If you want a fast car you shouldn't be shopping Subarus especially the models targeting top mileage numbers. Go drive a WRX or look at another brand. Or wait a year or two for the Turbo XV
Hi Subie, I am not shopping fast cars, I am shopping for something versatile, economic and something that will last a long time with proper care. My wife already has the SAP 13 Outback in BB and we love it. I have written many times about our fuel economy and our general happiness in owning it.
The Crosstrek is a nice looking car(to me) and I like the all wheel drive and the EPA fuel mileage so I thought I would take a look. I test drove the base model with the CVT in Tangerine orange and immediately was drawn to the fact that the engine bay was not painted in the exterior color. Maybe it was planned that way on the tangerine one for some reason but it still looks unfinished to me. There were also several areas where the paint either ran or puddled up, just isn't what I would expect for a 21000 to 28000 dollar economy car no matter who manufactures it.
Now about the acceleration, I know some made fun of the poster who said this could be dangerous but they were not far off, the specific one that I test drove was anemic at best. 17 seconds to 60 on a rather cool day was not the fault of the 2 liter engine. 148 HP is not bad for a vehicle of the CV's weight. It was the transmission plain and simple. On full throttle acceleration the rpm's went to over 4000 and just stayed there with little actual acceleration. I am familiar with our CVT on the Outback, much heavier car with minimal horsepower gain and with what they call Generation 2 cvt, it accelerates rather well. I haven't timed it because thats what my VW GTi is for.
So what this comes down to was me posting my opinion only on the Crosstrek and seeing if others that either owned one or had test driven one had the same results and views that I have. For all I know it could have just bee
n the one car I drove that had a problem. Thanks for your short response though!