Subaru XV Crosstrek: How Has it Changed?

Up until 2016, Subaru’s “small” SUV was called the Subaru XV Crosstrek. The car was a nippy off-roader that was also perfectly capable of dropping the kids off at school and picking up the groceries.

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Subaru, however, decided to drop the XV moniker in 2016 and renamed the car as the Subaru Crosstrek. Was it just a marketing gimmick, or does the new model of the vehicle offer genuine improvements over the old version? Let’s find out.


Is there any new technology?


The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek on Long Island wasn’t a car known for having a plethora of technology. It was, however, one of the best-performing in terms of safety, winning the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Design Award. The updated 2016 Crosstrek (and subsequent models), however, bring the range right up to date with all the new features modern drivers love.


Unlike the old version of the SUV, the new Crosstrek offers both blind-spot detection and rear-cross traffic alert - helpful when you’re trying to reverse out of a driveway or tight corner. The latest safety technology means that Crosstreks after 2016 offer a similar level of technology to other vehicles in their class, allowing them to compete with many of the smaller Japanese SUVs on the market right now.


How has performance increased?


The original 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek came with a 2.0-liter boxer engine that used Subaru’s DOHC aluminium-alloy 16-valve system. It could generate more than 145 lb-feet of torque and developed more than 148 horsepower. The 2016 Crosstrek (minus the SV) kept the same award-winning engine and powertrain and delivered identical performance.


However, recent updates to the vehicle’s engine have led to slightly improved performance figures. The 2019 Crosstrek still has the 2.0-liter boxer, but it now churns out more than 152 horsepower and comes with the option of continuously variable automatic transmission if you don’t want a six-speed manual.


How has the look changed?


With the change of name, Subaru has also substantially modified the external appearance of the car. The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek had a sizeable silver bumper over the front grille with the Subaru badge placed on top of it. The 2019 Crosstrek, however, drops the oversized feature and enlarges the grille at the front to provide higher air intake over the radiator, giving the vehicle a meaner, sportier look. 


The new Crosstrek also updates the car’s skirting. Subaru now mounts the fog lights on matte black bumper material, instead of the generic, metallic bodywork. There’s also been a subtle restyling of the rear end, with more full tail lights and a beefier, taller trunk profile.


If you’re interested in learning more about the changes that Subaru has made to the Crosstrek (other than the name of course), then come and speak with us at South Shore Subaru today. Check out our new inventory of Subaru Crosstreks.


As a Subaru dealer on Long Island, we offer an enormous inventory of new and used Subarus from across the generations, providing you with an incredible selection of vehicles. Find out more about 2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Long Island by calling us today.



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