2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Starts At $36,395

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For the 2021 model year, Subaru has given the Crosstrek Hybrid a few updates. The good news, is that the changes only see the plug-in hybrid’s price tag increase by $200. Prices, with destination, now start at $36,395 for the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid.

As far as the changes for the 2021 model year go, the Crosstrek Hybrid wears a redesigned front bumper and has a new trim piece for the fog lights. The hexagonal grille that now features a metallic wing with blue accents is also new. Even if we squint, the changes to the front fascia between the two model years are incredibly minor.

Beyond the vehicle’s design, Subaru claims the plug-in hybrid has an upgraded suspension set up. The Crosstrek Hybrid gains retuned coils and updated dampers that should result in a better ride, improved handling, and sharper steering response. These changes make up the dominant grunt of the updates for the 2021 model year and, unfortunately, the only way to see if the changes have worked is to drive the vehicle.

The hybrid powertrain for the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid goes untouched. That means power still comes from a 2.0-liter flat-four that’s paired to two electric motors. Combined output is rated at 148 horsepower, while fuel economy is still rated at up to 90 MPGe and 35 mpg. Without any changes, the plug-in hybrid will be able to travel up to 17 miles on electricity alone.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Without driving the vehicle to see if the suspension changes have made a big difference, we’re hesitant to confidently state that the extra $200 is money well spent on the 2021 model. But, based on initial impressions and Subaru’s claims, we think a $200 rise in pricing is worth it. If you have a 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid, you shouldn’t run to your local dealer to trade your model in, but if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a model, these changes could sway you to sign on the dotted line.

The increase in pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid is similar to what we saw on the gasoline-only version. When Subaru announced the regular 2021 Crosstrek lineup, that model received a $100 price increase. Just like the Crosstrek Hybrid, the 2021 Crosstrek also received a redesigned front fascia. Subaru also stated that the Crosstrek received revised suspension tuning, but didn’t exactly state what changes it made.

Compared to other plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market, the Crosstrek Hybrid’s fuel economy is fairly competitive. The Ford Escape can get up to 102 MPGe and 41 mpg, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is rated at 105 MPGe and 46 mpg, the Toyota RAV4 Prime gets 94 MPGe and 38 mpg, the Mini Cooper SE Countryman All4 is rated at 73 MPGe and 29 mpg, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets 74 MPGe and 25 mpg.

Because of the size of the Crosstrek Hybrid’s battery and range, the PHEV is eligible for a $4,502 federal tax credit. Certain states also offer rebates of up to $1,500 for the vehicle. Subaru’s not even close to hitting the ceiling on its credits running out. So, if you were able to get the full federal tax credit on the vehicle, the price of the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid will cost you $31,893.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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