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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Planet's Review of 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek:
 What's New? 


2015 Impreza Limited interior, which will be almost exactly the same as the 2015 Crosstrek interior


Planet's Executive Summary

We expect arrival of the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek at Planet in January, 2015.  This is late for a Subaru introduction; they typically occur during the previous summer and sometimes as early as the previous spring.  Since we opened in 1998, we don't remember ever waiting until the calendar turned to see a new model.  We anticipate that Subaru will be making some modest changes to the car requiring additional time for engineering. 

Subaru has released a lot of information about the 2015 Impreza which shares a large majority of components with the Crosstrek.  You can make many inferences about Crosstrek equipment and specs by looking at the 2015 Impreza which will arrive at Planet couple months ahead of the Crosstrek.  For example, we expect to see more sound insulation and upgraded interior materials appear on the Crosstrek because these improvements are scheduled on the Impreza.      

Years ago, Subaru called its high-riding, rugged Impreza model the "Outback Sport."  When introducing the all-new Impreza in 2012, Subaru took a year off from offering a beefed-up version.  For 2013, Subaru introduced the Crosstrek--an Impreza-based compact crossover with more ground clearance, moderate off-road capability, more equipment, and a tougher appearance than the Impreza. 

Subaru has been building and studying the performance of this generation Impreza since it was introduced in calendar year 2011 and the Crosstrek since it was introduced in calendar year 2012.  When making changes, they evaluate all the data they have gathered, including customer feedback, warranty claims, and crash tests looking for tweaks that will improve performance and reliability.

You won't see huge changes in the 2015 Crosstrek, but we expect you will be able to tell the difference both inside and out. 


Changes to Crosstrek: 2015 vs 2014


 Why do we think?

Back up Camera will likely be standard on all 2015 Crosstreks.

Currently, only "Limited" models or those with navigation offer a back up camera. 

Visibility out of a Crosstrek is outstanding, rivaled only by the  best-in-class Subaru Forester, so you don't really need the camera.  But it's a nifty safety feature if you have a kid or a drooling dog running around your driveway, and it sure helps when parking in Boston.  The federal government has been working on rules requiring all cars to have rear vision cameras.  Subaru is getting ahead of the regulations. 

Subaru Eyesight will likely be offered on Crosstrek. 
Currently, Subaru offers its acclaimed driver assistance system only on Forester, Legacy, and Outback--all larger and more expensive cars.   

Eyesight cameras.

When Subaru introduces new technologies, it usually offers them on its most expensive models, but then gradually equips the whole product line. For example, Subaru offered its Vehicle Dynamics Control in 2001 only on the most expensive trim level of the Outback.  By 2009, it was standard on every Subaru.  It stands to reason that Crosstrek will be the next model to get the technology.    

We expect fuel economy on models with automatic transmission to remain the same or possibly increase by one mile per gallon. 
Pictured right:  2.0 Liter Boxer four cylinder with 148 horsepower.  Gasoline Crosstrek is already the second most fuel-efficient crossover sold in America; first is the Crosstrek Hybrid, which was just introduced for 2014 and won't change substantially.

Current 2014 model:
Continuously variable
automatic transmission:
25 city, 33 highway

Five-Speed manual
23 city, 30 highway

Hybrid with
Continuously variable
automatic transmission:
29 city, 33 highway

Fuel economy ratings have already been released for the 2015 Impreza, which is the platform-mate of the Crosstrek.  Some (not all) Impreza models equipped with automatic transmissions increased fuel economy by one mile per gallon. 

Suspension will likely be revised.  

Suspension from current model.

Subaru typically makes suspension changes during the mid-cycle refresh, potentially including spring rates, steering ratios, and sway bar thickness.  After seeing the car perform for several years in the real world, they perfect the handling.  2015 Impreza gets a steering rack with a quicker ratio so we're expecting it on the Crosstrek too.

New Colors

(Yes, that iridescent "Plasma Green" is a real color available on the hybrid).  Subaru almost always tinkers with a shade or two and often substitutes one color for another.  This keeps the car looking fresh without spending a lot of money. 


2014 Crosstrek Colors
 and Upholstery

Lately, you can rely on white and black, and some shade of blue, silver, dark grey, and red.  Subaru will usually lighten or saturate the red and blue, and usually substitute a whole new color for one of the slower selling colors. 

Power seat will likely appear in Limited models.

A power seat option has never previously been offered on a Crosstrek. 

The sports car that Subaru builds from the Impreza and Crosstrek platform, the WRX, gets the first-ever power seat on any stateside Impreza-derived vehicle.  If Subaru has it engineered and safety-tested, why not put it on the upper-trim Crosstrek models too? 

We expect new center stack
that will incorporate modern touchscreen infotainment. 




Already announced for the 2015 Impreza is a new standard 6.2 inch infotainment system that incorporates the Rear Vision Camera.  It integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha? Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod® control capability and iTunes® Tagging capability, USB port and aux. input jack.  Limited models get 7 inch screen with additional capability.
Front End
The picture to the right belongs to the 2015 Impreza Sport, which looks like a low-riding Crosstrek.  Crosstrek will probably have a more rugged appearance with different fog lights and muscular bumper cover.



Subaru almost always changes headlights and taillights during the mid-cycle refresh because they really change the look of the car without requiring expensive sheet metal redevelopment.
  We expect revised front styling to include new bumper, grille, and headlights.

We expect Keyless Access
with push button start and PIN access.  Currently, only hybrid model gets Keyless Access and it doesn't include PIN access.


Optional on 2015 Impreza Limited models, this package lets you keep the key fob in your pocket so you can enter and start the car without fumbling for your key.  PIN access allows you to enter a code in the trunk if you want to leave your key in the car while you swim or hike. 

Oil Change Interval changes from 7,500 miles to 6,000 miles for 2015 Crosstrek.

See current maintenance page.

CONFIRMED.  Subaru announced that all 2015 models should be serviced every 6,000 miles or six months.


Price will likely rise about $200 on 2015 Crosstrek.
See Current Crosstrek Models and Pricing.

2014 model.  That's Blue behind the wheel.

Subaru almost always makes small annual price increases, usually less than the rate of inflation, which is
remarkable considering that they typically add more content too. 

More Crosstrek Links:
  • Visit Planet's dedicated Crosstrek page.
  • Watch Scott's Three Favorite Things about the XV Crosstrek. 
  • Peruse a fancy dynamic Crosstrek brochure. 
  • Compare Crosstrek Hybrid with regular Crosstrek
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Impreza
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Forester
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Mini Cooper
  • Compare Crosstrek vs. Plowtruck

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