2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Higher driving position
  • Front and rear occupant space
  • Power from a stop
  • Simple dashboard design and climate control layout
  • Forward and rear visibility

The Bad

  • Steep hybrid price premium
  • Passing power
  • Road and engine noise on the highway
  • Rough idle on startup

Notable Features of the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

  • Blind spot warning system now available
  • Based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback
  • Hybrid model available
  • Ground clearance of 8.7 inches
  • All-wheel drive standard

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The hybrid version of the Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and electric motor that produce 160 horsepower combined.
What's Special

  • Updated front-end styling, with exclusive gloss-black grille
  • Keyless access and push-button start standard
  • Slight increase in fuel efficiency over gas-only model

Here's info on the regular Crosstrek:

Subaru’s Crosstrek is the automaker’s smallest crossover offering. Available in gasoline-powered and hybrid models, the Crosstrek has off-road ready looks and seating for up to five people.
New for 2016
The front-end styling has been updated with a new bumper, grille and headlights. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is now available, as are emergency communication services like automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery service, and remote locking and unlocking. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 6.2-inch touch-screen multimedia system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Backup camera
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Leather seats
  • EyeSight collision avoidance system
  • Keyless access and push-button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system
Vehicle Overview

The hybrid version of the Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and electric motor that produce 160 horsepower combined.
What's Special

  • Updated front-end styling, with exclusive gloss-black grille
  • Keyless access and push-button start standard
  • Slight increase in fuel efficiency over gas-only model

Here's info on the regular Crosstrek:

Subaru’s Crosstrek is the automaker’s smallest crossover offering. Available in gasoline-powered and hybrid models, the Crosstrek has off-road ready looks and seating for up to five people.
New for 2016
The front-end styling has been updated with a new bumper, grille and headlights. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is now available, as are emergency communication services like automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery service, and remote locking and unlocking. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 6.2-inch touch-screen multimedia system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Backup camera
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Leather seats
  • EyeSight collision avoidance system
  • Keyless access and push-button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(3.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

Mini cooper

by Jewel from Cold Spring harbor ,Ny on July 15, 2018

Great car except in snow. Fun to drive and great on gas. The mini was a head turner in red and the convertible was a plus.. lots of trunk space. Read full review

(3.0)

Hybrid system sucks but I like the car.

by Jill from Manchester NH on March 26, 2018

I regret trading my Impreza in for the hybrid cross trek but I needed the extra space. The hybrid is really awkward to drive, it’s not fun to drive since the engine shuts off and on whenever it wants. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Subaru
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Crosstrek Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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