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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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I’m sure you have seen the commercials. If you don’t watch TV, this is probably one of the funnier commercials in Canada at the moment. A young guy painting the town in his Subaru Crosstrek banters back and forth with his outdoorsy alter-ego in a series of well-written quips. The car is orange and it really stands out—cue my black tester of the same model, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.

What is this exactly? Subaru will tell you it is a groundbreaking new design, a game-changing compact crossover! Let’s call it what it really is, though, a Subaru Impreza wagon with larger wheels, a jacked up suspension and some plastic panels. Wait—I think I’ve seen this before.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek car test drives subaru daily car reviews
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Subaru has sent me a base model tester, what they call the “Touring” edition. This is good in my books as it doesn’t give me a false sense of what most Canadian buyers will end up with. Priced competitively at $24,495 with a rather large delivery charge of $1,695, this Subaru seems well equipped.

Of course, you get Subaru’s legendary and standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, along with power windows, power door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, heated seats, automatic climate control, and more. The Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 148-hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, and Subaru offers the Crosstrek standard with a manual transmission—yes! Unfortunately, my tester is optioned with the automatic (CVT) transmission for an additional $1,300.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $27,490

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