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December 1, 2012

Subaru XV Crosstrek breaks new ground

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Fuel economy is a primary advantage of the new model, Singer pointed out. At its base price, with a five-speed manual transmission, the Crosstrek earns a fuel-economy rating of 23 miles per gallon in city driving, and 30 mpg on the highway. Models upgraded with a continuously variable automatic transmission, a $1,000 addition, jump to 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Subaru advertises that those ratings make Crosstrek the most fuel-efficient compact crossover you can buy.

Subaru introduced the new model in the summer. It is still stocking dealers with inventory. Add to that the instant popularity and strong consumer demand for the vehicle, and the result is a tight supply of Crosstreks at the moment.

“It’s so hot that it’s hard to get,” said Singer. “Dealers are just screaming for them.”

Thus, with a hit on its hands, the company’s current big hurdle is to catch up with demand for the model.

“Their challenge is going to be keeping up the production over the next couple of years,” Singer said. “I wish I had 100 of them in stock.”

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Vehicle type: 4-door, 5- passenger, all-wheel-drive compact crossover utility vehicle Price range: $22,790 to $25,290 (plus options) Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty; 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain warranty; 5 years/unlimited miles rust warranty; 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance Engine: 2.0-liter horizontal 4 Power: 148 horsepower at 6,200 rpm; 145 lb.-ft. torque at 4,200 rpm Base transmission: 5-speed manual Fuel economy: 23 mpg city; 30 mpg highway (with automatic) Wheelbase: 104 inches Length: 175 inches Width: 70 inches Height: 64 inches Weight: 3,087 pounds Fuel capacity: 15.9 gallons Turning circle: 34.8 ft.

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