Talking myself into an XV
I was looking at the Crosstek earlier this year as a replacement for my wife's Prius, as we really should have at least one AWD vehicle in our garage. I ultimately decided to buy the Prius last month when its lease was up, then last week she totalled it. Now I'm forced to buy her something else and am considering let her have the "fun" car (a MINI Cooper S) and I'll switch to something infinitely more practical than my current car (exciting but useless Camaro SS convertible). I very much like the the concept and appearance of the XV, I'm just trying to convince myself that I won't absolutely hate dropping to about 1/3 my current hp & torque, and doubling my 0-60 time, even though it makes sense for my 70 mile daily commute. The price and (and to some extent ground clearance) of the WRX are unattractive to me, plus it wouldn't make much sense in the same garage as a Mini S. The Forester aesthetics are a lot better now than a few years ago, but I'm still not a fan. The Outback is still in the running, but I suspect the Crosstrek will win out once I wrap my head around taking my wife's car on the days that I want some fun in my driving experience.
Just us and a couple dogs, I'm guessing I'll go with a Premium. I'd prefer the upgraded sound system, leather, and backup camera of the Limited, but I also want a moonroof and don't care about navigation. In the end, the price difference between the two trims works out to $5k, which I can't justify just for the parts I want (mostly the leather, but also better sound/camera system).