on how you drive with your throttle position,” MacArthur said. “The lower the Rpms you keep it at, the higher the mileage you will get.
“If you want the performance and control of a manual without using a clutch,” the Lineartronic CVT with its six-speed manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters “will give you what you want,” MacArthur said. “It has all the power there when you need it.”
Although based on the five-door Impreza platform, the Crosstrek differs in capabilities. For example, the Crosstrek can tow a maximum 1,500-pound load; “the Impreza can’t tow at all,” MacArthur said.
The 2013 XV Crosstreks “are all going to be partial zero-emission vehicles,” he pointed out. The Crosstreks, which are “built in a zero-landfill production plant” in Japan, have “zero evaporative emis-sions,” he said. The PZEV rating makes the 2013 Crosstrek eligible in Maine for a 15-year, 150,000-mile emission warranty.
The sales staff at Quirk Subaru has been learning about the 2013 Crosstrek for a while this summer, MacArthur indicated. The first models are slated for an October delivery; no pricing has been announced.
“I think in Maine it will be a very good seller,” MacArthur said. “The height: For a lot of people, it’s easier getting in and out of than a smaller car.”