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    ^^ I've said it before, I think the sweet spot is right at 62. Every time I've done an Interstate run with this car the mileage has sucked.

    After the super low mpg run on Sunday I squeaked out the rest of the tank on my commute (in and out of NYC) yesterday and managed to ease the avg up to 23.9 for the tank. The worst in the 46k miles I've had the car. It took 15.56 gallons and wasn't sputtering but I bet it only had a mile or two left in it.

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    I average 36 mpg on the run from LA to South OC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I wonder how much off road it can take compared to the Forester?
    Same platform. They're both based on the Impreza and have 8.7" of clearance. The Crosstrek is very capable off road and I took mine to horrible places and did horrible things with it. I just wished you could completely shut off VDC sometimes.

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    I've found the mpg to really depend on the headwinds. On long drives here (~300 miles) at altitude I'm getting 26-31 mpg cruising around 72mph.

    I've only driven it on plain 'ol dirt roads, but from what I've seen on youtube it's pretty capable offroad

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    Awhile back on the XV forum someone was saying that they'd broken something suspension-related (can't remember what), and Subaru wouldn't warranty it because he'd installed rallylights and skidplate which meant he was using the car improperly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Awhile back on the XV forum someone was saying that they'd broken something suspension-related (can't remember what), and Subaru wouldn't warranty it because he'd installed rallylights and skidplate which meant he was using the car improperly.
    There were extenuating circumstances to that, mainly the fact that he took the ABS fuse out to completely disable VDC letting the car get more lateral forces on turns than the car would normally allow, thus snapping on of his drive axles(IIRC.) The lesson: don't remove your ABS fuse and do lateral slides in rally cross fields.

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    I need to buy the longer strap for the rear wheel from KUAT.

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    I think it looks awesome!
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    Well traded the wife's car in at the end of December and purchased her a 2014 forester for our first family car (first child is due this summer). Well the crosstrek is the car I really wanted when I bought my 2011 impreza outback sport. Had my impreza almost completely paid off and had some hail damage and some dings in the doors thanks to parking in hospital parking lots and Medicaid patients not caring whose car they hit with their doors. Was able to use my ASHA discount (similar to the other discount folks use) and since we had just bought a car at the end of 2013 and me being a tough negotiator I was able to trade the impreza in and get a 2014 crosstrek limited in tangerine for a car payment that was $125 less per month

    I was worried about the lack of engine power. I had a manual transmission before on my impreza so I was concerned that the cvt would be underpowered as others had complained it would be. I have the steering wheel shifters as well hut haven't bothered to use them. I must say the cvt has plenty of pep for in city and interstate driving. I normally drive the interstate to and from work with about 10 miles of stop and go city driving. I average 75-80 mph on the interstate and I drive like a typical Columbus Ohio Pittsburgh pa driver would drive (so heavy on the accelerator) and I'm averaging 28-31 mpg with around 2000 miles on the crosstrek so far.

    I must say I love this car! It's what I wanted in my impreza outback sport! I've taken it on some sandy/dirt/muddy clay roads in South Carolina and Georgia and it's handled as well as my 99 jeep wrangler. Can't say much about the handling in snow but if it handles even half as good as my impreza did during our bad ice storm this year we had then I'll he happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNickels View Post
    Well traded the wife's car in at the end of December and purchased her a 2014 forester for our first family car (first child is due this summer). Well the crosstrek is the car I really wanted when I bought my 2011 impreza outback sport. Had my impreza almost completely paid off and had some hail damage and some dings in the doors thanks to parking in hospital parking lots and Medicaid patients not caring whose car they hit with their doors. Was able to use my ASHA discount (similar to the other discount folks use) and since we had just bought a car at the end of 2013 and me being a tough negotiator I was able to trade the impreza in and get a 2014 crosstrek limited in tangerine for a car payment that was $125 less per month

    I was worried about the lack of engine power. I had a manual transmission before on my impreza so I was concerned that the cvt would be underpowered as others had complained it would be. I have the steering wheel shifters as well hut haven't bothered to use them. I must say the cvt has plenty of pep for in city and interstate driving. I normally drive the interstate to and from work with about 10 miles of stop and go city driving. I average 75-80 mph on the interstate and I drive like a typical Columbus Ohio Pittsburgh pa driver would drive (so heavy on the accelerator) and I'm averaging 28-31 mpg with around 2000 miles on the crosstrek so far.

    I must say I love this car! It's what I wanted in my impreza outback sport! I've taken it on some sandy/dirt/muddy clay roads in South Carolina and Georgia and it's handled as well as my 99 jeep wrangler. Can't say much about the handling in snow but if it handles even half as good as my impreza did during our bad ice storm this year we had then I'll he happy.

    Love this car!
    You'll appreciate the extra legroom in the forester for your child's carseat. I have a 2008 impreza, and when my son was born, i had to put the carseat in the middle, and luckily i'm only 5'9", because if i had to move either the passenger or driver front seats back, they would push the carseat up.

    Roof basket is nice for putting the stroller on top too during long trips. I bought one on craigslist for $150.

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    I plan on getting some Thule bars and a basket for vacations/trips. I'll get a basket I can swap onto either the forester or the crosstrek. I was surprised about the little bit of extra room the crosstrek has over my outback sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neseth View Post
    You'll appreciate the extra legroom in the forester for your child's carseat.
    We checked this out, and at least with our son's rear-facing seat, there was a tiny bit more space in the crosstrek. That said, his cat seat is behind the passenger seat, as I (the taller of my wife and I) drive more when both of us are in the car.

    There is a bit more width in the forester for the second row seats, but not any extra legroom.

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    How much was the rack?

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    I'm going to test drive a Crosstrek tomorrow. My local dealer has 2 orange ones - can't remember which trim level, one is $23K and $26K. Not many options. I really wanted one with a trailer hitch, which neither has, but I guess I can always have one installed.

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    The limited which is the highest price level usually has a hitch as an option. It's not a hard install. I would just negotiate it at the time of the sale that their shop needs to either install it of pay to have a local shop install it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trek7100 View Post
    I'm going to test drive a Crosstrek tomorrow. My local dealer has 2 orange ones - can't remember which trim level, one is $23K and $26K. Not many options. I really wanted one with a trailer hitch, which neither has, but I guess I can always have one installed.
    Prefer the 2" torklift ecohitch anyways. $250, I would negotiate that into the price either way.

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    I went with the Curt 2" hitch can be found on Amazon for around $120, took me about an hour to install it by myself. Pretty simple. Factory hitch is around $500 I think.

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    Yes, but the forklift looks like an OEM hitch, the rest of the hitch is tucked up and only the box receiver is shown like many factory hitches do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neseth View Post
    You'll appreciate the extra legroom in the forester for your child's carseat. I have a 2008 impreza, and when my son was born, i had to put the carseat in the middle, and luckily i'm only 5'9", because if i had to move either the passenger or driver front seats back, they would push the carseat up.

    Roof basket is nice for putting the stroller on top too during long trips. I bought one on craigslist for $150.
    I had twins in the 09 Impreza and it was super tight. Seats needed to be way forward and it was hard to drive.

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    There is also a 2013 Crosstrek in Khaki on the lot with 28,000 miles, that seems a little high. There is also a new Impreza Premium, but the reviews I've read and a couple of YouTube videos really bash the Impreza for being under powered and blah. Might even test drive that one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek7100 View Post
    There is also a 2013 Crosstrek in Khaki on the lot with 28,000 miles, that seems a little high. There is also a new Impreza Premium, but the reviews I've read and a couple of YouTube videos really bash the Impreza for being under powered and blah. Might even test drive that one too.
    Crosstrek has the same engine and is no doubt heavier, so don't expect much power there. Crosstrek is just a jacked up Impreza with a new name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Crosstrek has the same engine and is no doubt heavier, so don't expect much power there. Crosstrek is just a jacked up Impreza with a new name.
    To be fair, there are a few improvements to the XV crosstek. But in the general sense, yes it's just a jacked up impreza.

    I remember when it came out. They beefed up the oil/water cooling for the engine and trans to handle some towing, they revised some of the suspension geometry to accomadate lift, and not do it half baked with just larger springs and struts. The geometry is only minor, but it's something. Also, the body cladding to make it look more aggressive like an off roader. An upgraded rear differential, again for towing.

    And because the XV crosstek is classified as an SUV, you're allowed to have tinted windows from the factory.

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    The Crosstrek is a lot of car, but the performance on road won't be better than an Impreza since they both share the 2.0 and the Crosstrek likely weighs more. The 2.5 would've helped a bit.

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    S/O just got a new 2014 crosstrek limited.

    we're planning to use it for many hike/bike/ski trips to avoid having to drive my work truck everywhere.

    wondering about bike rack options.

    planning on getting oem aero bars, like these....
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    no problems with a typical fork/tray rack, don't want a hitch rack. just wondering what type(s) from thule/yakima/rockymounts fit those aero bars so i can start searching ebay/craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    The XV hates going over 70mph. It can and will but your mpg drops quickly. Accept what this car is and be happy.
    Agreed. Here's my gas usage lately. 15k miles on mine (limited) and I'd say ~25% of the miles are with a bike on the back. I have a long commute to work (50 miles each way) and average about 70-75mph.

    The most recent fillup (26.6mpg) was basically an entire tank with the bike on the rack. (I was on vacation )



    Happy with it overall, bike rack obviously hurts MPG a bit but even in the best of conditions and on tanks without any bike hauling I've only broken 30MPG once or twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post

    wondering about bike rack options.

    planning on getting oem aero bars, like these....
    2012 2014 Subaru Impreza 5 Door XV Crosstrek Aero Roof Cross Bars Set New | eBay

    no problems with a typical fork/tray rack, don't want a hitch rack. just wondering what type(s) from thule/yakima/rockymounts fit those aero bars so i can start searching ebay/craigslist.
    I'm wondering the same thing. Bought a Crosstrek for my daughter but I'll be using it as a DD until she's got more driving experience under her belt (gets much better gas mileage then my Jeep). Thinking roof rack over hitch rack since it already came with the crossbars. Is there a reason people are opting for hitch rack over roof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1kk3d View Post
    I'm wondering the same thing. Bought a Crosstrek for my daughter but I'll be using it as a DD until she's got more driving experience under her belt (gets much better gas mileage then my Jeep). Thinking roof rack over hitch rack since it already came with the crossbars. Is there a reason people are opting for hitch rack over roof?
    picked up factory crossbars today and a used yakima 'forklift' which fits well without any adapters.

    my 5'4" s/o struggles to get a road bike up there though. so that's probably the downside for some, with it being a pretty tall car.

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    I own a crosstrek and just don't understand why people use roof racks. The gas mileage is horrible. Just put a hitch on your cross and get a nice hitch rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNickels View Post
    I own a crosstrek and just don't understand why people use roof racks. The gas mileage is horrible. Just put a hitch on your cross and get a nice hitch rack.
    Yup. The hitch is also quieter than the roof racks. I have the OEM roof racks as well, and they are obnoxious - they live in my basement now until ski season. I paid ~$150 or something for the Curt hitch off Amazon, and install took me 20 minutes alone in my driveway.

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    wondering if studded snow tires are worth it? (Colorado) i know its a really good snow car with the factory all-season tires, but i imagine studs would make it nearly unstoppable.

    thoughts? experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post
    wondering if studded snow tires are worth it? (Colorado) i know its a really good snow car with the factory all-season tires, but i imagine studs would make it nearly unstoppable.

    thoughts? experiences?
    If you live somewhere that the snow and ice remains on the ground for 4 months or more, with no pavement showing through, yes, they are worth it. I'd assume you live in Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Pagosa Springs, etc?
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    I had the XV for two winters and it did ok in the snow with all season rubber but if I lived in a mt town I would absolutely have gone with dedicated winter tires. Look at the General Altimax Arctic for the best value/performance and get some cheapo 16" steelies off a Forester or Impreza from a salvage yard.

    As far as roof rack vs hitch - Go with the hitch. Bikes on the roof will ruin your gas mileage, they're loud and like was mentioned reaching up there safely can be a challenge if you're under about 6 feet tall. The factory bars are also slightly curved so the bikes don't stand straight up and that always weirds me out especially if you use fork mount racks because of the stress it puts on the dropouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    If you live somewhere that the snow and ice remains on the ground for 4 months or more, with no pavement showing through, yes, they are worth it. I'd assume you live in Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Pagosa Springs, etc?
    golden, front range. usually snow/ice is only a real issue for commuting ~10 days a year. but will be skiing/powder daying a lot.

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    golden, front range. usually snow/ice is only a real issue for commuting ~10 days a year. but will be skiing/powder daying a lot.
    You don't need them. Get ready to pass truck based SUVs as they slide off the road. These can go through 18" of fresh powder no problem with half bald car tires (I've done it in wet PNW show).

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    At high altitude in the rockies, it's less of an issue, as snow and ice sublimate from surfaces like roads over time with any kind of plowing.

    The studs are useful because here in Alaska we get ice that simply stays on the ground and never goes away (during the winter months I mentioned above), like a hockey-rink. It's not like driving on snow, where there's relatively good traction. If you're going up to those ski resorts, the issue will be falling or new-fallen snow, not the same deal that we have to drive on here or in some of the upper-great lakes areas.

    Luckily winter hasn't hit yet in Alaska (currently well above freezing) and it looks like it won't for at least another few weeks, but the downside is that there is no fat-biking yet either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post
    golden, front range. usually snow/ice is only a real issue for commuting ~10 days a year. but will be skiing/powder daying a lot.
    If you actually lived IN those resort towns, then maybe, and even then only for the ones that really get hit hard, because the roads to the houses and residential areas often do not get the care that the resort-roads get. Otherwise, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    You don't need them. Get ready to pass truck based SUVs as they slide off the road. These can go through 18" of fresh powder no problem with half bald car tires (I've done it in wet PNW show).
    good to know, thanks!

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    I'd skip the factory roof bars and go with the Thule aero bars. They hold 3 bikes across the top of the XV, all perfectly level. I don't get any extra cabin wind noise from them. My XV has always had the bike racks since day one so I don't know a difference in gas mileage (from the few times I've run without them). I also have a hitch rack. I use the hitch rack whenever I only need to carry two bikes as it's easier and more efficient. If I only had one, I'd go with the hitch rack.
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    Just traded in my Nissan Frontier for a 14 Crosstrek. Extremely pleased after 4 days and 200 miles. I'm having a hitch installed Friday. I'm going hitch rack simply because I'm tired of pulling the front tire off, especially on my fat bike, every time I want to ride. It also leaves the roof rack to carry paddleboards etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph View Post
    Just traded in my Nissan Frontier for a 14 Crosstrek. Extremely pleased after 4 days and 200 miles. I'm having a hitch installed Friday. I'm going hitch rack simply because I'm tired of pulling the front tire off, especially on my fat bike, every time I want to ride. It also leaves the roof rack to carry paddleboards etc.
    I switched to a hitch rack from a roof rack a few years ago for similar reasons. You're going to love it. It's so much better.
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    Allo,

    I just bought a 2013 Crosstrek Limited. Anyone have/tried a Thule Force XL (625) Cargo box ? (subaru crossbar). Dimension are 84X34.5X17

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neseth View Post
    Prefer the 2" torklift ecohitch anyways. $250, I would negotiate that into the price either way.
    Question for the torklift users, did you have to trim the stinger of your rack in order to not hit the muffler?

    I can't believe I've been putting my bike in the back for over a year and a half...

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    I had my 2" receiver installed at a shop which basically just made one in the same position as the ecohitch, and I didn't have to cut the stinger at all (1up Quik Rack). They also installed a plate at the end of the receiver to prevent me from accidentally shoving something into the muffler.
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    About a week away from buying a Limited...either '14 or '15. Good deals out there on '14s but man, the infotainment and dash look much more refined on the '15s.

    Couple of questions:

    Any, more substantive differences between the '14 and '15 that I might have missed? My understanding via this thread and others is that it's really just the touchscreen that's changed.

    For those of you with leather, how's it holding up to the MTB lifestyle? Anyone with dogs? How worried do I have to be about protecting it from dirt and paws and stuff?

    The Forklift Ecohitch seems to be a favorite. Easy to install alone, or should I have a shop do it? I'm reasonably handy...

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    This is a great site for learning about Subys and the changes from year to year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Any, more substantive differences between the '14 and '15 that I might have missed? My understanding via this thread and others is that it's really just the touchscreen that's changed.
    Might want to take peruse the last few pages of this thread (and that forum in general):
    When should we expect the 2015 XV - Page 32

    I think they also added eyesight in addition to improvements in the interior sound level.

    I had a place make/install a hitch for me (since I'm lazy), and they basically installed it behind the bumper a la the ecohitch. They also welded something to the end of it so I don't jam a stinger into my muffler accidentally.
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    The leather is holding up great with no scuffs or marring. Definitely the mtb lifestyle in mine.
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    I have the ivory leather in mine, and after a season of getting it filthy it's holding up great. Winter MPG is awful though - averaging about 23-25MPG tops, mostly commuting, maybe 25% of the miles with my bike hanging off the back.

    I have the $125 Curt class 1 hitch and it's great. Took all of 5 minutes to install and I've had zero problems with it.
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    My winter mileage goes down but only to the high 26s or low 27s. That's with a roof and hitch rack always installed. Not sure what you're doing to be in the 23s.
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    Thanks guys. Helpful links, PZ. What'd you pay, out the door, for that hitch setup? 2" or 1.25"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    About a week away from buying a Limited...either '14 or '15. Good deals out there on '14s but man, the infotainment and dash look much more refined on the '15s.

    Couple of questions:

    Any, more substantive differences between the '14 and '15 that I might have missed? My understanding via this thread and others is that it's really just the touchscreen that's changed.

    For those of you with leather, how's it holding up to the MTB lifestyle? Anyone with dogs? How worried do I have to be about protecting it from dirt and paws and stuff?

    The Forklift Ecohitch seems to be a favorite. Easy to install alone, or should I have a shop do it? I'm reasonably handy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    My winter mileage goes down but only to the high 26s or low 27s. That's with a roof and hitch rack always installed. Not sure what you're doing to be in the 23s.
    Heh, wish I knew. I just commute ~70mph or so on the interstate to work. Tire pressure is where it should be too.

    Love the car, great for MTB, but disappointed in the MPG and road noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-777 View Post
    Heh, wish I knew. I just commute ~70mph or so on the interstate to work. Tire pressure is where it should be too.

    Love the car, great for MTB, but disappointed in the MPG and road noise.
    Do you live in a cold climate? I've noticed the initial idle while cold is pretty high, and my mileage is quite a but lower then normal in climates like that. I assume this is to warm the emissions system up quickly to meet the PZEV requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectZero View Post
    Do you live in a cold climate? I've noticed the initial idle while cold is pretty high, and my mileage is quite a but lower then normal in climates like that. I assume this is to warm the emissions system up quickly to meet the PZEV requirements.
    Yeah, New England. It's cold as balls up here, haha. Folks over on the XV forum are saying cold weather + winter gas mix, but even then - today's fillup was 21MPG. All good though - it gets me to the trail and totes my crap around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-777 View Post
    I have the ivory leather in mine, and after a season of getting it filthy it's holding up great. Winter MPG is awful though - averaging about 23-25MPG tops, mostly commuting, maybe 25% of the miles with my bike hanging off the back.

    I have the $125 Curt class 1 hitch and it's great. Took all of 5 minutes to install and I've had zero problems with it.
    If you are driving with your bike on the back of the car 25% of your miles, first of all I'm jealous you can ride that much, but secondly, that's the reason you're getting that low MPG. Just because it's on a hitch rack doesn't mean it isn't bad for the aerodynamics.
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    Summary of 2015 Changes to Crosstrek:

    The 2015MY XV Crosstrek features many improvements including the following:
     NEW MODEL ADDED: XV Crosstrek 2.0i Base;
     All models now feature standard Rear Vision Camera;
     All models feature new interior enhancements, NVH enhancements for a quieter ride, and new
    design exterior mirrors;
     Our award winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is now available on select option packages;
     New Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Pin Code Access is now available on select option
    packages (standard on Hybrid and Hybrid Touring);
     All models feature one of three new STARLINK™ Multimedia audio systems;
    o STARLINK Smartphone Integration features a suite of web applications that include AHA™
    Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio as well as news, weather and more; and,
     Subaru STARLINK™ 7.0" Multimedia Navigation System with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and SiriusXM
    NavTraffic® and NavWeather® is ALL NEW and available on select option packages (standard on
    Hybrid Touring).

    The ALL NEW ‘15MY XV Crosstrek 2.0i Base Model - with 5MT transmission has a price of just $21,595…a
    great value! This 2.0i Base model is equipped with black interior fabric, black exterior side mirrors, and
    steering wheel controls for Bluetooth and Audio functions. Adding to the value of this model, and now
    standard on all models, is Quick Ratio Electric Power Assisted Steering. In addition, XV Crosstrek 2.0i has a
    Subaru STARLINK™ 6.2” Multimedia System featuring the following:
    • 6.2-inch touch screen;
    • Subaru STARLINK Smartphone Integration;
    • Four audio speakers; and
    • USB port.

    The XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium starts at $22,295 (5MT) and $23,295 (CVT) - only $300 more than the ’14
    model year and only a $700 price step-up from the new 2.0i Base model. The 2.0i Premium adds the
    following:
    • All Weather Package;
    • Cargo Area Cover;
    • Cargo Area Tray;
    • Center Console with Adjustable Armrest Lid;
    • Body Color Foldable Exterior Mirrors;
    • Chrome Inner Handles; and,
    • Illuminated Glove Box and Ignition Switch Ring.
    In addition, 2.0i Premium receives the infotainment system noted above with the 6.2-inch touch display
    plus an upgrade to 6 speakers to complement an already strong content package. For only $1,000 more
    you can add a Power Moonroof. Most notable for 2015, is the addition of our class-leading Eyesight® Driver
    Assist Technology. ALL NEW - Option Package 14 offers Eyesight® and Subaru STARLINK™ 7.0” Multimedia Plus audio system for just $1,295! In addition to Eyesight® Driver Assist Technology, this option package
    includes Steering Responsive Foglights and the upgraded audio system which includes SiriusXM® Satellite
    Radio (subscription required), voice activated controls and dual USB ports.

    The XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited CVT has a retail price of $24,795. With the Limited trim package you receive
    the new Subaru STARLINK™ 7.0” Multimedia Plus system featuring the following:
    • 7-inch touch screen with swipe and scroll capabilities;
    • Subaru STARLINK™;
    • Six audio speakers;
    • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required);
    • Voice activated controls;
    • Dual USB ports; and,
    • A larger LCD color display.
    In addition, Limited models now also include exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, a sound
    insulation windshield, CVT Shift Boot and Welcome Lighting for just a $300 price increase over the ‘14MY.
    How’s that for value! Additional content can be added through two ALL NEW option packages outlined
    below:

    Option Package 22 – features a Power Moonroof, the ALL NEW Subaru STARLINK™ 7.0” Multimedia
    Navigation System and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Pin Code Access, which is another
    ALL NEW feature for XV Crosstrek Limited. This is a great new option package competitively priced at
    $2,000, which is $100 less than last years’ Moonroof and Navigation Option Package, which did not
    include Keyless Access or Subaru STARLINK™. All this adds incremental value for less than a similarly
    equipped ‘14MY.
    Option Package 23 - completes the 2015 XV Crosstrek Limited line-by sweetening the content even
    further with all Option Package 22 contents plus Eyesight® Driver Assist Technology and Steering
    Responsive Foglights for a package price of $2,795.

    Rounding out the XV Crosstrek line-up is the 2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid and Hybrid Touring models.
    XV Crosstrek Hybrid is equipped with the ALL NEW Subaru STARLINK™ 6.2" Multimedia audio system
    featuring voice or swipe and scroll capabilities, Subaru STARLINK™, 6 speakers and USB Port. XV Crosstrek
    Hybrid Touring is equipped with the new Subaru STARLINK™ 7.0” Multimedia Navigation System featuring
    the same 7.0” Multimedia system as 2.0i Limited and adds the Navigation System. Unique to XV Crosstrek
    Hybrid models are improved aerodynamics as a result of the new front bumper under spoiler and new
    design rear roof spoiler. Each model also gets a new CVT Shift Boot and Welcome Lighting. The best news
    for XV Crosstrek Hybrid in 2015 is that you get all these enhanced features for the same price as the 2014
    model.

    A new color - Crystal White Pearl - is available on all ‘15MY XV Crosstrek models with either the Black or
    Ivory interior, and Crystal Black Silica is also available with either interior color. Both interior colors are
    available in cloth or leather depending on the trim level.

    The Destination and Delivery charge is $850 (+$150 for retailers in Alaska).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    This is a great site for learning about Subys and the changes from year to year.
    2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek research webpage- Premium, Limited, Hybrid, Hybrid Touring
    Ohhh, yeah this guy is a great resource. He's a salesperson but he gets info ahead of many of us other salespeople, I think his dealer is on a Subaru dealer advisory board. He takes obsessive pics of many cars and his level of detail with info is fantastic.
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    Yeah. I found it years a go when I was shopping for my 2011 WRX. So much good info on just about every aspect of the cars.

    OT, for those who don't know, get an IMBA membership and 6 months after that, you qualify for the Subaru VIP discount. It gets you a car for 2% below invoice with no hassles. I got 4 cars this way and it's great.

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    How do you guys think the XV would compare to an 08 forester? Im really sick of the 4sp auto in my car and really want to drive a stick again. Would you say power is about the same? I have the non turbo 2.5x.

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    ^ The acceleration will be noticeably better even with the smaller engine. You're down from 170ish hp to 148 in the XV in vehicles that both weigh 3100-3200 but the CVT is vastly more responsive than the 4 speed. Like, night and day difference. Ohhh I just saw you said stick shift. It is still going to be better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    ^ The acceleration will be noticeably better even with the smaller engine. You're down from 170ish hp to 148 in the XV in vehicles that both weigh 3100-3200 but the CVT is vastly more responsive than the 4 speed. Like, night and day difference. Ohhh I just saw you said stick shift. It is still going to be better.
    I guess I have to go drive one. My next car will be a stick if I have to find a used 08 I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    How do you guys think the XV would compare to an 08 forester? Im really sick of the 4sp auto in my car and really want to drive a stick again. Would you say power is about the same? I have the non turbo 2.5x.
    It will be fine but towing capacity is reduced if you do any trailer towing. XV is rated 1500 lb braked or 1000 lb unbraked trailer. I have had 2013 MT for 2 yrs and am happy with it, came from 02 WRX mt
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectZero View Post
    Do you live in a cold climate? I've noticed the initial idle while cold is pretty high, and my mileage is quite a but lower then normal in climates like that. I assume this is to warm the emissions system up quickly to meet the PZEV requirements.
    What is your car idling at? All my Subaru's I've owned since like 2001 idle higher initially, but I have a Mazda5 too that idles at about 1600 til it warms up or i blip the gas. The Subarus will drop the idle down if you blip the gas pedal, but they idle higher on purpose though. I don't pay attention to exact RPM even though I turn them on at work all the time but I know it's like 1200-1500 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Ohhh, yeah this guy is a great resource. He's a salesperson but he gets info ahead of many of us other salespeople, I think his dealer is on a Subaru dealer advisory board. He takes obsessive pics of many cars and his level of detail with info is fantastic.
    Joe is more than just a great resource- he's also a great salesman! Very happy we bought our Crosstrek from Joe. As the internet salesman for Seattle's biggest Subie dealer, he's a breeze to deal with. Here's the price, bam. No haggle, no hassle. He's a no-BS kind of guy. He'll be completely honest about what works well, and what doesn't really work that well on any Subie.
    Probably the only time I've dealt w/ a salesman who knew the product as well or better than I did...

    He's the one who told us not to expect anything Prius-like from the XV Hybrid... the good? The XV accelerates pretty well, compared to the glacial Prius. The bad? Well, the mpg from the XV Hybrid is only 1-2-3 mpg more than the gas version- a long, long, LONG way off of what a Prius can do.
    But hey- it's a Subaru, it's AWD, it's fun and it's interesting. A Prius is none of those things.

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    It's not here yet, but I've officially joined the club. Sold my '03 WRX, and am waiting another 4 weeks or so for my DGM XV to arrive. Everything I want on it, nothing I don't.... Sport grille, spoiler, side moldings, moonroof, nav, keyless entry, leather. No splash guards - will put some proper flaps on, probably Gorilla. No homelink mirror - don't need it!

    I'll be running a 1UP rack off the back, and after much consternation, I'll be running a Curt hitch. I find the location of the Torklift to be a bit high, and I'll pretty much be leaving the rack on full-time, so stealth isn't much of a concern. Plus, $100 for the Curt vs $225 for the Torklift...

    Looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRRoubaix View Post
    He's the one who told us not to expect anything Prius-like from the XV Hybrid... the good? The XV accelerates pretty well, compared to the glacial Prius. The bad? Well, the mpg from the XV Hybrid is only 1-2-3 mpg more than the gas version- a long, long, LONG way off of what a Prius can do.
    But hey- it's a Subaru, it's AWD, it's fun and it's interesting. A Prius is none of those things.
    To keep the existing AWD system, Subaru had to integrate the electric motor into the transmission. That is a very tight space and they could only fit a really wimpy electric motor. The electric motor is only 13HP, so it basically is just a big starter motor. Its too small to do anything without the gas motor so you don't see much for mileage gains. The prius has a 98 HP electric motor and a planetary gear transmission so its basically the most efficient you can possibly get.

    I love Subaru's, and the mileage is good for what they are, but they're never ever getting close to a Prius.

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    It still ran well enough after this to drive itself onto the flat bed tow truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post


    It still ran well enough after this to drive itself onto the flat bed tow truck.
    Dude...sucks! Hope everyone is okay. Is that a Foz that you went head to head with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Dude...sucks! Hope everyone is okay. Is that a Foz that you went head to head with?
    Subaru fratricide...

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    Yep. He thought he was a drifter and wasn't thinking there might be other users on the road. Seriously glad I wasn't on my fat bike. I'd be dead.
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    It still ran well enough after this to drive itself onto the flat bed tow truck.
    Bad looking - glad you're ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post


    It still ran well enough after this to drive itself onto the flat bed tow truck.
    damn!

    glad you're okay

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    Well thank god for good insurance. Car was totaled and I already have my brand new 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek limited. This time with Nav and a moonroof. Subaru's made some nice improvements to this vehicle in two years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Well thank god for good insurance. Car was totaled and I already have my brand new 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek limited. This time with Nav and a moonroof. Subaru's made some nice improvements to this vehicle in two years.
    Nice! I'll have mine midweek, next week. Pretty stoked. You go with the same color?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Well thank god for good insurance. Car was totaled and I already have my brand new 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek limited. This time with Nav and a moonroof. Subaru's made some nice improvements to this vehicle in two years.
    Can you elaborate on the improvements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kustomz View Post
    Can you elaborate on the improvements?
    I had the same question 1 page back. Check this post:

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectZero View Post
    Might want to take peruse the last few pages of this thread (and that forum in general):
    When should we expect the 2015 XV - Page 32

    I think they also added eyesight in addition to improvements in the interior sound level.

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    Did you guys have your crosstrek serviced at 25000 mile mark and what all did the dealer do? Just got item in mail saying mine is due to service. Cant believe I already have 22,000 miles after a year.

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    Let's see if I can list the changes. Oh and I did not get eyesight system. I think driver aids like that are pretty stupid and I'd never use it. Anyway. For 15 the XV gets the same suspension upgrades the 14 XV hybrid had. It also has more sound deadening in the cabin. Actually both upgrades are pretty noticeable coming from my 13. Inside there is more chrome trim in the small things. Like around door/window switches and around the display. Better quality materials like the dash and leather around the shifter. There is less red light on the display (not a plus imo) and with the moonroof cover slid open I can hear wind noise from the bike rack. Closed, it almost completely goes away. The Bluetooth system is much improved and the voice recognition is much better. The oem tires are the same crappy ones that came on my 13 and wore out in about 25k miles. Plan on replacing them rather quickly. Overall I like the improvements. I haven't spent much time using the Nav so no comment on that. I also haven't remounted my Curt hitch so nothing there as well although I don't anticipate any issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Let's see if I can list the changes. Oh and I did not get eyesight system. I think driver aids like that are pretty stupid and I'd never use it.
    While waiting for my '15 Limited (moonroof, no eyesight) to arrive, the dealer loaned me a 2015 Impreza with eyesight. While everything works well as advertised, the only truly useful feature is adaptive cruise control, but I say that with a caveat. I wound up annoyed using it in everyday freeway traffic. Not stop and go, but 60-75mph kind of traffic. If a car moves in front of you, it'll slow down just fine to maintain your selected distance, but once it opens up, ACC floors it to get you back up to speed. It feels odd and unnatural, and kind of annoying.

    I can see using it for long highway stretches where there's not a lot of lane changing going on, but after a week with the Impreza, I've decided not to use it. Glad I didn't order my XV with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    While waiting for my '15 Limited (moonroof, no eyesight) to arrive, the dealer loaned me a 2015 Impreza with eyesight. While everything works well as advertised, the only truly useful feature is adaptive cruise control, but I say that with a caveat. I wound up annoyed using it in everyday freeway traffic. Not stop and go, but 60-75mph kind of traffic. If a car moves in front of you, it'll slow down just fine to maintain your selected distance, but once it opens up, ACC floors it to get you back up to speed. It feels odd and unnatural, and kind of annoying.

    I can see using it for long highway stretches where there's not a lot of lane changing going on, but after a week with the Impreza, I've decided not to use it. Glad I didn't order my XV with it.
    Exactly. I'm not an inattentive driver so the lane departure warning would never be needed. I rarely use cruise control except on long distance drives and I don't want to be locked in behind someone just to use it. On my last 18+ hour drive I set the cruise when needed and just kept passing or being passed. No issue.
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    I just got a '15 Crosstrek, 5-spd. Not sure if I want to mount a hitch and to a hitch rack or go the roof rack route. I'm coming from using a pick up so I have limited experience with racks. Any of you have a preference?
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    Hitch rack. I can always see it going down the road and will never forget it is on the roof.

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    +1 for the hitch rack. Super easy to get your bike on and off, keeps the trail dirt off of your car, simple to take off when you need to.
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    Hitch for sure. The XV is kinda tall - you'll scratch up your doors with a belt buckle, buttons, or keys reaching up all the time.

    Took delivery of mine today. Really stoked!

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    I have both racks. a 3x Thule sidearm with aero bars and a 2x 1up hitch rack. I am 6'3" so I don't have any issues with the XV being tall and I don't mind the roof rack at all. The 1up is a much nicer rack and it is definitely easier to get bikes on and off. IMO the disadvantages of a hitch rack are that you now have a very expensive bumper and if the road is wet at all, your bike is now wearing all of that gunk. If I only had one rack though it'd be the hitch rack. No question.
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    I have both racks. a 3x Thule sidearm with aero bars and a 2x 1up hitch rack. I am 6'3" so I don't have any issues with the XV being tall and I don't mind the roof rack at all. The 1up is a much nicer rack and it is definitely easier to get bikes on and off. IMO the disadvantages of a hitch rack are that you now have a very expensive bumper and if the road is wet at all, your bike is now wearing all of that gunk. If I only had one rack though it'd be the hitch rack. No question.
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    Love my hitch rack and the Gorilla Mud Flaps do a great job of keeping the muck off the bike.

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    I am seriously thinking about returning my thule roof bike racks and getting a hitch and hitch bike rack .

    I like the Thule 916xtr . Only issue is access to the rear car hatch . Do I have to disconnect the hitch rack to get into the rear of the car ?
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    What is the easiest and most cost effective hitch mounting system? I am pretty handy so I'll probably try to install it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicosia View Post
    I am seriously thinking about returning my thule roof bike racks and getting a hitch and hitch bike rack .

    I like the Thule 916xtr . Only issue is access to the rear car hatch . Do I have to disconnect the hitch rack to get into the rear of the car ?
    The rack has a tilt feature to allow access to the hatch even with bikes on. Look up some vids to see how it works. Consider the Kuat racks too. The are lighter than most Thule and Yak racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicosia View Post
    What is the easiest and most cost effective hitch mounting system? I am pretty handy so I'll probably try to install it myself.

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    Just installed a Curt hitch and 1Up rack with a buddy today. You can almost install the Curt by yourself, except when it comes to lifting it into place. If you push the bolts back into the frame, you're kind of f*cked.

    I'll have some better pics soon, but for now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Just installed a Curt hitch and 1Up rack with a buddy today. You can almost install the Curt by yourself, except when it comes to lifting it into place. If you push the bolts back into the frame, you're kind of f*cked.

    I'll have some better pics soon, but for now...

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    Thanks for that information, how much was the curt hitch and does it utilize the bumper pop out or is it underneath so it's very visible? How much time did it take you to install and what was the cost ?

    Is it a 2" receiver? I also have an Xtera I plan to use on both vehicles
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    I have the Curt 2". It is very visible but it doesn't bother me because my 1 up is always on it. I've now installed it on two XV's. I did it this last time with my 13 year old daughter. Pretty easy and only took about 30 minutes. The first time it took almost an hour because I didn't know what I was doing. There are 3 plugs in the frame on each side of rear of the car. You remove the 1st and 3rd plugs. Then you widen the 3rd hole so that the bolt head can fit through. After that it's just a matter of fishing the bolts through the holes and then lifting the 50 lb rack into place and bolting it on. If you're starting over with a new hitch rack, do yourself a favor and skip straight to 1up. I've used them all and they are all absolutely terrible compared to a one up. I have nothing to gain by telling you this. As a guide I've used all of the different racks extensively and they all fall short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    I have the Curt 2". It is very visible but it doesn't bother me because my 1 up is always on it. I've now installed it on two XV's. I did it this last time with my 13 year old daughter. Pretty easy and only took about 30 minutes. The first time it took almost an hour because I didn't know what I was doing. There are 3 plugs in the frame on each side of rear of the car. You remove the 1st and 3rd plugs. Then you widen the 3rd hole so that the bolt head can fit through. After that it's just a matter of fishing the bolts through the holes and then lifting the 50 lb rack into place and bolting it on. If you're starting over with a new hitch rack, do yourself a favor and skip straight to 1up. I've used them all and they are all absolutely terrible compared to a one up. I have nothing to gain by telling you this. As a guide I've used all of the different racks extensively and they all fall short.
    I would like to but I have an LL bean $500 credit I need to use so it's tule for me.

    Does your hitch feed through the bumper? Or is it just under it
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