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hello all,
just got my XV on monday night and still getting to know it.
i was just out trying put some of the stuff from my old car into the XV (jumper cables, small tool kit, center console crap, etc)
am i missing something or is the XV really, really, really limited on storage places???
all i can find for storage is the glove box and that little box between the front seats...
nothing in the back but a spare tire that i can see...
am i missing a storage spot? really prefer to not have my jumpers and tools sliding around the rear cargo area....
thanks,
Bill
 

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There's not a lot of places to tuck things away in the XV.

I picked up one of these which has come in handy and, I suspect, may help out with what you're looking to do.

It also folds down relatively flat for any times you may not want anything stored.
 

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I too notice the issue with storage, when I went from Nissan Versa to the Crosstrek. Only half of my stuff I could store in the Crosstrek. Suggest to look closely at your items, do you really need to be carrying it with you? Especially now in days with cell phones and Subaru roadside assistance. I've got the owners manual under the driver side seat, and under the passenger side seat I have my jumper cables warped in a plastic shopping bag, be careful their's electrical cables under the seat for the seat heater/air bags. Paper maps are in the back door pockets. Ever thought about leaving the spare tire out? Subaru Roadside Assistance - Jump starts, Tows, Tire Change
 

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I carry a set of jumper cables, small air pump, and flashlight under my driver seat. I put a short tow rope under the passenger seat and keep a few items in the spare tire area such as extra tools. I still have enough room under the seats for like a socket set and a small med kit, but that's about it. Just mind the wires like billybob said.

I haven't found anything else yet.
 

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Indeed, the out-of-sight storage isn't nearly as good as my old Subaru Outback, I've simply accepted that the compact Subaru XV isn't that large of a vehicle.

My kit is a bit bizarre, considering it takes up a good quarter of my total cargo space with the seats up.

http://i.imgur.com/AZXOY5E.jpg
 

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I'm pretty much the same as everyone else. Jumper cables, a small air pump, knife and flashlight etc is about what I carry around locally. On road-trips, my kit is more extensive.
 

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Thanks for all of the input. I didn’t think I had missed any out of sight storage but you never know, these car companies are getting crafty with storage space (on some models). I am coming to the Crosstrek from a Santa Fe which had a very large storage area under the rear cargo area floor, it was about 8x24x36inches. I could keep all of my stuff out of sight and still have room to spare. I kept the jumpers, small tool box, rain jacket (cause you never get a flat on a sunny day), torch, couple of flares (cause you never break down in the daylight), small med kit, small tire repair kit and two of those folding chairs all out of sight. I knew the XV was smaller and would have less storage space but I didn't realize how much less until I went to put my paired down pile of stuff back. I don't think I am preparing for WWIII, I have just learned some lessons in my 30+ years of driving. Not to mention the fact that I average ~34k miles a year up to 10hours drive away from home and you can see that most of this stuff is fairly "necessary". So, it looks like I will be in the market for a folding storage bin for the rear cargo area.
 

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Murphy's law has always follow me around in my 48 years of driving. Have drove around Florida and putting 130,000 miles per work van. Never really had an issue, with the exception of getting stuck in sugar sand. Just glad for cell phones!
 

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Thanks for all of the input. I didn’t think I had missed any out of sight storage but you never know, these car companies are getting crafty with storage space (on some models). I am coming to the Crosstrek from a Santa Fe which had a very large storage area under the rear cargo area floor, it was about 8x24x36inches. I could keep all of my stuff out of sight and still have room to spare. I kept the jumpers, small tool box, rain jacket (cause you never get a flat on a sunny day), torch, couple of flares (cause you never break down in the daylight), small med kit, small tire repair kit and two of those folding chairs all out of sight. I knew the XV was smaller and would have less storage space but I didn't realize how much less until I went to put my paired down pile of stuff back. I don't think I am preparing for WWIII, I have just learned some lessons in my 30+ years of driving. Not to mention the fact that I average ~34k miles a year up to 10hours drive away from home and you can see that most of this stuff is fairly "necessary". So, it looks like I will be in the market for a folding storage bin for the rear cargo area.
I feel ya on that. I too have a long commute, which makes my "excessive" kit necessary.
 

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I keep a RoadHandler kit under my driver seat. Its tucked away but there when I need it. The only problem is that to get it out I have to raise the seat up so it can slide in and out of the back. But even then its not a huge deal. And it holds almost everything I need. It came with: pliers, flashlight, jumper cables, hazard cone, gloves, instant ice pack, poncho, reflector vest, blanket, bungee cord, tow rope and hook, tire inflater and sealer, and some duct tape. I added two multi tools, a knife, and a first aid kit. Everything fits perfect and sits out of sight.
 

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Wow, that's incredibly compact yet contains most of the essentials!

Thanks for sharing the RoadHandler Kit, I might consider it for an additional vehicle.
 

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Hello all. I wanted to add a few ideas to this thread. Please note, this is my first post here, and we are picking up our Crosstrek next month. For jumper cables, try folding them in a pattern that matches the spare tire and you might be able to store them there. Get a tool bag roll like this: http://http://www.amazon.com/Evelots-Pocket-Canvas-Storage-Yellow/dp/B00OS8JK2O/ref=sr_1_12/179-3050538-1341849?ie=UTF8&qid=1439128098&sr=8-12&keywords=canvas+tool+roll
If you want to keep a blanket/throwdown jacket in the car, roll those items around the tool bag, and you should be good for a change in weather or mechanical breakdown.
 
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