The Subaru that is called an XV for the rest of the world will now be known in the U.S as the Crosstrek.  It will essentially act as a successor to the Impreza Outback Sport when it arrives in 2013. 

The Subaru XV Crosstrek will be the company's smallest SUV model costing several thousand dollars less than the larger Subaru Forester. The compact crossover will be based on the Subaru Impreza's platform, but will offer its own front and rear fascias, wheels, body-side cladding, and a raised suspension.

The XV Crosstrek helps Subaru target urbanites that are looking for the utility of a crossover with good fuel economy, great news for Silverthorne Subaru enthusiasts. The model will offer the same 2.0-liter 148 horsepower four-cylinder boxer engine found in the Impreza with a standard five-speed manual or available continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle-shifters. The XV Crosstrek will also come standard with all-wheel drive.

Plenty of Cargo Room for Silverthorne Subaru Families

The XV Crosstrek, which will be available at your premier Silverthorne Subaru Dealer in late 2012, is smaller than most compact SUVs. It is more comparable to a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport than say a Honda CR-V in terms of cargo room. The model has cargo room of 22.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 52.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is fairly close to the Hyundai Tucson (25.7/55.8), but much smaller than its larger sibling the Forester, which has dimension of 33.5/68.3.

Fuel Economy for 2013 CrossTrek

Subaru made large strides with fuel economy in the 2012 Subaru Impreza. That model is rated at 27-mpg city and 36-mpg highway with a CVT, making it the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive vehicle sold in America. Since the XV Crosstrek, is essentially a raised and modified Impreza hatchback, expect fuel economy to be a bit lower with the added weight. However, the XV Crosstrek will likely be the most fuel-efficient SUV on the market when it debuts.

In comparison, the Nissan Juke, which is not even considered an SUV by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (they consider it a "small car"), gets EPA estimated fuel economy of 25-mpg city and 30-mpg highway with all-wheel drive.

If you are looking for a great place to shop and browse at your leisure, stop by one of the leading Silverthorne Subaru Dealerships, Groove Subaru Silverthorne, to see our great selection of new and used Subarus.

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