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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Surefooted but loud

The Subaru XV Crosstrek has the maneuverability of a compact car while offering the space of the Outback. Its all-wheel drive offers a steady, if not loud ride.

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The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek made its debut last year at the New York International Auto Show. Its successor, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, will come in a hybrid version for the first time this year.

In its second year on the market, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek continues as a bona fide success for the small Japanese maker of all-wheel-drive cars. The high-riding hatchback compact crossover seems to appeal to a lot of buyers who don't want the bulk of "compact" crossover wagons that get ever larger.

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