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PostHeaderIcon Hybrid Compact Crossover Shakedown – 2019 Toyota RAV4 Vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

We recently posted an article that argued that the 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid is the way forward for the compact crossover segment, lauding its combination of comfort, practicality, technology, and most critically, efficiency. However, Toyota isn’t the only automaker in this space, with both Nissan and Subaru offering competing models that could very well steal sales from the T-badge. But how do these three look in a direct comparison?

PostHeaderIcon Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts – high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru is launching a 50th Anniversary Edition for each of its 2018 models, including the Crosstrek. No mechanical changes are included on the Anniversary Editions, but there are several key visual changes making the package worthwhile. Subaru is also limiting availability of the special edition.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on upper trim levels, which for the Crosstrek, means the 2.0i Limited. That means leather seats, the CVT, and Eyesight safety system comes standard. Like all 2018 Crosstreks, this model comes with Subaru’s 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Symmetrical AWD is standard, too, of course, and includes X-Mode and Hill Descent Control. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with regular 87 octane gasoline.

For everything that’s special about the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition, keep reading.

Continue reading for more information.

What Makes the 2018 Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“The bright color adds character to the car while recalling Subaru’s of the past”

First and most noticeable, the car is painted in Heritage Blue. The bright color adds character to the car while recalling Subaru’s of the past. The side mirrors, though, are accented in satin chrome. The standard wheels are painted a medium gray color rather than the glossy black normally seen on the Crosstrek Limited. Last but definitely not least, Subaru adds a 50th Anniversary badge to the front fenders.


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“Inside, the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition comes with black leather seats with contrasting silver stitching”

Inside, the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition comes with black leather seats with contrasting silver stitching and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. The stylized 50 includes a bright yellow star reminiscent of the stars seen in the Subaru logo. The star also adds a pop of color that’s appreciated on the otherwise dark seats Subaru also includes silver seatbelt that match other accents seen around the cabin.

The 2018 Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 1,050 examples. Prices start at $30,955 with the destination fee and Subaru dealerships already have the 50th Anniversary Edition models on sale.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955

References

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.


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Based on high-level trims and built in very limited numbers, the 50th Anniversary models share many features, including the new Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome trim, and new aluminum wheel designs. All but the BRZ, WRX, and WRX STI also have satin chrome mirror caps, while the BRZ doesn’t come with aluminum wheels. Inside, there’s black upholstery with silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and 50th Anniversary logos embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each models is based on a high-level trim that adds extra standard features, including EyeSight Driver Assist technology.

Drivetrains remain standard no matter the car, so don’t expect extra horsepower or improved performance.

Production is limited between 200 and 1,050 units, depending on the model. The WRX STI the rarest with only 200 examples, while the BRZ, Forester 2.0 XT Touring, Legacy 3.6R Limited, and Outback 3.6R Limited will be produced in 250 units. Other Forester, Legacy and Outback variants will be made in 800 units each, while the Crosstrek will get 1,050 examples.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
BRZ Limited 250 $29,940 $30,800
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955
Forester 2.5i Touring
2.0 XT Touring
800
250
$33,390
$36,390
$34,305
$37,305
Impreza 2.0i Limited (4dr)
2.0i Limited (5dr)
500
550
$28,340
$28,840
$29,200
$29,700
Legacy 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$31,490
$33,840
$32,350
$34,700
Outback 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$35,080
$37,280
$35,995
$38,195
WRX
WRX STI
Limited
Limited
600
200
$35,495
$41,195
$36,355
$42,055

References


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru BRZ.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Forester.


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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.


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Based on high-level trims and built in very limited numbers, the 50th Anniversary models share many features, including the new Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome trim, and new aluminum wheel designs. All but the BRZ, WRX, and WRX STI also have satin chrome mirror caps, while the BRZ doesn’t come with aluminum wheels. Inside, there’s black upholstery with silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and 50th Anniversary logos embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each models is based on a high-level trim that adds extra standard features, including EyeSight Driver Assist technology.

Drivetrains remain standard no matter the car, so don’t expect extra horsepower or improved performance.

Production is limited between 200 and 1,050 units, depending on the model. The WRX STI the rarest with only 200 examples, while the BRZ, Forester 2.0 XT Touring, Legacy 3.6R Limited, and Outback 3.6R Limited will be produced in 250 units. Other Forester, Legacy and Outback variants will be made in 800 units each, while the Crosstrek will get 1,050 examples.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
BRZ Limited 250 $29,940 $30,800
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955
Forester 2.5i Touring
2.0 XT Touring
800
250
$33,390
$36,390
$34,305
$37,305
Impreza 2.0i Limited (4dr)
2.0i Limited (5dr)
500
550
$28,340
$28,840
$29,200
$29,700
Legacy 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$31,490
$33,840
$32,350
$34,700
Outback 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$35,080
$37,280
$35,995
$38,195
WRX
WRX STI
Limited
Limited
600
200
$35,495
$41,195
$36,355
$42,055

References


2017 Subaru BRZ - image 682576

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru BRZ.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Forester.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Legacy.


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PostHeaderIcon Rally Wheels And Knobby Rubber Make For Quite The Off-Road Package

With its Impreza-based bones under the skin, standard symmetrical AWD system, copious rock-deflecting exterior trim, and sizable 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Subaru Crosstrek makes for a pretty decent choice when tackling the great outdoors. I mean, that’s kinda the whole point, right? Load up the capacious rear trunk with your lifestyle equipment of choice (mountain bike, camping gear, inflatable raft, etc.) then set out for the trail head. That’s all well and good, but whaddya need to take it even further? Well, a set of rally wheels and knobby rubber would certainly do the trick.

That’s exactly what the owner of this particular hatchback Scooby did, throwing on a set of what appears to be ten-spoke Method rally wheels wrapped in General Grabber all-terrain tires. It’s a pricey set-up, for sure, but we think it’s worth every penny. Not only that, but the combo looks fantastic on the Crosstrek, turning it from mall marauder to trail buster in an instant.

Thumbs up!

References

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The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is Insanely Practical But Kinda Dull to Drive


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PostHeaderIcon ‘Tis The Season For Symmetrical AWD: Video

We just got a good amount of the white stuff up here in Northern California, which is well timed with the impending holiday season. But, as we all know, with the extra fluffy frozen water comes grip issues on the road, and that can be a problem if you’re on a deadline to deliver tons of toys to good little girls and boys all around the world. Luckily, it looks like Santa has the right stuff to make it there on time, as evidenced in the above commercial.

Rather than floating through the sky pulled by a herd of reindeer, we see Santa is actually powered by a Subaru Crosstrek, dashing through the snow thanks to high ground clearance and 152 horsepower laid down by a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine. And just in case that magical sack Santa uses to haul around all the goodies gets a little too full, the Crosstrek’s sizable rear cargo room should have the right stuff to bring the rest of it. All it needs now is a bright and shiny red grille on the nose…

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Dresses up its Three Favorite Models for an Outing in Tokyo

Subaru’s ho-hum presence at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show – only the new Impreza made the trip to Germany – may have been a disappointment for fans of the brand, but not all is lost because the Japanese automaker will be out in full force at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. We already know that it plans to unveil a special edition version of the BRZ at the event. Now, it’s adding to its list of debuts by rolling out three “concept” versions of its three best-selling models: the Impreza, XV, and Outback.

Truth be told; none of the concepts are actual concepts, at least in the traditional way we know of concepts. Instead, they’re more like “special variants,” each coming with unique exterior and interior features that none of their standard counterparts feature. Subaru even says as much, describing them as previews of what it calls the “new Subaru story,” presumably a launching pad for what future versions of these models could look like. The company hasn’t made it clear if it plans to roll out these models in limited edition numbers like the BRZ STI Special Edition, but don’t be surprised if it does, especially if the public reacts to it as favorably as Subaru hopes.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

What should we know about these three vehicles?

If you’re imagining that these concepts resemble the Subaru Viziv Concept, prepare yourselves to be disappointed. The three cars are actually more production in design, albeit with a few design upgrades that create a little bit of differentiation between them and their standard counterparts.

“The real highlight of this concept is Subaru’s off-road treatment of it”

Let’s start with the XV first, which Subaru is officially calling the “XV Fun Adventure Concept.” Of the three concepts, this is the one that appeals to me the most,
mostly because it finally showcases the XV the way I always envisioned it being: off-road capable. The yellow exterior is a nice touch and the XV isn’t the only concept that received it. But its body color isn’t the real reason why I’m digging this interpretation so much. The real highlight of this concept is Subaru’s off-road treatment of it. It gets new cladding on a number of sections, including the front fascia, side fenders, and the rear diffuser. There’s also a bike rack on the roof and a new set of off-road of tires. Look a little closer and you’ll also notice that the XV’s ride height appears to have been raised slightly, presumably to hammer home the point of it being fully capable of getting down and dirty in less-than-ideal road conditions. It’s unclear if Subaru gave the concept any interior upgrades and since there are no interior photos at this point, your guess is as good as mine.


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Subaru XV Fun Adventure Concept

Next up is the Impreza, or as Subaru calls it, the “Impreza Future Sport Concept.” Similar to the XV Fun Adventure Concept, the Impreza gets the full-on mustard yellow body treatment, a color that Subaru seems to have no issue doling out on its vehicles. I don’t mind it personally because I’ve always enjoyed Subaru’s attempts at injecting more personality out of their cars.

“The Impreza gets the full-on mustard yellow body treatment, a color that Subaru seems to have no issue doling out on its vehicles”

As far as the Impreza Future Sport Concept goes, the yellow body is complemented by a sportier look that Subaru achieved by installing redesigned front and rear bumpers, adding aesthetically aggressive centrally mounted exhaust tips, and going for the complete blacked-out treatment on the wheels. Smoked-out taillights and a unique LED light fixtures on the front fascia complete the concept’s attempt at creating a future design treatment of one of Subaru’s most popular models. Once more, there are no interior photos of the Impreza Future Sport Concept so, at this point, it’s best to wait for the car’s official debut in Tokyo to see if there are things in the cabin worth mentioning.


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Subaru Impreza Future Sport Concept

Last but definitely not least is the Subaru Outback, which really is the outlier of the three because it’s technically not a concept, not even by the loose standards we’ve attributed to both the XV Fun Adventure Concept and the Impreza Future Sport Concept. On the bright side, the Outback does get some exclusive treatment in both the exterior and interior, including a new front grille and a new set of wheels in the body. Inside, Subaru decked out its resident mid-size SUV with Ultrasuede seats and panels, dark embossed silver accents, and on the tech front, a new eight-inch display that’s equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


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Subaru Outback Concept

Like I said, none of these concepts appear to have production futures written all over them. That’s not to say that Subaru won’t change its mind because it could still happen. Just don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek XTI

As an older WRX fan, I lament the loss of the WRX hatch. More than that, I’m downright crestfallen over the loss of the WRX wagon. Once considered a bastion of speed and practicality, Subaru’s most famous performance machine is now no more than a be-winged four-door, downgraded from the glory of “yes please, more junk in the trunk” to “I’m not sure if it’ll fit.” However, if cargo room is what you’re after, then the Crosstrek looks like a decent solution, albeit a boring one. If we had our way, we wouldn’t have to choose – strap on a turbo, drop the CVT, and suddenly you’ve got the best of both worlds. Say hello to the Crosstrek XTI.

The name draws from the 2008 Forester XTI concept, which appeared at SEMA with the same 2.5-liter turbo boxer engine as the WRX STI, plus a six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch S204 wheels, high-performance Yokohama rubber, coilover suspension, big Brembo brakes, leather and Alcantara in the cabin, and a new cabin layout. Output clocked in at 315 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Sounds tasty, but unlikely, no? Not so fast. Subaru has already offered a more aggressive design study for the Crosstrek called the Subaru XV Sport Concept, introduced at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2013, bearing new styling, upgraded suspension, LED lights, STI tower bar, new aero enhancements, STI muffler, 17-inch Enkei wheels, Recaro seats, and Brembo brakes. So what if Subaru went whole hog on the performance crossover thing?

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek XTI.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru XV Crosstrek

When crossovers and SUVs got their second wind on the market, automakers jumped on the opportunity to open the gates and flood each and every segment of the market with as many models as possible. But, some automakers have taken an interesting approach where they take a car body and throw it on a jacked-up chassis and suspension – a quick way to create new models without spending heaps of cash on research and design. The new Subaru XV is one of these models and, like the 2016 Subaru XV Concept, it sports the body of the 2017 Subaru Impreza five-door with a raised suspension; just enough to make it appealing to the masses who, predominantly, love these high-riding people-haulers a lot more than they probably should. The big news, however, is that the new XV is built upon Subie’s revamped Global platform that brings extra rigidity and strength to the table. There’s also a revamped suspension system, revised interior, and 80-percent of the parts used in that 2.0-liter Boxer engine have been revamped to deliver more power and better fuel economy in an overall lighter package.

As was the case with the first XV model that hit the market in 2013, the XV is essentially an Impreza with jacked up suspension, but this time around, Subaru has gone the distance to make the XV safer, stronger, more powerful, and nicer inside and out. When it comes to strength and safety, we’re not exactly talking small numbers either – the new XV, according to Subaru, offers an increase in torsional rigidity of 70 percent and a decrease in body roll of 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. But, before we get too far into that, let’s a stroll down the page talk more about the “all-new” Subaru XV.

Updated 04/03/2017: Subaru announced that the 2018 Crosstrek will be making its North American debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Launches Heavily Revised XV at Geneva

Subaru is best known for making fun, all-weather hatchbacks and wagons with impressive AWD systems. That continues with the introduction of the 2018 Subaru XV – a heavily revised version of the lifted Impreza wagon. The new XV rides on Subaru’s new Global Platform architecture, is powered by 80-percent new Boxer engine, and wears a fresh design, both inside and out.

The Subaru XV was introduced for the 2012 model year and has soldiered on basically unchanged. That changes for the 2018 model year, and the U.S.-spec XV Crosstrek will likely receive these changes for 2019.

Starting with the chassis, Subaru is continuing to spread its new Global Platform throughout its lineup. The Impreza received it last year, so naturally, the XV was next. Subaru says it’s more than 70-percent stiffer than the outgoing chassis, which is good news for off-roaders. The Impreza’s new steering rack makes the leap, too, dropping the ratio from 14:1 to 13:1. And despite the XV boasting an impressive 8.7-inches of ground clearance, the center of gravity drops by 0.2 of an inch. The XV’s handling is further aided by a revised mounting for the anti-sway bars. Subaru says body roll is reduced by a whopping 50 percent.

Most folks will concentrate on the XV’s new sheet metal and its new interior. The high-riding wagon takes after the Impreza, gaining a more angular design with a chiseled chin. New taillights and rear bumper join the mix, as does a new wheel design. Two new colors have been added – Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange. Inside, the interior completely ditches the outgoing XV’s dull dashboard, replacing it with what’s found in the 2017 Impreza, including the eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There’s more to Subaru’s reworked XV, so keep reading the details.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Launches Heavily Revised XV at Geneva

Subaru is best known for making fun, all-weather hatchbacks and wagons with impressive AWD systems. That continues with the introduction of the 2018 Subaru XV – a heavily revised version of the lifted Impreza wagon. The new XV rides on Subaru’s new Global Platform architecture, is powered by 80-percent new Boxer engine, and wears a fresh design, both inside and out.

The Subaru XV was introduced for the 2012 model year and has soldiered on basically unchanged. That changes for the 2018 model year, and the U.S.-spec XV Crosstrek will likely receive these changes for 2019.

Starting with the chassis, Subaru is continuing to spread its new Global Platform throughout its lineup. The Impreza received it last year, so naturally, the XV was next. Subaru says it’s more than 70-percent stiffer than the outgoing chassis, which is good news for off-roaders. The Impreza’s new steering rack makes the leap, too, dropping the ratio from 14:1 to 13:1. And despite the XV boasting an impressive 8.7-inches of ground clearance, the center of gravity drops by 0.2 of an inch. The XV’s handling is further aided by a revised mounting for the anti-sway bars. Subaru says body roll is reduced by a whopping 50 percent.

Most folks will concentrate on the XV’s new sheet metal and its new interior. The high-riding wagon takes after the Impreza, gaining a more angular design with a chiseled chin. New taillights and rear bumper join the mix, as does a new wheel design. Two new colors have been added – Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange. Inside, the interior completely ditches the outgoing XV’s dull dashboard, replacing it with what’s found in the 2017 Impreza, including the eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There’s more to Subaru’s reworked XV, so keep reading the details.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru XV

When crossovers and SUVs got their second wind on the market, automakers jumped on the opportunity to open the gates and flood each and every segment of the market with as many models as possible. But, some automakers have taken an interesting approach where they take a car body and throw it on a jacked-up chassis and suspension – a quick way to create new models without spending heaps of cash on research and design. The new Subaru XV is one of these models and, like the 2016 Subaru XV Concept, it sports the body of the 2017 Subaru Impreza five-door with a raised suspension; just enough to make it appealing to the masses who, predominantly, love these high-riding people-haulers a lot more than they probably should. The big news, however, is that the new XV is built upon Subie’s revamped Global platform that brings extra rigidity and strength to the table. There’s also a revamped suspension system, revised interior, and 80-percent of the parts used in that 2.0-liter Boxer engine have been revamped to deliver more power and better fuel economy in an overall lighter package.

As was the case with the first XV model that hit the market in 2013, the XV is essentially an Impreza with jacked up suspension, but this time around, Subaru has gone the distance to make the XV safer, stronger, more powerful, and nicer inside and out. When it comes to strength and safety, we’re not exactly talking small numbers either – the new XV, according to Subaru, offers an increase in torsional rigidity of 70 percent and a decrease in body roll of 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. But, before we get too far into that, let’s a stroll down the page talk more about the “all-new” Subaru XV.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru XV.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru XV Concept

Subaru has used two of the more recent auto shows – Tokyo in October 2015 and Los Angeles in November 2015 – to introduce a pair of Impreza-based concepts that hinted at the future of the brand’s most recognizable model. For reasons that we didn’t know at that time, the Japanese automaker skipped on making another follow up in Detroit and Chicago. But as it turns out, Subaru saved the third model under the Impreza umbrella for the2016 Geneva Motor Show. So here it is, folks, the Subaru XV Concept.

The high-riding XV Concept is headed to Geneva with an all-new look that follows in the footsteps of its Impreza counterparts. That look is defined by the company’s new Dynamic X Solid design language, which Subaru plans to adopt to its new generation of vehicles.

Actual details are scarce, at least outside of the exterior, but with the concept as close to a production version as you can get out of Subaru, there is some belief that the production version will look close to what the automaker is bringing to Geneva. There’s no timetable yet on when the actual next-gen XV Crosstrek will be released, but with the current model on the receiving end of a recent mid-life facelift, 2018 would be the earliest possible date to see the next-generation version. For now, let’s take a long, hard look at the XV Concept.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

Continue reading for the Best and Worst In Show at CAS 2016.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek Special Edition

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is essentially a raised and slightly bubbled version of the Subaru Impreza five-door hatchback. It initially debuted in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the Subaru XV concept. Shortly after that, Subaru moved the XV concept into production. We didn’t see the XV Crosstrek in production form here in the U.S. until Subaru came to the New York Auto Show in 2012. The model quickly went on sale for the 2013 model year and has since become Subaru’s third-best selling model.

To celebrate the success of the Crosstrek, Subaru released the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition last year. It had minor modifications here and there to differentiate it from the rest of the pack and was limited to just 1,000 units. Now, just a few days before the Chicago Auto Show kicks off, Subaru has announced that it will be bringing another special edition version of the Crosstrek to the windy city.

The 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition will be limited to 1,500 examples, and like last year’s special edition model, it will be based on the 2.0i Premium. Once the special edition officially debuts, expect to see it hit showrooms at the end of this spring. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, we’ve only got a few days before we see the Special Edition Crosstrek in the metal, so let’s dive on in and preview what we’ll be seeing in Chicago.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek Special Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek Special Edition

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is essentially a raised and slightly bubbled version of the Subaru Impreza five-door hatchback. It initially debuted in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the Subaru XV concept. Shortly after that, Subaru moved the XV concept into production. We didn’t see the XV Crosstrek in production form here in the U.S. until Subaru came to the New York Auto Show in 2012. The model quickly went on sale for the 2013 model year and has since become Subaru’s third-best selling model.

To celebrate the success of the Crosstrek, Subaru released the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition last year. It had minor modifications here and there to differentiate it from the rest of the pack and was limited to just 1,000 units. Now, just a few days before the Chicago Auto Show kicks off, Subaru has announced that it will be bringing another special edition version of the Crosstrek to the windy city.

The 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition will be limited to 1,500 examples, and like last year’s special edition model, it will be based on the 2.0i Premium. Once the special edition officially debuts, expect to see it hit showrooms at the end of this spring. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, we’ve only got a few days before we see the Special Edition Crosstrek in the metal, so let’s dive on in and preview what we’ll be seeing in Chicago.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek Special Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru XV Crosstrek – Driven

In a world full of crossover SUVs, the Subaru XV CrossTrek takes things to the extreme – it’s completely car-based, yet offers better off-road chops than the vast majority of wannabe wagons cluttering up the mall parking lots. The XV CrossTrek is indeed a legit player in the dirt, having the benefit of Subaru’s venerable AWD system and more ground clearance than a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The XV CrossTrek is a global player as well, being sold in its home market of Japan and other regions as simply the XV. North America is the only market that gets the extra CrossTrek nomenclature. Nevertheless, the Subie is making a name for itself wherever it goes. Click the Hybrid box if going green is a priority. Subaru debuted the XV CrossTrek Hybrid for 2013, a year after it’s global debut, complete with a 13-horsepower electric motor assisting the otherwise standard 2.0-liter Boxer engine.

Though 2013 was the high-riding wagon’s first year in the U.S., it sold well, rolling some 61,137 units that year. 2014 saw even better numbers, with Subaru moving nearly 10,000 more than the year prior.

So with such hubbub surrounding this little soft-roader, I grew excited to know I’d have one for a week. I admittedly loved its emboldened body cladding and two-tone wheels, so I was hopeful to see it arrive.

Continue reading for the full review

Subaru XV Crosstrek – Driven originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 7 April 2015 16:00 EST.

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