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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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What’s new

  • Some previously optional features are now standard
  • New LED exterior lighting, engine stop-start and rear-seat reminder features
  • Part of the second Crosstrek generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • One of the few plug-in hybrid SUVs available
  • Spacious interior for a hatchback of its size
  • High ground clearance for enhanced off-road capability
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Questionable value compared to regular Crosstrek
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MSRP
$35,145
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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Review

If the thought of the occasional off-road adventure sounds fun but you don't have the budget for a traditional off-road-biased SUV, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid might just be for you. With standard all-wheel drive, something Subaru is famous for, and a standard 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Crosstrek can scramble its way up and down obstacles that would stymie other small crossover SUVs.

The Crosstrek is also useful even if you rarely leave the urban jungle. It offers a pleasing amount of room for passengers and a smooth and comfortable ride over rough pavement. Maximum cargo space is a little underwhelming compared to what you get from a more squared-off SUV, but it should still be sufficient for most people.

Subaru offers two versions of the Crosstrek: the regular one and the Hybrid. The Hybrid comes with a plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The result is an EPA-estimated all-electric driving range of 17 miles. That's not a whole lot, but plugging in and recharging frequently can make a big difference in reducing your fuel bills. Once the battery is depleted you can expect an overall fuel economy of around 35 mpg, which is 5 mpg better than the regular Crosstrek.

Another Hybrid advantage is acceleration. In our testing, we've found that it's quicker to zip off the line, which is nice because the regular Crosstrek is rather pokey. But on the downside, the Hybrid costs a lot more than a regular Crosstrek when new, though tax incentives help defray the cost. Cargo space is also diminished because of the space taken up by the battery pack. But overall, we like the Crosstrek Hybrid and recommend it for shoppers looking for an adventure-ready SUV that also gets great fuel economy.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid as one of Edmunds' Cheapest Electric Cars for 2020.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.6 / 10
It is worth noting that the Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid, which means it only makes sense if you can plug it in regularly. For those who can, it's a slightly quicker, sometimes quieter version of the Crosstrek that delivers confident road manners, an agreeable interior and excellent off-road potential. Other than cost, its main drawback is the battery's intrusion into the cargo area.

How does it drive?

7.0
The Crosstrek Hybrid's daily driving character differs from that of the gasoline version due to the electrification of its powertrain. In gasoline mode, it feels more willing because it accelerates quicker (about 1.5 seconds quicker to 60 mph) and exhibits more low-end torque around town. When the battery is charged, it delivers the smooth feel of direct drive in a pure EV mode.

It excels off-road and exhibits coordination and control on winding mountain roads. The steering is reassuring too. But in more common suburban circumstances, it's quite vague and uncertain. The brakes are powerful and feel predictable when driving casually around town, but they can be springy with more aggressive use.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
Don't be fooled by the Crosstrek's jacked-up stance. The ride is unexpectedly smooth, controlled and comfortable. It makes sense when you consider this vehicle's generous suspension travel and reasonably sized wheels with ample sidewalls. We also found much to like about the nicely contoured seats and the effective air conditioning.

As for noise, this plug-in hybrid has a Jekyll and Hyde personality. It's very quiet when running on battery power, but the engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) do make themselves heard when the juice runs out. It's not as raucous in this mode as a gasoline-only Crosstrek, though, because the hybrid system's CVT automatic can blend in.

How’s the interior?

8.5
The Subaru Crosstrek may have a hiked-up stance, but that only serves to make it easier to enter and exit than a standard car. Once inside, the controls are easy to reach and simple to understand. The audio and climate controls are logically arrayed, and the two information screens complement each other.

It feels reasonably roomy, too, particularly up front. That's because not only is it nicely spacious in a strict physical sense but also because the view out is expansive. It also helps that the driver has all the adjustments necessary to settle into an agreeable position behind the wheel.

How’s the tech?

8.0
The Crosstrek's technology is easy to get along with. The infotainment interface is pleasantly straightforward because the touchscreen employs a nice combination of physical controls and logical on-screen menus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto hookups are easy, too. The sound quality isn't liable to win any awards, but it does the job.

On the driver aid side, the Subaru's system is comprehensive and easy to live with. The accident avoidance systems never issued any false alarms, and the daily-use systems such as adaptive cruise control are effective and easy to use. We particularly like how the rear cross-traffic alert system is able to apply the brakes if a hazard appears suddenly when you're backing out of a parking space.

How’s the storage?

6.0
The regular Crosstrek's cargo hold isn't exactly cavernous. But the plug-in hybrid is even worse because the battery raises the load floor behind the rear seats substantially, reducing the cargo volume and raising the height that cargo must be lifted for loading.

Further forward, the rear seats do accommodate child car seats well. And when no one is there, they fold down as they do in any other Crosstrek. Small-item storage is no better than adequate. The door pockets, center console box and glove compartment are reasonably sized, but there aren't many more places to stash items beyond these basics.

How economical is it?

8.5
The Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid that is EPA-rated to deliver 17 miles of electric driving before the engine comes to life. The gasoline engine may come on if you floor it, but it will stay dormant if you're easy on the throttle. We found the rated range easy to replicate and even exceed. Our best stint was 28 miles. Depending on the length (and speed) of your commute and your charging frequency, you may be able to dramatically lower your gasoline use.

Speaking of gasoline, the Crosstrek Hybrid is rated at 35 mpg combined on gas alone, which is 5 mpg better than a regular Crosstrek. Our average observed fuel economy on gasoline was 33.6 mpg.

Is it a good value?

7.5
The question of whether to buy a Crosstrek Hybrid comes down to your personal circumstances. Its fuel economy is 6 mpg better than the all-gasoline version, but the hefty price difference only makes sense if you take full advantage of the federal tax credit and can plug it in daily to get the most out of the electric powertrain. Its range isn't massive, but we found it easy to exceed the rating in typical sluggish L.A. freeway traffic. Still, the longer your commute, the less it'll make sense.

Subaru's warranty coverage is unremarkable, but the build quality of the Crosstrek is solid. Subarus typically hold their value well, but it is too early to tell if the same will be true of the plug-in hybrid.

Wildcard

8.0
The Crosstrek has the distinctive look of a vehicle that has been modified by its owner to be more capable off-road. It can back it up, too, because it is a willing companion on infrequently maintained dirt roads. But it is less impressive during the everyday driving you'll do on the days that come in between such adventures. The steering and brakes are less than intuitive, and the power is no better than average.

Which Crosstrek does Edmunds recommend?

There's only one trim level for the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and it's pretty much fully loaded. An optional package bundles together a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and premium audio. It's pricey, but you'll have to pick it if you want any of those features.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek models

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid comes in a single trim level that is comparable to the top Limited trim in the conventionally powered Crosstrek. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine connected to a hybrid system with a battery pack mounted underneath the cargo floor. The total output is 148 horsepower, which is sent to the Crosstrek's all-wheel-drive system through a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Standard feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. You also get Subaru's EyeSight safety system, which has adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking.

Options for the Crosstrek Hybrid include a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and a premium Harman Kardon audio system.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

5 star reviews: 70%
4 star reviews: 20%
3 star reviews: 10%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.6 stars based on 10 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 added auto unlocking doors
Joe Crew,
Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

2020 Limited and Hybrid trim level Crosstreks receive updated LED headlight design, with the Hybrid being distinguished with silver trim along the projector beams. Another feature Subaru added to all 2020 Crosstrek is automatic door lock / unlock in the event of an accident. This is an important feature that could potentially save lives!

4 out of 5 stars, Gas Saving SUV ?
John,
Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

I bought the 2019 Crosstrek Plug in hybrid to do something for the enironment. Good clearance, and trailer pulling - two things I wanted for work and fun. I wish the electric range was longer, but by plugging in the middle of the day, I can usually go all electric around town for 40 to 45 miles- considerably farther than the EPA estimates. I added a 240 volt plug and purchased a second charger (despite assurances from the dealership thet the included unit could take both voltages) That means even an hour at home gives me another 10 miles. Electric range drops if you drive on the freeway at 65. A few too many buttons in the steering wheel- I will get used to them- or learn to ignore them. Interior is spacious for passengers (compared to my old Forester). The seats fold down easily for carrying tools or gear and make up for the decreased cargo space.

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Features & Specs

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Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
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TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Crosstrek safety features:

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Warns you if traffic is approaching from the side when backing out of a parking space. Includes automatic braking as well.
Lane Keep Assist
Monitors your position on the road and can help steer if you unintentionally begin to drift out of your lane.
Pre Collision Braking
Automatically applies the brakes if an imminent front collision is detected and the driver doesn't react in time.
IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Subaru Crosstrek vs. the competition

Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Outback

Finding an equivalent for the Subaru Crosstrek is no easy feat because it combines many subcompact crossover SUV traits with an unusual amount of off-road capabilities. For that reason, some of its most direct competitors are its siblings in its own Subaru lineup. The Subaru Outback is larger. As you'd expect, the interior has more passenger space. But the Outback costs more, too.

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Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Forester

The Forester sits in the middle of the Subaru SUV spectrum between the Crosstrek and the Outback. The Forester has much of the same off-road capabilities as its siblings but benefits from a larger cargo space. But you'll want to go with the Crosstrek if you like the idea of lower monthly payments and a more distinctive style.

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Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda HR-V

If you're looking for a subcompact crossover SUV but don't need the off-road abilities of the Subaru Crosstrek, the Honda HR-V is likely a better fit. It possesses the practicality you'd require and is bolstered by some clever storage and cargo solutions. In particular, the rear seat gives the HR-V an unusual amount of flexibility for passengers and cargo. It also benefits from smart storage bins and pockets for smaller items.

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FAQ
Is the Subaru Crosstrek a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Crosstrek both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Crosstrek gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) You probably care about Subaru Crosstrek fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Crosstrek gets an EPA-estimated 35 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Crosstrek has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Subaru Crosstrek. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek:

  • Some previously optional features are now standard
  • New LED exterior lighting, engine stop-start and rear-seat reminder features
  • Part of the second Crosstrek generation introduced for 2018
Learn more
Is the Subaru Crosstrek reliable?
To determine whether the Subaru Crosstrek is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Crosstrek. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Crosstrek's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Crosstrek and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Crosstrek gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Crosstrek is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?

The least-expensive 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,145.

Other versions include:

  • Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $35,145
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What are the different models of Subaru Crosstrek?
If you're interested in the Subaru Crosstrek, the next question is, which Crosstrek model is right for you? Crosstrek variants include Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of Crosstrek models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Overview

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including Hybrid, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid here.
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,323. The average price paid for a new 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,009 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

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