Subaru has recently strayed from its roots of building quirky cars that did things others couldn’t think of doing. Funky do-it-all cars like the Legacy Outback, Legacy Wagon and the Brat define yesteryear for Suby, but now the Japanese automaker seems more focused on mainstream cars. That said, the XV Crosstrek with its funky looks, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, compact hatchback-like size, and standard all-wheel drive is everything Subaru one was. Since its debut in 2013, the funky XV Crosstrek has scratched and clawed its way to becoming the automaker’s No. 3 selling car. For 2015, Subaru has decided to celebrate the perched hatchback’s success by releasing a limited-edition XV Crosstrek Special Edition.

Limited to only 1,000 units, this special XV Crosstrek is based on the middle-of-the-pack 2.0i Premium trim level and adds in a slew of upgraded features and an exclusive paint job. Sure, it may not be packed with super-exclusive features, but its limited availability and smattering of premium features may make it worth the extra bucks you’ll need to shell out to get one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition.

  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    148 @ 6200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    145 @ 4200
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    118 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    25290
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Exterior

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition High Resolution Exterior
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There is little to say about the look of XV Crosstrek that hasn’t already been said. It’s quirky, high-riding, and fairly simple; yeah, it is a classic Subaru. Getting away from the mainstream designing it has become accustomed to as of late, Subaru went all out in making the XV Crosstrek attractive to the more cultish sect of its customer based (yours truly included).

With the Special Edition model, things kick off with an exclusive Sunrise Yellow paint job that contrasts nicely against the off-road-ready body cladding. The exterior is further enhanced with a set of roof rails, a body-color roof spoiler, 17-inch wheels, and privacy glass, all of which come standard on the 2.0i Premium trim level that the Special Edition is based upon. The Special Edition package tosses in a set of body-color folding mirrors with integrated turn signals and blackened headlight bezels.

Overall, unless you know the XV Crosstrek’s color palette like the back of your hand, there is little that distinguishes the exterior of the XV Crosstrek Special Edition from its standard siblings.

Interior

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Interior
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*Standard XV Crosstrek interior shown here.
Because it is based upon the 2.0i Premium trim level, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek’s cabin is rather well-equipped. It comes standard with high-end features like heated seats, power doors and windows, keyless entry, a CD player with six speakers, and a cargo cover.

On top of the 2.0i Premium’s standard bits, the Special Edition model adds in leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, push-button start, a moonroof, a STARLINK Multimedia system with a seven-inch touchscreen, multi-touch control, voice-activated controls, SiriusXM, a vehicle-information display, SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging, and dual USB ports.

Overall, Subaru appears to have done the vast majority of its work on the inside of this Special Edition, loading it up with all sorts of gadgetry that its younger audience craves.

Drivetrain

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Drivetrain
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As much as I’d like to say Subaru dropped the turbocharged, 2.0-liter Boxer-four under the hood of this Special Edition, I sadly cannot. It carries over the same 2.0-liter Boxer-four as the base XV Crosstrek, which puts out 148 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 145 pound-feet of twist at 4,200 revs. This power goes through the much maligned continuously variable transmission on its way to all four corners. This gets the XV to 60 mph in a meh-it’s-good-enough 10 seconds.

Fuel economy, on the other hand, is the XV Crosstrek’s stronger point, as it gets 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the CVT.

Prices

The base 2015 XV Crosstrek checks in at a fairly low $21,595 and jumping to the 2.0i Premium trim level that the Special Edition is based upon raises the price to $22,295. The Special Edition package adds on an additional $2,995 for a final price of $25,290, plus $850 for delivery. The biggest thing about the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is that it’s limited to only 1,000 units, so you’d better put your reservations in early. It will arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2015.

Competition

2015 Nissan Juke

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Competition for the XV Crosstrek is rather limited, but the most direct competitor has to be the equally quirky Nissan Juke. Looks are in the eye of the beholder in this competition, as it really depends on your liking. In my eyes, I find the angular body lines and creases of the XV more attractive.

The Juke’s base price starts at $20,250, but adding AWD jumps the base price to $22,100. To get it more on the level of the XV Crosstrek Special edition you’ll need to bump up to the $24,150 Juke SV and add in the $1,490 Tech Package and the $435 rear roof spoiler. This brings the Juke to a total of $26,900, which is slightly more than the XV Special Edition.

Where the Juke has the XV Crosstrek’s number is the drivetrain, as the Juke comes with a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts down an impressive 188 ponies and 177 pound-feet of twist. The 0-to-60 sprint takes about 7.5 seconds with all-wheel drive, making the Juke significantly quicker than the XV Crosstrek.

Conclusion

The XV Crosstrek is an awesome piece of machinery. It combines the compact size of a hatchback, the ground clearance of a small SUV and very good fuel economy. Unfortunately, save for the special color, there is very little that is "special" about the Special Edition. I do, however, like the fact that it is limited to only 1.000 units, so the chances of you running into an XV Crosstrek in the same color are very slim. Let’s just hope Subaru doesn’t decide to expand the reach of this hue in the future.

  • Leave it
    • * The color is really the only distinguishing trait
    • * Way under-powered
    • * Cabin is notoriously loud under acceleration

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc., which has posted record-breaking sales every year for the past six years, today announced the introduction of the 2015 XV Crosstrek Special Edition. The Special Edition will be limited production of 1,000 models arriving into retailers in Spring 2015. Based on the well-equipped 2.0i Premium trim, the Special Edition is priced at $25,290 (plus $850 d&d).

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The versatile, fun-to-drive XV Crosstrek combines bold five-door design, a highly capable chassis, best-in-class fuel economy and in-demand multimedia features. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, high ground clearance (8.7 inches), 17-inch alloy wheels and ample room for passengers and cargo make the Subaru XV Crosstrek a high-capability crossover. It is one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive crossover utility vehicles in America, delivering 34-mpg EPA-estimated highway fuel economy. The XV Crosstrek small SUV has been a strong seller since its introduction in 2012 and is now Subaru’s third best selling model.

For 2015, the Special Edition joins the XV Crosstrek line which includes the 2.0i base trim, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited and the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

Based from the 2.0i Premium trim, the Special Edition adds STARLINK™ Multimedia audio system. The STARLINK 7.0” system works through 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control that offers swipe and scrolling gesture control. This system offers 6-speaker audio and all of the features of the base system plus voice-activated controls; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required); a vehicle information display; SMS text messaging, iTunes® Tagging capability and dual USB ports.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek looks the part of a rugged crossover and backs up its appearance with proven Subaru capability. Black side- and wheel-arch cladding, rocker spoiler and roof rails provide a rugged contrast to the body color. The raised ride height, body-color roof spoiler and unique-design 17-inch wheels bolster the Subaru XV Crosstrek model’s go-anywhere stance and attitude. Dark-tint privacy glass is standard.

Additional features on the XV Crosstrek Special Edition include Power Moonroof, exclusive Sunrise Yellow exterior with body color foldable mirrors with integrated turn signals along with blackened headlight bezels. As standard, the Special Edition offers Keyless Access with Push-Button Start as well as Pin Code Access, leather-wrapped shift lever handle and steering wheel.

With raised four-wheel independent suspension, the model’s 8.7 inches of ground clearance is higher than most other crossovers and even some dedicated SUVs, yet the XV Crosstrek offers a comfortably low step-in height. High-strength suspension components improve agility, and hydraulic engine mounts help to damp out vibration. The double-wishbone rear suspension helps to enhance the blend of ride comfort, straight-line stability, handling agility and vehicle response.

Available exclusively with Subaru’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Special Editions include the Subaru Incline Start Assist feature, which can briefly hold the vehicle while the driver pulls away from a stop on a hill. New transmission logic for 2015 includes stepped shifting under heavy throttle conditions. A standard ECO gauge helps the driver to operate the vehicle as economically as possible. All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer) is also included as standard.

The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. A 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters allows the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios. The transmission also allows “second gear” starts in order to limit the likelihood of wheel spin on slippery surfaces.

The FB 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine uses aluminum for the cylinder block and heads. The long-stroke configuration (84 mm bore and 90 mm stroke) enhances torque across the engine speed range. A dual overhead-cam (DOHC) configuration features Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) – variable valve control for both intake and exhaust valves – also optimizing torque delivery. The engine produces 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. Electric power steering reduces draw on engine power and for 2015 features a quicker steering ratio for 2.8 turns lock to lock.

A 103.7-inch wheelbase yields impressive interior roominess in the Subaru XV Crosstrek, including 35.4 inches of rear seat legroom. With the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded, this versatile five-door crossover provides a flat load floor and up to 51.9 cubic feet of carrying space. Three golf bags or a large baby stroller can be easily loaded.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The sporty instrument panel and 3-spoke steering wheel are augmented in all XV Crosstrek models by a multi-function display with a trip computer located in the center of the dashboard. Soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest provide a high-quality feel. Front seats are optimized for a rear-end collision and feature tilt-adjustable head restraints for comfort. Large door pockets can hold plastic drink bottles and maps. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold all manner of today’s personal items, such as phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT feature the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD. An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively manages torque distribution based on acceleration, deceleration, and available traction. The Active Torque Split system automatically transfers more torque (up to 100 percent) to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.

Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) combines stability and traction control functions and integrates a rollover sensor. Traction control works to augment Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive functionality. A VDC “Off” switch is useful for driving out of slushy roads, deep snow or gravel. The “Off” position deactivates the system’s torque-reduction control, while the antilock and traction control remain active. Traction control functions as a second line of defense against wheel slip, after Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Traction control is not the means of torque distribution in a Subaru AWD system, as it is on some other all-wheel drive vehicles.

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