Subaru entered its 2013_subaru_XV_Crosstrek in the Best New SUV Under $35,000 category. It didn’t win, but placed a close second behind the Ford Escape 1.6-litre EcoBoost.

Subaru is offering the Crosstrek in three packages: Touring, Sport and Limited.

A base Touring model is less than $25,000 to start and has heated front seats, air conditioning and tilt/telescoping steering.

The flat-four boxer engine has a built-in smoothness and civility and it’s less rambunctious than the Escape. Fuel economy is also a pleasant surprise; equipped with the CVT, the Crosstrek delivers 8.2 litres/100 km in town and 6.0 on the highway. With the exception of the Mazda SkyActiv CX-5, this is the best fuel economy in this category.


Tech specs

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited

Base Price: $30,995 as tested: $32,410

Engine: 2.0-litre, horizontally opposed four-cylinder

Horsepower/torque: 148 hp/145 lb-ft

Transmission: CVT

Drive: All-wheel

Fuel economy (litres/100 km): 8.2 city/6.0 highway; regular gas

Alternatives: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-7, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape 1.6 Eco-boost, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage