2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review

Introduced in 2014, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is Subaru’s answer to consumers wanting a little bit more mpg to go with their Subaru utility. Should you buy the Crosstrek Hybrid over the regular Crosstrek? Is it worth it? Read on to find out.


2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Exterior Style

Subaru hit a home run with the design of the Crosstrek. It combines off road elements with a passenger car feel. Two swooping headlights are complimented by two foglights on the bottom. On the side are set of special 17-inch wheels that are only available on the Crosstrek Hybrid. Personally, I’m a big fan of the regular Crosstrek wheels and was disappointed that Subaru made a switch. On the rear is the hatch that provides a ton of utility to the car. The whole thing has an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance that puts it on par with it’s bigger brother, the Forester. Other than the wheels, I found no faults with the Crosstrek Hybrid’s design. Score: 7/10


2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Interior Design

I really enjoyed the soft-touch, rubber-like material on the dash of the Crosstrek Hybrid. Everything feels well put together with zero rattles or crickets. The driver’s seat is comfortable and height-adjustable for an even better ride. The rear seats provide ample leg room and are 60/40 split foldable. This pushes the cargo volume of the Crosstrek Hybrid to 51.9 inches. The one major difference between the regular Crosstrek and the Hybrid is a lack of a spare tire. Take a look back there and you’ll find the Crosstrek Hybrid’s battery. Overall, the 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid managed to impress me with it’s upscale materials, comfort and ample room. Score: 8/10


2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Technology

It all starts with Subaru’s 6.1 color touchscreen. I found it easy to use and straight forward. It’s smaller than a lot of the competition out there, but it was quite responsive and did what I wanted it to do, and quickly. Above that is Subaru’s multi-function display. It offers up information on fuel economy, battery charge, trip distance and a ton more. The audio controls on the steering wheel were designed well and felt quite natural. Subaru could have put a little bit more tech in this vehicle, but it’s substance over style. Score: 7/10


2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Performance

This is the part where I tell you how much I both love and hate the Crosstrek Hybrid. We’ll start with the bad first. The 2.0-liter Boxer engine is Subaru’s standard workhorse. When paired with the Continuously Variable Transmission, I felt like I was constantly bogging down. It’s almost as if the CVT wasn’t tuned correctly for the engine. The other bad: The fuel economy benefit just isn’t worth the increase in price for the Hybrid model. The Crosstrek Hybrid achieves 33 miles per gallon and 25 city. This is great until you realize the standard Crosstrek gets the same mpg on the highway and only 4 better mpg in the city. It gets worse when you realize that the MSRP on the Hybrid is $25,995, that’s $2,000+ more than the base standard Crosstrek. Is that extra 4 mpg worth the money? No. Back to the good parts. The hybrid system works flawlessly and transitions from each driving mode without incident. As I say in the video below, the Crosstrek Hybrid is a great first attempt from Subaru at making a hybrid vehicle. I’m excited to see what they do with the next generation. Score: 5/10



The 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a fantastic entry from Subaru into the hybrid market. It does everything a Subaru is supposed to be, but has a lot of room for improvement. If you’re in the market for a Crosstrek, I’d recommend the standard model. It combines the utility, off-road capability, and convenience of the Subaru Forester, with the footprint and comfort of the Subaru Impreza Sport. Overall, I give the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid a 27/40.


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