Subaru XV Crosstrek Overview
The Crosstrek is a small quasi-SUV version of the Impreza hatchback, but with a raised ride height that gives it enough altitude to slosh through deeply rutted roads. It may appeal to those living at the end of a dirt road who don't want anything big and bulky. The cabin is rather noisy, the ride is stiff, and the little 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has to work hard to maintain highway speed, but fuel economy is a gratifying 26 mpg. The costlier Hybrid barely improves on that at 28 mpg. At least the Hybrid is a little quieter and sounds less strained. Either way the regular Impreza hatch may be a better choice: it's quieter, quicker, cheaper, and better-riding.
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