- New model for 2014; Subaru’s first hybrid
- Standard all-wheel drive
- 3-mpg improvement (31 mpg combined) over standard car
Subaru debuts a new model for 2014, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid which offers a hybrid electric drivetrain, more fuel economy, and of course all-wheel drive.
The original XV Crosstrek launched in 2013, as a more off-road capable hatchback alternative to the Impreza. One year later, Subaru introduces its first hybrid, a spin-off of that model. It has the same 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, but adds a 13.4-hp electric motor powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery that is stashed beneath the cargo floor, behind the second row of seats. A CVT is the only transmission option, and the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is one of the few hybrids on the market with all-wheel drive, which is standard. Subaru say the electric motor is capable of moving the car by itself under light acceleration.
Fuel economy ratings check in at 28/34 mpg city/highway, which add up to a 31 mpg combined rating which bests the gas-only version by 3-mpg.
From the outside, changes to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid are subtle. It keeps the rugged, heavily cladded appearance of the gas-only version, adding unique alloy wheels and small hybrid badges in a few places. Underneath the skin however, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid gets a few changes including active grille shutters that make it more aerodynamic, and therefore more fuel efficient. There is also a unique Plasma Green Pearl exterior paint color available exclusively on the Hybrid as well.
Inside, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid is well appointed, offering heated front seats, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seat, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB/iPod port. A voice activated navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen is optional, as are HD radio and leather upholstery.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid has not been crash tested as of this writing, but the 2014 XV Crosstrek received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and we anticipate the same for the Hybrid. A backup camera comes standard, as do antilock brakes, seven airbags, and electronic stability control.