2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, the Japanese brand's first production hybrid vehicle, debuted on Thursday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
- The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will include the company's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard.
- Subaru says the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will return 28 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway.
The five-passenger 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will include the company's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard.
Subaru says the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will return 28 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. The EPA has not announced official fuel economy numbers on the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. In comparison, the conventional 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek returns 25 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Pricing was not announced on the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. The base 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium starts at $22,790, including a $795 destination charge. It goes on sale in the fourth quarter.
Subaru seems to have found a hole in the market with its XV Crosstrek Hybrid. There is a scarcity of hybrid crossovers in this segment. Ford dropped the Escape Hybrid when the car was redesigned for model year 2013. The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is one of the relatively few mainstream offerings. Otherwise, consumers have to upgrade to luxury models, such as the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.
The 148-horsepower XV Crosstrek Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter boxer engine, an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is equipped with a continuously variable transmission.
Subaru says the XV Crosstrek Hybrid weighs about 300 pounds more than the gasoline-engine model. The hybrid's battery is located under a revised floor area and Subaru says passenger cabin room is about the same as in the gas model, although there is slightly less cargo room.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid gets an auto stop-start system to help conserve fuel. The North American version of the hybrid gets a new active grille shutter system that helps reduce air resistance.
Exterior changes compared to the gas-powered XV Crosstrek are modest. They include hybrid badges and a new Plasma Green Pearl exterior color that is exclusive to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.
The cabin gets a blue color treatment with silver trim.
The Crosstrek Hybrid debuts at a time when gas prices are still a concern to consumers. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.64 versus $3.78 a month ago.
Edmunds says: It wouldn't be surprising to see the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid come in at around $25,000. If it does, it will be a compelling hybrid crossover choice for consumers.