Subaru has a very small area downstairs, but they offered up a big punch in the off-road area. Subaru has nailed the head when it comes to offering off-road capability and class-leading gas mileage. Wait….what does all of that mean? Basically it is like a Toyota Camry and a Jeep Rubicon put together. Great MPG, but it can handle some off-roading too!

Interior: Nothing major, same as most of the Subaru lineup. The whole car is based off of the Impreza, just a larger version.

Exterior: The exterior seems to be from the top model of the XV, with painted mirrors, foglights, and black rims. That will not be standard. However, Subaru chose a great color on this car, nice orange. Similar to the Subaru Outback with the front fascia, it offers a little more aggression and sleek bumper.

Power: AWD is the only option. Power comes from a 2.0-liter, boxer four-cylinder engine good for 148 horsepower, mated to either a six-speed manual or a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is standard on Limited models. It also offers 8.4 inches of ground clearance, which is almost as good as a Jeep.

Mileage: 33 MPG expected, no full word yet.

Pricing: No word on pricing yet, will update when known.

Our Opinion: Although I support Jeep more because it is American, I do have to give props to Subaru. I’ve started liking them when the most recent STi came out, and this XV looks like they are moving in the right direction and they really know how to focus on the consumers’ needs. Great work Subaru! Plus, their AWD system is second to Audi’s, so that is also a +.

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