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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Subaru XV Crosstrek

What is it? Subaru has unveiled a new crossover to add to their lineup. Taller and bolder than the Impreza hatchback, the XV represents the replacement for the outgoing Impreza Outback Sport. In fact, our Outback Sport used to be called XV in other markets.

Like other models in the new Impreza lineup, the XV would use a 148-hp, 2.0-liter version of Subaru’s “boxer” four-cylinder engine, mated to a continuously variable automatic or five-speed manual transmission and AWD. 

Unlike the current Impreza Outback Sport, the XV is jacked up to provide 8.6 inches of ground clearance—more than most SUVs. Otherwise, it’s mechanically identical to the new Impreza hatchback underneath the bright orange paint.

Fuel economy is projected to be 25 city/33 highway/28 combined. The 15.9-gallon fuel tank in the Subaru XV Crosstrek is 1.4 gallons greater than the Impreza models.

When will it be available? Fall 2012.

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