Used 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Consumer Reviews

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I Love THIS car!

holderad, 01/27/2014
Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
47 of 48 people found this review helpful

I love my 2014 Plasma Green Crosstrek Hybrid. My one word description: Awesome! The hybrid system works significantly better than any hybrid I test drove. It is used for power / torque augmentation more than fully powering the car most of the time. I think Subaru under-reported their MPG figures on purpose. The car is not even broken in, and I'm getting almost 38 MPG highway and so far about 31.7 MPG with downtown driving. The car does some kinda magic with the CVT and that electric motor. It is seamless. The car has "the pull" at all speeds that it's all gas brother just doesn't. I mean, you can feel the surge at highway speeds when you stand on it to pass. The symmetrical AWD is fantastic!

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XV Hybrid Gulf Coast

ts45, 02/09/2014
Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
24 of 24 people found this review helpful

XV Hybrid since 12/28/2013, Satin White Pearl, St.trim. Our first Subaru, had several Honda's in the past..My wife is main driver, have taken plenty of opportunity to drive myself. We are really happy with our purchase, test drove the 2014 Forester and 2014 non hybrid XV, both nice but were sold on the Hybrids ride and refinement. The base Audio system has been nice, a good quality CD recording sounds fine, a bad CD one, bad… Blue tooth is working well, takes a little time to Pair.This is our first CVT Transmission, very impressed, love it. Hill climbs are really smooth and quiet, no sudden gear change, plenty of torque, love the CVT. Have observed Gas MPG 33+, about 50/50 City/HGWY.

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Wow, I Get To Be The First Reviewer

the_craw, 01/26/2014
Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
33 of 36 people found this review helpful

I purchased the Hybrid Touring about a month ago, and have over 1,400 miles on it. For context, I live in the Northeast, and the weather has been brutal pretty much each day since I've owned it. The car drives really nicely. It is quiet, and the steering has good feedback without being overly stiff. It also has a nice exterior look. Traction has been great. As far as the mileage, it has been disappointing. It has averaged about 27 MPG. Like I said, the weather has been really cold, and it is only 1,400 miles, so that might be holding it back. Even with highway only trips I have not been able to average over 29MPG, and I'm not a super fast driver.

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Not Feeling the Subaru Love!

Daniel S., 08/30/2016
Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
13 of 14 people found this review helpful

I purchased the Crosstrek Hybrid based on winter handling performance and recommendations from family members who have owned multiple Subarus (but not this model). In the past, I've owned other AWD/4WD vehicles, including a Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan X-Terra, Jeep Cherokee and Toyota RAV-4. My Crosstrek is the worst performer of the bunch. While I can't speak for the standard Crosstrek, the hybrid places the heavy battery components in the back, which changes performance dynamics IMHO. The first thing I noticed was the horrible winter braking. The car just slides and doesn't stop (even with new Michelin All-Season tires). As for hugging the road, the car has a tendency to hop and skip with any imperfection in the road. Sometimes I feel like the car is catching air. You just don't feel like the car is sure-footed in bad conditions. My girlfriend has a 2WD Honda CR-V, and she thinks it handles much better. I think the Crosstrek is too light and I think the battery in the back is affecting performance. I have other gripes too. The Crosstrek eats tires, even with long tread-rated tires and even after proper balance and alignment. With the Hybrid, you can't get a trail hitch because of the back battery placement. The Bluetooth really stinks and takes 4-5 tries before connecting with an iPhone. Even when driving the speed limit and gently, the car doesn't come close to stated MPG. Most of the time I'm at 23-26 MPG. This is a hybrid for heaven's sake? Lastly, I question the electronics. The first week I had this car "new", the check engine light came on and the dealership needed to re-program something to fix it. It took them a few days and I had to rent a car, which they never reimbursed me for. Occasionally the passenger "check airbag" light comes on, but then it's fine for a few months. The car doesn't look bad. And it's somewhat comfortable on the inside. Fit and finish are not bad. Rear cargo space is tiny - so you'll need a roof shell for any family vacation. But winter performance is where the rubber meets the road - and the Hybrid Crosstrek falls way short. I will never ever buy a Subaru again and am definitely not feeling the Subaru love.

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not very hybridy - updated

fried003, 02/12/2014
Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
27 of 31 people found this review helpful

The sticker only claimed 31mpgs, so it's close to what was expected - admittedly I never looked at the MPGs, mostly just the price The car barely gets 30mpg; not much better than my 2008 Forester. Like many car companies, Subaru wanted a "Hybrid" in their line-up. So they picked the Crosstrek & jeri-rigged it as a hybrid, though it was never really designed as real hybrid, like a Prius. Any Prius is a hybrid. Otherwise it's decent enough/comfortable. I got the touring model, which has all the bells & whistles, some of which I don't understand, such as the entertainment system. The touch screen for the navigation system/entertainment system is clunky. After 5 years of ownership, the only repair needed was to replace a strut, and two batteries - the "normal" battery in any car + another one that restarts the engine when the car is in idle (at a stoplight). This latter battery, one of two that are only part of the hybrid system, is very expensive & not covered by the longer engine/transmission warranty. This is not the battery that can power the car, it's a smaller battery used only for re-starting the car. Since buying it, Subaru upped the oil change interval from 7,500 to 6,000 (upped, meaning more frequent change). The engine is a 2.0L - to me, it's very under-powered, especially living in a hilly area. I think the literature has it as 148 horse power - that's like a pony. A real oddity is that the doors don't lock automatically when the gas pedal is depressed. But it has everything I'd ever want in a vehicle + other stuff. But, so far, it's not fulling the primary expectation of better gas mileage than a "regular" car. NOTE - the hybrid seems to have been dis-continued as of 2017, so it must not have sold well & I can see why. A decent car, but not a good hybrid.

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