Subaru Crosstrek

All Crosstreks come with a 2.0L 4-cylinder boxer engine making 148 horsepower. This engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). Both drivetrains come equipped with all-wheel-drive, a specialty of Subaru.

Subaru is serious about making sure the Crosstrek comes well-equipped from the factory. Crosstreks comes in two trim levels: Premium and Limited. Premium-specced cars come with plenty of useful features. The standard stereo has six speakers, iPod controllability, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity with live audio streaming. Interior amenities include heated seats, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, a tilting and telescoping wheel, a removable cargo mat with plenty of tie down hooks, a hill assist function to keep the car from rolling back on inclines, keyless entry, power windows and door locks and of course, air conditioning.

Limited Crosstreks come with the CVT, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, a 4.3-inch LCD screen, nicer instruments and a backup camera. Options on both models include a navigation system and a power moonroof.

Typically, all-wheel-drive vehicles must make accommodations for a driveshaft and rear differential, often reducing interior space. Fold down the 60/40 rear seats in a Crosstrek, however, and a flat load floor and nearly 52 cubic feet of carrying space are revealed. Rear seat legroom is also impressive with space comparable to many mid-sized family sedans.

Subaru has taken particular care with the safety features of the Crosstrek. It has all the standard electronic safety nets, including traction control, anti-lock brakes and stability control. The anti-lock brakes also feature a panic braking sensor that anticipates a panic braking situation and immediately applies full braking load. The front airbags are dual-stage and include a mechanism to detect how close the driver is sitting to the steering wheel, delaying airbag deployment accordingly.

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The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the brand's second attempt at a hybrid crossover. The first iteration never sold particularly well, so Subaru took a different approach this time around, employing plug-in technology borrowed from Toyota. As a result, the new Hybrid model presents a compelling argument for the extra money it commands over the conventional Crosstrek.

Juices flowing

An 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery affords up to 17 miles of all-electric range, which you can recoup after five hours of Level 1 charging or after two hours on Level 2. DC fast charging isn't offered. And while 17 miles isn't a ton of range, that's still ample for most folks who have shorter commutes.

Subaru says many owners will travel around 6,000 miles a year on electric power alone, which represents a significant energy savings. The standard Crosstrek gets 29 miles per gallon combined, while the Crosstrek Hybrid is good for 35 mpg combined in hybrid mode and 90 MPGe with a fully charged battery delivering all-electric driving range. Plus, while the standard Crosstrek uses a 16.6-gallon gas tank, the hybrid employs a 13.2-gallon unit. Despite this smaller tank, the Hybrid's 480-mile estimated range is just 1 mile less than the gas-only version.

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