The XV Crosstrek debuted in 2013 as an all-new compact crossover to give buyers a cheaper, five-door alternative to some of the brand’s larger crossovers. On top of offering five doors, this compact crossover offers plenty of ground clearance, Subaru’s rally-bred all-wheel-drive system and even an optional hybrid drivetrain.
As the XV Crosstrek heads into the 2015 model year, it is getting a few updates to help make it more desirable to buyers and a little safer. First up is the availability of EyeSight technology. This safety system acts as an extra set of eyes for the driver and can mitigate damages in a crash by braking when it senses an accident coming or reducing power from the engine to avoid a collision. Additionally, this system adds in adaptive cruise control that automatically brakes and accelerates with traffic when cruising down the highway. The final key feature is lane departure and sway warning, which alerts you when you drift out of your lane.
Also new for 2015 is the 6.2-inch infotainment system in the 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and Hybrid trims that includes a touchscreen, a rear-view camera, swipe and scroll multifunction control, STARLINK smartphone integration, and various radio apps (Aha, Pandora and iHeart Radio).
Buyers who opt for the 2.0i Premium trim with Eyesight, or 2.0i Limited also get a new infotainment system, but this one boasts of a seven-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, voice controls and six speakers.
Pricing for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is not yet available, but expect a slight hike over the 2014 base price of $21,995. The 2015 model will hit dealers in December 2014.