11/26/2014 Winter 2014 About the Author 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek More Flex Ability than Ever By Kristin Terpeza 11/26/2014 Winter 2014 We heard you. YOU SAID YOU WANTED TO CLIMB THE STEEP HILLS AND LOOK GOOD DOING IT. I am a very active person who enjoys the outdoors but had concluded that, to get the fuel mileage and luggage space, I was going to have to settle for some type of "tame" auto not really suited for my lifestyle; that is, until I overheard someone talking about a Subaru Forester he had recently purchased getting 31 mpg. So I decided to go by the Subaru dealership for a look. "Today I took it up one of the steepest slopes in our area with five people, and the XV Crosstrek glided right up the mountain." - Brad D, North Carolina, 2014 XV Crosstrek Well, to make a long story short, I ended up with an XV Crosstrek. Thank you ... thank you! ... I don’t know of a vehicle on the road that better fits my personality and lifestyle and will also meet my needs in the future. I don’t know if I could be any happier with the purchase! The XV Crosstrek drives itself and runs so smoothly that you can hardly tell if the engine is running. Today I took it up one of the steepest slopes in our area with five people, and the XV Crosstrek glided right up the mountain, making me even happier with my purchase. The fuel mileage is exceptional for this type of vehicle! I am averaging more than 33 mpg and one time got 36.6 mpg on a 100-mile trip to the lake WITH MY KAYAK ON TOP! Admittedly, I am someone who likes to smell the roses along the way (I don’t speed very often), but I have made trips with my Crosstrek where I grimaced before looking at the gas mileage and surprised myself to find I still was getting more than 32 mpg! I am a firm believer in “tooting horns” when appropriate, and I think the Crosstrek deserves a great big ol’ toot! Whoever designed this vehicle must have had me and people like me in mind! The only bad thing I have to say about this vehicle is that I am spending a lot more money on auto cleaning supplies these days. … I am like a 16-year-old boy who has his first car! YOU WANTED A SURE-FOOTED CROSSOVER VEHICLE THAT COULD TAKE YOU BEYOND THE PLACES WHERE THE ROAD ENDS. I wanted something economical, roomy, and safe. Recently, Birmingham, Alabama, was hit with an unexpected snowstorm. The city doesn’t deal well with winter weather. “Birmingham was hit with an unexpected snowstorm ... in five hours of driving, the Subaru never slipped. Not once.” – Keith R, Alabama, 2014 XV Crosstrek While many people were stranded, I was able to safely drive about. I ended up being the taxi for several co-workers, took a neighbor to her daughter who has epilepsy, and helped a stranded lady make it home. In five hours of driving, the Subaru never slipped. Not once. All other cars and trucks were slipping, sliding, and colliding, and I went by unscathed. I’ve never been so happy with a car purchase. I don’t actually drive the Subie anymore. My wife claimed it. She loves it. And her mom bought a Crosstrek last week. My mom says she’s going to buy one, too. YOU WANTED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR FAVORITE TOYS ALONG WITH YOU TO EXPLORE THE WILD BLUE YONDER. “I can go anywhere I would want to go hiking, biking, kayaking … it is perfect!” – Brad D, North Carolina, 2014 XV Crosstrek AND YOU WANTED A CAR THAT WOULD SEE YOU SAFELY HOME WHEN YOUR ADVENTURE WAS OVER SO YOU COULD BE READY FOR YOUR NEXT ONE. Last Saturday I encountered the most severe driving conditions I’ve ever experienced. I had only checked the weather in Rock Springs, Wyoming, which was my destination. I sat in a parking lot in Laramie for 1.5 hours, waiting for a crash to be cleared. I-80 is a major east/west thoroughfare, and at the time the interstate cleared, it was who-knows-how-many tractor trailers and me. “My XV Crosstrek … got me home … during the tears of fright … I reminded myself that I was driving a Subaru and I would be okay.” – Sheila P, Wyoming, 2014 XV Crosstrek At one point, I was literally in tears, couldn’t see an exit to get off, and I pushed on through. My XV Crosstrek, which I affectionately have named Cottontail, got me home. I think during the tears of fright, 90 percent was mental, and I reminded myself that I was driving a Subaru and I would be okay with caution. The Crosstrek is a hoot to drive and is our family trip car. Our Forester is the camping/dog car. We put lots of miles on our Subies. Wyoming is truly wide open spaces. We will soon be in the market for another Subie to upgrade our 2008 Impreza, and I suspect it will be another Crosstrek :-). WE ANSWERED BY CREATING THE SUBARU XV CROSSTREK, BRISTLING WITH HIGH-TECH CAPABILITIES, AWARD-WINNING SAFETY FEATURES AND, OF COURSE, IT’S AN UNQUALIFIED JOY TO DRIVE. I’ve owned many 4x4s, trucks, and SUVs – American, British, and Asian – but none with the versatility of the XV Crosstrek. These vehicles handle so well in the snow, ice, and rain, all while getting 30-33 miles per gallon. You just can’t beat that. I’ve loaded up the back with tools, furniture, 60-inch televisions – you name it, and this vehicle just handles it. “This vehicle just handles it.” – Larry M, New Jersey, 2013 XV Crosstrek Believe me when I say this car is great, fun to drive, gets great fuel mileage, has a terrific body design, is roomy inside, and the best part of it all is that it’s one of the most dependable cars I’ve owned. I now have 28,000 trouble-free miles on it, and it just keeps getting better. I really don’t think there is another car out there for the money that matches a Subaru. My job is 37 miles from home through a combination of highway and country roads. As you may recall, the winter of 2014 in New Jersey was wicked – one snowstorm after another. But with the Crosstrek, the drive was easy. As I said, I’m sold on these cars and don’t think I’ll ever buy any other brand. You just can’t beat the value of Subaru. The two friends at work who purchased the Crosstrek also feel the same. They love the car and also say it only gets better. Other manufacturers better watch out. If the word continues to grow about Subaru, everyone will want one. AND NOW IT’S BETTER THAN EVER. SO WHETHER YOU’RE A CURRENT CROSSTREK OWNER OR YEARNING TO BECOME ONE … ... WE JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW: YOUR SUBARU IS READY. “My wife claimed it. She loves it. And her mom bought a Crosstrek last week. My mom says she’s going to buy one, too.” – Keith R, Alabama, 2014 XV Crosstrek THE 2015 SUBARU XV CROSSTREK RETAINS ITS SIGNATURE STYLING AND ITS ADRENALINE-DRIVEN SUBARU BOXER ENGINE, BUT NOW OFFERS NEW UPDATES AND REFINEMENTS FOR EVEN GREATER COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE. Already one of the most fuel-efficient AWD crossovers in America, the 2015 XV Crosstrek pushes the bar even higher – a projected 34 mpg.1 A standard Rear-Vision Camera and available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology2 on Premium and Limited models help to mitigate potential on-the-road issues with audio and visual alerts as well as by automatically applying the brakes if your reaction is delayed. New Subaru STARLINK3 system makes your driving experience safer, easier, and more enjoyable by seamlessly organizing everything from your phone’s music apps, podcasts, and social media into instantly accessible stations via the vehicle’s audio control screen or by voice recognition. The available Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) now features more traditional tuning when upshifting for smooth, seamless horsepower regardless of terrain. XV Crosstrek also is available in a hybrid model for enhanced performance as well as increased gas mileage. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid now comes with a rear spoiler for better aerodynamics and improved fuel economy. NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) has been further reduced inside the XV Crosstrek for an even quieter ride. The 2015 XV Crosstrek not only duplicated its 2014 designation as an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, but now carries a New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-Star rating.4 An all-new navigation system with Bluetooth®5, Pandora®, Aha™6, crystal-clear HD Radio™ capability, and STARLINK cloud connectivity to further heighten the technological capabilities of the XV Crosstrek 2.0i and 2.0i Premium models. 2.0i Limited models include a 7.0-inch display, a multi-gesture screen, and SiriusXM®7 Satellite Radio for an even more immersive experience. New one-touch, lane change signals provide effortless operation and available Keyless Access with Push-Button Start makes entry and exit easier than ever. FROM PAUL L New York, 2013 XV Crosstrek My wife and son were in a head-on collision a couple of weeks ago. 2013 XV Crosstrek. They walked away almost unscratched! I believe all air bags went off, and it was a pocket of safety around them. Both doors opened without even the slightest hitch. Vehicle was still running, even with engine pushed back into the firewall. Amazing. I asked my wife what she likes about the XV Crosstrek, and she said, “Everything!” Ha-ha. Handling, smooth ride, gas mileage, smooth transmission, etc. We live in the country, which sometimes gets 300 inches of snow, and, even without snow tires, she doesn’t complain if I don’t get the driveway plowed. Ha-ha. Another thanks to Subaru all-wheel drive. FROM BETH Z Pennsylvania, 2014 XV Crosstrek I don’t remember the initial impact or the side airbags deploying. But I do remember the sensation of sliding sideways, flipping over, and spinning. The noise of the glass shattering and metal screeching across asphalt. The feel of the airbag cushioning my head, the seatbelt holding me securely in place while I hung upside down. 1 Manufacturer estimates. Actual mileage may vary. 2 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather and road conditions. SeeOwner’s Manual for complete details on system operations and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash. 3 Compatible smartphone and application required. For applications to operate, latest version of each application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 4 Five Star ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safercar.gov program (safercar.gov). 5 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. 6 Compatible smartphone and free Aha app required. For Aha to operate, latest version of Aha application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Aha is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 7 SiriusXM is a registered trademark of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Inc.