The Crosstrek is a small crossover vehicle, competing with other small crossovers such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. The Crosstrek achieves excellent fuel economy and does so without compromising Subaru's famed all-wheel-drive. It also makes use of some extremely efficient packaging, maximizing interior space while simultaneously keeping the exterior dimensions of the vehicle somewhat compact.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the brand's second attempt at a hybrid crossover. The first iteration never sold particularly well, so Subaru took a different approach this time around, employing plug-in technology borrowed from Toyota. As a result, the new Hybrid model presents a compelling argument for the extra money it commands over the conventional Crosstrek.
An 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery affords up to 17 miles of all-electric range, which you can recoup after five hours of Level 1 charging or after two hours on Level 2. DC fast charging isn't offered. And while 17 miles isn't a ton of range, that's still ample for most folks who have shorter commutes.
Subaru says many owners will travel around 6,000 miles a year on electric power alone, which represents a significant energy savings. The standard Crosstrek gets 29 miles per gallon combined, while the Crosstrek Hybrid is good for 35 mpg combined in hybrid mode and 90 MPGe with a fully charged battery delivering all-electric driving range. Plus, while the standard Crosstrek uses a 16.6-gallon gas tank, the hybrid employs a 13.2-gallon unit. Despite this smaller tank, the Hybrid's 480-mile estimated range is just 1 mile less than the gas-only version.
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