This car is not a true hybrid
February 21, 2017
I actually have a 2014 crosstrek hybrid (base model). Subaru just discontinued the hybrid version of this car in 2016 due to poor sales. As mentioned in the title, this is not a true hybrid. I get significantly better gas mileage on the highway than I do the city. Most true hybrids get better gas mileage in the city or the same as the highway. Overall I'm averaging in the upper 20's and often see the mid 30's on the highway.
Overall, a good car, but the biggest negative for me is the stop/start system, which can't be turned off. The boxer engine is just too unrefined for such a system. I'll stop at a light, the car shuts itself off, and then all of sudden it will come back on. But when it does, it vibrates badly. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when I'm at the light because the car shakes so badly after it decides to come back on. Also, the engine is really loud when starting up cold. On the positive side, when I'm in bad weather, the car feels very safe and solid. Because of the battery pack, it weighs about the same as the larger Subaru Legacy (3400 lbs) I have 27K on it with no major problems so far. But, I'll probably trade it in on a Mazda CX-5 diesel at the end of the year.