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The Crosstrek is basically an Impreza hatchback with a higher ride height, added body cladding, and large wheels intended to give it a more rugged look. The regular Crosstrek's 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine helps it deliver a frugal 26 mpg overall, which made it among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class during its time. But this compact vehicle doesn't provide as much cargo room as most small SUVs.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Crosstrek is basically an Impreza hatchback with a higher ride height, added body cladding, and large wheels intended to give it a more rugged look.

The regular Crosstrek's 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine helps it deliver a frugal 26 mpg overall, which made it among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class during its time. But this compact vehicle doesn't provide as much cargo room as most small SUVs. It'salso loud inside, especially when you accelerate. Additionally, the continuously variable transmission revs up the coarse engine.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“LR caliper locked into place against rotor after accumulating slush that froze”

Mitch M., NH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“$600 break repair after two years seems premature”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace both front brakes after 21000 miles”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In each of the 3 most recent Subarus we have had the rear brakes (& in one case also front) were worn out within warranty and replaced by Subaru”

Herschell M., VT (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes didn't last as long as I thought they should. Mostly highway driving”

Victor H., OH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Premature pad wear caused by rotor rust. Pads replaced under warranty”

Mark A., WA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes needed replacing”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Pads & rotors were worn excessively, not the fault of Subaru, but rather from the vehicle being parked (not driven) over two one month periods (total of two months). The rotors rusted and then wore down the pads prematurely (51,000 miles). It also ruined the rotors from excessive wear. The front pads should have lasted for at least 80,000 miles & the rears for 175,000 miles”

David C., MI (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Dealer did not notice brake pads wearing causing the rotors to be damaged and need replacement. 750 dollar repair”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Garage recommended replacing rotors when brake pads are replaced. Said they weren't as thick as they used to be made”

Victor H., OH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake pads got too thin and damaged rotors, requiring replacement. Previous service checks said they were OK”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors had rusting & premature pad wear at 30K checkup. Subaru grind-ed out rust and replaced pads under warranty”

Mark A., WA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have discussed this "issue" in detail. The moral of the story is don't let your vehicle set idle during the summer months, when it's humid & damp. In this case I had no choice as I had Knee & Hip replacement (at two different times), and could not drive my vehicle”

David C., MI (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Have replaced headlights in the XVCrosstrek. It seems like there are too many bulb replacements for less than 60,000 miles”

Lynn F., MD (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Both headlights burned out within days of each other. I didn't realize the first one was burned out so when the second one went out I was left in the dark with no headlights a 30 minute highway drive from my house”

Kinerette M., MT (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One headlight failed and the local garage insisted on replacing both”

Bjarne A., VT (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“I have replaced the exterior lights multiple times. For some reason, the bulbs blow very quickly”

Lynn F., MD (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Hazard light switch stopped working because the wire that plugged into the switch came loose”

Christopher M., KS (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“have replaced the tail / brake lights several times”

Richard R., WI (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“One brake light failed”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“Constantly is incorrect”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Backup camera stopped working due to a wiring short”

Christopher M., KS (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I-pad connected via cable would repeat songs, instead of playing them sequentially. Radio replaced under warrantee, but same problem recurred”

David B., NH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Phone no longer automatically pairs with car upon starting. Must connect phone every time I start car”

Richard A., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“voice quality is so poor I do not use bluetooth. Person I am speaking to says it sounds like i am in a tunnel with a frog”

Debby S., IN (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Need to manually sync the Bluetooth, it is not automatic. Sometimes need to try to sync two or three times before it connects”

Kevin C., CO (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Poor sound quality, static, stations go in and out, louder and softer. Was advised by the dealer to keep the settings on analog and do not use stereo or digital. worked okay for a while but then went back to the same problems”

Debby S., IN (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“The only problem with the car is the moderately acceptable phone system”

Larry U., IL (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It failed, was replaced under warranty. It failed a second time and was again replaced under warranty. Easily taken care of”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Poor circulation of air to side vents and to feet”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer noticed fan was noisy and scheduled replacement under warranty”

Steve B., NB (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“AC would not blow cold air intermittently”

Frank K., MN (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“Dealer at first couldn't figure it out”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Took car to dealer and they recharged and put in dye to check for leaking spot if it can be found. Car had not been used for a few weeks”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Loud, annoying harmonic rattle from (probably) somewhere under the dashboard from 2500 - 3500 RPM under moderate to full acceleration”

Thomas M., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Sway bar made noise w/bushing needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A pillars & trip reset buttons”

Daniel C., CO (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“interior modeling around the front window are creaking along with the dash. In the winter months it sounded like the whole windshield was moving and created a loud snapping sound. They've tried to fix this issue with felt tape. It's better but not”

Anonymous, PE (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Constant rattles from dash area since new. Doesn't feel like a solidly built vehicle. Doors do not close with a solid noise”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At higher speeds (>70mph) there is a whistling - very irritating. Overall vehicle noise is high”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“They replace a sensor to fix a starting issue, we still have the issue. Also after we had that work done now the engine pings/knocks all the time now and not just on start up”

Anonymous, PE (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“my car developed an oil leak after a year and a half. Thankfully it was a minor repair, it just needed a new gasket, but the issue was clearly a common one in Crosstrek's. It isn't good that there are leaks occurring so soon in a new car; better gask”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“oil was pooling on top of the engine. Mechanic noted it was an oil/coolant connector”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Began having low oil at 15000 miles--2 quarts low. Initially dealer denied any problem, but I subsequently received a Subaru notice for excess oil consumption. Had this checked at another dealer at about 43000 miles, and they discovered an oil leak around the seal for the timing cover, which was resealed--OK since then. Subaru also sent an extended warrantee for excess oil use, up to 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“Major serpentine belt needed replacement. Seemed too soon for a 2013 vehicle”

Dennis R., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“repeated trips to the dealer and still the car pulls to the left”

Richard R., WI (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“the front left lower control arm bushing needed replacing at 43,000 miles which was expensive in terms of labor cost and is surprising since the vehicle has never been driven on seriously damaged roads prior to this bushing cracking and affecting the alignment of the suspension. it is disappointing the bushing was made of rubber rather than stronger polyurethane”

John S., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearing failed with less than 40k miles on car”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace rear wheel bearings at 75000 miles. Has dealer replace them”

Michelle M., NY (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Began making noise when clutch pedal depressed. Dealer replaced throwout bearing, pressure plate and flywheel due to damage/wear. Previous manual transmission cars I have owned got over 200,000 on original clutches”

Thomas M., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the clutch needed replacing at 50,000 miles which is very premature based on the previous 6 manual transmission cars i have driven. Strangely the new clutch has felt better and engaged more smoothly than the original clutch when the vehicle was purchased new”

John S., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was making noise. They put in a rebuilt one”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Driver's side front. Clicking when turning at low speeds, minor vibration at highway speeds. Dealer replaced axle”

Steve B., NB (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In the last few months I have had to replace both rear wheel bearings”

Steve J., MN (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“Tire slipping and 'chugging lurch' on wet/snowy surfaces”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“front bumper was falling off due to loss of screws”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint has failed to hold up to routine elements: bird droppings, tree sap, etc”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“many areas where paint is chipped”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Vehicle would unpredictably turn over but fail to start, and would require jumping the battery. Dealership failed to diagnose x3, but on fourth try, faulty starter was diagnosed. By then, the battery had been over-stressed, so battery needed replacement after only 3 years”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Factory battery failed after 3.5 years”

Dennis R., CA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Excessive oil consumption. Dealer assessed and corrected problem under warranty. AOK since”

Arnold M., NY (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Incorrect ring installation required new rings. Done as recall by Subaru at no cost”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Difficulty going into reavers”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“after a 5 week period of inactivity, motor cranked but would not start--dealer stated engine was flooded--no other codes triggered on engine computer”

David B., NH (2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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