2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the 2013 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Jeep Compass, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Looks like: A Crosstrek with badges; the hybrid model is available in an exclusive green color
  • Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a 13.4-hp electric motor, a 13.5-kw nickel-metal-hydride battery and a CVT
  • Hits dealerships: End of this year

Subaru's first hybrid powertrain will go into its newest vehicle. The XV Crosstrek was first unveiled last spring in New York and the automaker launched the hybrid version at this year's New York International Auto Show.

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On the outside, the cues that differentiate the new hybrid from the gas-powered lineup are minimal. Specific wheels, hybrid badges and a unique Plasma Green Pearl color are all that set it apart visually, and Subaru says the XV offers the same 8.7 inches of ground clearance as non-hybrid models.

The big news is under the hood and inside the cabin. Power comes from a version of the regular XV Crosstrek's 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In the hybrid, it teams with a 13.4-hp electric motor, a 13.5-kilowatt nickel-metal-hydride battery and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Subaru says the motor provides electric assist upon takeoff and will work in an electric-only EV mode in "certain low-speed situations." Fuel is also saved with a regenerative braking system, auto start/stop system and a revised air-conditioning system; the latter uses a temperature and humidity sensor for reduced draw on engine power.

Subaru says the standard all-wheel-drive hybrid model weighs around 300 pounds more than the regular one, which might explain its less-than-impressive fuel economy. The automaker expects the compact crossover to be EPA rated at 28/34 mpg city/highway; non-hybrid versions with the CVT are rated at 25/33 mpg.

Inside, the battery is located under a revised rear floor area, but Subaru says passenger room is almost the same as the gas model; it cites only a 0.7-cubic-foot difference between the two. Cargo room is also similar: With the rear seats down, there's 50.2 cubic feet in the hybrid and 51.9 in the gas model.

Other interior differences between the gas and hybrid models include extra sound insulation, a new gauge cluster, keyless start and a "cool blue" cabin theme with  silver trim.

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will go on sale at the end of the year.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Comments 

Wraith

"Inside, the battery is located under a revised rear floor area..."

Does this translate to "no spare tire," like it does in many recent hybrids?

Really not impressive. Subaru could bring some US-spec Diesel versions instead of hybrids, those would be more effective and less compromised regarding cargo capacity.

Wayane

Hybrid EPA rated at 28/34 mpg city/highway; non-hybrid versions with the CVT are rated at 25/33 mpg. In real world, that's no difference. What's the point of having a hybrid? other than paying more and weight more?

Eddie

Those don't sound like much better fuel economy numbers, but remember that MPG varies a lot more for hybrids, depending on how you drive. You don't have to hyper-mile either--Camry hybrid owners have been reporting MPGs well into the upper 40s with little effort. That's about 10 MPG more than the EPA numbers.

WhyNotV2

Only thing I like about it is the dash shot. While I like my Crosstrek's dash compared to the Impreza (2012) I like the Hybrid's 5mph lines. It's really difficult to hit 45, 55, 65...spot on and cops here in MI can be sticklers at being one or two MPH over. All in all, I was hoping for more impressive fuel numbers and unless they tweak them a bit more in the next few years, I won't be "upgrading".

Bigrow

Those MPG numbers are unimpressive, but at least it's not a diesel.

James Moore

I like the wheels better than the regular Crosstrek. Maybe the small hybrid motor will boost the main problem of the Crosstrek its acceleration. That and I read the added more sound dampening.

VW

To James Moore: tiny electric motor gives nothing because is outweighed by batteries.

What help is high torque diesel which Subaru for some reason is selling everywhere but US market.

Chris

Should make it a diesel-hybrid. Can make the engine a lot smaller (turbo diesels put out more torque), make up for the batteries. VW and Volvo both have larger, heavier diesel Hybrids coming out next year that get over 100 MPG. This Subaru will be a footnote in 5 years.

Infosaur

Why people compare highway numbers on hybrids then complain there's "no difference between that and a gas only version!" continues to irk me.

Hybrids make their "real world" fuel economy gains in stop & go traffic. So a 10% gain in mpg's is pretty impressive. Especialy since "only 28 mpg" is better than some HIGHWAY numbers from only a generation ago.

Every company is bragging about the 40-45mpg that 90% of drivers will never see. It's all about passing the EPA's standardized test, and that test can be beaten with old school tricks like high gearing, weird shift points, hard tires, etc.

But yeah there should be more diesels on the market and Subaru's probably as good an "image fit" as anyone else.

danwat1234

Guys, it is a MILD Hybrid. If it was a full hybrid, meaning 2 electric motor/generators so the vehicle can operate in serial or parallel hybrid modes on demand, along with an Atkinson cycle engine rather than old fashioned OTTO cycle engine, the MPG would be much higher, probably 36MPG combined or so. A bit more still if you got rid of the drivehaft and put an electric motor where the rear differential is.

Diesel doesn't have much efficiency benefit. Those MPG stats over in Europe are skewed in two ways.
1. European test cycle is way more lenient than over here in the USA.
2. They use imperial gallons, which is larger than a regular gallon.

Furthermore, diesel contains about 14% more energy for the same volume, versus gasoline. So if a diesel car for instance gets 14% more MPG than a gas car, it isn't any more efficient, it just has more energy to work with.

Subaru should come out with some good hybrids eventually.
And for god's sakes, get rid of the torque converter in front of the CVT! Make it a pure CVT!

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