- Hybrid version of the XV Crosstrek
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Offers four more combined mpg than the gas version
The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid returns for its second year sans major changes, the only addition being the newly available Subaru EyeSight safety system.
The XV Crosstrek itself was launched in 2013, based off of the compact Impreza and designed to offer better capability off-road. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid takes that same formula and adds extra fuel economy. 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 30/34 mpg city/highway, which add up to a 32 mpg combined rating which bests the gas-only version by four.
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 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 2015 XV Crosstrek received a coveted 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. Subaru’s EyeSight system is optional; it adds two forward facing cameras that power driver assist technology like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warnings.