Consumers demand tall-riding vehicles, and Subaru has been more than happy to oblige with the rugged, spacious, and capable Crosstrek. Adding to the model's versatility is the all-new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which brings another dimension to the nameplate in the form of good fuel economy. Retaining the same ground clearance as the regular model and boasting a 1,000-pound towing capacity, the Crosstrek Hybrid may have a fuel-efficient powertrain, but it doesn't affect the car's rugged nature.
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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Overview
What's New for 2019
The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is an all-new vehicle for 2019.
Choosing Your Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
The Crosstrek Hybrid features the same engine as the non-hybrid models, but adds two electric motors to the mix. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine handles the majority of the grunt, while the one of the motors acts as an engine starter and the other powers the vehicle when it acts as a hybrid. Shifts are handled by a continuously variable transmission, while power is routed through an all-wheel-drive system as standard. Total output is rated at 137 horsepower and 134 pound-feet of torque.
While Subaru refers to the Crosstrek Hybrid as just a hybrid, the vehicle is a plug-in hybrid and can travel 17 miles on nothing but electricity. That gives the vehicle a total range of 480 miles. When running on electricity, the Crosstrek Hybrid can get up to 90 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe), according to the EPA. It gets up to 35 mpg combined when running on gas.
In addition to having 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Crosstrek Hybrid has a few features that make it even more versatile. The model can swallow up to 43.1 cubic feet of cargo and comes with Subaru's all-wheel-drive system as standard. Helping the Crosstrek Hybrid cover rough terrain, the vehicle has X-Mode and Hill Descent Control, which aids the vehicle in finding traction on roads other than asphalt.
Pricing for the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $35,970, including the $975 destination fee. Standard exterior features on the model include 18-inch wheels, low-profile roof rails, automatic headlights, LED steering responsive headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, body-color door handles, and a roof spoiler.
On the inside, the Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a power driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, keyless entry, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescopic steering column, automatic climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen, WiFi hot spot capability, and a six-speaker audio system.
The Crosstrek Hybrid is fitted with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology as standard, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keeping assist. Other safety features that are included are high beam assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera.
Subaru only offers one package for the model, which adds a power moonroof, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a heated steering wheel for $2,500.
Drivers seeking a rugged and capable hybrid will find a lot to like with the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. With only one, well-equipped trim to choose from, deciding what features you want in your car is pain-free. If cargo space and fuel efficiency are what you're after, other options like the Kia Niro and Nissan Rogue Hybrid are more affordable, have larger cargo areas, and bring better or similar fuel economy figures.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review
Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid. Remember the original Crosstrek hybrid? That one was a conventional model and it never sold well. Blame the higher price premium and negligible fuel savings with ensuring the hybrid’s quick cancellation after just three years.
The automaker changes things this year by introducing its very first plug-in hybrid model: the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Its new system uses a horizontally opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable transmission to send power to the wheels.
One electric motor works as the engine starter. It can also receive power from the engine to function in a secondary capacity by serving as a generator for the hybrid battery. The second battery works with the engine to send power to motivate the Crosstrek. It also has another role for recharging the hybrid battery by means of regenerative braking.
Modest electric range. The electric-only range for the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is just 17 miles, according to the EPA. The interesting thing here is that it’ll stay in electric mode at speeds up to 65 mph. It also accelerates from zero to 60 mph one second faster than the conventional model.
Even with the limited range, the Crosstrek Hybrid returns an EPA-estimated 90 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent, or 35 mpg combined. Importantly, it has a range of 480 miles, which is an upgrade over the conventional Crosstrek's 415-mile range with the manual transmission.
Hybrid with benefits. Not only does the Crosstrek Hybrid save fuel, but it provides a handsome federal tax credit of $4,502. Your state may offer additional incentives, including a tax break or credit. Some states go even further when it comes to electrification. For example, New York, Maryland, and California are among those jurisdictions that grant high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) to plug-in hybrids. This means with the proper permit affixed, you can take the 405 and breeze past slow-moving traffic in the other lanes.
Additionally, Subaru sets the Crosstrek hybrid apart from the conventional model in a few ways that go beyond the powertrain. For instance, a Lagoon Blue Pearl exterior paint is unique to the hybrid. It's one of four choices available. Other unique touches include blue headlight projector rings and unique silver finish on the grille as well as on the lower front bumper, body cladding, and fog light accents. Roof rail and wheel accents offer their own take on visual appeal. Inside, the cabin has high-contrast gray and navy-blue leather seats, door panels, and armrests. Blue stitching and accent panels add a premium look.
All-wheel drive when you want it. Every single Crosstrek competitor comes with standard front-wheel drive. Most offer all-wheel drive, but not all. In any case, upgrading to all-wheel drive elsewhere increases your standard price.
Like other Subaru models, the Crosstrek Hybrid features standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, an in-house name that describes how power is transferred between wheels as they slip for improved grip.
Final thoughts. While the brand struggled with selling the first Crosstrek hybrid, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid may actually make a difference for the automaker. The federal tax credit is an important distinction that the previous hybrid did not qualify for.
Given that all hybrids remain a struggle to sell, we also think the incentives will be strong. Or at least your negotiation position should be powerful when working with your dealer to acquire one.