By Andy Lilienthal
Bananas. Taxicabs. Nacho cheese. These were all descriptors for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition we drove recently. Not all cars can pull off such a vibrant hue, but the compact Crosstrek rocks it. Then again, the car is also available in a very bright orange shade, and it pulls that color off, too. By the way, in the Japanese market this screaming yellow color is called Pop Star. Konnichiwa!
In the North American market, the car's color is simply called Sunrise Yellow (I prefer either Pop Star or, well, Nacho Cheese). Other bits that come with the car include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as well as push-button start. The XV Crosstrek Special Edition starts at $25,290. Other than that, the car is just like other XV Crosstrek models. That means more ground clearance than a standard Impreza, fatter 225/55/17 tires, and some unique bodywork. Unlike the 2015 Impreza we recently reviewed, the Crosstrek does not get refreshed bumpers ... yet. It does, however, have the upgraded touchscreen stereo/nav.
We're big fans of the XV Crosstrek, but would buy ours with the five-speed manual, even if that means foregoing the Special Edition (and the availability of a moon roof). Regardless, it has a lot to offer, whether you get the Special Edition or not. By the way, am I the only one who thinks this is the the perfect taxi cab for the Pacific Northwest?
Finally, here's a short promotional video for the Pop Star XV Crosstrek in Japan. Frankly, I think I need a bike helmet in the shape of a Crosstrek.