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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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$34,995 — $34,995 MSRP
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Improved acceleration
  • Electric mode efficiency
  • Huge backseat
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Smooth ride
  • Charges in five hours at 120 volts

The Bad

  • Compromised cargo space
  • Constantly twitchy lane keep assist
  • Poor charge-port placement
  • Apple CarPlay audio glitches
  • No “EV Only” button
  • Price versus efficiency gains
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Hybrid electric and four-cylinder
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • 17-mile electric range
  • Standard Subaru EyeSight driver assist system

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Competes with: Toyota Prius Prime, Hyundai Ionic Plug-in Hybrid

Looks like: You’ll have to look hard to tell the plug-in hybrid apart from the gas-only version

Drivetrain: 148-horsepower (combined), 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two motor-generators and continuously variable automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: End of 2018

We heap plenty of praise on Subaru’s smallest SUV, the Crosstrek, but there’s one version we’ve never been able to get behind. The automaker’s last Crosstrek Hybrid, which was canceled after a short run, was an embarrassment of low fuel economy and high prices. Subaru says a 2019 reboot as a plug-in model should fix some of its problems.

Prices still look high, but the new model’s lithium-ion battery has an 8.8-kilowatt-hour capacity — enough to qualify for some $4,500 in federal tax credits, by our calculations. (A Subaru spokeswoman told Cars.com that the automaker expects a tax credit, but the final amount is still pending.)

Related: Socket to Me: Subaru Reboots Crosstrek Hybrid as Plug-In for 2019

The redesigned 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will go on sale at the end of 2018 starting at $35,970, including destination. That’s much higher than the 2019 gas-powered version’s $22,870 starting price, though Subaru says it builds off the well-equipped, non-hybrid Crosstrek Limited grade ($28,170). The new model will make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, then hits dealershi...

Competes with: Toyota Prius Prime, Hyundai Ionic Plug-in Hybrid

Looks like: You’ll have to look hard to tell the plug-in hybrid apart from the gas-only version

Drivetrain: 148-horsepower (combined), 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two motor-generators and continuously variable automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: End of 2018

We heap plenty of praise on Subaru’s smallest SUV, the Crosstrek, but there’s one version we’ve never been able to get behind. The automaker’s last Crosstrek Hybrid, which was canceled after a short run, was an embarrassment of low fuel economy and high prices. Subaru says a 2019 reboot as a plug-in model should fix some of its problems.

Prices still look high, but the new model’s lithium-ion battery has an 8.8-kilowatt-hour capacity — enough to qualify for some $4,500 in federal tax credits, by our calculations. (A Subaru spokeswoman told Cars.com that the automaker expects a tax credit, but the final amount is still pending.)

Related: Socket to Me: Subaru Reboots Crosstrek Hybrid as Plug-In for 2019

The redesigned 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will go on sale at the end of 2018 starting at $35,970, including destination. That’s much higher than the 2019 gas-powered version’s $22,870 starting price, though Subaru says it builds off the well-equipped, non-hybrid Crosstrek Limited grade ($28,170). The new model will make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, then hits dealerships in California, Oregon and a handful of Northeast states with quotas for zero-emissions sales.

Exterior

Outside, the hybrid’s styling is very similar to its gas-only sibling, with a few exceptions. The grille has a model-specific unique silver metallic finish, while the headlights wear blue projector-ring accents. There’s also extra lower front bumper and body cladding as well as a black spoiler and black machine-finish 18-inch wheels. Of course, hybrid badges also abound on the exterior.

Interior

Inside, the new hybrid model again closely resembles the non-hybrid version, but it adds a few model-specific touches. A new color scheme is among the biggest change: It gets high-contrast gray and navy blue leather seats, door panels and armrests, complemented by blue stitching and accent panels throughout the cabin.

Cargo room takes a departure from the non-hybrid model, however. Subaru says the Crosstrek Hybrid will offer 43.1 cubic feet of space once the 60/40, split seats are folded, about 22 percent less than the regular model’s 55.3 cubic feet, as the battery beneath the cargo floor eats into the room.

Under the Hood

Power comes from a combination of two electric motor-generators, a lithium-ion battery pack and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a combined output that Subaru estimates at 148 horsepower — about the same as the non-hybrid’s 152 hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard, as is all-wheel drive. Subaru says the Crosstrek Hybrid is a full second faster to 60 mph than the standard Crosstrek. The automaker also says it can travel 17 miles on electric power alone at speeds of up to 65 mph. The battery takes about five hours to charge on a household 120-volt outlet and just two hours on a 240-volt Level 2 charger, Subaru says.

Subaru also didn’t release full economy information but says to expect up to 90 mpg-equivalent, with a total range of 480 miles. The 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid had an  EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29/33/31 mpg city/highway/combined — only 3 mpg combined better than the EPA city figures for a non-hybrid Crosstrek and 2 mpg better in combined figures.

Safety

The hybrid comes standard with a full complement of safety and driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive (pivoting) headlights, reverse automatic braking, automatic high-beams, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    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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