Used 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Review
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Crosstrek models:
- 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.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover15.6%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid Overview
The Used 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid CVT). The Used 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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