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Subaru XV Crosstrek

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.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Sometimes the video image takes more than 15 seconds to appear when the reverse gear is selected. Other times the guiding lanes don't appear or the image is shuttering"

Nicholas Z., QC (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was related to the radio, of all things. They had to replace the main radio unit. The camera stopped working, the screen blanked out, and it was frustrating. Fortunately I had the bumper to bumper warranty so it was covered."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"It didn't work. They replaced it but I'm still having problems with the new unit. I just gave up on playing CDs anymore. Maybe I'll get an aftermarket one someday."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD got stuck in the player and the player did not work. Subaru replaced the CD player for free and now it works great!"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had entire radio/CD player replaced under warranty.. But now the CD player does not work again"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player stoped working; Dealer said I would have to deal with an after-market seller to replace it as they did not repair/replace such items."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"There were some wavy lines that I thought were part of the display. The dealer actually found the issue and replaced it without any problem at all. VERY efficient and completely satisfied. The hands free phone even works better"

Susan H., FL (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Sometimes can't turn off radio"

A V., PA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen cracked on a cold day. Unable to use all the radio buttons linked to it. Only a dealer can replace. Costs about $1,000 to do so."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes it doesn't want to play via Bluetooth mp3 files of my smartphone"

Nicholas Z., QC (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the Aha pairing doesn't work. I have deleted and reinstalled the app, and it still doesnt work"

Elie B., NY (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek)

"The Pandora App only works intermittently."

David C., CA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Unit started being unable to play CDs 3 different times. The first 2 times it was brought to the dealer and they did a software reset which temporarily fixed the issue. The third time the head unit was replaced and it has completely solved the issue."

Anonymous, AK (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Car just started to refuse to Bluetooth pair to a phone that it had already previously been paired with. Deleting the phone pairing and trying to re-pair wouldn't work."

Joel D., NC (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car simply started refusing to pair with previously-linked phones. Deleting existing phones and factory restoring the bluetooth settings didn't help. The Subaru dealership indicated that it would be fairly costly to fix/replace. Eventually, weeks later, it started working again"

Joel D., NC (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Passenger side front door speaker had persistent buzz and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"brake light sensor"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall for the break light system. The issue was resolved quickly and at no cost to me."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail light. Private repair shop fixed before recall notice came out."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a recall on a rear brake light switch. It took several months for them to obtain the replacement park after I was given a notice."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Lo does not warm seat"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side heated seat failed. Covered by extended warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"The location is unsafe. It gets junk in it if I use the storage area, and then it has to be cleaned out or it doesn't charge anything."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Broken wheel hub assembly that required replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"caliper wouldn't release completely causing brakes to remain partially applied and caused noise and premature wearing out of the pads and rotors"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"rough sound revealed brake issue"

David R., ME (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front brakes wore out earlier than expected and rear brakes wore out due to caliper issue."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have to replace rear brakes every 20000 or less."

Constance M., VT (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chips badly. This car looks like it is 10 years old with all of the small paint chips on the hood and front end"

Troy C., OH (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chipped and scratched off in numerous places. A car that is two years old should not look like it is ten years old"

Troy C., OH (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint seems to chip very easily"

Janet P., IA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

"I noticed a pin head size rust spot below the licence plate. Reported to dealership."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 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

Clutch adjustment

"the pedal had a click every time I pressed it. The fix was done under warranty, there was a service bulletin out on it, and it required a mechanism replacement."

Peter L., FL (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"Very difficult to shift out of "PARK". Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not allow key to be removed after Gear Selector put in Park position, and key would not release. Dealership called Subaru, then replaced gear shift sensor under warranty after I nagged them since I was 4 months beyond warranty period, but under 36,000 miles."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission pan was leaking a bit. No drips on floor, just visible around pan gasket"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear hatch weather stripping was allowing water to enter Spare Tire compartment,"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There are intermittent rattles coming from the dashboard area. Since noise is intermittent, source is difficult to detect and fix."

Anonymous, NV (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There are constant loud squeaks coming from the rear seat area or behind. I've tried all kinds of things but have not been able to isolate or fix the problem"

Scott M., CO (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Wind and road noise are exceptionally high in the Crosstrek. My sound meter registers 81db on the highway, comparable to being in a jet aircraft. I had sound deadening installed aftermarket; it helps but it's still very noisy on the highway"

Timothy S., FL (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 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

A/C compressor

"AC unit just stopped blowing cold air. Ended up having to have it replaced/serviced."

Joel D., NC (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped cooling, dealer refilled coolant, leaked out again. dealer replaced compressor under warranty, found to be leaking. also happened to my parent's Subaru Forrester"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower for heat and A/C can only be used on highest speed. This is caused by a blown resistor pack and will be covered by warranty"

Rick M., MD (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"leak, needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Unsure 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

4WD/AWD components

"Speed sensor failed, producing a check engine light, abs light, traction control and cruise control failure. Dealer would not fix the problem under warranty."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"Both CV joints/axles clunked while turning. Both axles should not fail this soon!"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"This problem was a transmission park sensor. It would not know the car was in park causing the key to be stuck in the ignition."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"It was in a accident and the differential went out"

Glenn K., OR (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"broken shift fork and transmission case cracked"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission making noises and replaced under Subaru extended warranty"

Daniel O., NY (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"This app fails most of the time. I've owned the car for 3 months; have only been able to make it work twice. It's quite useless. I'm better off running the direct Pandora and iHeart apps on my phone as a bluetooth audio source"

Timothy S., FL (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"brake sensor switch"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 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.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Windshield cracked on first travel - they are fragile. Extremely expensive to replace. No warranty coverage."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - manual

"The lumbar support in the seats are not rated to support over 220 lbs. The clips holding the support frequently fail as a result"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Shocks or struts

"Rough and noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Started leaking. Both were replaced. Rear. Cost high"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 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)

"Battery died and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Fuel sensor broke. Vehicle would not run."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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EXTERIOR LIGHTING, FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Jun 12, 2015
If the automatic pre-collision braking system does not function as intended, the vehicle will not react to an obstacle in its path, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015 Legacy vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Outback vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Impreza vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to April 14, 2015, XV Crosstrek vehicles manufactured October 16, 2014, to April 15, 2015, and 2016 WRX vehicles manufactured March 23, 2015, and equipped with the Eyesight Driver Assist System. If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the driver assist system, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQS-54.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V366000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71710
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