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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: 90 MPGe comes with compromises | Review and Road Test

2019 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid gives up a lot for a few mpg’s. This new plug-in hybrid variant sacrifices much of what we loved in the pursuit of a few more miles per gallon. Read the full review-

Before I discuss the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid in length, let me say that I genuinely enjoy the standard, gas-powered Crosstrek. It’s manageably sized, solid to drive, possesses surprising off-road chops and, crucially, it feels like a good value — especially in lower trims. I’ve even grown to like its chunky, quasi-rally car looks.

It seemed reasonable to me, then, that adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a slug of pure electric range and whisper-quiet operation around town would be something of a slam dunk.

I was wrong.

After spending a week with this crossover SUV, I’m left with the impression that the added electrons do little more than make the Crosstrek Hybrid markedly less attractive.

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  • Realzies Cuts
    March 1, 2019

    I need to drop a big dump

  • Matthew Shields
    March 1, 2019

    Someone call the fire department because Subaru got burned. For the size of the company I don't think this is a bad (but not good either) for their early hybrid design.

  • TFiPW
    March 1, 2019

    I lost my virginity in a crosstrek

  • Keye Haze
    March 1, 2019

    That high cargo floor, on what is already a SMALL COMPACT vehicle IS a waste, and renders it useless for the class, That would be a dealbreaker for me, and steer me right into a RAV4 hybrid, which I think is slightly faster and obviously more practical Especially considering this thing is starting at 29k When a Rav hybrid can be well equipped under 30K

  • DangerousDan
    March 1, 2019

    LOL STARTS at $35,000 compared to a fully loaded $29,000 regular Slowtrek? Give me a break!

  • Mathew Stephenson
    March 1, 2019

    Another Sub par hybrid offering from Subaru

  • Cars Simplified
    March 1, 2019

    Less power with an additional power unit? Yikes!

  • Hawk Eyes
    March 1, 2019

    Subaru wth u doing boiii

  • SubieN8
    March 1, 2019

    I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, either. Like the XV Hybrid of a few years back, this is nothing to brag about. And Subaru brags about the versatility of this new platform – I just don’t see Subaru trying hard enough.

  • aaronvitolins
    March 1, 2019

    You make it seem that it is slower than the regular version. I've read from multiple sites that the hybrid is about 1 second quickly than the non hybrid. Ever second counts here in such a god awful slow hatch.

  • Roadshow
    March 1, 2019

    Which hybrid would you offer as an alternative to the Crosstrek hybrid?

  • Fortyblank
    March 1, 2019

    The $3,500 Federal tax rebate should apply along with any state incentives too, right?

  • nodrogkam
    March 1, 2019

    bummer, they just didn't get this right…again.

  • Ivan Vojt
    March 1, 2019

    Kalifornia CARB Compliance Vehicle. Subaru doesn't want to sell many of these. The Hybrid tech is licensed from Toyota.

  • Dave Taylor
    March 1, 2019

    Hybrid would not help much if you take this off the road.

  • Snack830
    March 1, 2019

    You can get $4500 tax credit with this car, making it relatively close to the non hybrid top of the line limited trim. and this being the only plug in hybird trim, it is basically the limited trim with the plug in system so it's very well equipped. Also this is pretty much the only mainstream crossover PHEV with all wheel drive on the market right now. (the other one is Mitsubishi outlander PHEV but Mitsubishi isn't really mainstream in the US any more).

  • SunnyD88
    March 1, 2019

    This was so disappointing. Subaru you can do so much better.

  • sadman hoque
    March 1, 2019

    car makers need to understand electric cars need to be developed as electric cars from the ground up, not stashing the batteries in the trunk

  • Be Low Below
    March 1, 2019

    For anyone who's not following the Plug-in trend and Toyota – Subaru collaboration, the Crosstrek Hybrid is honestly a the same as a Prius Prime, including a badly fit battery.
    17 miles is poor and as a result of the Crosstrek's AWD mechanics. These shouldn't be driven as full EVs with extended range like the Chevy Volt, BMW i3 and Honda Clarity. They operate much better as regular hybrids with greater battery support. Battery supplemented drive mode can deliver higher mpg than extinguishing the minimal range first and drive as a reg, 35MPG hybrid later.

  • Barry Goldwasser
    March 1, 2019

    Oh my Lord… This guy's lisp…. Sorry…

  • Stewart Dunford
    March 1, 2019

    Whoops. Perfect example as to why the Tesla Model 3 will be insanely successful.

  • bigcrowfly
    March 2, 2019

    Biggest question, will this get me a sticker that will allow me to drive in the carpool lane with no passengers that can save some people several hours a week of commuting. That is why the $75k Tesla sells. If so this for $40k is a bargain.

  • Cokeanreeses
    March 2, 2019

    I thought the new Global architecture was made to “easily be modified for electric vehicles as well” so dumb

  • FastLikeUNO
    March 2, 2019

    Make it all electric, skip the complex hybridity.

  • Stanford Taylor
    March 2, 2019

    Overall, this is a fail.

  • Blake Swan
    March 2, 2019

    Appreciate the honest take which is rare these days. I personally would never buy a CVT equipped car and especially one this lethargic. I miss old Subaru

  • dark matter
    March 2, 2019

    Mike tython.

  • B HM
    March 4, 2019

    Let me know when they figure out that battery. That’s too much space to give up.

  • Enrique LAHOZ LAHOZ
    March 4, 2019

    Incredible a good car and trunk, the designers have failed, unforgivable

  • Bhavin Shah
    March 6, 2019

    Wish they could make a hybrid Outback

  • Andrew Hoffman
    March 6, 2019

    I've got a 2018 XV/Crosstrek S with all the mod cons plus a few extras. Won't be getting rid of it for one of these any time soon.

  • Rajan Rangarajan
    March 17, 2019

    3:17 you forgot the Federal and state subsidies which bring it back to 29ish

  • Matt Crumrine
    March 27, 2019

    What's your thoughts on the "B" driving mode? Thanks for the video.

  • Danger Dawn
    September 23, 2019

    The interior is lacking for the price.and that bright blue is not that great. I'll give them another 7-10 years to improve the overall performance and interior and also hoping the price to go down.

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