Last week’s photo showed the hindquarters of the new Subaru XV Crosstrek, a decked-out version of the Japanese automaker’s Impreza small sport utility vehicle. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was C.J. Banick Jr., who said:
“This is the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, and it appears on the back of this month’s Popular Science magazine.”
Banick wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “With its daring, vivid tangerine orange pearl paint and unique wheels, this week’s What Is It was easily identified as the brand-new Subaru XV Crosstrek. I, for one, would love to see some of the tasteful color choices of the 1950s and ’60s return to the manufacturers color palettes.
“Look around you. Do we really need for our only choice to be 50 shades of gray, black, white or silver with a single red choice thrown in as a consolation? I applaud Subaru for such a bold color choice for this vehicle.
“What I do not applaud about this vehicle is why Subaru has even introduced it. Priced between their already stalwart Forester and Outback choices, it is lighter and dimensionally smaller than both and has the smallest engine. This does however give it the best gas mileage rating of this trio of crossover vehicles.
“Equipped with the 2-liter, 148-horsepower version of the legendary Subaru boxer engine and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the Crosstrek promises to be as capable as any other Subaru.
“This still leaves me confused as to the market at which this particular version of the crossover is aimed. I think that it would appeal to a younger crowd that does not need the extra cargo or towing abilities of the Forester and with a $2,000 price advantage over the Outback, it would certainly be the better economical choice.
“This is all well and good, but taken as a whole across all manufacturers, this is a very crowded market segment that I am not so sure can support yet another variation on a theme.
“This is one that will either wither and die on the vine, or take off and topple one of the other Subaru choices in this segment.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul
FRANKLIN, N.C.: Dale Sanford wrote: “The vehicle shown is a 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. This is a new model for this year, and is closely related to the Subaru Impreza hatchback.
“The beefed-up vehicle has the same ground clearance as the Outback and with the all-wheel drive will probably be popular with my neighbors in the mountains of North Carolina. Mileage is going to be in the 26-28 mph range.”
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski and Jeff James Miller.