Greetings from San Jose, CA. Just bought a 2013 Silver XV Crosstrek Premium on 02/12/13. I test drove the CVT but opted for the 5 speed. I went from a 2006 WRX to a 2008 OBS and now to the Crosstrek. So far it's been great.
Hey, thanks for signing up. I have a WRX and an OBS in my car history, as well, though mine were a few years older. Glad you stayed in the Subaru family but made the jump to the Crosstrek, I imagine you'll love it.
I'm glad I kept it Subaru. I was close to getting a gti because of the gas mileage but then thought long and hard about the resale value and maintenance costs. Then I was going to get a used element but the gas mileage was also pretty bad. Then I saw the XV in the lot and loved it. Knew it was my next car.
I was looking into a GTi as well, but I couldn't come to terms with buying a VW. That, and the ground clearance/ride height of the XV is great for both heavy city driving and when I want to go camping.