From Her Perspective

As I mentioned during the XV Crosstrek’s Long-Term Arrival post, I would be having my wife drive the vehicle regularly and get her opinions on the vehicle as well.  Not only is she a different height and gender than I am, but her priorities usually differ on what she likes and dislikes with a vehicle as well.  So, from her perspective:

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Touring. Click image to enlarge

At first I found the seat to be a little uncomfortable with not much support around my neck and shoulders.  But after a month of driving it, I find it very comfortable now and I like how the head restraints tilt forward.  I find resting my head against it while stopped in traffic helps with my posture and in avoiding any neck or upper back pain.  I also love having the height adjustable seat.  The cloth seats are a really good material and overall the interior is nice. I love the auto lights and the wipers work really well in heavy rainstorms.  The car still felt solid and planted on the road even when driving in the high-wind storms the week of hurricane Sandy.  The windshield and back window defrost really quickly, which is great when you’re running late in the morning.   The backseat headrests seem tall and get in my way a bit when reversing.  I found parking the car a bit difficult for the first couple of weeks, even with the raised seat; I find it hard to gauge how wide the car is.

The heated seats get really warm on the high setting and then cool off and I can’t feel any heat anymore, but then kick in again.  I would recommend the rubber cargo mat for the trunk—without it I always hear our grocery bins in the trunk smashing around.

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Touring. Click image to enlarge

I love the car around the city—it responds so well, has ‘pep’ and is a smooth ride.  The all-wheel drive has been amazing on the cold rainy days.  I find it does chug and jerk when driving in stop-and-go traffic below 50 km/h.  The first couple of weeks I found the car to be lacking power on the highway, I was expecting a bit more moxie when getting up to highway speeds.  I think it may be broken in now because I find the power fine on the highway and fuel consumption is decreasing.

The first week I drove the XV Crosstrek I didn’t think it was a contender for my next car.  After nearly a month, I could see myself driving it every day for a long time.  It’s comfortable and nice.  I would go for the Limited version to get the backup camera (but that’s just because of my driving abilities).  Although I’m getting used to the rims that at first I absolutely hated, I still hope Subaru gives it the Impreza rims in the future.




About Mike

Mike Schlee is the Social Editor at Autos.ca and autoTRADER.ca. He began his professional automotive writing career in 2011 and has always had a passion for all things automotive, working in the industry since 2000.