“Chris, I enjoyed your recent review of the 2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport, enough so that I made a trip to the local dealer to check one out. While I was there the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid caught my eye. Have you had a chance to drive it yet? Any thoughts?” Ian W., Jacksonville, Florida via email
Hello Ian, Thanks for your question and for taking the time to visit AutomotiveAddicts.com, I truly appreciate both.
I was able to spend a week with America’s lowest emission, most fuel-efficient AWD hybrid crossover vehicle. Similar to the Impreza, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid is a great example of Subaru’s respected build quality, conventionally handsome style, and road hugging handling characteristics.
Though I would not call the Crosstrek an off-road vehicle, Subaru has designed the XV with go-anywhere capabilities in mind. The standard 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, attractive raised roof rails, and wrap around windows that provide some of the best visibility of any car on the road allow the Crosstrek to drive on terrain that the Impreza would reluctantly venture upon.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is roomy, providing excellent legroom for all occupants and an impressive 97.5 cubit feet of passenger volume. To translate that into real world terms, the little crossover’s interior feels much bigger than it looks. The cargo area offers 21.5 cubic feet of space when seating five and over 50 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. Enough room to carry a decent size patio set and easily close the hatch, something that is impossible in a similarly priced hatchback.
The Crosstrek is powered by Subaru’s popular boxer engine and an electric motor, giving the car 160 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. The crossover uses the fuel efficient, but uninspiring, Lineartronic CVT transmission to send power to the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Subaru claims that the car is capable of an EPA 31 mpg combined, but in my weeklong review I was only able to get 24.7 mpgs. I am not doubting the manufacturer’s numbers, but I feel that you would have to drive very tentatively, often employing the “hypermiling” technique, to get to the published 29 mpg city or 33 mpg highway.
Pricing for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid starts at $25,995 plus destination and any dealer charges, which represents excellent value for a hybrid drivetrain, especially when it is wrapped in such an attractive all-wheel-drive package. However, the hybrid economy does come at a cost, the towing capacity of the Crosstrek hybrid is zero pounds, something that you will want to consider before making a purchase.
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